With the school deadline of May 1st rapidly approaching, the Butler Bulldogs are eagerly looking forward to their next class of Butler hockey players. The team already has Luke Bentley from Benet Academy in Illinois and Will Agnew from Fenwick in downtown Chicago and hopes to see a number of others commit to Butler by the end of the month. Last year’s class of Will Dunleavy, Gray Barnes, Dylan Paulsell, Matthew Moraw, and Blair Haugh all become influential in the team’s offense and the team hopes to find more talented players.
The Bulldogs wrapped up their season this Friday after dropping their playoff game against Ball State by a final of 6-4. Goals from Wallrich, Haugh, Murphy, and Gray Barnes’ first career collegiate goal was not enough for Butler in the game. The Bulldogs also want to thank assistant captain, Chad O’Connell, for his support over the last four years. O’Connell was the first Butler player to play on the team all four years since the team’s return in 2015. The number 22 will always be remembered on this team.
The Butler Bulldogs had a up-and-down month of January as the playoffs are just around the corner.
Butler began the new year with their 2nd annual Kappa Foundation game against Indiana University. Although the game did not turn out how the Bulldogs wanted against the nationally ranked opponent, Butler and Kappa were able to split the profits gaining over $600 for each organization.
The Bulldogs then took on in-state rival Ball State for a home and home weekend. In game one, Butler jumped out to a quick lead with goals from Dunleavy and Becker. Ball State answered back quickly with a goal of their own to close out the first period with a score of 2-1. It was all Butler for the rest of the game however as Barrett and Murphy would both score twice in the second and third periods and Dunleavy added another goal late to bring the score to a 7-1 final. In game two Ball State took the early lead but that was quickly answered by a goal from Murphy, his third of the weekend. Ball State again took a 2-1 lead in the second period but Butler crawled back from a goal by Dylan Paulsell, his first of his collegiate career. Ball State scored early in the third period and was able to hold on with the help of the empty net to win the game 4-2.
The Bulldogs then traveled to Dayton, Ohio to take on the Wright State Raiders. The Raiders took a quick 2-0 led before Jesse Longtin added a goal before the end of the period. The second period was all Bulldogs with goals from Moraw, Barrett, Longtin, and Wallrich. The third period continued the riot with goals from Becker (2), Paulsell, and Haugh to bring the final score to 9-2. The Bulldogs started where they left off with two quick first period goals from Haugh and Murphy. The Raiders came roaring back in the second period with 4 goals to take a 4-2 lead. The Raiders came out strong in the third and added another goal to put the Bulldogs down by 3 goals. The last 10 minutes of the game the Bulldogs completely took over. Unanswered goals from Moraw, Longtin, and Dunleavy tied the game up within 5 minutes left in the period. Longtin had a late deflection goal in front to put Butler in front and Murphy added an empty net goal to give Butler the 7-5 win.
Butler now plays at Indiana at 10:30 AM this Sunday February 10 to close out the year.
The Bulldogs fought many injuries over the last 3 weeks to fall to an 0-9 record.
Butler started their recent stretch of games with a single game at Xavier University. The Bulldogs keep the rivalry game close with a third period goal by Jack Becker bringing the the score to 2-1, but two late goals by the Musketeers pushed the final to 4-1.
The Bulldogs then took on the Trine Thunder the weekend before Thanksgiving. Butler struggled against the ranked team falling in both games by final scores of 6-0 and 9-0. In game 2, the team lost a number of players to injury and played the game with only ten skaters.
Finally, the Bulldogs traveled to Lexington to play two games against Eastern Kentucky. The Colonels got out to an early lead with two quick goals, but that was quickly answered by a power play goal from Matthew Moraw and a goal late in the period from Jack Becker to tie the game going into intermission. Becker scored again to start to second period to give the Bulldogs the lead. It was all downhill from there, however as Butler would lose 3 players to injury during the game and another to a game misconduct. The Bulldogs would lose 9-3 and cited unsafe playing conditions and a lack of available players as their reasons to forfeit the game the next day.
The Bulldogs expect a full lineup returning in January as they open the second half of the season against Indiana University at home on the 18th. Game time is at 9:40 PM.
The Butler Bulldogs dropped both games last weekend to the University of Illinois.
Game 1 started late into the night due to the boards breaking in the arena before the game. The first period ended scoreless between the teams and the Bulldogs took an early lead in the second behind Matthew Moraw’s 3rd goal of the season. Illinois then began to take over the game with five unanswered goals in the second period. The Illini continued rolling over the Bulldogs with two more goals in the third. Jack Becker finally ended the run late in the third with a goal for Butler but that would be it as the Bulldogs dropped the game 7-2.
Game 2 again started with Butler grabbing the early lead with a goal from Jesse Longtin on the power play. Second periods continued to kill the Bulldogs with the Illini scoring four unanswered goals to take a 4-1 lead. Butler came out fast in the third however and goals from Becker, Ryan Barrett, and Blair Haugh tied the game up early in the third. Unfortunately, Illinois took the lead back within a minute. A controversial referee no-call on goalie interference gave the Illini another goal late in the period before they added another in the final minutes. The game ended in a 7-4 win for Illinois which left the Bulldogs angry for letting the game slip away on controversial call.
The Bulldogs will play again in two weeks, facing off against Xavier University in Cincinnati on November 10th. It will be Butler’s family weekend so the team should be ready to go in front of friends and family.
The Butler Bulldogs dropped both games this weekend to the Miami Redhawks with final scores of 9-4 and 7-2.
In game one, the Redhawks jumped all over the young, timid Bulldogs. Miami was up 2-0 less than two minutes into the game. The Redhawks scored two more before Jack Becker and Matthew Moraw each scored in quick succession as the period ended. The teams traded goals in the second with Jesse Longtin scoring for Butler. Miami took over again and scored three more goals to push the lead to 8-3. Blair Haugh scored his first collegiate goal in the third period, but the Redhawks scored again late to make the final 9-4. Butler goaltender Ryan Dyball was superb making 70 saves in the game.
In game two at Miami with a depleted Butler lineup, the teams played a closer first period with Miami only able to score once. The Redhawks began to pull away in the second, scoring three times before freshman Blair Haugh scored his second goal of the season. Miami scored a late goal in the period to push the score to 5-1. Freshman Matthew Moraw scored his second goal of the season in the third before Miami pulled away in the third with two more goals.
The Bulldogs have a off week for the school’s Fall Break and is back in action at the University of Illinois on October 19th and 20th.
- New Era
- In what will be the team’s social media phrase all season long, the “New Era” of Butler hockey is the start of its first season without its long-time leadership group. With the founders of the organization graduating as seniors last season, the team now goes into next season with only Chad O’Connell as its only senior with a number of Juniors and Sophomores vying for leadership positions on the team. The majority of the leading scorers the last few season have graduated so new players must step up to keep the team trending in the right direction.
- The team also welcomes an entire new coaching staff with Landon Meyers taking over as head coach after former coach Jeff Gazior took his coaching staff to a local Indiana high school. Former captain Eric Gentry will join his staff as an assistant where he will focus on the defensive side of the puck. The team also added a Strength and Conditioning coach Jacqueline Sobotka who will help train the team off the ice.
- First Time Opponents
- As the usual ICHC conference opponents Purdue and IPFW have watched their teams fold, they have been replaced by newcomers, the Miami RedHawks and the Trine Thunder. While Butler played at Miami last year, the two home games with Trine will be the first games ever between the two schools.
- Butler will also travel to play Illinois and Wright State for the first time in the program’s history. The Fighting Illini went 12-13-4 last season at the Division 3 level. The teams will meet on October 19th and 20th. Wright State out of Dayton, Ohio struggled last season with a record of 1-22 but played against some strong teams at the D2 level. The teams will meet on February 1st and 2nd.
- Continuing an Exciting Game Atmosphere
- As the team moves into its fourth year back on Butler’s campus, the team’s relationship has become strengthened with the university and the community around Indianapolis. The team has been working on a number of things to improve its on-campus reputation. Following the massive financial success of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation game against Indiana last year, the team will continue to look for ways to raise money and support Butler sororities and their philanthropies.
- The team has also been diligently working on buying equipment and planning for radio and video broadcasts that will hopefully be streamed on Facebook Live starting this season. The team will also begin to start selling Butler hockey merchandise due to the large desire from fans from all over the country to represent the team.
All in all, Butler hockey is here to stay wants to thank all of its supporters for all they have done to help us become successful.
The Butler hockey team is proud to announce the addition of two new coaches for the upcoming 2018-2019 season.
Eric Gentry will join the coaching staff as an assistant after playing for Butler the last three years, including serving as captain last year as a senior. Gentry will be running the defense this season in his first ever coaching position. He has grown up in Indianapolis and last played for the Indianapolis Jr. Ice AAA before the Bulldogs.
Jacqueline Sobotka is also joining as the team’s first ever Strength and Conditioning coach.
Sobotka brings a variety of performance training skills and eight years of industry experience covering personal training, public speaking, strength and conditioning sports performance, life coaching, nutrition consulting, and a variety other areas of fitness, sports and business. She is also an Optimum Nutrition Sponsored Athlete and has been for the last 8 years.
As the Strength and Conditioning coach for Butler Hockey, Jacqueline has designed and implemented sports performance training systems for the Student Athletes for use during the summer months and will continue throughout the school year. As a leader in the Indianapolis Community, she’s involved in numerous developmental initiatives integrating fitness, nutrition, wellness and sports training. She is currently the founder of Lady Leader Lifestyle, a fitness nutrition coaching company focusing on the developing and supporting women leaders.
Sobotka received her bachelor’s degree in Health and Science from Ball State University in 2010. Sobotka plans on furthering her education to stay up to date on the latest research.
Both coaches will be instrumental in helping the Bulldogs continue in the right direction in the upcoming season.
Butler hockey is proud to announce Landon Meyers as the new Head Coach for the upcoming season! He served as Butler hockey’s assistant coach two years ago and was the off-ice hockey assistant and team recruiter for the team last year. Meyers gave us his hockey background to share:
I grew up in Muncie, Indiana where there were no rinks within an hours drive. My family drove me to Indianapolis when I started playing youth hockey in the 4th grade.
I played high school hockey in Indianapolis and won a state championship my senior year. I had a few junior tryouts, but went to Bowling Green State University and played D1 club hockey for the Falcons. After college, I attended a few minor league trading camps and played some preseason games, but never got to play in the regular season.
The former head coach here at Butler, Jeff Gazior, gave me my start in coaching two years ago and I have coached Butler as an assistant and also coached youth hockey in the area.
We are excited to have Meyers join our team as we continue into next year after posting the most wins Butler has had since the return of the team three years ago. We want to thank all our fans for all the support we have had and hope for another great season next year!
Indiana Hockey recently put on a “Try Hockey for Free” day for Indianapolis kids focusing on putting kids on the ice in hockey equipment for the first time. They asked the Butler hockey team for help and four of our members — Eric Gentry, Jesse Longtin, Jack Becker, and Ryan Barrett — volunteered at the event as on-ice help. The event brought back some memories for the players.
“It was kinda full circle for me,” club president Jack Becker said. “I remember my dad giving me a bucket to push around the ice and letting me hold onto his hockey stick as I marched around the ice. And I got to do the same to the next generation of hockey players.”
INHockey.net reported that the camp had nearly 300 kids aged three to eight years old that came out to put on gear for the very first time. Even the select few who had skated before, still used the ice to learn some new skills from the older players.
“It just made me feel really fortunate for my dad helping me out so much by building a rink in our backyard,” sophomore forward Jesse Longtin said. “I was able to learn so much out there and having camps like these help so much in the progress for young and inexperienced players.”
The Butler hockey team hopes to help grow youth hockey in the area in an effort to create a new wave of Bulldogs.