Feb 01

Butler Drops a Few in Early 2nd Semester Action

Bulldog hockey returned to action on Thursday, January 21st against in-state rival Indiana University. Sophomore transfer goaltender Jack Sigman played in his first career game for the dawgs against IU. The team matched IU’s pace and trailed 1-0 in the first period when sophomore Eric Gentry opened up the scoring for the bulldogs with a shot from the point on a powerplay to tie the game up early on. Brayton and Kortebein assisted the goal. IU scored with three minutes left in the period to go up 2-1 heading into the second. The second period was scoreless until Kyle Kortebein fluttered in a rebound to tie the game up at 2-2 with 3 minutes left in the second period with assists from Gentry and Casey.

“Luckily the puck came back out and I was able to bury it,” Kortebein said, “I was able to scoop the puck over the goalies shoulder and make it count.”

Kyle Kortebein notches his second point of the night by scoring on a rebound to tie the game at 2

Kyle Kortebein notches his second point of the night by scoring on a rebound to tie the game at 2

The third period proved to be a hassle for the dawgs, who experienced injury from sophomore Noah Brayton early on. IU scored 4 unanswered to close out the match, with the shot total favoring IU, 40-31.

The following day, the team traveled up to south bend to play against Holy Cross college. Junior Matt Thornley started in net for the dawgs. The team skated to a 7-3 loss on Holy Cross’s senior night, but head coach Branden Bushelle was impressed by the team’s performance.

“I think we played a good game today, but had some let downs that costed us big time,” Bushelle added, “We out shot them and out played them in my opinion, but being down some bodies definitely took it’s toll in the later parts of the game.”

 

Hunter Byram takes a shot in action against IU on Thursday.

Hunter Byram takes a shot in action against IU on Thursday.

The Bulldogs played their 3rd game in 3 days with a short bench on Saturday, January 23rd against Davenport University. Butler was able to hold the game at 0-0 through 2 periods but ran out of gas in the third when the flood gates opened and Davenport ended the game on top 7-0. The dawgs resume play next weekend with 2 games against Ball State.

Dec 07

Butler Sweeps Washtenaw CC

The hockey team returned to action this past weekend and posted 2 dominant wins at home against Washtenaw Community College. The team shutout Washtenaw 6-0 on Friday night, led by Junior netminder Matt Thornley who made a total of 18 saves. All 6 goals came in the first 2 periods for the Dawgs.

Coach Branden Bushelle had this to say about the performance: “On paper, a 6-0 win looks pretty nice. However, we need to do a better job at continuuing to play at a high speed throughout the entire game, no matter who we are playing.”

The scoring was lead by Brayton (2), Smith (2), and Byram and Connelly contributed to the total with 1 a piece.

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Junior forward Kyle Kortebein sets up for a face-off in Washtenaw’s defensive zone in Saturday night action. (Photo by James Longstreth).

The Saturday night matchup showed that the squad could do exactly what Coach Bushelle said they needed to do.

The team didn’t hesitate to show that they could completely control a game, and that showed when the team posted a total of 59 shots on net to clinch an 11-1 victory. The scoring was lead by junior Johnny Frame, who had a total of 4 goals in the game, with notable goals from junior Kyle Kortebein and freshman Robert Campbell who each netted their first of the season.

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Junior forward Johnny Frame adds another shot on net in Saturday night game. Frame tallied 4 goals on the night. (Photo by James Longstreth). 

“We came out to play and the puck found the back of the net,” Frame stated. “We entered this game with a mind-set of getting more shots on net, and I think that really helped us get some more momentum going”.

With these 2 wins, the Bulldogs improve to 3-3-0 on the season, and head into break with some confidence going into a big 2nd semester.

“Our schedule really ramps up next semester,” Sophomore captain Noah Brayton said. “We need to do our best to stay at game speed so we come out strong and continue to compete.”

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Sophomore forward Noah Brayton takes shot against Washtenaw goaltender. (Photo by James Longstreth).

 

The Dawgs open up next semester with a home game against in-state rival Indiana University on January 21st at 9:45 pm at the Pop Weaver Youth Pavilion. Admission is free for students with a Butler ID and $5 to those without.

 

Nov 22

11/14 Weekend Recap, Looking Forward

The dawgs (1-3-0) fell short in 2 games against ranked Grand Valley State University (14-4-0) last weekend. The team was shutout in the 1st game (9-0) but improved in the 2nd game with 2 goals total (7-2), one by sophomore defenseman Eric Gentry and and another by freshman defenseman Evan Page. The team is looking forward to improving their record with 2 home games against Washtenaw Community College on December 4th and 5th, with both games being at 9:45 at the Pop Weaver Youth Pavilion. Admission is free to Butler students with a student ID and $5 for everybody else.

Nov 09

Butler Wins Big in Home Opener

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The Butler Hockey team salutes fans in the 2015-16 season home opener against IUPUI.

The Butler hockey team didn’t hesitate to regain it’s dominance in the Indianapolis area with a substantial win against in-city rival, IUPUI, on Saturday, October 24th. The dawgs were up 3-0 within the first minute of the game, and were able to net 9 more goals to finish out the match by a score of 13-3. The scoring was led by sophomores Noah Brayton and Keenan Casey, who each had a hat trick. The dawgs resume play this weekend with 2 away games at Grand Valley State University.

Oct 12

10/10/2015 Weekend Recap

The team fell short by a score of 5-2 in their bout against the University of Kentucky Wildcats (2-1-1) in Owensboro, Kentucky on friday night, leading them to a 0-1-0 start to the season. Both of the goals scored by the Dawgs were netted by freshman Joey Gurgone with an assist going to Connor Mahon and Noah Brayton, respectively. The Dawgs take a week off for fall break but are eager to return to home ice to play against the IUPUI Jaguars on Saturday, October 24th at the Pop Weaver Youth Pavilion in Indianapolis. Admission is free to all Butler Students with a Butler ID, and will cost $3 for those who do not have an ID. Puck drop is 9:45 pm.

Sep 17

Butler Hockey Gets Reinstated

Following a long inactive period, Butler Hockey has returned to campus. This year, the club will be competing in ACHA D3 with plans of joining the Indiana Club Hockey Conference for the 2016-17 season. All home games will be held at the Pop Weaver Youth Pavillion (1202 E 38th St, Indianapolis, IN 46205).

 

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about Butler Club Hockey please feel free to contact the club president Noah Brayton via email: nbrayton@butler.edu