Sep 05

History of Butler Hockey | Origins and National Champions

The return of Butler University Division 3 hockey in 2015 proved to be substantial and adequate. However, hockey on Butler’s campus is not new. In order for there to be a reintroduction there must be a goodbye, and prior to the goodbye, the Bulldog hockey team was a national leading force within the ACHA.

The 2000 National Championship banner hangs in the HRC

 

The Butler Hockey team has had it’s fair share of trials and tribulations. Before that, however, the Bulldogs won the first ever ACHA D3 national championship in 1999-2000. They are remembered with a large golden trophy which sits in the HRC, and more recently, with a banner that hangs above the basketball courts in that same building.

Thus, we remember that team, as well as the original founding of the hockey program, with a recollection as told by John Couture, a 1997 graduate and original co-founder:

 

“In the Spring of 1994, three of us got together to start the process of bringing hockey to Butler. Those three were Trey Shields, Andy Penca and myself. In November of 1994, we took the ice for the first time up in Carmel against Xavier. I believe it was a 7-4 loss, but my memory is a bit foggy some 23 years later. The following season we moved to the Pepsi Coliseum for our home games which helped students make the game. Highlights that year included playing at Kentucky at midnight and notching our first significant win for the program, beating IU down in Bloomington 5-4 on December 2, 1995. I believe 1996-97 (my senior season) was our first winning season. A few young players on that team would become stalwarts on the 1999-2000 national championship team, including Mike Latos, Martin Baldonieks, Anthony Koperski and Mike Barratt. Back in those days, Butler had a varsity lacrosse program and their head coach actually encouraged his players to play for us during the winter season. So, our team was rather unbalanced, we were really good before Christmas when players like D’Arcy Sweet would dominate, but a bit more middling after the break when the lacrosse players would turn their attention back to their full-time sport.
Upon graduation, I wanted to be involved with the team moving forward, but I didn’t think it would make much sense to coach until all the players that I played with had graduated. Besides, we had a pretty stable coaching staff at that point, but that changed at the beginning of the 1999-2000 season when the Coach got transferred and the team started the season without a proper coach. The faculty advisor (for some reason I can’t remember his name, but he was crucial in keeping the team together during those early years) would stand behind the bench, but he wasn’t really a coach. Meanwhile, I got involved with the ACHA and their startup Division III league. 1999-2000 was the first year of that division and I served as Western coordinator, which basically meant that I would compile scores and rankings throughout the year for the commissioner.
Remember, this was back in the stone age before the Internet was really a big thing, so things were a bit more cumbersome. Basically, for that first year, there were three regions for Division III: East, South, and West. Each team would rank all of the teams in their respective region and at the end of the season, the top team from each region and the host team would take the ice in Maryland at the Naval Academy to battle for the inaugural Division III championship.
As I recall, the 1999-2000 team started off a bit uneven and they gradually rose in the rankings through the season. It was really the strength of those last four wins against DePaul and Purdue, who were both D2 at the time, that helped to give them the boost they needed to reach the top spot in the rankings. Again, at the time, I kept a bit of an arm’s reach between myself and the team given my work with the ACHA. I didn’t want there to be any indication of homerism or impropriety. However, once they qualified for Nationals that all changed.
As mentioned in the article, Butler did give the team a grant to help fund the trip and provide transportation and lodging, it was with the stipulation that there would be an adult to supervise. The faculty advisor couldn’t go because of a previous commitment that weekend, so he asked me to go along and coach them.

1999-2000 Team schedule

I remember that the trip out to Annapolis was a long one. We left late Thursday night and drove through the night to get there in time for our game on Friday afternoon (March 3). The rink in Annapolis is on the base at the Naval Academy and we arrived just in time for our game against American University (East Region). The Navy/Georgia Tech game was ongoing when we got there and it was close one-goal game and I watched a bit knowing that we would play Georgia Tech the following morning. I was impressed with both teams’ speed and conditioning. I knew that we would have our hands full.
That first game against American University is still very much a blur. I remember that Chris Dietz and Mike Barratt scored early in the first period and the game was out of reach soon after. I believe we had a 4-0 lead after the first and extended the lead to 6-0 in the second before American came back with a couple of late goals in the third to make the final 7-2. Given that it wasn’t a true round robin (still not sure why they didn’t just have all teams play two games on Saturday so that each team could play each other), I knew that the 7-2 result was a good one since I believe the final from Navy/Georgia Tech earlier was 3-2, in favor of Georgia Tech.
On Saturday, we had the early game against Georgia Tech. If we won, we would be in the championship on Sunday. If we lost and kept it close, we would most likely earn the rematch on Sunday with Georgia Tech given our result against American. Having not seen any of these teams before, it was difficult to compare them and we wouldn’t know for sure until we took the ice. What followed were two of the best games that I have ever seen Butler play.
Freshman goalie Jon McMahan was in the absolute zone for those two games. Speaking as a goalie, he was easily the best one that he had up to that point and he simply took over those two games against Georgia Tech. I don’t have the exact stats anymore, but we were outshot heavily in both contests and I do remember that in the first game we penalized numerous times which lead to extended power play time for Georgia Tech, but Jon stood tall.
In that first game, we were very opportunistic and I believe Chris Dietz had a pair of goals, Paul Fedchak added one and I believe the fourth was scored by Mike Barrat. Martin Baldonieks had three assists, I remember that quite well. We won 4-2 and qualified for the championship. Georgia Tech had to await the outcome of the American/Navy game to find out their fate. If Navy won, Georgia Tech would get in based on their win over Navy. If American won, it would come down to goal differential between the two teams tied at a 1-1 record (American & Georgia Tech).
Navy ended up winning 10-1 or something absurd, so it was a rematch with Georgia Tech in the championship game. I remember being relieved that we didn’t have to play Navy, they were obviously well conditiioned and their cadets filled the rink, so the atmosphere was a bit intimidating to be sure.
This is a funny aside, but I’ll include it because well I have a degree in psychology and I find it funny. Most of Georgia Tech’s players were from the South and they announced the starting lineup before each game. As it turned out, we had quite an international lineup that we could send out there, so I purposely created the starting lineup with the most intimidating hometowns with the hope that it would give us an edge. I doubt it did, but I found it funny. So our starting lineup for all three games was the same.
Mike Barratt (Ontario, Canada)
Chris Dietz (St. Louis, MO)
Martin Baldonieks (Riga, Latvia)
Mike Latos (Wheeling, WV)
Anthony Koperski (Chigago, IL)
Jon McMahan (St. Louis, MO)

Article from the Butler Collegian (2000)

So, the championship game was more of the same from the day before. To be honest, Georgia Tech titled the ice against us, but Jon was again spectacular. I know that we were outshot by some ridiculous amount, but we found a way to push through. I believe Chris Dietz scored the game-winner midway through the second. Martin Baldonieks added two late open-net goals to secure the 3-0 result and the championship.
As defending champs, we were given an automatic bid to the 2000-2001 national championship, so I came onboard to coach full-time that season. I remember that we had a much better record that year, but we had a brutal draw at nationals. I believe they pushed the number from four teams to twelve that year. In our pod, we had national champions Wyoming and runners-up South Dakota State. We went 1-2 in the round robin and didn’t qualify to move on. For the life of me, I can’t remember who beat, but both of our losses were close and Senior Chris Dietz and Sophomore goalie Jon McMahan were the two leaders on and off the ice.”

Mar 15

Coach Gasior Inks 4 More Players For 2017-18 Season

With the conclusion of a very progressive 2016-17 season, Head Coach Jeff Gasior has been on the search for highly skilled hockey talent in Indiana and the surrounding states.

 

He’s done just that. So far, Gasior has gotten commitments from 4 players: Austin Dusak, John Wallrich, Will Huyler, and Patrick Walsh.

Austin Dusak

Austin Dusak, a 6’4 defensemen from the South Stars organization is the only one from Indiana on the list. Dusak’s height and defensive abilities will be an advantage for the Bulldogs in the seasons to come. Minnesota’s John Wallrich will also be joining Dusak on defense. Wallrich stands 5’10 and has shown promise during his time at our most recent prospect skate. Along with Wallrich and Dusak comes Defenseman Will Huyler (6’0). Huyler comes from Glenview, Illinois and played only 16 games for the Glenbrook South Titans after suffering a fractured arm mid-season.

Will Huyler

On the front end, Fenwick’s Patrick Walsh will offer offensive support for next year’s team. Walsh is the 3rd player to come from the Fenwick organization in the last 3 years, and his offensive abilities are prominent as he helped lead the Friar’s to a sweet sixteen birth in this year’s Illinois state playoffs.

John Wallrich

Coach Gasior has been able to tap into talent within Indiana and the surrounding areas. “With the momentum that our seniors have built for the Butler program we are honored to have the largest recruiting class thus far in Butler history ready to arrive on campus. With players coming from all over the country, you can see how quickly this program is growing amongst future college players”, Gasior added.

Patrick Walsh

Coach Gasior is not done, however. On that list of players from around the country include Brady Murphy, a 6’1 forward from Rockville, Maryland. Murphy attended the team’s last prospect skate, as well as a regular season practice. “Brady’s skill is second to none”, Gasior stated. “His puck handling abilities, size, and hockey IQ really make him a good hockey player”, he added. Along with Murphy, Gasior is also eyeing goaltender Ryan Dyball, who found a spot on the Illinois High School hockey all state team this past season. Murphy and Dyball are some of Gasior’s top prospects heading into the enrollment deadline. Murphy will announce his decision this Friday (3/17).

 

Gasior looks to add to this list as the Dawgs will be hosting a prospect skate on Saturday, March 25.

Jan 02

Butler Hockey Ends Semester 3-6, Looking Forward

The Bulldogs concluded their first semester play with 2 losses in a home and home series against Purdue University (3-2, 7-2) to notch a 3-6 start heading into the holiday break. The Dawgs found victories against Xavier University (2) as well as an overtime thriller against Eastern Kentucky University.

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Forward Kyle Kortebein in action against Notre Dame

The senior leadership from forward Kyle Kortebein has been apparent thus far in the season, who leads the team in scoring with 6 goals and 3 assists for a total of 9 points. Freshmen Riley Rentz has been a major contribution offensively as well for the Dawgs. Rentz ties Kortebein in points with 5 goals and 4 assists.

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Forward Riley Rentz in action against Notre Dame

Looking forward, the hockey team is excited to return 2 important players from last years team who have been abroad during the first semester of school. Juniors Patrick Connelly and Eric Gentry were 1 and 2 in scoring for last years team, where Connelly scored 7 goals with 5 assists in 11 games played, and Gentry with 3 goals and 7 assists in 10 games played.

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Forward Patrick Connelly returns to ice with hopes of sparking offense

The Dawgs open up the semester on the road against Xavier University on January 14th.

Nov 08

Bulldog Hockey Team Wins in Home Opener

After starting the season with 3 losses, the Butler Hockey opened their home schedule with an exciting 6-5 overtime win against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels (Division 2).

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4 different players scored for the Bulldogs, which include 2 goals from senior Kyle Kortebein and junior Chris Smith. Sophomore Joey Gurgone notched his first of the season, and freshman forward Riley Rentz found the back of the net for the first time in his collegiate career in an overtime goal. Ryan Barrett (2), Joey Gurgone (2), Robert Campbell, Kyle Kortebein, and Chris Smith all notched assists in the game. Rentz’s OT goal was unassisted.

 

The Bulldogs take the next weekend off but are back at home on November 4th and 5th with two games against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Mar 23

Butler Hockey’s New Head Coach: Jeff Gasior

The Butler University hockey team is proud to announce that an agreement has been reached with a new head coach in Jeff Gasior this week. Jeff recently held High School hockey coaching positions with Carmel, Zionsville, and Noblesville. Prior to his work with these teams, he served as Purdue’s head coach during the restarting of their program. He has also held coaching positions with other programs, which include the Indianapolis Inferno, Arapahoe Ice Warriors (Midget Major AAA in Colorado), and served as the Indiana Ice USHL Futures Tournament head coach a few years back. Take a look at this short Q & A to learn a little more about Coach Gasior!

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What kind of coach would you describe yourself to be?

I am a strong believer in preparation and discipline. I will make sure our team is ready for every team that we play and will have a game plan in place every time we step on the ice. Our focus will be on playing strong defensive hockey while also speeding up the game and forcing teams into playing our style and pace. Our team will dictate the play from whistle to whistle and force teams to defend us for an entire game.  While winning games and building a championship program will be a major focus, ensuring that our student athletes graduate from the best University in the country is first and foremost. Making sure our fans and alumni our proud of the way we represent this University and help any student athlete find a viable career path after their individual hockey career is over will be a major focus as well. This is the type of coach I will be and the expectations can be set high for our program as of this moment.

998913_10151893749827009_2102450187_nWhat are you looking forward to most in being the head coach of the Butler University hockey program?

I look forward to restoring Butler as a national contender and building on our successes year over year. Knowing the championship pedigree that Butler has and building off of the national championship team of 2000. Instilling the Butler Way in everything we do, both on and off the ice will be our main focus from day one. These are the items myself and our staff will be most looking forward to.

What team are you looking forward to playing the most? Why?

I am truly excited to play against Ball State’s hockey program. Knowing a few players on that team and the coaching staff well it should make for a great rivalry starting next season. In addition to establishing that rivalry, I also look forward to our home opener against Notre Dame, anytime you get a chance to beat a program like ND you have to be excited.

What should Butler Hockey fans expect from the team this upcoming season?

A 100% commit to providing our fans with the best hockey possible, a work ethic on the ice like never seen before and the ability to be proud of our student athletes in both the classroom and on the ice. The Butler Way will be established early on with this team and fans should expect to be involved in everything we do. Building our fan base and growing the alumni support will be our main focus. Bringing back players who helped win a national championship back and letting everyone know Butler is not a team to mess with this season. The fans should get nothing but the best from our team and if they don’t, my contact information is on the site and will expect them to hold me accountable for representing this great University. The fans can also expect to hear us screaming our fight song after every home game win, as with each win we will gladly sing our fight song to show our pride for representing this proud University.

Any special pregame routines or superstitions?

My biggest superstition is making sure and grabbing pieces of gum from our fans before all of our games. Need to feel that support and chew gum on the bench that our fans have brought. I also pay homage to the hockey gods before stepping on the bench before every game. These are just a few of the many pregame routines and superstitions I have.

Feb 22

Player Spotlight: Sean O’Reilly

Name: Sean O’Reilly

Number: 34

Grade: Junior

Major: Marketing

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Sean O'Reilly

Q: How would you describe your playing style?

A: As a goalie, there are two basic styles of play, stand-up and butterfly. I like to think I would definitely categorize myself as butterfly goalie with a pretty quick glove.

Q: If you had to pick an NHL’er that you resemble on the ice, who would it be?

A: I wish I could say I look like Martin Brodeur, but he had a way more old school style of play. If I had to pick a new school goaltender I would say Ryan Miller because of our ability to use size and flexibility to our advantage.

Q: How long have you been playing hockey?

A: I started skating when I was three and began playing goalie full time when I was 7.

Q: Favorite hockey memory?

A: My favorite hockey memory was when I was a bantam my team and I traveled to Wisconsin for a tournament with teams in the division above us. We won the whole thing after a 4 round shootout after only allowing two goals on 50+ shots. It was an amazing team effort and bonding experience.

Sean O'Reilly playing in High School for Loyola Academy.

Sean O’Reilly playing in High School for Loyola Academy.

Q: Favorite Butler Hockey memory?

A: My favorite Butler hockey memory is looking back on our first game against the University of Kentucky. We didn’t even have jerseys and barely knew each other’s names but everyone was so optimistic and excited to play competitively again. The team has come so far since then.

Q: Pregame meal/routine?

A: I’m not sure it’s a routine as much as a superstitious quirk but whenever I get my gear on I always put my left skate on first then right, and the same with my pads.

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Q: Favorite goal celebration?

A: I’ve always wanted to score a goal but have only had an empty net chance twice and I’ve missed both times. If I ever did I imagine I’d try to convince the other team and the referees to just end the game out on the account of rarity.

Feb 18

Player Spotlight: Patrick Connelly

Name: Patrick Connelly

Number: 5

Grade: Sophomore

Major: Finance

Hometown: Chicago, Ill

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Patrick Connelly (Photo by James Longstreth).

 

Q: How would you describe your playing style?

A: Aggressive as I can be, I like to focus on winning the small battles. I also like to use my shot to my advantage by getting a lot of pucks to the net and capitalize on scoring opportunities.

Q: If you had to pick an NHL’er that you resemble on the ice, who would it be?

A: Marian Hossa. I’m not sure exactly why.

Q: How long have you been playing hockey?

A: Since I was 5.

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Patrick Connelly (Photo by James Longstreth).

Q: Favorite hockey memory?

A: Senior season of high school. Mostly because we finished 10th in the state of Illinois, but also because of the group of guys we had on the team as well as we were able to beat (freshman) Joey Gurgone’s Fenwick Friars

Q: Favorite Butler Hockey memory?

A: First home game against IUPUI—it was cool to see all the support we got and see the beginning of something special.

Patrick Connelly with his mother and father.

Patrick Connelly with his mother and father.

Q: Pregame meal/routine?

A: I always have to eat my turkey sandwich.

Q: Favorite goal celebration?

A: Whatever comes to mind. I’m not really a flashy person but I guess it all depends on the situation of the goal.

Feb 17

Dawgs Lose 2 to 3rd Ranked Marquette

The hockey team traveled up to Wisconsin on Friday to face Marquette University, who is ranked 3rd in the Pacific Region of the ACHA.

Faceoff on Saturday afternoon's game (Marquette University Television).

Faceoff on Saturday afternoon’s game (Marquette University Television).

On Friday night, it was all Marquette, who won by a score of 9-0.

Marquette University had a six-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to a 9-0 win over Butler University.

Corey Quinn had one goal and three assists to lead Marquette. Quinn scored 6:35 into the third period to make the score 8-0Marquette. Christian Leathley provided the assist.

Others who scored for Marquette included Adam Benkovich, Marc Shipbaugh, and William Podewils, who each put in two and Brian Kennedy and Christopher Dolan, who scored one goal each. More assists for Marquette University came via Eric Plotz, who had two and Joe Bertane, Lee Barnes, Mitchell Ellena, Colin Telmanik, Johnny Stillman, and Christopher Morrow, who each chipped in one.

Butler University was held below its usual level of production, who normally averages 4.3 goals per game.

Butler and Marquette shake hands following the Saturday afternoon game (Marquette University Television)

Butler and Marquette shake hands following the Saturday afternoon game (Marquette University Television)

Saturday night was a little bit different, as the game was tied 1-1 after 2 periods. However, the Golden Eagles won it in the 3rd to end Butler’s inaugural season.

Sophomore forward Patrick Connelly found the back of the net just 1:30 into the first period to give the Dawgs a 1-0 lead over the Golden Eagles. Butler held that lead until 10 minutes later when Marquette defensmen Eric Plotz fired a shot from the point to beat Junior goaltender Sean O’Reilly.

Patrick Connelly fires a shot past Marquette's netminder to put the Dawgs up 1-0 (Marquette University Television).

Patrick Connelly fires a shot past Marquette’s netminder to put the Dawgs up 1-0 (Marquette University Television).

The 2nd period was held scoreless, but housed many close scoring opportunities from the Dawgs, including 1 controversial goal that was called off.

In the 3rd period, the floodgates opened and Marquette netted 5 more, which concluded the game at 6-1.

The broad cast of the game can be found here.

Feb 15

Ball State Takes 2 Games

The Bulldogs faced off against Ball State for the last pair of games of January. These games were close and tough, but the Butler hockey squad walked away with a couple losses.

 

The Friday night game was a home game for the Dawgs played at the Indy Fuel Tank in fishers. Three periods of regulation and an overtime session were not enough to settle matters as Ball State University defeated Butler University in a shootout 5-4 (1-0 SO).

The shootout lasted for 6 attempts between the teams.

Ball State University was led by Johnathon Simpson, who grabbed one goal. Simpson scored on the power play 58 seconds into the second period to make the score 2-1 M3-Ball State University. Mark Grainda picked up the assist.

In the losing effort, Butler University was led by Eric Gentry, who racked up two goals. Gentry scored the first of his two goals on the power play at 3:53 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Butler. Butler had gotten the advantage when Ball State University’s Wyatt Jackson was sent off for elbowing. Joey Gurgone assisted on the tally. Gentry’s next tally on the power play made the score 3-2 Ball State University with 8:07 left in the second period. Kyle Kortebein provided the assist.

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Forwards Josh Braun and Patrick Connelly skating hard in Friday night action against Ball State (Photo by James Longstreth).

Ball State University was ineffective while on the power play, as it was held to two goals off of 11 man advantages.

Ball State University also got points from Grainda, who also had one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Ball State University included Nick Seifer and Jacob Smulevitch, who each put in one. In addition, Ball State University received assists from Brock Frazer, who had three and Josh Wilkinson and David Shingler, who each chipped in one.

Sophomore defensemen celebrates 1 of his 2 goals of Friday night (Photo by James Longstreth).

Sophomore defensemen celebrates 1 of his 2 goals of Friday night (Photo by James Longstreth).

The defensemen of Butler University were also effective in Ball State University’s zone, and came away with two goals. M3-Butler University could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 24 minutes in penalties during the game.

Butler additionally got points from Patrick Connelly, who also tallied one goal and one assist and Kortebein, who also registered one goal and one assist. More assists for Butler came via Noah Brayton, who had one.

Forward Keenan Casey in action against Ball State on Friday night.

Forward Keenan Casey in action against Ball State on Friday night (Photo by James Longstreth).

Ball State University incurred 22 minutes in penalty time with six minors. Butler University registered two goals on seven power play opportunities.

 

Saturday night’s game took place at Butler’s home ice, but that didn’t help as the Dawgs fell to Ball State.

Ball State University had a three-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to a 4-1 win over Butler University.

Freshman forward Joey Gurgone in Saturday's game (Photo by James Longstreth).

Freshman forward Joey Gurgone in Saturday’s game (Photo by James Longstreth).

Ball State University’s Patrick Lawson was a brick wall in net, as he came up with 38 saves and let only one puck past him. Lawson certainly lowered his goals against average, which was 5.47 entering the contest.

Ball State University was sparked by Daniel Aultman, who registered one goal. Aultman scored on the power play 17:13 into the second period to make the score 2-0 Ball State. A cross checking penalty on Keenan Casey had put Ball State on the power play. Brock Frazer picked up the assist.

Ball State University put 42 shots on net during the contest.

Sophomore goaltender Jack Sigman made 38 saves on Saturday night (Photo by James Longstreth).

Sophomore goaltender Jack Sigman made 38 saves on Saturday night (Photo by James Longstreth).

Ball State University also got points from Mark Grainda, who also grabbed one goal and one assist and Matt Potter, who also tallied one goal and two assists. BSU got a goal from Aidan Wilkinson as well.

Butler University could not produce up to its normal offensive output. Butler averages 3.5 goals per game. Butler University’s offense rang up 39 shots on Ball State University’s net.

Sophomore captain Noah Brayton in Saturday night action (Photo by James Longstreth).

Sophomore captain Noah Brayton in Saturday night action (Photo by James Longstreth).

Ball State University incurred 20 minutes in penalty time with five minors. Jack Sigman made 38 saves for Butler University on 42 shots. Butler totaled nine minutes in penalty time with two minors and one major and went 1-for-4 on the power play.

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

Butler Hockey’s Kyle Kortebein notches his second point of the night by scoring on a rebound to tie the game at 2 (Photo by James Longstreth).

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.

Butler Hockey’s Hunter Byram takes a shot in action against IU on Thursday (Photo by James Longstreth).

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.

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