Nov 17

Butler Ties Denison University 3-3

The Butler Bulldogs tied Denison University 3-3 in a rough and penalty-filled game.

A return of a former Butler player now playing for Denison resulted in both teams beginning the game on edge. The Dawgs started the game on their heels and gave up an early goal. Butler had their chances but were held scoreless in the first period. Denison went into the first intermission up 1-0.

The second period was scoreless until Ben Otto finally got one passed the Denison goaltender with 4 minutes left in the period. This broke the game open with Brady Murphy scoring a minute later but that was quickly answered by Denison to tie the game 2-2. The Dawgs would not be stopped however as Eric Gentry scored with a minute left in the period to give Butler the 3-2 lead going into the second intermission.

Both teams had multiple chances in the third period before Denison tied it up with 8 minutes remaining in the 3rd period. Neither team could score so an overtime period was needed. Both teams traded chances again but both goaltenders stood tall. The game ended in a 3-3 tie as ACHA rules do not include shootouts after the second week of play.

The Dawgs move to 5-2-1 and get some much needed rest over Thanksgiving break. The next weekend series is at home against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels with games at 9:40 PM on Friday Dec. 1 and a 4:50 start on Saturday Dec. 2.

 

 

Nov 13

Butler Falls to Notre Dame 3-1

The Butler Bulldogs fell to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 3-1 on November 3rd.

The Dawgs were able to keep the game close against a team that defeated them twice last year. The Dawgs weathered Notre Dame’s initial onslaught in the first period and went into the second period scoreless after some fantastic saves by senior goaltender Jack Sigman. Butler started the second period on the power play, yet couldn’t score despite hitting the post twice. Notre Dame finally broke through on a power play of their own. They quickly scored again on a “knucklepuck” from the point that Sigman couldn’t see. The Irish scored again going into the break to make it 3-0 at the second intermission.

The Dawgs fought back hard in the third period and began to push the Irish back on their heels. Jack Becker was able to score on the power play to cut the lead to 2 but a few key saves by the Irish goaltender and some missed Butler opportunities ended the game with the 3-1 final. Jack Sigman made 33 saves on the night while the Bulldogs totaled 27 shots on the Notre Dame netminder.

While this was a disappointing loss for Butler, the game showed steps in the right direction with a much improved effort which proved to be a hard fought hockey game against a team who swept the Bulldogs last year.

Oct 29

Butler sweeps weekend series against U of Indy

The Dawgs push their win streak to five games after sweeping the weekend series over the University of Indianapolis with final scores of 6-2 and 6-3.

In game 1, the Dawgs started fast again with an early power play goal from Eric Gentry. The Greyhounds got the goal right back with a power play goal of their own. It was all Butler from then on with two more goals scored immediately after from Jesse Longtin and Noah Brayton. The Dawgs continued to roll during the second period with two more goals from Brady Murphy and Noah Brayton’s second of the game. The first line continued to roll for Butler as Ben Otto scored in the third period to push it to 6-1. The Greyhounds added a goal in garbage time with a minute to play to push the final score to 6-2. The Dawgs widely outshot the Greyhounds (52-23), and the first line of Brady Murphy, Ben Otto, and Noah Brayton combined for 8 points and 4 goals.

In game 2, the Greyhounds showed that they were not going to be taken lightly. Indianapolis scored two goals quickly to put the Dawgs back on their heels. Butler’s first line continued showing their scoring touch with a another power play goal from Brady Murphy. The Dawgs went into the first intermission down by a goal, but Coach Gasior clearly said something to motivate the team in the locker room because the Dawgs came out flying in the second period. After dominating the first seven minutes of the period, Captain Noah Brayton scored a power play goal to tie the game at two. Butler later scored two goals in less than a minute from Ben Otto and Jack Unterseher’s first goal of the season to take a 4-2 lead into the intermission. Jack Unterseher scored again halfway through the third period to extended the Butler lead to three. The Hounds scored a fluke, “knucklepuck” goal with five minutes left in the third to make things interesting before Jake Vance scored his first goal of the year on an empty net to give Butler a 6-3 win.

With a record of 5-1, the Dawgs have now tied their win total from all of last year and have had their best start since the return of the team a few years ago. The Dawgs return to the ice next week on Friday, November 3rd at Notre Dame for a one game series against the Irish.

Oct 23

Butler Wins Third Straight in Overtime

The Butler Bulldogs pick up up their third straight win in OT with a 3-2 win over University of Indianapolis on Friday.The game started off slow with both teams testing each other out in their first game ever played against each other. No goals were scored in the first period with the Dawgs out shooting Indy 15-6. Both goaltenders stood tall again in the second before Indy was finally able to solve senior goaltender Jack Sigman to take the lead going into the second intermission.

Butler came out fast in the third with Jesse Longtin scoring a goal three minutes into the period. Less than six minutes later Hunter Byram scored on a 2-1 rush on a beautiful cross crease pass from Eric Gentry. Butler held the majority of the possession for the remainder of the period until a late Butler penalty led to a Greyhound goal with three minutes left. For the third straight game, the Dawgs blew a late third period lead despite out shooting their opponent by over 30 shots.

Overtime began with both teams trading blows back and forth. The game finally ended on a 2 on 1 in the corner led by captain Noah Brayton. Brayton fed the puck to forward Ryan Barrett in front of the net, and Barrett was able to deflect the puck into the net despite being cross checked to the ice. This was Barrett’s first goal of the season, and extended Butler’s win streak to three.

The Dawgs next games will be a rematch against University of Indianapolis next week at 9:40 PM on Friday and 3:40 PM on Saturday and the Pop Weaver Youth Pavilion.

 

Oct 07

Butler Wins Another Overtime Game

Butler picks up another victory in league play in their 4-3 OT win today.

Butler started fast again with Will Reichart picking up his first career collegiate goal. The score remained at 1-0 until midway through the second when the Dawgs scored twice from Brady Murphy and Ben Otto. Goaltender Jack Sigman kept Ball State at bay with some incredible saves until they finally beat him late in the second period to make it 3-1.

The Dawgs again failed to keep their third period lead as Ball State scored twice to tie the game up late in the third. The teams would again head to overtime. After a number of chances from both sides, Butler’s Will Reichart broke away from the defenseman and got a breakaway. He was hooked but still was able to deposit the puck in the back of the net to give Butler their second straight win.

Butler returns to play on October 20th versus University of Indianapolis at 9:40 PM.

Oct 07

Butler Gets First Win of the Year

Butler picked up its first win of the season in a 7-6 shootout thriller over Ball State.

The Dawgs came out flying scoring two goals early from Jack Becker and Brady Murphy within the first four minutes. Ball State clawed back and tied the game at two heading into the first intermission.

Butler again came out fast and put up four unanswered goals early in the second period with goals from Jack Becker, Hunter Byram, Jesse Longtin, and Ben Otto. Ball State scored a late goal to cut the lead to 6-3, but Butler dominated the majority of the period.

The Dawgs came out in the third period thinking they could coast to a victory. They were wrong. Ball State scored three goals in a three minute span to tie the game up. Both teams traded chances back and forth for the remainder of the period including multiple posts being hit from both sides. No more goals were scored so the game headed to overtime.

Both teams had power plays in overtime but both goalies stood tall and the game was to be decided in a shootout. Jesse Longtin and Hunter Byram went for Butler and were stopped. Ryan Dyball stopped both Ball State attempts in net. Freshman Brady Murphy was Butler’s final shooter and he finally broke the stalemate with his shootout goal. Ryan Dyball stopped the final Ball State shooter and picked up his first collegiate win and Butler’s first win of the year.

The Dawgs will play Ball State again today at 3:40 PM at the Pop Warner Youth Pavilion. Senior goaltender Jack Sigman will likely be making his first start of the year in net for Butler.

Sep 23

Butler loses first game at Vanderbilt 5-0

The Butler Bulldogs drop their season opener to Vanderbilt University by a final score of 5-0.

Freshman Goaltender Ryan Dyball in action on Friday night (9/22)

The Bulldogs had six players playing in their first collegiate game, including freshmen goaltender Ryan Dyball who made 25 saves in his first career start.The Dawgs were also missing three key players due to injury and sickness.

With their first game in the books, Butler looks forward to their next series against Ball State on October 6 and 7.

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.