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.
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).
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 (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).
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).
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).
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.