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The Bentley Falcons men's ice hockey team is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. The Falcons are an original member of Atlantic Hockey,[2] The Falcons play their home games at the Bentley Arena on the school's campus in Waltham, Massachusetts, having moved into the new, on-campus arena in February 2018. The Falcons are coached by former Falcon forward Ryan Soderquist ('00), the program's all-time scoring leader.

Bentley Falcons men's ice hockey
Bentley Falcons men's ice hockey athletic logo
UniversityBentley University
ConferenceAHA
First season1977–78
Head coachRyan Soderquist
18th season, 243–300–78 (.454)
Assistant coaches
  • Ben Murphy
  • Michael Findorff
CaptainTanner Jago
ArenaBentley Arena
Capacity: 2,117 (1,917 seats, 200 standing)
Surface: 200' x 85'
LocationWaltham, Massachusetts
ColorsBlue and White[1]
         
MascotFlex the Falcon

HistoryEdit

Hockey at Bentley began as a modest club team organized by students in the mid 1960s. Bentley Hall of Famer Reg Pearless was the first captain. The team gained official varsity status beginning with the 1977-78 season, and claimed consecutive ECAC 3 championships in 1980 and 1981.

The program made a provisional move to Division I for the 1998-99 season, and became a full Division I member for the following season, being a member of the MAAC. The Falcons then became one of the founding members of Atlantic Hockey when the league was founded for the 2003-04 season.

The team played its home games at the John A. Ryan Arena in Watertown from 1977-2018, before they moved into their new, on-campus home, Bentley Arena in February 2018.[3]

Season-by-season results[4]Edit

All-time coaching recordsEdit

As of the completion of 2018–19 season[4]

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1977–1980 Joe Quinn 3 32–26–0 .552
1980–1984 Tim Flynn 4 56–32–2 .633
1984–1985 Mark Canavan 1 5–15–0 .250
1985–1993 Tom Aprille 8 69–107–8 .397
1993–2002 Jim McAdam 9 101–134–16 .434
2002–Present Ryan Soderquist 17 243–300–78 .454
Totals 6 coaches 42 seasons 486–603–104 .451

Statistical Leaders[4]Edit

Career points leadersEdit

Player Years GP G A Pts PIM
Ryan Soderquist 1996–2000 84 89 173
Brett Gensler 2010–2014 145 73 94 167
Andrew Gladiuk 2012–2016 144 72 81 153
John Maguire 1980–1984 58 91 149
Max French 2013–2017 138 67 76 143
Gary See 1979–1983 52 89 141
Alex Grieve 2011–2015 139 55 73 128
Dain Prewitt 2005–2009 145 60 66 126
Shawn Smith 1995–1999 52 74 126
Brian Gangemi 1997–2000 56 65 121
Joe Maguire 1977–1981 65 56 121

Career Goaltending LeadersEdit

GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

Minimum 40 games

Player Years GP Min W L T GA SO SV% GAA
Branden Komm 2010–2014 115 6658 47 50 13 296 5 .919 2.67
Jayson Argue 2014–2018 80 4517 24 36 15 210 2 .913 2.79
Aidan Pelino 2016–Present 41 2171 14 17 4 101 2 .914 2.79
Gabe Antoni 2012–2016 43 2184 17 17 5 105 1 .911 2.88
Joe Calvi 2007–2011 81 4588 25 39 9 240 4 .901 3.14

Statistics current through the start of the 2018-19 season.

RosterEdit

For the 2019–2020 Season (9/12/2019).[5]

No. S/P/C Player Class Pos Height Weight DoB Hometown Previous team NHL rights
3   Luke Orysiuk Sophomore D 6' 0" (1.83 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1997-06-19 Edmonton, Alberta Fairbanks (NAHL)
4   Marcus Walter Freshman D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1999-06-14 St. Albert, Alberta Alberni Valley (BCHL)
5   Ethan Roswell Sophomore D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1998-07-30 Paradise Valley, Arizona Boston Jr. Bruins (NCDC)
6   Brendan Hamblet Junior F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1998-11-05 Hopkinton, Massachusetts Rivers (USHS–MA)
7   Connor Brassard Senior D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1995-04-04 Fitchburg, Massachusetts Jersey (USPHL)
9   Brendan Walkom Sophomore F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1998-01-28 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Madison (USHL)
10   Dylan Pitera Sophomore F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1999-07-04 Culver, Indiana Culver (Midget AAA)
11   Jakov Novak Sophomore F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1998-10-22 Windsor, Ontario Janesville (NAHL) OTT, 188th overall 2018
12   Matt Gosiewski Freshman F 6' 4" (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1998-05-10 Wilton, Connecticut Wenatchee (BCHL)
13   Will Garin Sophomore F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1997-10-30 Mound, Minnesota Brooks (AJHL)
14   Matt Lombardozzi Junior D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1997-06-27 Leominster, Massachusetts Carleton Place (CCHL)
15   Luke Santerno Junior F 6' 3" (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1996-06-24 Smithers, British Columbia Trail (BCHL)
16   Sam Kauppila Junior F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1996-05-12 Gurnee, Illinois St. Lawrence (ECAC)
17   Michael Zuffante Junior F 5' 10" (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1998-03-17 Bloomingdale, Illinois Minnesota Wilderness (NAHL)
18   Brett Orr Senior D 5' 10" (1.78 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1996-04-04 Elkhorn, Manitoba Portage (MJHL)
19   Jake Kauppila Senior F 6' 0" (1.83 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1995-01-19 Gurnee, Illinois Trail (BCHL)
20   Will Schlagenhauf Sophomore F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1998-10-12 Carmel, Indiana Muskegon (USHL)
21   Jonathan Desbiens Senior F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1996-03-02 Montreal, Quebec West Kelowna (BCHL)
22   Ryner Gorowsky (C) Senior F 5' 9" (1.75 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1996-02-02 Lino Lakes, Minnesota Fairbanks (NAHL)
23   Matt Riggleman Senior F 6' 1" (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1996-11-11 Milford, Michigan Sioux Falls (USHL)
24   Joe Winkelmann Freshman F 5' 11" (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 2000-05-08 St. Louis, Missouri Odessa (NAHL)
25   Hunter Toale Freshman D 6' 1" (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1999-11-21 Coral Springs, Florida Johnstown (NAHL)
26   Lucas Vanroboys Freshman F 6' 2" (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1999-07-24 Thamesville, Ontario Prince George (BCHL)
27   Carter Dwyer Freshman D 6' 3" (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1998-02-06 Exton, Pennsylvania Johnstown (NAHL)
28   Charlie Marchand Junior D 5' 11" (1.8 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1997-08-08 Calgary, Alberta Brooks (AJHL)
30   Aidan Pelino Senior G 6' 1" (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1995-11-18 Oakville, Ontario Chilliwack (BCHL)
33   Jason Grande Freshman G 6' 3" (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1999-02-07 West Chester, Pennsylvania Amarillo (NAHL)
34   Fraser Kirk Sophomore G 6' 2" (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1997-10-07 Burlington, Ontario Newmarket (OJHL)

UniformEdit

The Falcons have undergone a couple of uniform changes since the start of the 2010–2011 season. In accordance with the new Bentley brand, the Falcon's moved away from the white, navy and gold color scheme. The first switch made was to their road uniform. They moved from navy blue, with gold "Bentley" lettering, and white trim to a black uniform with a navy blue B in the middle and white trim. The new home uniforms were unveiled in the 2013–2014 season, and are still their current home uniforms. They are white with the Bentley back and grey B in the middle, navy blue and black trim, and black numbers/names on jerseys on the back. The new home jerseys were unveiled at Frozen Fenway on 12/28/2014. To start the 2014–2015 season, the Falcon's unveiled another new road uniform. This, their current road jersey, is black with navy blue "Bentley" lettering across the front, using white and navy trim with the Bentley crest on the shoulder. Both uniforms use black helmets, and black pants with a navy blue and white trim.

Home arenaEdit

The Falcons play at Bentley Arena, the program's new, on-campus arena. Ground was broken on the new arena in the summer of 2016, and completed in February 2018. The Falcons played their first game in the new Arena on February 16th, against Army West Point.

The 76,000 square foot Bentley Arena was designed by Architectural Resources Cambridge and built by Suffolk Construction. It has a capacity of 2,207 for hockey games.

Notable alumniEdit

  • Ryan Soderquist (2000): Soderquist graduated in 2000 with the most career goals (84) and career points (173) in program history. Soderquist also holds the record for most goals in a season, with 33. He has been Bentley's head coach since 2002, leading the team to a 243–300–78 record.
  • Brett Gensler (2014): Gensler graduated in 2014 as the program's all-time points leader at the Division I level, behind only Coach Ryan Soderquist. He was responsible for two of the three 50-point seasons in Bentley history, Gensler earned first-team All-Atlantic Hockey honors each of his last three years and was the recipient of the 2012 Walter Brown Award as the top American-born player in New England. He concluded his career with 73 goals (a Bentley Division I record), a school-record 94 assists and 167 points, second most in program history. After completing his Bentley career, Gensler signed with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL.
  • Max French (2017): French graduated in 2017, finishing his career as the Falcons' all-time 5th best point scorer and 4th best goal scorer. French was an assistant captain to Andrew Gladiuk in 2015-2016 as a junior and was named captain of the Falcons in his final season. French also earned All-Atlantic Hockey First Team honors in both his junior and senior seasons. During his time at Bentley, French racked up 143 points (67 goals, 76 assists) in 138 career games to join Gensler and Gladiuk as the only Falcons to average over a point per game at the Division I level. Upon completion of his senior season, French was invited to an ATO with the Utica Comets of the AHL, but never found the starting lineup in his short few weeks with the team. On July 12, 2017, the Texas Stars, AHL affiliate of the NHL's Dallas Stars, signed French for the 2017-2018 season. This signing marked the first time a Bentley alum had been signed to a professional contract at the AHL level or above.
  • Tanner Jago (2019): Jago finished his Bentley career with the second-most games played in program history, as well as third-most points for a defenseman in program history. In July 2019, he signed with the Texas Stars of the AHL.
  • Alexey Solovyev (2019): Solovyev signed with the Providence Bruins of the AHL in July 2019.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bentley University Color Palette". Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  2. ^ "Bentley Falcons Men's Hockey". U.S. College Hockey Online. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  3. ^ BentleyFalcons.com
  4. ^ a b c "Bentley Falcons Men's Hockey" (PDF). Bentley Falcons Program History. Retrieved October 9, 2014.
  5. ^ "2018–19 Bentley University Hockey Roster". Bentley University. Retrieved August 22, 2017.

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