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    Bentley University 2017-18: Can I get an "AMEN!" from the congregation?

    FINALLY!!! We will have our long-awaited new arena up and running, hopefully in time for the 2nd half of the season. While that topic rightfully dwarfs all other talking points, a few other things to consider:

    -Schedule?
    -Baseless speculations on future conference affiliation?
    -Recruiting?
    -Predicitions?
    -Who will be the first opponent in the new digs?

    Discuss.

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    Re: Bentley University 2017-18: Can I get an "AMEN!" from the congregation?

    Many of us are chomping at the bit in anticipation of playing in the new digs next year, just need a little bit of help from the scheduling gods!

    Hurry up Atlantic Hockey, we want a January or February game date. For play-offs would rather have home ice heehee, will live with visiting in 2019 instead haha.

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    Re: Bentley University 2017-18: Can I get an "AMEN!" from the congregation?

    Amen!

    This link was posted on the Bentley arena construction thread, but it should be posted here also.

    When the time-lapse video went up on Facebook last week, it generated 250+ views in the first 15 minutes. Soon thereafter, was uploaded as YouTube video on Wednesday afternoon, April 26th.

    https://youtu.be/3UUQRh39pwI.

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    Unfortunately Bentley isn't very transparent with scheduling and things this early on, but some of us spoke to Soder and he seems to know next years schedule already. He told us "There won't be a set first opponent for the new rink, it will be whoever we're playing the first weekend the rink opens." So hopefully we get lucky and either get a big non-conference opponent or someone like Hurst, HC or RMU who have seemed to be our biggest rivals in the last few years. SHU would also be cool, given the history of the last two seasons. Either way, what a huge moment that will be for this program and I cannot wait to be there for it.

    Once finals are over I'll write a longer post about next season including recruits and returning players. Glad to see this thread getting started early!

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    It might be too tough of a proposition to setup a known rival for opening day as schedules need to be finalized shortly and construction can at times be advanced / delayed due to unforeseen circumstances. I would think as soon as can be predictably decided the new rink will be pressed into service, who knows maybe in time for December for a present to the Senior class players!

    So many of us an envious, a great venue and one where we all wish to be there opening night.

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    Re: Bentley University 2017-18: Can I get an "AMEN!" from the congregation?

    Bentley returning to Hanover for opportunity to settle score with Big Green on December 9th.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snively65 View Post
    Bentley returning to Hanover for opportunity to settle score with Big Green on December 9th.
    And, the same week, Bentley travels south to play Brown on Wednesday night, December 6th.

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    Re: Bentley University 2017-18: Can I get an "AMEN!" from the congregation?

    Northeastern's schedule released, in which Huskies visit Watertown (or Waltham?) on January 5th, and Falcons visit Matthews on January 6th.
    Last edited by Snively65; 06-05-2017 at 05:13 PM.

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    No new barn visit for the Tiger's, Falcons going west to Rochester for the only two game series this season.

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    Re: Bentley University 2017-18: Can I get an "AMEN!" from the congregation?

    Max French named CoSIDA Academic All-American

    http://bentleyfalcons.com/sports/mic...20170608lvzs8g

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    Re: Bentley University 2017-18: Can I get an "AMEN!" from the congregation?

    For the record, Northeastern believes they'll be playing at the JAR in January and is expecting to miss the new arena by a week or two.

    Could just be trying to prevent anybody from getting their hopes up, as I'd imagine our fanbase is a solid second place on the list of people who never want to play there again after our fantastic 0-1-1 record in the past two years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRevengeance View Post
    For the record, Northeastern believes they'll be playing at the JAR in January and is expecting to miss the new arena by a week or two....
    I was an English major but I knew enough injuniers to understand that construction schedules are--at best--an educated guess and that project completion could either speed up or slip based on the whims of labor, deliveries, inspections, and the overall permitting process.

    My guess would be that, yes, we'll be playing at the JAR unless the construction unions and local inspection/licensing authorities decide to speed things up. Not counting on it, tho.
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    Re: Bentley University 2017-18: Can I get an "AMEN!" from the congregation?

    Army and 'Hurst schedules just out, so Bentley's schedule continues to fill in by default. Bentley visits Army for two 12+13 January 2018, Army visits Bentley for two on 16+17 February 2018, and 'Hurst visits Bentley for two on 27+28 October 2017.

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    Re: Bentley University 2017-18: Can I get an "AMEN!" from the congregation?

    Any inside info on incoming frosh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by schiegs View Post
    Any inside info on incoming frosh?
    See post #4 from acohen527; finals have been over for about two months. :-)

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    Re: Bentley University 2017-18: Can I get an "AMEN!" from the congregation?

    Full schedule.

    http://www.bentleyfalcons.com/sports...20170630jucmrh

    From conversations with may of those in the know, the "target" opener for the new barn was that 1/5 weekend. My guess is that they penciled in Northeastern as a hopeful (but by no means guaranteed) OOC home opener. What the chances of that actually happening are... we'll see. The rink is progressing nicely. The exterior is taking form and the inside is starting to as well. Regardless, I'm excited for my first visit to a Bentley Hockey game (as an alumni )

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Top Shelf View Post
    Full schedule.

    http://www.bentleyfalcons.com/sports...20170630jucmrh

    From conversations with may of those in the know, the "target" opener for the new barn was that 1/5 weekend. My guess is that they penciled in Northeastern as a hopeful (but by no means guaranteed) OOC home opener. What the chances of that actually happening are... we'll see. The rink is progressing nicely. The exterior is taking form and the inside is starting to as well. Regardless, I'm excited for my first visit to a Bentley Hockey game (as an alumni )
    Why would they have the opening of the long awaited, brand new, state of the art, on-campus arena......when No students are around? Makes no sense at all to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snively65 View Post
    See post #4 from acohen527; finals have been over for about two months. :-)
    Haha you got me, sorry about that. Haven't been on the forum in awhile, but excited to get back into things.

    As promised, here's some intel about the incoming freshman class:

    This class may not be as exciting as last years, which arguably was one of the best freshman classes Bentley has ever had. But in my opinion, this incoming class provides a well rounded base of skaters that not only provides a good amount of skill but plenty of size, a category Bentley has seriously lacked in the last few years.

    To start, the player I'm most excited for is Brett Mennear. Mennear will most likely be the biggest asset to the Falcons from this freshman class both on and off the ice. Mennear is a 5'9 165 right handed center from Kelowna, BC. Sound familiar? This kid is basically a carbon copy of Max French, and while it's very unlikely Mennear will be able to fill the void left by French, he's about as close as you're gonna get. Mennear played 3.5 seasons for the West Kelowna Warriors, including the 15-16 RBC Cup championship season where he played on the same line as... Jonathan Desbiens. These two were dominant on the same line in the playoffs that year, with Mennear earning MVP honors in the Western Canada Cup with 4 goals and 2 assists in 5 games. That season, Mennear scored 42pts (18g24a) in 52 regular season games as he took more of a backseat role in the Warriors star-studded lineup.

    In 16-17, Mennear was sent to the Prince George Spruce Kings, where he was almost immediately named captain upon arrival. He then put on a display that proved he was a force to be reckoned with in the BCHL. Mennear posted 25-54-79 in 58 games with the Kings, good enough for 4th in points and 2nd in assists in the league. Comparatively, Jonathan Desbiens posted a 83 point BCHL season the year before. However, Mennear becomes more impressive when you look at his surrounding cast. Desbiens had two other teammates post 74+ point totals in 15-16, and had another teammate with 54. In 16-17, Mennear's closest teammate? 47 points, and it was a defenseman. Mennear got it done on his own, showing his incredible individual talent. Despite his efforts, the Kings weren't able to manage to make it out of the first round of the playoffs. However, Mennear's outstanding play did earn him BCHL Second-Team All Star status. From what I can tell, Mennear is a real game changer on the ice and will hopefully be able to contribute from day one. His only downside is his size at 5'9", but recent examples show us this shouldn't be too much of an issue (Schmidt, Desbiens, Gorowksy)

    Speaking of size, this class has it. 5 guys over 6 feet, including 3 players standing at 6'3". Those 3 guys will actually be the tallest players on the team (excluding goalies), as the current team only has 9 guys over 6' and none over 6'2". Here are the 5 guys over 6 feet, and their 16-17 stats:

    Luke Santerno - 6'3" 181 - Forward - RH shot - 16/17 BCHL Trail Smoke Eaters 33-31-64 57gms - 21 years old

    Jakov Novak - 6'3" 201 - Forward - LH shot - 16/17 NAHL Janesville Jets 11-17-28 52gms - 18 years old

    Nick Rutigliano - 6'1" 201 - Defense - RH shot - 16/17 BCHL West Kelowna Warriors C* 3-14-17 45gms - 21 years old

    David Giunta - 6'0" 187 - Defense - RH shot - 16/17 BCHL Coquitlam Express 4-17-21 51gms - 20 years old

    Michael Boyle - 6'3" 194 - Defense - ? shot - 16/17 USHL Dubuque Fighting Saints 5-6-11 57gms - 19 years old

    Out of this group, I think Santerno and Rutigliano are the real bright spots. Rutigliano was also a part of that 15/16 WK Warriors RBC Cup team, and was captain of the warriors this past year. Santerno was the top contributor on his BCHL squad and provides the rare size/scoring dual threat. Novak is young and was actually a C-list prospect for this years NHL draft. If his game develops, he could become a real threat with his size. Giunta is a local from Lynnfield MA, and should provide as a solid blue-liner. Boyle is the only USHL recruit in this class, which is always helpful in terms of college readiness. His 114 penalty minutes were 11th most in the USHL last year, leading me to believe he could play somewhat of an enforcer role.

    The rest:

    Brendan Hamblet - 5'11" 170 - Forward - RH shot - 16/17 USHS The Rivers School C* 15-25-40 31gms - 18 years old

    Charlie Marchand - 5'11" 185 - Defense - RH shot - 16/17 AJHL Brooks Bandits 3-23-26 60gms - 19 years old

    Hamblet hasn't played in any major junior leagues, with his limited experience coming in the form of high school (prep school?) hockey, and midget U18 hockey. At 18 years old he has a lot of potential, but questions arise as to whether his game can translate to the college level with his limited experience. Marchand has been committed since the end of 2015 and his game should translate well to the NCAA. He's played 3 years on a very dominant AJHL team in the Brooks Bandits, one of the teams that gave the WK Warriors a run for their money in 15/16. Marchand had an offensive decline last year, but expect his offensive numbers to rise once again at the college level.

    OVERALL NOTES:

    - Size is a big asset for this class. The Falcons desperately need size in order to win puck battles along the boards with their heavy reliance on the dump and chase.

    - This is the first year the Falcons have had two true freshman (Novak and Hamblet) on the squad in recent memory, not to mention two other players just a year older than them. Maybe the new rink is bringing in younger, more talented recruits. This is the first time (in my 4 years as a Falcon) I've noticed freshmen under 20 years old on the roster, and there are 4 of them.

    - 3 local players from Mass (Rutigliano, Hamblet, Giunta) could provide some more fans at the JAR in the first half of the season

    - 8 incoming freshmen compared to 5 outgoing seniors. 4 D-men coming vs. 2 leaving, 4 Forwards coming vs. 3 leaving. Will there be cuts? Will Soder just have an expanded roster. We won't know the answers to these questions until much later in the year, but the spike in injuries the last couple of years lead me to believe that there might be a few extra skaters on Soder's bench this year. My guess is that one or more of Salsberry, Kucerovy, or Sieckhaus will either be cut or are leaving the team, it'd be very interesting if Soder expanded the roster by 3 guys.

    I'm excited for this team. My expectations are not as high as they've been in the past, but it will be really interesting to see how these guys perform. The young talent will be the driving force behind their success; if they produce, the team will win. If the freshmen/sophomores disappoint, it will be a LONG season. Only time will tell.

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    Excellent summary post, 527. And, thanks for posting schedule link here, TTS. And, I agree, schiegs, it would not make sense for the opener in the new rink on campus to happen before classes resume on January 16th. I recall that there was speculation in the new rink thread that perhaps NU could reschedule their visit to a Tuesday evening later in January.

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    Re: Bentley University 2017-18: Can I get an "AMEN!" from the congregation?

    Great notes and insight, acohen. Thanks!

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