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Snively65
02-01-2019, 10:21 PM
THAT was a fun game to watch. Despite being completely outmatched on the PP through most of the game, they stood up very well against AF at full strength. Center ice passing was better than the past, and they held ground against a bigger squad.

It honestly felt like they were much better matched at full strength as opposed to being on the PP. That AF PK was impressive.

Yup, our PP looked pretty anemic tonight. But, our Falcons battled hard the entire night. We went into the game with a 1-7 record over the previous 8 games against Air Force, so nice to get our second OT win of the season. And, now we are at 0.500 on the season :)

Snively65
02-03-2019, 12:12 AM
Nice run that Bentley has put together, with tonight's 4-0 shut out hosting Air Force giving them a winning percentage for the first time this season, and third place in the AHC standings.

schiegs
02-03-2019, 04:37 PM
There is a lot to be encouraged by for the stretch run;

- Currently in 2nd place by win %, with a few games in hand
- Remaining games are against the lower half of the conference
- No major problems with injuries
- Playing strong fundamental hockey at the right time of the season (they seem to be playing much better between the blue lines this year)

A few weeks ago I was trying to find routes for them to get a home playoff series. Now, they may be looking at a first round bye. Eating my crow, now.

acohen527
02-04-2019, 02:19 PM
Fun time to be a Bentley Hockey fan!!! 4 votes in the poll this week, only behind AIC (for Atlantic Hockey) who received 10.

Awesome sweep this weekend against a very solid Air Force team. I was there on Friday, and what a game it was. The Falcons showed incredible resiliency and heart, trailing the whole game, scoring with 2:00 to tie it up, then a great OT goal after a ton of sustained offensive pressure. I watched the first period of Saturday's game, and I think they looked even better in that period than they did for most of Friday's game.

There is a LOT to be excited about with this team. I echo all of Schiegs' comments. Pelino is playing great, the passing and chemistry between these guys is on another level, and special teams is holding up well enough to keep the train moving.

My only concern is that we're getting hot at the wrong time... however, if they continue to play at this level, they will be a force to be reckoned with in the AHC playoffs. Excited for the next few weeks!!

Snively65
02-07-2019, 09:37 PM
Fun time to be a Bentley Hockey fan!!! 4 votes in the poll this week, only behind AIC (for Atlantic Hockey) who received 10.

Awesome sweep this weekend against a very solid Air Force team. I was there on Friday, and what a game it was. The Falcons showed incredible resiliency and heart, trailing the whole game, scoring with 2:00 to tie it up, then a great OT goal after a ton of sustained offensive pressure. I watched the first period of Saturday's game, and I think they looked even better in that period than they did for most of Friday's game.

There is a LOT to be excited about with this team. I echo all of Schiegs' comments. Pelino is playing great, the passing and chemistry between these guys is on another level, and special teams is holding up well enough to keep the train moving.

My only concern is that we're getting hot at the wrong time... however, if they continue to play at this level, they will be a force to be reckoned with in the AHC playoffs. Excited for the next few weeks!!

When was the last time that our Falcons picked up 4 votes, for 25th place in the USCHO weekly poll?

Run the regular season table and we will have our first ever 20-win season. But, I would not mind missing the bye, which would not allow the Falcons to get rusty with the extra week off. And, would give Drew Callin a couple extra games to reach 100 career points, to keep that five-year streak going. But, with 79 points going into this weekend, that is probably a long shot. And, I like the way that Soderquist has put together a couple of top lines that have gelled in the second half of the season.

Snively65
02-09-2019, 04:00 AM
And, the unbeaten string extends to 10 games. Great effort to come back late in third to tie, and then dig deep to win in OT. I think that by Soderquist playing all four lines and three D pairs throughout game, the Falcons were able to wear down the Griffs in OT. Need to make the most of these games in hand to reel in AIC. It was not that long ago when the five eastern teams were at the bottom of AHC year in and year out.

schiegs
02-09-2019, 06:44 PM
11.

Snively65
02-10-2019, 06:03 PM
11.

In uncharted territory, for sure. :-)

Leather Lungs
02-10-2019, 11:51 PM
Need to make the most of these games in hand to reel in AIC. It was not that long ago when the five eastern teams were at the bottom of AHC year in and year out.

While I'm hoping Bentley loses and ties a couple here in the home stretch so the Jackets can clinch the regular season title, I too am glad to see some long overdue eastern dominance.

Snively65
02-12-2019, 04:51 PM
Fun time to be a Bentley Hockey fan!!! 4 votes in the poll this week, only behind AIC (for Atlantic Hockey) who received 10.

Awesome sweep this weekend against a very solid Air Force team. I was there on Friday, and what a game it was. The Falcons showed incredible resiliency and heart, trailing the whole game, scoring with 2:00 to tie it up, then a great OT goal after a ton of sustained offensive pressure. I watched the first period of Saturday's game, and I think they looked even better in that period than they did for most of Friday's game.

There is a LOT to be excited about with this team. I echo all of Schiegs' comments. Pelino is playing great, the passing and chemistry between these guys is on another level, and special teams is holding up well enough to keep the train moving.

My only concern is that we're getting hot at the wrong time... however, if they continue to play at this level, they will be a force to be reckoned with in the AHC playoffs. Excited for the next few weeks!!

13 votes and 23rd place in USCHO poll yesterday.

schiegs
02-14-2019, 09:33 PM
12.

Snively65
02-15-2019, 02:30 AM
12.

And, the run continues. Drew Callin picks up 2 more points. And, according to jflory81 on the Atlantic Hockey thread, Bentley clinched home ice in the postseason.

schiegs
02-15-2019, 09:26 PM
0.

Snively65
02-15-2019, 09:52 PM
0.

Well, it was a fine run. And, gotta like the EAG when down two goals late. I still like our chances for a bye, although I would not mind seeing some extra home games in the MBPBEGAM round. Another point for Callin's goal, but will need a deep postseason for him to reach 100 career points, I think.

And, UML's second best unbeaten run in nation ended tonight also.

schiegs
02-21-2019, 07:15 PM
My very unscientific survey of available tickets makes it look like there will be a good crowd at the regular season finale tomorrow night. I've always hoped Bentley and HC would develop a legit rivalry. A loud barn and a win would help.

Snively65
02-21-2019, 10:14 PM
My very unscientific survey of available tickets makes it look like there will be a good crowd at the regular season finale tomorrow night. I've always hoped Bentley and HC would develop a legit rivalry. A loud barn and a win would help.

Always been our best rivalry, I think.

acohen527
02-22-2019, 08:30 AM
Always been our best rivalry, I think.

Bentley has been doing a TON of social media marketing/promotion this week for Friday's game. More than I've ever seen for sure. Hopefully it will result in a packed house!

Sad to see the streak end, but it didn't end without a fight. Remarkably, Bentley has only lost ONE game by more than 2 goals and THREE games by more than 1 goal this season, which makes me think that the first half was just a warm up for what we've seen over the last couple of months. Excited for these last few games and hopefully a playoff run to Rochester!!

Scott Biggar
02-22-2019, 03:26 PM
Excited for these last few games and hopefully a playoff run to Rochester!!

If you are a Falcons fan, hopefully Bentley will continue right through Rochester and go all the way to Buffalo, since the AHA finals are at Canisius' HarborCentre this season.

schiegs
02-24-2019, 08:53 PM
Friday's box score lists the game as a sellout. While I am always skeptical of published attendance numbers, glad to see they had a good crowd.

Snively65
02-24-2019, 09:02 PM
Friday's box score lists the game as a sellout. While I am always skeptical of published attendance numbers, glad to see they had a good crowd.

The crowd was similar in size to the Harvard game, schiegs. Of course, there are always STHers who do not show up leaving empty seats. I think our band is first rate, and have even improved at the national anthem (not their forte), although the little girl who sang it Friday night got a huge round of applause from the crowd. Good for her! I think that the drummer and bass guitarist are superb.

As for hockey, I hope that the coaches figure out what is wrong and fix it for next weekend and the postseason. I am now thinking that a bye and an extra week of practice might be a good thing; but a bye is by no means guaranteed at this point.