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northeastern
10-12-2009, 02:19 PM
These 2 teams played last yr in a 4-1 Huskies win, but (as i mentioned in our season thread), i thought the Falcons skated pretty well.

Have you lost/ gained on defense since then? How is your goaltending situation? I think NU will win.. but no blowout as i will give your D credit from last yr. Any snipers we shoud know about? As you know for us.. we lost Brad Thiessen to the pros along with other seniors like Ryan Ginand & Joe Vitale. We did get some promising freshman & they have skated very well our first 2 gms, yet we did lose one of our best skaters - Steve Quailer (who played well against you last yr).. to an ACL injury in an exhibition gm 10 days ago.

Well, how does your team look this year Bentley fans? Have you had any reg or exhibition gms so far? I thought we should have won our gm last yr by more than a couple goals but your defense was pretty good (my opinion). Thiessen wasn't too shabby either. We do have a new tender... he's settling down. He's no Thiessen...
yet :)

JW Tigers
10-12-2009, 04:09 PM
I posted this in the NU season thread, but it probably fits better here.

I'm not sure who Bentley lost (or gained, for that matter) after last season, but they were playing some really good hockey for the second half of last season. They skated well and had pretty good patience. I saw them in a February series against Air Force and they looked really good that weekend and handed AFA one of their four conference losses of the entire season. So if they pick up where they left off last year, they'll be tough. One thing for sure: the AHA is not a laughing stock these days.

schiegs
10-12-2009, 05:12 PM
They lost a lot after last season. Basically their entire front line was lost to graduation. Coach says that D-men will be more involved in scoring this year(and they will have to be.) Definitely a rebuilding year. One bright spot is the return of some good goaltending in Rank and Calvi.

Unless someone really steps up, this could be a long year. :-(

NUMcNeely
10-12-2009, 05:38 PM
If Bentley fans do treck down from Waltham for the game, the atmosphere atleast should be worth the trip, it's our home opener so the place should be a bit more packed than the game between these two squads last year at Matthews.

choog
10-12-2009, 06:18 PM
Speaking of hitting the road

what do you guys generally do for away game tickets? I'll have my car at NU this year and i'd love to start making the trip to away games this season. Any way to get them at blackman?Any student rates?

walrus655321
10-12-2009, 06:41 PM
Speaking of hitting the road

what do you guys generally do for away game tickets? I'll have my car at NU this year and i'd love to start making the trip to away games this season. Any way to get them at blackman?Any student rates?

No student rates, but they do sell them at Blackmon. I usually go the Monday or Tuesday before the game but it doesn't hurt to try the prev Friday.

choog
10-12-2009, 06:45 PM
Awesome, thanks

What does it usually cost?

HuskyMan
10-12-2009, 08:12 PM
Awesome, thanks

What does it usually cost?

Every arena is different but generally in the 15-20 range. Some are higher (BU is close to 30 for example) some are lower (Providence is like 10 I think). Don't forget the Lowell family pack.

Add in parking and gas and it's still not a brutal night. Get a couple guys to split the gas and parking and it's even better.

For like Burlington and Orono you can usually find a crappy motel for around 30 a night, once again split four ways and it's really not all that much.

walrus655321
10-12-2009, 09:39 PM
Awesome, thanks

What does it usually cost?

Whatever that arena would cost.

I know last year for the game at bc it was actually cheaper to have someone run to chestnut hill and buy tickets through them, since they were offering some kind of family pack to fill the arena (it was spring break). and when I've bought tixx at Merrimack they've always given me the student rate of 50% off. Those tickets would be normal price through NU.

northeastern
10-12-2009, 10:30 PM
I posted this in the NU season thread, but it probably fits better here.

I'm not sure who Bentley lost (or gained, for that matter) after last season, but they were playing some really good hockey for the second half of last season. They skated well and had pretty good patience. I saw them in a February series against Air Force and they looked really good that weekend and handed AFA one of their four conference losses of the entire season. So if they pick up where they left off last year, they'll be tough. One thing for sure: the AHA is not a laughing stock these days.

Agree.. and i wasn't aware that Bentley lost a lot to graduation.. (going by what 'schiegs' said), otherwise (or inspite, i should say).. i still think this a close gm.

I'll say NU 5 (eng) Bentley 3 (Rawlings looked good in Colorado/ Gm2... now he's gotta get over opening night jitters & attention from the home crowd :) )

NUHuskies
10-13-2009, 12:49 AM
The student section needs to show Rawlings support from the very beginning. Maybe when they come out for warmups we should do a Rawlings chant to get things going.

sameoldfury
10-13-2009, 08:16 AM
If this offense is going to convince me that they can get it done this season, they need to put up 6 goals this weekend.

Ebinsugewa
10-13-2009, 12:32 PM
If this offense is going to convince me that they can get it done this season, they need to put up 6 goals this weekend.

That's easily the part of the team I'm least worried about.

DieHardDog
10-13-2009, 12:56 PM
Agreed; offense has looked good so far and they even had 2 PPGs at Colorado. I also like the idea of supporting Rawlings from the start of warmups. There's nothing like having 3,000 fans chant your name to give you a little confidence.

northeastern
10-13-2009, 01:35 PM
The student section needs to show Rawlings support from the very beginning. Maybe when they come out for warmups we should do a Rawlings chant to get things going.

..sounds good.

How about every time he makes a sick save.. you yell

"THAT'S JUST (wrong) !! RAW !!!!!!!"...... :) (hey, i'm trying) :)

choog
10-13-2009, 03:16 PM
Any chance it may make him more nervous to.... live up to the expectations or something? We gave him a FANTASTIC welcome against St. Thomas and we all know he looked pretty shaky there...

Snively65
10-13-2009, 08:02 PM
These 2 teams played last yr in a 4-1 Huskies win, but (as i mentioned in our season thread), i thought the Falcons skated pretty well.

Have you lost/ gained on defense since then? How is your goaltending situation? I think NU will win.. but no blowout as i will give your D credit from last yr. Any snipers we shoud know about? As you know for us.. we lost Brad Thiessen to the pros along with other seniors like Ryan Ginand & Joe Vitale. We did get some promising freshman & they have skated very well our first 2 gms, yet we did lose one of our best skaters - Steve Quailer (who played well against you last yr).. to an ACL injury in an exhibition gm 10 days ago.

Well, how does your team look this year Bentley fans? Have you had any reg or exhibition gms so far? I thought we should have won our gm last yr by more than a couple goals but your defense was pretty good (my opinion). Thiessen wasn't too shabby either. We do have a new tender... he's settling down. He's no Thiessen...
yet :)

Although one of you Huskies red-squared me for a comment that I made defending Maine in one of your threads last season, I will take another chance. Here is part of a post that I made to the Bentley U. Falcons 2009-10 thread (hey, we even have our own thread now!:) ).

I really enjoyed the Bentley game at Matthews last year, and wish that I could attend this year, but I will be out of town. The energy in the student section (Dog Pound?) reminded me of the old days at Snively in Durham (the lack of fan energy at the Whitt is abysmal at times). I think that it is going to be another tough early season for Bentley, playing Quinnipiac the night after we visit Matthews, then a trip to Colorado Springs to play Air Force the first weekend of November. But, I expect Bentley will become better in the second half again this season (we tied for 4th in AHA last season, then made it to the tourney in Rochester, where we lost 3-0 to Air Force, who almost upset Vermont to add a third 4th seed to the F4).

I think that our top line this year will be last season's second line of Erik Peterson (#7, Jr; got our only goal off Thiessen last year), Dustin Cloutier (#23, Jr), and Marc Menzione (#19, Sr), assuming that they are kept intact, as I have not seen any practices this pre-season. I heard that our players will skate without their names on jerseys again the first half of this season, but then add their names the second half. The other guy up front to watch is Herbie Kent (#21, So), who gained a lot of experience playing on last year's third line. I think that, unlike last year, defense will be Bentley's strongest asset this season, with five of six regular D-men back (three sophomores), along with both goalies. D-man to watch is Bobby Preece (#24, Sr), who will be expected to take an even bigger role on offense this year than last.


"The 2008-2009 season was a break-through of sorts, as Bentley beat RPI (4-3 ot) and Maine (3-1), and lost to Colgate (4-1), Northeastern (4-1, a much closer game than the score might indicate), and Ohio State twice (10-1, 3-2 ot, but the blow out was primarily caused by rare lack of discipline that led to six 5-3 pp goals). Bentley also split with Air Force (2-3, 4-1, outplaying AF in the loss, I think) and Mercyhurst (4-6, 3-1, but again outplaying the Lakers in the loss, in my opinion) at J A Ryan late in the season. I really thought that Bentley could knock off the other Falcons in the AHA tourney for a chance to play the Wolverines and maybe UVM in Bridgeport. The Northeastern game was a late scheduling opportunity, which meant no Qunnipiac game last season.

As noted by Tnado, Bentley graduated their top three scorers in Jeff Gumaer, Anthony Canzoneri, and Dain Prewitt (first line, 42, 37, 35 points each, respectively), as well as Pat Percella (fourth line and best PK player) and D-man Casey Russell, who played about every game all four seasons (14 assists last year). But, last year's second line was almost as productive as the first, with Erik Peterson (So), Dustin Cloutier (So), and Marc Menzione (Jr) scoring 34, 27, 27 points each. Justin Kemmerer (Jr), who played D his first two seasons, moved up to the fourth line and point on the PP, to make room for three frosh D-men, Ryan Kayfes (2 G, 8 A), Trent Bonnett (0 G, 8 A), and Mike Switzer (0 G, 6 A), all of whom played in about every game in 2008-2009. So, with Bobby Preece (Jr, 2 G, 22 A) and Anders Olson (Jr, 0 G, 5 A) back, there is only one open slot for a D-man, in contrast with two or three slots for frosh forwards, as Soderquist's history is playing all four lines throughout most games.

My favorite Bentley goals of the 2008-2009 season were Erik Peterson's off Brad Thiessen at Matthews Arena (made the score 2-1 and hushed the crowd) and Jeff Gumaer's two in Orono, which I heard described in disbelief through a radio-feed on my computer. I do not know much about the frosh recruits, but nearly all of our athletes at Bentley are serious students and all graduate with business degrees and multiple career options. As much of a dump as J A Ryan Rink is for home ice, I enjoy watching games there, where some heat vents were added above the seating last season, but free pizza was given up, perhaps due to the economy?"

northeastern
10-13-2009, 08:47 PM
Wow.. great post Snively65.. lots of detail in there..


Any chance it may make him more nervous to.... live up to the expectations or something? We gave him a FANTASTIC welcome against St. Thomas and we all know he looked pretty shaky there...

.. i think that exhibition gm for Rawlings at Matthews must have been a little difficult.. mainly because he was put in goal in the middle of the gm. He never had the chance to ease into the game. Even with that, first time in a gm situation he gave up 2 goals in front of the home crowd & that has to be a bit nerve racking -playing on Matthews ice in front of the home fans after sitting on the bench & watching like everyone else.

He prob also faced far fewer shots in pre-gm warmups as he was not going to be the starting goalie that night.

I think after his play in that second Colorado gm & in time.. he is going to look forward to the fans at Matthews & relish the 'Fantastic Welcomes' :)..

choog
10-13-2009, 08:57 PM
He prob also faced far fewer shots in pre-gm warmups as he was not going to be the starting goalie that night.

You think? I thought for sure his entrance in the 2nd period was part of the plan all along. I doubt Cronin expected much out of... what's-his-face...

northeastern
10-13-2009, 09:11 PM
..hmm well, i'm not privy to any 'RAW Intelligence'.. :)