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JAR Renovations Underway

Earlier this year, we reported that the John A. Ryan Arena would be undergoing a massive renovation this offseason.  Gone would be the low-slung ceilings with puck holes dotting ripped fabric and in would be a new low-emissions ceiling.  With the foil yet to be hung, the JAR already looks brand spanking new, like a completely different rink.

After the jump, take a look at the new Ryan Arena ceilings and get ready for hockey season as the Bentley Falcons get ready to open up their new era in 2014-2015!

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Grieve Named 2014-2015 Bentley Falcons Captain

Kubiak, Switzer, Weinstein Named Alternates

The Bentley Falcons announced on Wednesday that senior forward Alex Grieve will dawn the captain’s C for the 2014-2015 season.  Grieve will serve as the team’s only captain, while fellow seniors Alex Kubiak, Brett Switzer, and Steve Weinstein were named alternates.  Grieve wore an alternate’s A last season for the team.

From the Bentley University athletics website:

Grieve was an assistant captain last season and is coming off a stellar junior year where he finished among the top-10 nationally in both goals and points. His 25 goals, which set a new program Division I single-season record, were sixth, and his 47 points were tied for ninth. He was named second team All-Atlantic Hockey, and recently completed a stint at the New York Islanders’ Development Camp.

Kubiak played in 32 games last season and notched two goals and 10 assists for 12 points, while being a key part of Bentley’s penalty kill unit, which ended the season with the third best percentage in Atlantic Hockey. He was recently chosen to the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic team for the third straight year.

Switzer was a part of Bentley’s high-scoring top-line last season, producing an 11-19-30 scoring line in 37 games. He finished in the top-20 in Atlantic Hockey in both assists and points, and was also named to the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic team for the third straight season. Switzer’s older brother, Mike, was a four-year defenseman for Bentley who graduated in 2012.

Weinstein led the nation in points per game among defensemen last season, averaging 1.03. He led all Division I blue liners with 37 assists, which was fifth in the nation overall. That number also set a new Bentley single-season record, and helped him be named first team All-Atlantic Hockey. The LA native was also named one of three finalists for the Walter Brown Award, and to the New England Division I All-Star team.

The quartet of seniors will lead the Falcons into the 2014-15 season, which begins on Saturday, Oct. 11 at Quinnipiac.

History Caught: #12 Andrew Gladiuk

In hockey, it always seems like successful teams have that one sniper, the one player who can score from anywhere on the ice.  While not the most recognizable player on the Falcons last year, Bentley forward Andrew Gladiuk established himself as perhaps the biggest goal-scoring threat in all of Atlantic Hockey in just his sophomore campaign.  He shattered power play goal scoring records and was one of the major reasons behind Bentley’s 26%, 2nd-best-in-the-nation man-up unit.  Coming off his Rookie of the Year campaign, Gladiuk was in line to break the goal-scoring record before he was eclipsed by teammate Alex Grieve.

Andrew Gladiuk had 22 goals last season, good enough for third best in Bentley Division I program history.  He finished ranked behind only Brett Gensler’s 23-goal output in 2011-2012 and Alex Grieve’s 25 goals last year.  Those 22 goals tied for sixth best in program history with Richard Starck’s year in 1993-1994.

Gladiuk shattered the mark for power play goals in a single season with 16.  That was best in the nation at the close of the year and broke Starck’s all-time record of 12 set during the ’95-’96 season.

Gladiuk now has 20 career power play goals, tied for the Division I program history lead with Marc Menzione, Dustin Cloutier, and teammate Alex Grieve.  Both Grieve and Gladiuk are vying to break the record of 26 set by Starck.

Gladiuk has seven career game winning goals.  That ranks tied for fourth in Bentley Division I program history with teammate Alex Grieve.  It’s part of a greater four-way tie for fifth all time with Shane Borman and Scott Frerichs for the program’s history.  Players in front of them for all-time career stats include teammate Brett Switzer (8), Ryan Soderquist and Dain Prewitt (9), and Brett Gensler (10).  All except Soderquist were at the D1 level exclusively.

Gladiuk had 37 points last season, tying him for eighth in D1 program history with Jeff Gumaer.  Of scoring seasons in the top 15, he holds the most points with the least amount of assists.

He was named to the All-Atlantic Hockey Third Team last year, a year after he won Rookie of the Year honors.  Gladiuk and Grieve won back-to-back ROY honors.  He was also named All-Rookie two years ago.

History Caught: #24 Steve Weinstein

In the annals of history and record books, hockey defensemen rarely get noticed on the same level as their scoring brethren.  Blueliners are more likely to be known for their ability to be tough, to prevent goals – after all, that’s why they play “defense.”  But Steve Weinstein established himself as a two-way threat with his skating ability during his sophomore season at Bentley, and he took it to a whole other level last year.  In the process, he reestablished what it means to play defense for the team, and he reinvented the position as we knew it at the collegiate, AHA level.

Steve Weinstein had 37 assists last season for the Bentley Falcons.  He became the first since 1998-1999 to score 30 helpers, joined later in the season by Brett Gensler, who would finish the year with 32 assists.  Both broke the all-time helper record previously held by Shawn Smith (31 in ’98-’99).  These were the first 30-assist seasons for the program at the Division I level.

Weinstein’s 37 assists put him on pace to break the all-time record for career helpers set last season.  He now has 72 apples.  Brett Gensler holds the all-time and Division I assist record with 94.

Weinstein’s 37 assists helped him have 38 points last year, good enough for 7th best all time at the Division I level.

His 81 career points enter the 2014-2015 season season 11th all-time at the D1 level.  He is just three points behind current teammate Brett Switzer for 10th place.  Steve Tobio is 9th with 87 points.  Dustin Cloutier is 8th with 93 points.  Only six players in Bentley Division I history finished their careers with 100 points.

Weinstein was named First Team All-AHA last season, the first time he’s earned the honor.  He had been named Second Team in 2013.

History Caught: #23 Alex Grieve

Alex Grieve returns to Bentley for his senior year this season, and he’s already entering a pantheon occupied by some of the greats in program history.  We’ll be keeping an eye on him this year as he enters a role vacated by the graduation of Brett Gensler, and we’ll watch this year as Grieve attempts to chase down #26 with a shot to make history on his own.

Alex Grieve enters his senior year with 112 career points.  That places him 11th all-time in program history, tied with Anthony Canzoneri, Jeff Gumaer, and Garrett Trull.  He needs one point to tie Dave Langley ’81 for 10th all-time.  Steve Tobio ’02 is in ninth with 120 points.  Brian Gangemi ’00 and Joe Maguire ’81 are tied for 7th all time with 121 points.  Dain Prewitt ’09 and Shawn Smith ’99 are tied for fifth with 126 points.  Gary See ’83 is fourth with 141, and John Maguire ’84 is third with 149 points.  Brett Gensler ’14 is second with 167 career points, and Ryan Soderquist ’00 has the career record with 173 points.

Grieve’s 112 career points is tied for third all-time in Bentley Division I program history with Canzoneri and Gumaer.  He’ll need 14 points to match Dain Prewitt ’09 for second on the Division I list, and Gensler holds the D1 record with 167.

Grieve has 50 career goals, which is just outside the top 10 all time.  He needs two goals to tie for 10th all time in program history with Gary See and Shawn Smith.

Those 50 goals are good enough for fourth best in D1 program history.  He needs 10 goals to tie Dain Prewitt for 3rd all time and 12 goals to tie Jeff Gumaer for 2nd.  Brett Gensler holds the D1 record with 73 career goals.

Grieve’s 25 goals from last season set a new record for single season goals at the Division I level.  It was fourth best all-time behind a record of 33 set by Ryan Soderquist in 1997-1998.  Soderquist’s 33 goals is the only 30-goal season in Bentley program history.

Grieve has 62 career assists, just outside the top 10 all time.  Scott Frerichs ’97 and Dain Prewitt ’09 are tied for 1th with 66.  Those 62 assists are fifth best at the Division I level.  Prewitt is fourth with 66.  Current teammate Steve Weinstein is third with 72 (and counting as of the start of this year).  Anthony Canzoneri ’09 is 2nd with 84 assists, and Gensler holds both the program and D1 records with 94 helpers.

Grieve has 22 assists last season, tied for ninth best in D1 history.  The record was set twice last year with the first ever 30 assist seasons by his teammates Gensler and Weinstein.

He is tied for the Division I record for career power play goals with 20.  He is tied with Marc Menzione ’09, Dustin Cloutier ’11, and his teammate, Andrew Gladiuk, entering his junior season.  This number is tied for fourth all-time behind the record of 26 set by Richard Starck in three seasons between 1993-1996.

Grieve’s nine power play goals last season ranks third best in Bentley Division I program history.  It finished sixth overall in Bentley’s overall program history.

The senior has seven career game-winning goals.  That places him tied for fifth entering this season.  He is three behind the record of 10 set for both the D1 and all-time program record by Brett Gensler.

Grieve remains one of only three members of the Bentley program to win the AHA Rookie of the Year Award, having won it in 2012.  He was named Second Team All-AHA last season, his first appearance on the postseason roster.

History Caught: #30 Branden Komm

We continue a look back at 2013-2014 by remembering some of the history that the team achieved over the course of last season.  In today’s edition, we look at the greatest goalie to skate for the Bentley blue, black, and gold.  Branden Komm finished his career ranked first in every major goaltending category, reestablishing the pantheon for what it means to be a netminder for the Falcons.

Branden Komm graduated with more wins than any goalie in the history of the program, breaking a record that was set by the first goalie in Bentley history, Barratt Davison.  With 47 wins, he is the first goalie to eclipse both the 40 and 45 win barriers.

Komm’s 19 win season this past year set the single season record, eclipsing Davison’s record of 18 in 1980-1981.  Komm’s 16 win season from 2011-2012 ranks third on the list, while his 11 win season from 2011-2012 is tied for ninth best all-time.

He set the career record for saves, finishing with 3,356 stops over his four year tenure.  That’s exactly 100 better than Simon St. Pierre’s mark set between 2001-2005 as the first goalie to ever play exclusively at the Division I level.  Komm and St. Pierre are the only two goalies in Bentley program history with over 3,000 career saves.

Komm has 1,079 saves this past year, one short of tying the record he set in 2011-2012.  His 1,052 saves in 2012-2013 ranks third on the list.  He is the only goalie in program history with 1,000 or more saves in a single season, achieving the mark three times.

Komm played 6,658 minutes over his career, a Bentley program record.  He broke the record of 6,531 set by Simon St. Pierre.  Komm and St. Pierre finished as the only goalies to break the 5,000, 5,500, 6,000, and 6,500 minute mark.  Third place on the all-time record is 4,587 by Joe Calvi between 2007-2011.

Komm played 2,194 minutes this past season, second best all-time and 43 minutes short of the record he set during the 2011-2012 season.  Those two seasons are the only two years in Bentley program history where a goalie played 2,000 minutes in a single year.  He played in 1,885 minutes during the 2012-2013 season, fourth best all-time.  Simon St. Pierre’s 1,964 minutes in 2002-2003 is third best all-time.

Komm appeared in 115 career games, also a record.  That’s two better than St. Pierre.

The 37 games Komm played this past season finished second all-time, one less than the 38 games he appeared in during the 2011-2012 season.  His 33 games in 2012-2013 is fourth best all time with St. Pierre again breaking him up from a 1-2-3 sweep.  St. Pierre played in 34 games during the ’02-’03 season.

Komm’s 2.67 career goals against average is the only Bentley goalie with a career GAA under 3.00.

He holds the top two spots for a single season GAA.  His 2.46 GAA from this past season ranks second to his 2.41 from 2011-2012.  His 3.12 from 2012-2013 ranks eighth best.

Komm’s .919 career save percentage was a program record, and he holds the record for a single season save percentage with a .923 set during both the 2011-2012 and 2013-2014 seasons.  His .915 from 2012-2013 ranks fourth, with Ray Jean at .916 in third.

His five shutouts are second most all-time, one behind Simon St. Pierre’s six.

Komm finished second for single season shutouts with three in 2011-2012.

His 58 saves during the double-overtime loss to RIT in Game 2 of the 2012 AHA Quarterfinals is a single game record for Bentley’s Division I history (the all-time record is 73).

History Caught: #26 Brett Gensler

As the 2014-2015 season readies on the horizon, we look back at the history made by the 2013-2014 Bentley Falcons both at an individual and team level.

Prior to the start of the ’13-’14 season, Brett Gensler’s name was mentioned alongside Dain Prewitt and Anthony Canzoneri.  The hope was that he would enter that pantheon.  What was unexpected and even more shocking is that #26 would finish his Bentley career in a pantheon occupied by only one other athlete to ever lace up skates for the program – his head coach, Ryan Soderquist.  A surefire future Bentley Hall of Famer, Gensler represented a face that shifted perspective of an entire program, much in the way Lauren Battista did for women’s basketball and Mackenzy Bernadeau did for football.

Brett Gensler finished his career with 167 points, the most by any Division I scorer and the second most in the program’s 34 year history.  He finished six points behind head coach Ryan Soderquist for the all-time scoring record.  The next closest point scorer in Division I history is Dain Prewitt, who had 126.

Those 167 points set an Atlantic Hockey Association career point record.

Gensler had 53 points in 2013-2014.  This broke his Division I scoring record of 50 points set in 2011-2012.  He is the only Bentley Division I scorer with 50 point seasons, and he’s the only one in Bentley program history with multiple 50-point seasons.  Counting his 2012-2013 season, he is the only Bentley player in program history to have three 40-point seasons, having scored 40 during his junior year.

Those 53 points finished second best all-time, six points behind the 59-point season of head coach Ryan Soderquist in 1997-1998.

Gensler finished his career with 73 goals, best in the program’s Division I history and second best all-time.  Soderquist is the all-time goals scoring leader with 84.

He finished his career with 94 assists, best in program history.

Gensler’s 21 goals last season finished as the eighth best single season tally in program history and tied for fourth best with Dain Prewitt’s 2008-2009 record-setting season at the Division I level.

His three career hat tricks is a Division I program record.

Gensler originally held the single-season Division I scoring record with 23 goals, set in 2011-2012.  But that tally was broken last season by Alex Grieve, who scored 25.  Gensler’s 25 goals in ’11-’12 is currently second best D1 and fifth best all-time.

Gensler had 32 assists last season, good enough to finish second all-time in program history behind only teammate Steve Weinstein, who had 37 last season.  Those numbers are the same for the Division I record.  Gensler has multiple finishes in the top 10 all time; his 27 assists is a tie for eighth best all-time and fourth best in Division I history.  A third season of 24 assists in 2012-2013 ranks in a tie for sixth best all-time at the Division I level.

His 10 career game-winning goals is the best in Bentley program history.  He had five game-winning goals last season, tied for best all-time with Dain Prewitt’s 2008-2009 season.

His 13 career power play goals ranks eighth best in Division I history.

Gensler finished with 145 games played in his career, tied for best all-time with several Falcons from the 2008-2009 squad.  He finished tied for his class with Jared Rickord, the team captain, who equaled his 145 game output.  Overall, Gensler played in 145 of a possible 146 games in his career.

He finished his career as a three-time All-Atlantic Hockey Association First Team Player, achieving the award in ’12, ’13, and ’14.  He was also named to the Atlantic Hockey 10th Anniversary Third Team in 2013.