Bentley and Sacred Heart only play each other twice again this year; last January Bentley split with a 6-5 OT loss and a 4-3 win in Milford. Sacred Heart comes to Watertown with 1 fewer AHA points, but two games in hand. Both teams have lots in common, and also some notable differences this season compared to last.
Bentley lost to graduation its top three scorers (Prewitt, Canozoneri, Gumaer), one of its top two D-men (Russell), and its top PK guy (Percella). Sacred Heart lost to graduation two of its top four top scorers (Trapp, Giosa), top D-man (Grimson), and primary goalie (Drew).
Both teams play in off-campus rinks, although I would rate the Milford Ice Pavilion a notch or two above the John A. Ryan Rink.
Sacred Heart has a new head coach (C.J. Marottolo), whereas Bentley has a new assistant coach (Ben Murphy).
So far this season, both teams have been splitting duties between goalies, although Frosh Steven Legatto has played almost double the minutes of junior Olivier St. Onge for Sacred Heart (279 vs 149). For Bentley, junior Joe Calvi has played 244 minutes in net, whereas sophomore Kyle Rank has played 180 minutes.
Bentley has received 12 points from four frosh, including 7 from Dan Koudys, who is tied with senior Marc Menzione for the lead. Sacred Heart has received 13 points from five frosh.
Sacred Heart has the best AHA OOC record so far this season (6-5 OT win over Union, 3-3 tie against St. Lawrence, and a 4-3 OT loss to RPI). Bentley has tough 3-2 losses to Northeastern and Quinnipiac (in OT).
So, what are your thoughts about these two games this coming weekend?