Just one season after barely missing Regionals, some might have expected the Florida Atlantic ice hockey team to just be happy making that tournament this season. However, (during this year’s Regional Tournament) wins over USF and Arkansas earned the Owls an elusive berth to the National Championship Tournament, one of just 16 spots available throughout the country.
FAU made the trip to Holland, Michigan – a 22 hour bus trip each way. The exhausted and shorthanded team fought valiantly, skating all the way with the host and favorites, Hope College (eventual runner-up), in a 5-1 loss. The Owls battled hard in a 6-3 loss to Colorado, and saw a close game widen late against Robert Morris. Before coming home, four skaters and a goaltender represented FAU in the tournament’s All-Star game.
Friends, families, and fans alike are extremely proud of the job that the Owls did this season, and expect even bigger and better things next year.”
The owls won two straight games at the ACHA Regional tournament, propelling them into the ACHA National Tournament slated to take place March 9th to the 12th in Holland Michigan. This is the first time FAU has attended this tournament since their 2004-2005 season.
FAU took it to USF in an early game on Friday, ousting their familiar foe 10-4 in what was considered pay back for the two losses to the Bulls earlier in the season. On Saturday, the Owls faced off against southern powerhouse U of Arkansas, a team who attended Nationals in 2009-10. The game was end to end and very exciting. The owls were able to tie the game and eventually take the lead in the second period. Midway through the third period, Arkansas was able to stuff the puck home making the score 3-3
In the last 2:30 of the third period, the Razorbacks went a man short after commiting a penalty. The Owls in brilliant fashion took full advantage of this PowerPlay and put the puck in the net to secure a 4-3 win!
As more information comes in, we will keep the fans posted!
Better known as “The Voice”, Andrew has devoted countless hours of his time to help promote the team both at the rink and in the community. Not only has he become a staple at FAU home games, but he has also established a “cult” following of fans who are impressed by his ability to broadcast a hockey game (or any other sporting event for that matter) as if he has been behind the mic for 30 years.
Owls Goaltending Coach Erik Bentley made a short pre-game announcement in front of a large crowd describing his relationship with Andrew and what he really means to the team.
The Owls also presented him with an official home game jersey bearing a nameplate that reads none other than “The Voice”.
The Owls would also like to recognize Andrew’s girlfriend Elizabeth Frank who also has devoted countless hours assisting Andrew with game night production. The two of them together do a phenominal job and the Owls feel extremely blessed to have them on their side! You can hear Andrew in person at all home games, or online over our gamenight broadcasts on this site.
Below are photos of Elizabeth and Andrew, as well as the ceremonial jersey presented to Andrew.
The Owls hosted the University of Florida Gators Friday night in what was the first of a 2 game home series for the team. The crowd, which was heavily comprised of UF fans was the largest the Owls had hosted this season.
The Owls started the game a bit flat-footed allowing the Gators to score first with a quick shot that snuck by Owls goaltender Bobby Ramos.
It was at that point that the Owls gained momentum, scoring the next two goals resulting in a 2-1 score at the end of the first.
From that point on, it was an end to end battle that tested both team’s goaltenders. Owls netminder Bobby Ramos put on what some would call a “clinic” stopping over 30+ shots from the Gators.
Thanks to a stellar performance by their goaltender, the Owls were able to oust the Gators with a solid 6-2 win.
The Owls face-off against the Gators again Saturday night at the Saveology IcePlex at 8:00 pm.
January 28, 2011 was certainly another night to remember as your FAU Owls overcame yet another challenge by knocking off the #2 ranked FGCU Eagles at home in front of a great crowd. This was the second time in 4 years that the Owls were able to defeat the Ft. Myers club.
Unfortunately it was also a night that delivered a tough blow to the Owls roster. Late in the 3rd period, Owls captain Nick Pacquee attemped to keep the puck in the Eagles zone when he made contact with an aggressive Eagles backchecker. In the process, Nick broke his left wrist and immediately left the ice in obvious and immediate discomfort. Soon after the game ended, Pacquee was transported to the Coral Springs Medical Center where his wrist was x-rayed and splinted. On Wednesday of this week, Pacquee was admitted for surgery on the injured wrist. According to Pacquee, the Doctor implanted 2 screws and a pin that will remain in the defenseman’s wrist for the rest of his life.
The injury spelled an early “retirement” from this season for Pacquee, something he surely regrets. Pacquee continues to support his team from the bench and looks forward to a successful post season for his team.
If you’re wondering what the injury looked like, just take a look at the photo above! Ouch.
Erik Bentley, former goaltender with Florida Atlantic University’s hockey team received possibly the most important phone call of his life on New Year’s Day.
Bentley was contacted by the Head Coach of the Cincinnati Cyclones, ECHL (East Coast Hockey League) affiliate to the Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators National Hockey League (NHL) clubs. The Cyclones top netminder was called-up to the AHL Milwaukee Admirals, just one stop from the NHL.
This week finds Bentley traveling to join his new pro squad. They will practice Tuesday and play three games Wednesday through Saturday vs. The Florida Everblades just across the state at Germain Arena in Estero, Florida.
It seems that in order to best fill the roster spot the Cyclones contacted The Florida Panthers’ Goaltending Coach Rob Tallas. Tallas recommended they acquire Bentley. Bentley had practiced on many occasions over the past two years with the NHL Panthers. Tallas undoubtedly felt good about such an endorsement.
Bentley graduated last year from Florida Atlantic University where he played his collegiate hockey. A South Florida native, Erik is a professional goalie coach working at the Saveology Iceplex in Coral Springs, Florida, home training facility to the Florida Panthers. His students ranging from under age 10 to adult benefit greatly from Erik’s private lessons and have long been his most enthusiastic fans.
In addition to private lessons, Bentley is a volunteer coach with Florida Atlantic’s hockey team and owns two local businesses.
Florida Atlantic University (based in Boca Raton, Florida) competes in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Men’s Division 3 – South region.
For additional information contact Assistant Coach Scott Grosky at Scott@FAUHockey.com or 954-275-3275.
By: Andrew Imber
Coral Springs, FL – Every team has a defining point during the season. Some wilt away under the pressure, while others combat it head on and turn things around.
Down 4-0 in the first period against one of the strongest teams out there, Florida Atlantic put the nation on warning with a thrilling 6-5 overtime victory on home ice, Friday night. After Florida Gulf Coast scored the game’s first four goals, including three before the game was five and a half minutes old, the Owls started the charge back with a Nick Isoldi power play goal. After goals by Ricky Baldasti and Bobby San, Baldasti tied things up with a short handed marker, his second of the game.
Bobby San scored his second goal of the game to give FAU its first lead at 5-4. However, a late Steven O’Neill tally tied the game and forced overtime. The team’s traded chances in the extra session before Bobby San completed the hat trick with the overtime winner.
The two teams play again, Saturday night, at Florida Gulf Coast.
Can’t make the game? No problem. Thanks to announcer extraordinaire and tech guru (and the official VOICE of your FAU Owls) Andrew Imber, the FAU Owls now offer live play-by-play game broadcasts on the web via USTREAM. Just click on the “LIVE BROADCAST” link above on any home game night and hear Andrew do this thing- you’ll be glad you did!
This is something that not many teams have the chance to do. Just another step in the right direction for the all new FAU hockey team!
By Andrew “The Voice” Imber- FAU play-by-play Announcer
Coral Springs, FL – Florida Atlantic survived an early power play goal, before scoring five unanswered goals en route to a 7-4 win Saturday night over the Tennessee Volunteers. Nick Isoldi had two goals, one shorthanded, and the Owls improved to 3-0 on the season.
Florida Atlantic also got goals from Michael Cupolo, Bobby San, Ricky Baldasti, Shawn Sullivan, and Anthony Marini. Robert Banks scored twice for Tennessee, which dropped its third game in as many nights. Kevin Jones and Dylan Stokes also scored for the Volunteers.
FAU puts its spotless record on the line in a home and home series against Florida Gulf Coast on October 22nd and October 23rd. Florida Gulf Coast finished in the top four at least year’s D-III ACHA National Championships.
FYI: It costs the team over $75,000 a season just to play their regularly scheduled games. This does not include regionals or nationals! Without the financial support of the fans and our community our season would not be possible! If your wondering how you can help you can contact Erik@FauHockey.com! Remember, a little can go a long way!
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