October 4, 2007

Bulldogs Host Wisconsin Foes

Oct. 4, 2007

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LEAGUE RUN: Butler will play six of its final seven regular season matches against Horizon League foes, beginning with back-to-back home contests against Milwaukee and Green Bay. The Bulldogs (4-4-2, 1-0 Horizon League) will host Milwaukee (0-8-1, 0-0-1 HL) at Kuntz Stadium in Indianapolis on Friday, Oct. 5, starting at 7 p.m. (ET), and then face league-leading Green Bay (6-2-2, 1-0-0 HL) at the Butler Bowl at 1 p.m., on Sunday, Oct. 7. The two Wisconsin foes have been headed in different directions this season. Milwaukee ended an eight-match losing streak with a 1-1 tie against Valparaiso last weekend. At the same time, Green Bay was defeating Ohio State, 1-0 (OT), for its third straight win and its fifth victory in six outings. The Panthers enter this weekend's action in a tie for fourth place in the league standings, while Green Bay is tied with the Bulldogs for the league's top spot. Butler began Horizon League play with a 4-1 victory at Valparaiso on Sept. 23.

The Bulldogs had a win and a tie against Milwaukee last season, but dropped two matches to Green Bay.

LATE DECISION: Visiting Evansville scored with less than a minute to play to tie the match and then pulled out a 3-2 victory over Butler in overtime in the Bulldogs' last pre-league tune-up. Butler jumped to a 2-0 advantage on first half goals by Connor Burt (20:50) and Frank Patano (35:50), but the Aces answered with a pair of goals in the second period. Kipp Erskine tied the match for the visitors on a shot to the right corner of the net with just 55 seconds left on the clock. Evansville then grabbed the come-from-behind victory on a header by Mike Luttrull three minutes into the second overtime period. It was Butler's fourth overtime match this season, and the Bulldogs' first overtime loss.

GOAL CHANGE: Butler was forced to change goalkeepers less than two minutes into the second half against Evansville when starter Fabian Knopfler suffered a dislocated finger in action around the net. Junior Nick Hegeman played the final 53:14 of regulation play and all 13:08 of the overtime periods. Hegeman finished with two saves in the contest, while Knopfler had one. Knopfler, who started Butler's first ten matches this season, is expected to be available for Butler's weekend matches with Milwaukee and Green Bay.

LEAGUE LEADER: Sophomore Boris Gatzky, in his first season with the Bulldogs after transferring from Gardner-Webb, recorded assists on both Butler goals against Evansville. The two assists boosted his team-leading total to five on the year and lifted him into a tie for first place in the Horizon League assist standings with Dan O'Brien of Green Bay. Gatzky also is tied for third in the league in total points (11) and for fourth in points per game (1.10). He's tied for fifth in the circuit in goals with three.

Boris Gatzky leads the Horizon League in shots (32).

BULLDOG BITS: Junior Frank Patano continues to rank second in the Horizon League in points (13), points per game (1.44), goals (6) and goals per game (0.67). He's tied for eighth in the league in shots (22) and for seventh in shots per game (2.44)...Freshman Connor Burt is tied with teammate Boris Gatzky (and five other players) for fifth place in the league in goals scored (3). Burt is tied for eighth in the league in points (7)...Butler goalkeeper Fabian Knopfler stands fourth in the Horizon League in saves (43), and he's sixth in the circuit in save percentage (.741)...Junior Eduardo Garcia, who's missed Butler's last three matches due to injury, is expected back for the Bulldogs' league contest against Milwaukee. Garcia was Butler's fourth-leading scorer a year ago...Butler continues to lead the Horizon League in points (56), goals (20) and corner kicks (54). The Bulldogs are second in shots (131), trailing Green Bay (145).