Hockey team continues disappearing act

Sean Shapiro and Sean Shapiro

One day after losing last year’s leading scorer to a professional contract, the BG hockey program took an even bigger hit yesterday. Monday, Dan Sexton signed a professional contract with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. ‘It’s something I’ve dreamt about since I was young. I was really excited,’ Sexton said. ‘It’s every hockey player’s dream to sign an NHL contract. Right now, I’m just letting it set in.’ Yesterday, the team lost three more players as Patrick Tiesling, David Solway and Nick Bailen all received their releases from the program. All three players will most likely look to continue their hockey careers, either at the professional ranks or at another school. ‘I’d expect those three to be transfers, unless they have another plan ahead of them,’ said hockey sports information director Steve Barr. If they do decide to transfer, they will not be aloud to transfer to another school within the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). The four players leaving accounted for 85 of the Falcons 225 points last season. Sexton and Solway, along with senior Brandon Svendsen who has since signed a professional contract with the Idaho Steelheads, had combined to be one of the CCHA’s top lines, scoring 41 goals and adding 52 assists during the 2008-09 season. According to Sexton, his decision had nothing to do with Solway’s decision to leave the program. ‘It was their decision all the way,’ Sexton said. ‘It’s unfortunate for the program but they have to do what is best for them.’ Solway declined to comment on his departure. Bailen, in his first collegiate season, had 16 points and served as one of the Falcons most consistent defensemen. At 6’2′, 190 lbs, Tiesling was the biggest skater on the Falcons and also added six assists while sharing a line with Tommy Dee and Josh Boyd. The most recent departures bring the total number of players to leave the program since November to eight. During the course of the season, the Falcons lost Tim Maxwell, Russ Sinkewich and Jacob Cepis to ‘personal reasons’ while freshman Dean Petiot left the team after the death of his father. It also greatly hurts the Falcons’ roster for next season as it drops them to 10 forwards, three defenseman and two goalies.