Bentley alum and head coach Ryan Soderquist looks at successful regular season and ahead to playoffs: USCHO Spotlight episode 21

The visiting Army West Point Black Knights defeated the Bentley University Falcons 5-1 on Friday, February 16, 2018, in the first game in the new Bentley Arena in Waltham, Massachusetts. (Melissa Wade)
Ryan Soderquist (at left) is head coach at his alma mater, Bentley, which calls the year-old Bentley Arena its home (file photo: Melissa Wade).

Bentley has been one of the hottest teams in D-I hockey since the start of 2019, including a 10-0-2 unbeaten stretch, and finished with the No. 2 seed in Atlantic Hockey.

Falcons head coach Ryan Soderquist joins hosts Jim Connelly and Ed Trefzger to talk about the team’s success this season, the evolution of the league from his playing days at Bentley in the MAAC to today’s Atlantic Hockey, the new Bentley Arena, the recruiting process, and what it means to the team to get a first-round playoff bye.

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About the hosts

Jim Connelly is a senior writer at and has been with the site since 1999. He is based in Boston and regularly covers Hockey East. He began with as the correspondent covering the MAAC, which nowadays is known as Atlantic Hockey. Each week during the season, he co-writes “Tuesday Morning Quarterback.” Jim is the winner of the 2012 Joe Concannon award. He a former color analyst for UMass-Lowell hockey’s radio network and studio analyst for NESN.

Ed Trefzger has been part of USCHO since 1999 and now serves as a senior writer and director of technology. He is the radio play-by-play voice for Rochester Institute of Technology hockey on the RIT Tigers Sports Network, and has been involved with the broadcasts as a producer, studio host, and color commentator since their inception. He is co-owner and president of broadcasting company Genesee Media, and was general manager of the former Rochester, N.Y., sports radio station 97.5 The Team.