?We have nine seniors who have been through the same things together at Ohio State and have good leadership. We want to build on last year?s NCAA tournament appearance. It just made us hungrier for this season.?
Describes himself as a player that provides energy ? hometown of Beaverlodge, Alberta, is a town of about 2,200 people; it has the only five-way stop in Alberta and no traffic lights ? hockey superstition is to put the left-side equipment on first ? favorites: Vacation Spot - The Peace Country; Food ? Borscht (a soup his Grandma Fowler makes); Music ? Nickelback; Movies ? ?Caddyshack? and ?Fubar?; Television shows ? ?Friends,? ?Monster House? and ?American Chopper?; Actress ? Cameron Diaz; Actor ? Bill Murray; Team ? Edmonton Oilers; Athlete ? Mike Tyson; Quote ? ?Keep on keep?n on.? ? cousin Travis Rycroft is a senior forward on the Wayne State hockey team.
Ohio State Career
Tied for fourth all-time at Ohio State with five career postseason goals ? voted the Buckeyes? Most Improved Player in 2002. 2002-03 (Junior Season) Had 10 goals and nine assists for 19 points on the season ... posted two assists in the opening playoff game vs. UNO; first assist vs. the Mavericks was the 50th point of his career ... had the game-tying goal in the third period vs. Michigan March 8 ... assisted on Steckel?s game-tying goal in the third period at Notre Dame Jan. 31 ... second on the team with career-best five power-play goals ... scored on the power play at NMU Feb. 28 ... scored two goals on the road at UAF (Oct. 18); added an assist for second career three-point game ... had the gamewinner in the second game vs. MSU Nov. 16 and at Miami Feb. 13 ... had two points against Clarkson (0-2) Oct. 25 and at LSSU (1-1) Nov. 9 ... scored OSU?s first goal against UMass and vs. BGSU Jan. 17 ... did not play against Cornell Nov. 1 because of injury. 2001-02 (Sophomore Season) Had an outstanding year, more than doubling the goal, assist and point totals from his freshman season ? ended the year fourth on the squad in scoring with 15 goals, 10 assists and 25 points ? second on the team in goals ? led the team with four goals in the playoffs, scoring two in the opener at WMU and two against UAF; total is tied for fifth in OSU history in a single postseason ? against the Broncos, scored with just over four minutes remaining in the third to give OSU the lead and then clinched the win with a tally with 29 seconds left in the first overtime ? had points in seven of his last 11 games after sitting out three consecutive games as a healthy scratch ? had three two-goal games during that stretch ? had an outstanding weekend at home vs. Ferris State Feb. 15-16 ... had a career-best three points, on a goal and two assists, and was +3 in the first game ... in the second game, scored with 1:57 remaining to give OSU the win ? scored the Buckeyes? lone goal Feb. 9 at UAF ? had the first minus rating of his career in OSU?s loss to UNO Nov. 3 ? opened the season with a goal vs. Notre Dame ? posted two assists against BGSU ? tied for second on the team with three power-play goals (UNO, NMU, UAF) ? led the team in shooting percentage, scoring on 21.7 percent of his shots (15/69) ? Buckeye Sports Bulletin Icer of the Month in March ? received squad?s Most Improved Player award as voted by the team. 2000-01 (Freshman Season) Played in 26 games, posting three goals and four assists ? ranked second on the squad with a +8 rating ? even or better in every outing ? scored first career goal against Cornell (Dec. 27) in the Everblades College Classic ? posted a goal and an assist the next night against Clarkson (Dec. 28) for first career multiple-point game ? tied for the team lead with three points in the Florida tournament ? first career point came against Alaska Fairbanks (Nov. 3) on an Andre Signoretti goal ? tallied in the Buckeyes? last game of the season March 11 at UNO ? had an assist against Bowling Green (Nov. 18) and vs. Michigan State (Feb. 24) ? first on the team with a +7 rating in conference games.
Prior To Ohio State
Played for the Bonnyville Pontiacs of the Alberta Junior Hockey League from 1996-00 ? posted career totals of 91 goals, 103 assists and 194 points in 210 games ? scored 67 points in last season on 28 goals and 39 assists in 50 games ? coached by Brett Cox ? graduated from Beaverlodge Regional High School in 1997.
Off The Ice
Born May 2, 1979 in Beaverlodge, Alberta ? son of Doug and Terry Bencharski ? has two brothers, Brenin (19), a second-year student at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), and Cooper (13), and one sister, Mackenzie (22) ? hobbies include fishing and golf ? nickname is Benny.
Career Overall Statistics Season GP G A P P-PIM PP SH GW +/- 2000-01 26 3 4 7 6-12 0 0 0 +8 2001-02 37 15 10 25 14-28 3 0 2 +2 2002-03 42 10 9 19 24-56 5 0 2 -1 Totals 105 28 23 51 44-96 8 0 4 +9
Career CCHA Statistics Season GP G A P P-PIM PP SH GW +/- 2000-01 18 0 3 3 5-10 0 0 0 +7 2001-02 25 9 8 17 11-22 2 0 1 +2 2002-03 28 8 5 13 16-40 4 0 2 -1 Totals 71 17 16 33 32-72 6 0 3 +8
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My Gameday - Austin Pooley