Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Academic Honor Roll

The SUNYAC released its inaugural Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll, recognizing student-athletes with a 3.30 cumulative grade point average for the 2016-2017 academic year. Here are the high-performing students from the hockey team:

Connar Bass
Bryan Carville
Doc Gentzler
David Horan
Brian Hurlimann
Connor Hutchins
Jamie Lukas
Matt Meredith
Dylan Shapiro
Trevor Simonick
Aidan Verbeke

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Our heart goes out to Oswego coach Gosek

Hockey is a tight-knit brotherhood, especially in SUNYAC. It's with a heavy heart that we report that Mary Gosek, the wife of Oswego head coach Edward Gosek passed away this morning. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ed, Sarah, and Jeremy.

Here is Mary's obituary:

Friday, May 26, 2017

GoFundMe page created for Brockport alumnus

Andy McLean was the captain of the 1987-1988 Golden Eagles and an accomplished player. As a sophomore in the 1985-1986 season he led the team in goals (10) and points (19).

Andy's health has fallen on some bad luck, as he's battling an aggressive form of prostate cancer that has not responded well to treatment.

His friends opened a GoFundMe page to support Andy during this expensive crisis. Donors have given nearly $25,000 to the $30,000 goal.

If you'd like to give Andy some support, the page is at:

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Coach Kangas to be a regular in the stands

Ryan Kangas is a dynamic young forward for the Golden Eagles (in the 2015-2016 season he lit the lamp 12 times for Brockport). His dad, Bill, is the coach at William's College. Bill is taking a sabbatical from coaching for the 2017-2018 season. One of the highlights of that leave is being able to see Ryan play out his senior year at Brockport.

Here's the Williams' press release:

Monday, May 15, 2017

Celebrating the Galiani brothers

It's National Police Week, so let's give some love to the Galiani brothers, Tom & Dan, who played for Brockport. Tom starred here from 2008/2009 through 2010/2011 while his brother graced Tuttle's ice from 2009/2010 through 2011/2102. Thank you for your service, gents!

Friday, May 12, 2017

O'Malley becomes golf coach at Lake Forest

Longtime Brockport hockey fans will remember Sean O'Malley, who played for the team for 4 seasons beginning with the '06-'07 campaign. Sean was an instrumental part of the home playoff teams of '08-'09 and '09-'10, seasons in which he had 22 points and 11 goals respectively. Sean was just named the women's golf coach at Lake Forest College.

Here's the press release:

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Horan excels on ice and in the classroom

The College at Brockport Department of Athletics announced their annual awards last week, and four Golden Eagle athletes were honored.

Brockport Hockey's David Horan was named Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Horan was an important piece of an ice hockey team that reached the conference playoffs after a dominant last weekend of play. The junior had a career game against nationally ranked Plattsburgh in the regular-season finale, notching two goals and an assist en route to an 8-4 victory. He's also excelled academically, maintaining a 3.93 GPA as a Finance major through his first five semesters at Brockport.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Sean Lincoln commits to Brockport

Sean Lincoln tweeted the following: "I'm very excited to announce I will be playing NCAA hockey next fall at SUNY-Brockport. Thank you all for the love and support! #TalonsUp".

The 20 year-old goalie from Rancho Santa Margarita, California spent this past season with the Valley Junior Warriors of the EHL where he put up great numbers: a .939 save percentage and 2.07 goals-against-average in 18 games.

The 6' 175-pound Lincoln had previous stints with the Potomac Pirates (.897 and 3.44 in 15 games) and the Anaheim Junior Ducks 18 Under (.948 and 1.29 in 14 games).

Monday, May 8, 2017

Allison makes Lockport Hall of Fame

In 2015, a state-of-the-art ice arena opened in the city of Lockport. Last year saw a Lockport Hockey of Fall brought to the arena, recognizing the long history of hockey in the Lock City. The second Hall induction was this past weekend and a Brockport alumnus was inducted.

Steve Allison played with the Buffalo Blades Junior Team, where he played two seasons and was known for his backwards skating ability. He went on to start as a defenseman at Brockport and played hockey with the Golden Eagles until he graduated in 1978. Allison later went on to coach youth ice hockey in Niagara Falls.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Alumnus Howard now coaching Austin Bruins

Steve Howard played for Brockport in the 2000-2001 season. In 15 games as a defenseman he put up good numbers with 3 goals, 8 assists, 11 points and just 2 penalty minutes.

He has been appointed the coach and general manager of the NAHL's Austin Bruins. Here's the press release...

The Austin Bruins, proud members of the North American Hockey League announced on Monday that they have hired Steve Howard as their new head coach and general manager. Howard becomes the third head coach in Bruins history following Kyle Grabowski’s departure two weeks ago.
Howard has spent the last three seasons as the assistant for the USHL’s Waterloo Black Hawks, coaching under longtime bench boss P.K. O’Handley.

“We are tremendously excited for Steve,” said O’Handley.  “On behalf of the Black Hawks organization, I would like to congratulate Steve.  His enthusiasm for the game shines through whether he is working with young kids, NHL Draft prospects, or talking with Black Hawks fans.”

Howard stressed his appreciation for the Black Hawks and excitement for joining the Bruins.

“I would like to thank the entire organization.  Black Hawks ownership, staff, fans, and players are proud of Waterloo’s status as an elite junior hockey destination in North America, and they take the ‘once a Hawk, always a Hawk’ sentiment seriously.  It is something I am proud to have been part of,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work for the Bruins – an organization that has had a lot of success in recent years. I’m excited to work with such a great staff in Keenan Kelly, Brad Clayton and Howie Borden. I want to thank owners Mike Cooper and Craig Patrick for the opportunity.”

Howard, 38 years old, hails from Burton, MI and has been well-traveled as both a player and coach. He began his playing career in the NAHL, spending time with the Gaylord Grizzlies and Danville Wings in 1997-98. After stints in the OPJHL and SEHL, Howard played one season collegiately at DIII SUNY Brockport (Rochester, NY). He then spent the next seven seasons playing minor league hockey including stints in the ECHL, SPHL, and even internationally, playing the final two seasons of his pro career in Holland. Howard isn’t a stranger to Minnesota, as he spent the four years following his retirement in the Minnesota Advancement Program (MAP), “providing direction, training, & advancement for elite hockey players in Minnesota.”

“We’re very excited to have Steve come on board as our Head Coach/GM,” said Bruins owner Craig Patrick. “His playing experience along with his head coaching and recent USHL tenure in Waterloo are a huge plus for us. Steve has great connections at all levels and has a reputation for putting a tough, high caliber team on the ice.”

Prior to coaching in Waterloo, Howard was the head-man for the Flint Junior Generals of the NA3HL and saw great success, coaching them to a two-year regular season record of 69-21-4. He led the Generals to an Eastern Division Championship and an appearance in the USA Hockey Tier III National Junior Tournament and was named NA3HL Coach of the Year in 2013-14.

“I think Austin is the perfect Junior hockey town,” Howard said. “I love [Riverside] Arena and the overall atmosphere.”

Howard says fans should expect a physical brand of hockey on the ice in 2017-18, as the Bruins seek a return to the Robertson Cup Playoffs.

“We want to be a team that our opponents don’t enjoy playing against,” he said. “Guys are going to stand up for one another out there.”

Howard will join the Bruins at the conclusion of Waterloo’s playoff run. The Black Hawks are currently taking on Sioux City in the Western Conference Final.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Brockport alumnus Cavanugh named to NCAA committee

Brian Cavanaugh played for Brockport from 1973 to 1976. During that time, he produced at extraordinary levels...he had a 54-point season, a 7-point game, and a 124-point career.

Brian is currently the AD at D'Youville College. They announced yesterday that Brian was chosen to be on the NCAA's Committee on Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct. Good for him -- he's the prefect man for that role.

Here is D'Youville's press release:

Friday, April 14, 2017

Burack transferring to Liberty

Brockport has lost a goalie as Cole Burack has announced his commitment to transfer to Liberty University. We wish Cole well and thank him for the memories on the ice during his two seasons at Brockport.

Here is Liberty's announcement:

Thursday, April 13, 2017

2016-2017 team awards

Last weekend, the athletic and academic successes of the Brockport hockey team were celebrated at the team’s annual award ceremony. This year's honorees were...

Brian Cavanaugh MVP Award: Jake Taylor
EJ McGuire 7th Player Award: Rob Hall
Chris Palin Rookie of the Year Award: Connor Hutchins
Bob Pedersen Coaches Award: Dylan Shapiro
Jimmy Mac Most Improved Player Award: Matt Schneider
Tim Panek Award: Aidan Verbeke
Outstanding Scholar Athlete Award: David Horan

Missing from the banquet and photo is Robbie Hall who signed with the Evansville Thunderbolts of the Southern Pro Hockey League and was playing in his last game of the season that night.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Tim Crowley takes over Elmira coaching role

Brockport alumnus Tim Crowley has been named the head coach of the women's hockey program at Elmira.

Tim played for Brockport from 2005-2006 through the 2008-2009 season. In his Brockport career he scored 24 goals and he was absolutely awesome during a playoff chase in the 2007-2008 season -- during January and February of that year he scored 7 goals and assisted 6 more.

Tim will do well in his new role. Here's Elmira's press release...

Pat Thompson, Elmira College Vice President of Athletics, has announced the permanent appointment of Tim Crowley as the head coach of the nationally-ranked women's ice hockey program. He will also maintain his role as the head coach of the Elmira women's golf team as well.

"I am very pleased about the permanent appointment of Tim Crowley as our head women's ice hockey coach," said Thompson. "Coach Crowley joined this team after it started and was able to resume the momentum of the season both on the ice and in recruiting. Having had the opportunity to work with him for almost five years, I felt he was a great fit and well qualified to carry on our women's ice hockey tradition."

Crowley served as the bench boss for the Purple and Gold during the 2016-17 campaign and guided the Soaring Eagles to the ECAC West Tournament title game, as well as the program's fifth consecutive NCAA Division III Tournament appearance. Elmira finished the season as the country's No. 6-ranked team according to both the U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO) and national polls, as the Purple and Gold logged an 18-6-4 overall record with a 14-2-2 mark in league contests. Elmira ended the year with the country's seventh-ranked scoring offense (3.64 gpg) and scoring defense (1.43 gpg), as well as the eighth-highest winning percentage (.714).

"I'm very excited to become the head coach of a program with such tradition and thankful to Pat Thompson for giving me this opportunity," said Crowley. "Moving forward we want to continue the tradition that was set by Dean Jackson '03 and Greg Fargo '06 before me, which is being an elite program with a winning culture."

Under Crowley's tutelage, five Soaring Eagles received year-end accolades from the ECAC West Conference, including two Second-Team recipients and a trio of Honorable Mention selections. The Elmira women also excelled off the ice this season, as 15 student-athletes were placed on the ECAC West All-Academic Team.

Although 2016-17 was Crowley's first year as the interim head coach for the women's program, he is no stranger to the Elmira College hockey family after spending the past four seasons as an assistant for the EC men's team under Aaron Saul '98. Elmira captured its 10th ECAC West Conference Tournament title – the most of any ECAC West affiliated institution, past or present – during Crowley's second stint with the Purple and Gold in 2014.

"My time with Aaron and the men allowed me to develop throughout the past four years and I am thankful for that," Crowley added. "When the opportunity came earlier this year, Aaron was very supportive as were the guys which I am thankful for."

Crowley was instrumental in Elmira's run to the conference championship in 2013-14, especially his work with the Soaring Eagle power play. Elmira ended the year with the fourth-highest power-play success rate in Division III men's ice hockey that season (28.0%) and boasted the country's fourth-leading power-play goal scorer in Josh Burnell '14 (10).

During his time with the Elmira men, 14 student-athletes received ECAC West All-Conference honors, including the 2014-15 ECAC West Player of the Year, Jarryd ten Vaanholt '16, who would later go on to receive American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) All-America Second-Team accolades.

Crowley's coaching resume also includes a three-year stint as an assistant coach with SUNY Potsdam from 2009-12. He guided the Bears to a pair of SUNYAC postseason berths in 2010 and 2012, before leaving North Country to assume a similar position with the Soaring Eagles.

Crowley is a 2009 graduate of The College at Brockport, where he was a four-year member of the Golden Eagles' men's ice hockey team. He made 98 career appearances with 24 goals and 30 assists for 54 points, and helped the Golden Eagles earn their first-ever playoff win in program history during the 2009 SUNYAC Tournament.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Solat commits to Brockport

Jeremy Solat has committed to play hockey at Brockport for the 2017-2018 season. The 5'9", 170-pound forward hails from Centennial, Colorado and spent this season with the Syracuse Stars of the USPHL where he sported a 9-22-31 line in 45 games. He excelled in this season's playoffs, scoring a goal and getting 5 assists in 6 games. Prior to this season, he was with the Islanders Hockey Club and the Bay State Breakers.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Rock commits to Brockport

The PAL Jr. Islanders are proud to announce that Premier forward Dan Rock has committed to play and attend school at SUNY Brockport beginning in the fall of 2017.

Rock, ’96, finished the season with 14 goals and eight assists for 22 points in 40 games played for the blue and orange.

“I'm very thankful to commit to Brockport. My support system throughout my whole hockey career has been great and without them none of this would be possible. I learned so much from Coach Marshall and Coach Dineen and the whole PAL organization is a great organization for junior hockey players,” Rock said. “I was very lucky to be on a team with such a great group of guys because it made coming to the rink fun and I always wanted to work hard with my teammates and for them".

“When I go to Brockport, every inch will have to be earned like anything else in this sport and I look forward to the opportunity to compete at the NCAA level,” he added.

SUNY-Brockport competes in the NCAA Division III SUNYAC and is coached by Brian Dickinson, who is in his 20th season.

“We are happy for Dan and his family. He worked extremely hard during his time in here to achieve his dream of playing NCAA hockey. He will be a very productive college hockey player. We look forward to following Dan as soon as he begins his college hockey career at Brockport,” said Head Coach, Dan Marshall.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Brockport has two on All-Rookie Team

On Friday, announced their SUNYAC All-Rookie Team, which is pulled together by input from the conference's coaches.

Forward Connor Hutchins made the team thanks to his 12-15-27 line which featured 8 power play goals and 2 game winners. Goalie Matt Schneider was also selected thanks to his .903 save percentage and 3.02 goals against average.

These men excelled in conference play and that's what really caught the attention of the league's coaches -- in SUNYAC games, Hutchins scored 9 of his goals and Schneider's GAA dropped to 2.70.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

2016-2017 season in review

The 2016-2017 Golden Eagles exceeded expectations

To outsiders, it looked like the Golden Eagles hockey program was in a rebuilding stage heading into the 2016-2017 season after losing the most decorated senior class in the college’s history. At the 2016 graduation ceremonies, the team said “good bye” to a two-time All-American (Chase Nieuwendyk), Brockport’s only 3-time All-SUNYAC pick (blueliner Chris Luker) and the College’s first SUNYAC Defensive Player of the Year (Chad Cummings).

As scary as those losses could have been, players, coaches, and fans of the Golden Eagles knew this year’s model was in far better shape than others might think. Those who were underclassmen in 2015-2016 had matured dramatically on the ice and they had tasted excellence, and knew what was needed going into this season.  

Last year’s squad went 11-11-4. This year’s team matched that win total with an 11-14-1 record.

How special was that? It was only the sixth double digit win total for the program this century.

This is a young team that exceeded the expectations of outsiders yet met the expectations that they had set for themselves. It made for an interesting season, one that saw the Golden Eagles head into the playoffs and entertain fans throughout the year.

Here’s a look at some big performances and big performers:

The last weekend of the first semester: Heading into the always tough North Country road trip, Brockport had a conference record of 2 wins against 5 losses and looked like they were close to being ousted from the playoffs before the second semester even began. Then, fortunes changed. Brockport beat Potsdam 3-2 that Friday. Then, on that Saturday, they did the unprecedented. They beat Plattsburgh at Plattsburgh for the first time in 44 tries! That no doubt led to a celebration worldwide amongst Golden Eagle alumni who had been hoping for the taste of such a victory. 

Shutting out Plattsburgh granted this young man legend status

Matt Schneider: As if the victory at Plattsburgh wasn’t sweet enough, it was a shutout. That, in itself, catapulted freshman goaltender Matt Schneider into folk hero status in the hockey program. Like a modern day Paul Revere or Johnny Appleseed, he’ll always be known as “the guy who shutout the Cardinals at Plattsburgh.” That wasn’t the only highlight of a nice rookie campaign that saw him get a .903 save percentage and a 3.02 goals against average while also securing the “must-wins” that closed out the regular season.    

Connor Hutchins: Schneider wasn’t the only one to have a standout freshman campaign. At the close of the regular season, Connor Hutchins was third in the nation in power play goals with 8 (the leader had 10) among his total 12 goals that were accompanied by 15 assists. He ended up 15th in the country for points-per-game by a freshman this season. His 12 goals were the most for a rookie Golden Eagle since the 1996-1997 season – twenty years!

Aidan Verbeke: Junior captain Aidan Verbeke was also third in the nation in power play goals. He led a power play unit that was the eighth-most efficient in all of DIII with a 25.5% success rate. Verbeke had a great 10-13-23 line and led the team in penalty minutes with 42, which shows the hard, physical edge that he brings to the ice. He led off the ice as well, bringing a calming, intellectual and motivational approach to leadership in the locker room and classroom.

Jake Taylor: Senior Jake Taylor led a team in goals that averaged 3.31 per game, an output that put the team in 32nd place out of 78. His 14 goals all came since Thanksgiving and it seemed for a while that he was lighting the lamp every single game. He was exciting on the ice, because it seemed like he was either finding space or making space at will. It was a nice capstone to a collegiate career that saw him bust into SUNYAC with 10 goals as a freshman.

Tim Kielich: After a monster freshman campaign (12-19-31), Tim Kielich did not suffer a sophomore slump. While his goal total dropped to 3, he was still a playmaker, getting 23 helpers on the season and ranking among the national leaders in that category. Two of his goals came in the decisive last weekend of play when they were needed most. He was such a threat to make things happen that SUNYAC coaches voted him into Third Team All-SUNYAC at the close of the season.

There was no sophomore slump for #11

Dylan Shapiro & Zac Sikich: These two juniors are linked together, having come up at the same time and posting similar stats at each stage of the game. How similar? After 3 seasons together both have averaged exactly .53 points per game! Shapiro had 9 goals this year, while Sikich had 10. Both had 2 game winning goals, both had an empty netter. One difference? Sikich had 2 shorthanded goals this year.

Bryan Carville: The sophomore blueliner who had spent his freshman year at Hobart was an excellent defensive player. He had 10 points, which are solid for a defenseman’s defenseman. He led the team in plus/minus with a +5 and he’s looking like someone who could entertain All-SUNYAC honors next year. He can really hang with the deep lines we’ve seen out of Oswego, Geneseo, and Plattsburgh.

Brian Hurlimann: The junior defenseman had a great year, too, behind the blueline, seeing a plus/minus of +3. He also surprised with some firepower, sporting a 4-5-9 line besting his career totals of 2-1-3. He’s a physical player who makes superstar forwards regret entering his territory. Don’t be surprised if he gets All-SUNYAC looks in his senior year.

The last weekend of the season: Going into the last weekend of regular season play, Brockport faced a must-win of two games in order to make the playoffs. They buried Potsdam that Friday before Plattsburgh came to town. Could Brockport beat Plattsburgh twice in one season?? They did, in dramatic fashion, 8-4. It was one of the most exciting weekends of play in memory and it perfectly encapsulated the fun times that were had this season.

Thank you to the Golden Eagles for a great year….we’re already looking forward to 2017-2018!