Thursday, June 18, 2015


Mark you calendars: The alumni & friends golf tournament is Saturday, August 29th at 1:00pm at Hickory Ridge. It's a fun way to support the team!

Friday, June 12, 2015

2015-2016 SCHEDULE

Last week Coach Dickinson released the 2015-2016 schedule. And a fine schedule it is! You can see it in the right-hand side bar of this blog.

Here are some takeaways after reviewing it:

It's good to see the team actively promoting the green/white game and welcoming the Brockport community to attend. Fans will attend this scrimmage and it's a good way to get them excited for what the season holds.

The weekends that saw Brockport play consecutive road games at Buffalo and Fredonia and Oswego and Cortland have seen a change in scheduling. Now, those weekends are splits...Brockport will play one game at home, one on the road. This is a wise move by Dickinson and his fellow coaches as it cuts down on hotel and travel costs and it ensures max capacity games all weekend -- too often in the SUNYAC, teams that hosted twice over a weekend would get one great turnout and another that was so-so. This move should increase attendance not only at Tuttle North, but across the conference as well. 

With such scheduling balance, Brockport has only one weekend during which it hosts two games (the first weekend in December). With a dozen home games (counting the green & white) on the schedule, that means we have a winter that sees the home experience spread out nicely, which is a great way to beat the boredom of winter if we get another cold and snowy one like the one we just had.

Alumni weekend is December 4th and 5th when Plattsburgh and Potsdam come to town from the North Country.

The annual Saves For a Cure game will take place on January 30th when Brockport hosts Canton.

Brockport will be playing in two tournaments this season...the Castleton Tourney at which they have become regulars and the Codfish Bowl at UMASS. Dickinson played in the Codfish Bowl in the 1980s, so it will be pretty neat to see him take his team there.

In a nice two-weekend stretch in January, the Golden Eagles take on the non-SUNYAC upstate New York teams --- Elmira, Hobart, and Nazareth. That's good hockey and an excellent warm-up for the second semester of SUNYAC play. 

Everyone always likes to mark the Geneseo game at Tuttle North on their calendar: Friday, February 5th for this intense rivalry game.


Friday, June 5, 2015


In Division III, participants in team sports are truly student-athletes with the emphasis on "student".

The Golden Eagles men's hockey team proved once again that they aren't slouches in the classroom as made evident by the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Spring 2015 All-Academic teams.

The SUNYAC honor roll list is comprised of those who held a grade point average (GPA) at or above 3.30 for the year. This year's honorees:

Bobby Chayka, Aaron Green, David Horan, Jared Lockhurst, Chris Luker, Andrew Parks, James Ryan, Dylan Shapiro, Kody Vaisanen, and Aidan Verbeke.

The Commissioner's List is awarded to student-athletes who have an overall GPA of 3.30 or better for three semesters. The line-up:

Bobby Chayka, Jesse Facchini, Aaron Green, Jared Lockhurst, Chris Luker, Andrew Parks, James Ryan, and Kody Vaisanen.

Congratulations, men, keep up the good work!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


Outgoing Seniors: Bobby Chayka, Troy Polino, Kody Vaisanen, Aaron Green

The hockey team had their annual end-of-the-year ceremony on Saturday. Here are the awards that were handed out...

Chris Palin Rookie of the Year Award: Ryan Kangas
Jimmy Mac Most Improved Player Award: Kody Vaisanen
EJ McGuire 7th Player Award: Chad Cummings
Bob Pedersen Coaches Award: Aaron Green
Brian Cavanaugh Most Outstanding Player Award: Chase Nieuwendyk
Outstanding Scholar Athlete Award: Aaron Green

Outgoing Seniors
Bobby Chayka
Aaron Green
Troy Polino
Kody Vaisanen (graduating after 3 years)

Chase Nieuwendyk - MVP
Chad Cummings-7th Player Award
Ryan Kangas-Rookie of the Year
Aaron Green-Coaches Award & Scholar Athlete
Kody Vaisanen-Most Improved Player

Friday, March 27, 2015


At last night's Division III championship banquet in Minneapolis the D3 All-Americans were announced and Brockport's Chase Nieuwendyk was designated as Third Team All-American in the east. He is just the second Brockport hockey player to ever receive All-American honors.

Nieuwendyk had 18 goals and 12 assists this season, which included an amazing 11-8-19 line in 16 conference games. He had 9 power play goals on the year, second most in the nation.

Here is the official list:

2015 AHCA/CCM Division III Men's All-Americans:


Jamie Murray, jr., Babson

Jake Turrin, sr., Amherst

Bobby Gertsakis, sr., Oswego State

Ryan Cole, so., Trinity

Shawn Hulshof, so., Oswego State

William Pelletier, so., Norwich


Nathaniel Heilbron, jr., Trinity

Alec Thieda, sr., Norwich

Mike Vollmin, jr., Babson

Nick Zappia, sr., Cortland State Forward
Stephen Buco, sr., UMass Boston

Jarryd ten Vaanholt, jr., Elmira

 Alex Larson, jr., Nichols Goalie
 Kyle Shapiro, sr., Nichols Defense
 Michael Flynn, sr., Trinity Defense
 Michael Hawkrigg, jr., Trinity Forward
 Brad McBride, sr., Hobart Forward
 Chase Nieuwendyk, jr., SUNY Brockport Forward

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


Anthony Buonasera of the Stylus wrote this nice article that looks at what assistant coach Stephen Mallaro has meant to the program...

Tuesday, March 10, 2015


The State University of New York Athletic Conference is proud to announce the Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year and All-Conference Teams for the 2014-15 men's ice hockey season. All the awards were voted on by the head coaches in the conference.

The MVP Herb Hammond award was given to Oswego's Shawn Hulshof (Stouffville, Ont). Rookie of the Year went to Cortland's Dan Broderick (White Plains, N.Y.). Plattsburgh's Bob Emery was named Coach of the Year.

Oswego's Shawn Hulshof was named this year's SUNYAC Player of the Year. The sophomore forward led his team with 40 points (19 goals and 21 assists), helping the Lakers to an 18-3-4 overall and 12-2-2 regular season conference record and a second place finish in the SUNYAC tournament. Oswego received an at-large bid into the NCAA Division III tournament where they will play Hobart College on Saturday.

Cortland's Dan Broderick took the SUNYAC Rookie of the Year honors. The White Plains native tallied 40 points on the year in 25 games, with 17 goals and 23 assists. Broderick notched 26 points in conference play, placing him fourth in the conference, with 14 goals and 12 assists in his freshman campaign.

The Coach of the Year went to Plattsburgh's Bob Emery. In his 26th season at the helm of the Plattsburgh program, he led the Cardinals to a 13-2-1 conference record and the SUNYAC tournament championship crown, its first since 2012. The SUNYAC title was the program's 22nd in its history. This is the seventh time Emery has been honored as the SUNYAC Coach of the Year. The Caridnals will head into the NCAA Division III tournament with an automatic bid.

The 2014-15 SUNYAC Ice Hockey All-Conference Teams are listed below.

2014-15 SUNYAC Ice Hockey All-Conference Teams (PDF)
First Team
Name School Position Year Height Weight Hometown
Chase Nieuwendyk Brockport F Jr. 6--0 180 Georgetown, Ont
Nick Zappia Cortland F Sr. 5--11 185 Manlius, NY
Shawn Hulshof Oswego F So. 6--2 195 Stouffville, Ont
Chris Luker Brockport D Jr. 6--4 190 New Hartford, NY
Bobby Gertsakis Oswego D Sr. 5--10 175 Pickering, Ont
Jon Hall Potsdam G Jr. 6--4 205 Dexter, NY
Second Team
Name School Position Year Height Weight Hometown
Alex Botten Oswego F So. 5--10 185 Newmarket, Ont
Michael Cassidy Plattsburgh F Sr. 5--11 177 West Seneca, NY
Connor Toomey Plattsburgh F Sr. 5--10 160 Billerica, MA
Brandon Beadow Plattsburgh D Sr. 6--1 220 Kapuskasing, Ont
Anthony Calabrese Plattsburgh D Jr. 5--10 185 Bridgeton, NJ
Matt Zawadzki Oswego G So. 6--0 180 Fort Mill, SC
Third Team
Name School Position Year Height Weight Hometown
Tyler Bricker Geneseo F Sr. 6--0 190     Riverwoods, Ill.
Mike Montagna Oswego F Sr. 5--11 185 Fulton, NY
Kevin Emmerling Plattsburgh F Jr. 5--9 179 Northbridge, MA
Ben Kramer Buffalo State D Jr. 5--9 165 Great Neck, NY
Jack Caradonna Geneseo D Sr. 5--11 180 Markham, Ontario
Nick Horrigan Geneseo G Jr. 6--3 170 Mount Forest, Ontario
Player of the Year MVP Herb Hammond Award Shawn Hulshof, Oswego
Rookie of the Year Rookie of the Year Dan Broderick, Cortland
Coach of the Year Coach of the Year Bob Emery, Plattsburgh

Monday, March 2, 2015



Dylan Shapiro was selected as the SUNYAC hockey rookie of the week.

As the folks at SUNYAC put it....

Dylan Shapiro exploded for two goals in a victory over the higher seeded Geneseo Knights, as Brockport upset the # 3 seed Knights 6-4 Wednesday.

Aaron Green was selected as the SUNYAC goalie of the week.

Here's what SUNYAC noted of his performances...

Aaron Green had a tremendous performance in Brockport's upset victory over #3 seed Geneseo. He topped his career high with 59 saves in the 6-4 victory over the Knights. The Golden Eagles lost to #1 seed Plattsburgh in the semifinal but Aaron Green did all he could to keep the team in the game, finishing with 34 saves on 40 shots faced. Brockport lost 7-5 as the Cardinals scored an empty net goal late in the game.

Sunday, March 1, 2015


Brockport gave the Plattsburgh machine a serious run for its money in last night's playoff game, hanging in there at 6-5 till the last couple of minutes when the Cardinals put the game out of reach with an empty netter.

That dramatic game and getting so close to the SUNYAC championship game was the icing on the cake for what was one of the most entertaining and memorable Brockport seasons in memory. I would put it a close second to the 2008-2009 team which I rank as my all-time favorite in my 22 seasons watching the team....that's how special this year was.

The team and personal accomplishments were many.

Early in the season, Brockport almost took Plattsburgh on home ice with a nail-biting 1-0 affair.

Saves For a Cure weekend was a smashing success with 2 jersey auctions.

They tied the always powerful Oswego in Oswego's barn.

Brockport won the Rutland Herlad Invitational during the Thanksgiving break.

The Golden Eagles shut out Buffalo State and Fredonia in consecutive games.

They had a team record six-game winning streak.

They avenged a 0-2 regular season record against our greatest rival Geneseo by beating them in the playoffs 6-4.

Chase Nieuwwendyk scored 18 goals on the season, including 11 in SUNYAC play. He was magical every time he touched the puck and many of his plays were jaw-dropping.

Chris Luker surpassed 20 points again, an amazing accomplishment for a defenseman.

Speaking of defensemen, Bobby Chayka had an unprecedented performance for one, scoring a hat trick in  a playoff game...against Plattsburgh no less.

In the regular season, James Ryan also scored a hat trick against Plattsburgh.

Ryan Kangas surpassed 20 points as a freshman.

Aaron Green had one of the best seasons ever for a Brockport goalie, with single seasons totals that saw the second best goals-against-average, second best save percentage, the third-most wins by a goalie, two shutouts, 59 saves against Geneseo in the playoffs and an out of this world .927 save percentage and 2.24 GAA in conference play.

These are just a few of the things that made this season so memorable.

Thank you to the players and coaches for making 2014-2015 special.

The season makes me damn proud to be a fan of the Golden Eagles.

Thanks for the ride!

Thanks for the memories!


Senior defenseman Bobby Chayka (Hardwick, NJ) scored a hat trick and started a comeback effort in the second period for The College at Brockport Hockey team but a pair of power play goals and an empty net goal by Plattsburgh in the third period gave the Cardinals a 7-5 win Saturday night in the semifinal round of the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Tournament in Plattsburgh.

Plattsburgh (19-5-2) opened the game scoring two quick goals in the first five minutes of the contest but Brockport (13-12-2) battled back with Chayka scoring the first of three goals just 30 seconds after Plattsburgh had taken the 2-0 advantage to trim the lead in half.

The Cardinals added two more goals including one power play tally before the end of the period to take a 4-1 lead into the first intermission.

In the second period, Brockport came out with increased energy and controlled much of the play for the first several minutes. Plattsburgh called its only time out of the game early in the period in an attempt to regain some of the momentum but Chayka capped a three-man rush up the ice with a hard shot from the top of the slot to make the score 4-2.

Five minutes later, with Plattsburgh on a power play, Chase Nieuwendyk (Georgetown, ONT) tapped the puck away from one of the Plattsburgh defensemen at the blue line and carried the puck into the Cardinal zone. A cross-ice pass to Chayka and a quick hard shot to the top corner of the goal made it a one-goal game and gave Chayka a hat trick.

Two minutes later, goalie Aaron Green (Mt. Albert, ONT) made a sliding save across the crease sending the puck into the corner. A pass out of the zone found the stick of Jake Taylor (Port Perry, ONT) led to a quick rush up the ice and into the Plattsburgh zone. Taylor dropped a pass to senior Troy Polino (Limerick, PA) who fired a low shot from just inside the blue line that found the back of the goal and tied the score at 4-4.

In the third period, Plattsburgh rallied for a pair of power play goals, one at 1:30 of the period and the second five minutes later to take a 6-4 lead.

Down two goals with less than six minutes to play, Brockport scored again to trim the lead to one at 6-5 as Chris Luker (New Hartford, NY) walked in from the blue line on a power play and snapped a hard low shot into the corner of the goal.

Two minutes later freshman Dylan Shapiro (Rochester, NY) had a good chance to tie the score as he carried the puck from behind the end line and looked to stuff the puck into the corner of the goal but it was saved.

With 1:53 left to play and a face off in the Plattsburgh zone, Brockport called its time out and pulled Green out of the goal for the extra attacker. Taylor won the ensuing faceoff but the puck was intercepted before reaching the defense at the blue line and Plattsburgh skated into the Brockport zone to score the empty net goal and regain the two-goal advantage.

Brockport had a couple shots in the closing minute but could not cut into the lead.

Chayka led the offense with three goals and Nieuwendyk added a goal and an assist. Green made 34 saves for Brockport.

Plattsburgh advances to play Oswego for the SUNYAC title Saturday, March 6 in Plattsburgh. Oswego posted a 2-0 win over Buffalo State in the other semifinal game.

Thursday, February 26, 2015


Here's USCHO's recap of Brockport's HUGE win over Geneseo in Round One of the playoffs:


Senior goalie Aaron Green (Mt. Albert, ONT) made a career-high 59 saves including 21 in the third period for The College at Brockport Hockey team to help preserve a 6-4 victory over Geneseo in the first round of the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Tournament Wednesday night in Geneseo.

Brockport advances to play Plattsburgh at 7 pm Saturday, February 28 in Plattsburgh in one SUNYAC semifinal game. Buffalo State, a 6-2 winner over Potsdam, will face Oswego at 7 PM Saturday in Oswego in the other SUNYAC Tournament semifinal.

Green made 19 saves in the opening period as Brockport (13-11-2) scored three times in the first 20 minutes as Geneseo (12-10-4) outshot the Golden Eagles 20-8 to start the game.

Chase Nieuwendyk
(Georgetown, ONT) opened the scoring five minutes into the game. Defenseman Jonathan Demme (Brampton, ONT) fed a pass to Nieuwendyk as he skated through the Geneseo defense and in on the goalie before beating the goalie to the low glove side giving Brockport an early 1-0 lead.

Five minutes later, Brockport took a 2-0 lead as Dylan Shapiro (Rochester, NY) tipped in a pass from Aidan Verbeke (Elwood Park, IL) from the corner.

With less than three minutes left in the period and near the end of a power play opportunity, Geneseo scored its first goal after a scramble for the puck behind the goal. The puck skipped out from behind the goal and a quick one-timer found the back of the net to trim the Brockport lead to 2-1.

On the ensuing faceoff, Brockport moved the puck into the offensive zone and a pass from the corner to Chris Luker (New Hartford, NY) moving down the middle of the zone gave him an open shot that he tucked inside the post for a 3-1 Brockport lead as the first period came to an end.

In the second period, Brockport fought off a power play to start the period and then took a 4-1 lead at the 6:45 mark in the period as Troy Polino (Limerick, PA) as the senior beat the Geneseo goalie with a low shot to the stick side.

Midway through the period, Geneseo cut the lead in half with a shot from the point when Green was screened by a Geneseo player in the slot.

Shapiro scored his second goal of the game three minutes later to regain the three-goal advantage. Verbeke made the pass to the front of the goal and Shapiro scored with another low shot to the glove side as Brockport took a 5-2 lead.

Geneseo had another power play goal early in the third period. Brockport killed off the penalty but surrendered a goal 10 seconds after the power play to make it a 5-3 Brockport lead.

Six minutes into the period, Green made his 46th save of the game surpassing his previous career best effort. Green had 45 saves against Oswego last year.

With less than six minutes left in the third period, Brockport went on a power play but it was the Geneseo defense that took advantage nearly scoring one shorthanded goal as Green made another big save but 20 seconds later, a wrap-around shot from behind the goal found the back of the net and trimmed the lead to 5-4.

Green was called on to make more big saves as Geneseo went on another power play with 3:38 left to play but Brockport fought off the penalty including the last minute of the power play with the Geneseo goalie on the bench in favor of the extra attacker.

With 48 seconds left, Jeremy DeFazio (Oakville, ONT) scored into the empty Geneseo net for the final 6-4 score.

Brockport extended a streak of 12 consecutive wins when scoring at lead five goals dating back to 2012.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


The College at Brockport Hockey team won two of the final three games of the regular season to earn a spot in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Tournament and enter the postseason as the No. 6 seed in the Tournament. The Golden Eagles will play at Geneseo at 7 pm Wednesday, February 25.

Brockport (12-11-2) advance to the SUNYAC Tournament for the second consecutive season. A Brockport win on Wednesday would advance the Golden Eagles to the semifinal round with a game at Plattsburgh at 7 pm Saturday, February 28.

Brockport's leading scorer this season is Chase Nieuwendyk (Georgetown, ONT) who has 17 goals and 11 assists for 28 points. Freshman Ryan Kangas (Williamstown, MA) and junior defenseman Chris Luker (New Hartford, NY) are tied for second on the team with 21 points each. Kangas has six goals and 15 assists while Luker has a pair of goals and a team-leading 19 assists.

Tickets for the game are available at the door with the ticket office opening one hour before the game. Adult tickets are $6, Children (ages 5-12) are $3 and all SUNYAC Students are admitted free of charge with proper school ID.

Sunday, February 22, 2015


Junior Chase Nieuwendyk (Georgetown, ONT) rallied The College at Brockport Ice Hockey team to a State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) win in its regular season finale by scoring two goals in a come from behind 4-3 victory over Fredonia on the road.

The Golden Eagles trailed after just 17 seconds into the game, and Fredonia added to its lead taking a 2-0 lead after the first period of play. Senior Troy Polino (Limerick, PA) scored the first goal for Brockport four minutes into the second period. Freshman Aidan Verbeke (Elmwood Park, IL) and junior Jeremy DeFazio (Oakville, ONT) assisted on the goal. The Blue Devils stretched its lead to 3-1 on a goal in the 10th minute of the second period.

Nieuwendyk scored a goal for the Golden Eagles 20 seconds into a power play with five minutes remaining in the second period. Assisting on the play were freshman Ryan Kangas (Williamstown, MA) and Chris Luker (New Hartford, NY), as Brockport took advantage of the man advantage.

Brockport took advantage of yet another power play to even the score. Nearly seven minutes into the third period Nieuwendyk tied the game at 3-3 as Verbeke added another assist to his game total.

The game-winning goal was scored by sophomore Jake Taylor (Port Perry, ONT) with assists going to Polino and Chad Cummings (Caledon, ONT). Taylor's goal was scored with less than six minutes remaining in the third period.

Brockport converted three of its five power plays. Junior Jared Lockhurst (Caledon, ONT) finished the game with 24 saves, while Brockport outshot the Blue Devils 46-27.

The Golden Eagles clinched the sixth spot in the SUNYAC Tournament and will travel to Geneseo to face the Knights Wednesday February 25 at 7 pm.

Saturday, February 21, 2015


Senior Troy Polino (Limerick, PA) scored in the third period for the only goal by The College at Brockport Hockey team in a 4-1 loss Friday night to Buffalo State in a State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) game in Buffalo.

The loss for Brockport (11-11-2 Overall, 5-8-2 SUNYAC) drops the Golden Eagles to sixth place in the conference standings in a tie with Morrisville but regardless of the result of Brockport's regular season finale Saturday at Fredonia, the Golden Eagles own the tie breaker with Morrisville and will enter the SUNYAC Tournament as the No. 6 seed. The Golden Eagles will play Geneseo at 7 pm Wednesday, February 25 in the first round of the tournament.

Against Buffalo State Friday night, all the scoring was in the third period after the teams played a scoreless first 40 minutes despite Brockport holding a commanding 25-11 advantage in shots on goal.
The Bengals (11-11-2, 7-6-2) scored first netting a short-handed goal 3:40 into the final period for the first goal of the game. Just 18 seconds later, Buffalo State was whistled for a boarding penalty giving the Golden Eagles a power play.

Buffalo State was able to officially kill out the man advantage but as the penalty expired, Polino redirected a shot from the point from Jake Taylor (Port Perry, ONT) into the side of the goal to knot the game at 1-1. Bobby Chayka (Hardwick, NJ) also picked up an assist on the play.

Brockport dominated the next several minutes and had another power play opportunity but it was Buffalo State that scored what ended up being the game-winning goal at the 10:56 mark as the Bengals offensive rush ended up with a one-on-one with a Brockport defender and the Buffalo State player was able to flip a shot over the shoulder of Aaron Green (Mt. Albert, ONT) on a tough angle for the 2-1 lead.

The Bengals added two more goals in a span of a minute with less than six minutes remaining for the final score.

Brockport finished the game with a 41-18 shots advantage but were unsuccessful in all six power play opportunities. Buffalo State was 0-for-2 with the man advantage.