Monday, November 17, 2014

A BROCKPORT ALUMNUS SHOWS HE HAS SOME FIGHT IN HIM

Long-time Brockport fans will remember former team captain and defenseman Mike Hayward who was second-team All-SUNYAC in 2011 when he tied for first place in the SUNYAC for goals by a defender with six and finished the season with 14 points. He's been playing with the Memphis Riverkings. In the video below you get to see him do something that was frowned upon in NCAA hockey...that is, FIGHT...


Sunday, November 16, 2014

THANK YOU

Thank you to all of the organizers, volunteers, and donors who made Saves For a Cure weekend a success!

BROCKPORT BEATS CANTON 4-1

Junior Jeremy DeFazio (Oakville, ONT) and freshman Zac Sikich (Oak Park, CA) each scored powerplay goals in the first five minutes of the game for The College at Brockport Hockey team as the Golden Eagles went on to post a 4-1 victory over Canton Saturday night in a non-conference matchup in the Tuttle North Arena in Brockport.

Brockport (2-4) had two power play opportunities in the opening minutes of the game and took advantage of them both as DeFazio scored the first goal just 18 seconds into the extra man situation from in close after a shot from the point by Brian Hurlimann (Hilton, NY) was block near the goal and DeFazio stuffed the loose puck under the Canton (0-4-1) goalie for the early lead.

Less than three minutes later, Brockport was on another power play and Sikich scored only 14 seconds after the penalty started with a similar play and a shot from the point by Chris Luker (New Hartford, NY).

Defenseman Chad Cummings (Caledon, ONT) scored with two minutes to play in the second period to extend the Brockport lead to 3-0. Freshman Matt Meredith (Fredonia, NY) and Kody Vaisanen (Dundalk, ONT) were each credited with their first assists of the season on the play.

Early in the third period, Canton broke up the shutout with a shot from the top of the faceoff circle to the left of Brockport goalie Aaron Green (Mt. Albert, ONT).

The Kangaroos pulled their goalie in the closing minutes in an attempt to tie the score but Chase Nieuwendyk (Georgetown, ONT) scored into the empty net with 1:21 to play for the final margin of victory.

On the night, Brockport was 2-for-3 in power plays and successfully killed off all four Canton power play opportunities.

Green finished with 31 saves including 13 in the third period. Vaisanen and Ryan Kangas (Williamstown, MA) had two assists each for the Golden Eagles

Saturday, November 15, 2014

USCHO RECAP OF GENESEO GAME

Here is Russell Jaslow's recap of the Geneseo game for USCHO.com...

http://www.uscho.com/recaps/2014/11/14/geneseo-uses-power-play-horrigan-to-beat-brockport/

BROCKPORT FALLS TO NATIONALLY-RANKED GENESEO

The recap from Brockport Athletics....


Junior Chase Nieuwendyk (Georgetown, ONT) scored for The College at Brockport Hockey team with a two-man advantage late in the third period to bring the Golden Eagles to within a goal at 4-3 but Geneseo added an empty net goal in the closing seconds for a 5-3 State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) win Friday night at the Tuttle North Ice Arena in Brockport.

The game was the first of two over the weekend as the Golden Eagles host Saves for a Cure Weekend. Brockport (1-4 Overall, 1-2 SUNYAC) will host Canton at 7 pm Saturday in the second half of the weekend series. All of the ticket sales, jersey auction donations and 50/50 raffle proceeds are donated to Golisano Children's Hospital in Rochester.

Geneseo (3-2, 3-2) took an early lead as Brockport was whistled for an early penalty. The Knights took the 1-0 lead with a power play goal just 22 seconds into the man advantage and then made it a 2-0 game less than 30 seconds later with a hard shot from the point that went off the post and in the goal at the 7:01 mark of the period.

Late in the first period, Chris Luker (New Hartford, NY) cut the Geneseo lead in half with his first goal of the season with a blast from the point and an assist from fellow defenseman Bobby Chayka (Hardwick, NJ).

With 6:18 left in the second period, Brockport's Troy Polino (Limerick, PA) tied the game at 2-2 as he was set up by Robbie Hall (Schaumberg, IL) and Ryan Kangas (Williamstown, MA).

Geneseo regained the lead near the midpoint of the second period with its second power play goal of the night and took a 4-2 lead seven minutes into the final period with another man advantage goal.

With less than seven minutes to play, Brockport was on a two-man advantage when the Knights were whistled for an interference penalty just prior to a delay of game penalty on goalie Nick Horrigan for moving the net off its moorings.

The Golden Eagles moved the puck around the zone with Chayka sending a pass down low to Jake Taylor (Port Perry, ONT) who sent a quick pass through the slot area and Nieuwendyk slapped a one-timer into the open half of the net to trim the lead to 4-3.

Brockport had offensive pressure late in the game after pulling goalie Jared Lockhurst (Caledon, ONT) with a minute to play but Geneseo cleared the zone and scored into the open net for the final margin of victory.

Lockhurst finished with 33 saves for Brockport.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

THIS IS WHAT SAVES FOR A CURE IS ALL ABOUT

For many new to the Brockport community who are just now hearing about Saves For a Cure, if you'd like to get a feel for what your contributions do, check out these previous blog posts:

This post shows the donation of $15,000 to the Galisano Childrens Hospital at Strong as well as "before" pictures for the big project:

http://brockporthockey.blogspot.com/2011/05/saves-for-cure-makes-huge-donation.html

This post shows the outcome of the project, a markedly-improved playdeck at the hospital:

http://brockporthockey.blogspot.com/2011/09/saves-for-cures-first-project.html

Children and families who are going through some difficult times at the hospital have some brighter moments because of everything that Saves For a Cure does.

A HUGE WEEKEND FOR BROCKPORT HOCKEY

Fasten your seat belts.

What a weekend it’s going to be for hockey in Brockport. It’s the annual Saves For a Cure weekend. The alumni game is Saturday. Our biggest rival pays us a visit on Friday. A new rival comes to Tuttle North for the first of many battles.

Diehard hockey fans always circle the dates for the Brockport-Geneseo match-ups on their calendars. Hard-fought, hard-played intense games have become the norm for this regional match-up that looks for SUNYAC bragging rights in the 585.

It will be a tough one for Brockport as Geneseo is the 11th-ranked team in the nation per the most recent USCHO.com poll. Last season when they went 23-7-0 and made it to a Frozen Four semifinal.

The Ice Knights are 2-2-0 on the year, having beat Morrisville twice while getting stunned by Potsdam 2-1 (a team which Brockport beat 3-2) and getting soundly beaten by Plattsburgh 7-4 (one night after Brockport hung with them in a 1-0 loss).

They may have lost superstar Zach Vit (18-13-31) to graduation but still have lots of serious firepower. Brockport will have their hands full with seniors Tyler Brickler (18-14-32) and Justin Scharfe (11-20-31), junior David Ripple (9-15-24) and sophomore Stephen Collins (13-11-24). Blueliner Jack Caradonna is a two-way threat (3-17-20).

Manning the net is Nick Horrigan who was lights-out last year with a .926 save percentage. He’s right there this year with a .928.

They are a very deep squad and their third line is just as good as the 2nd line – and even 1st line – on some very good teams.

To beat them, Brockport really has to amp up their power play to last year’s standards, bust their butts for lunchbucket goals and Jared Lockhurst has to continue to be Jared Lockhurst (the Golden Eagles can steal any game with him net).

Brockport will have an easier go of it Saturday night when SUNY Canton comes to town. This is their third season in DIII as an independent and in the coming years they will join the SUNYAC. So, this is a taste of the future that will be.

They are 0-2-1 on the year after having won just 5 games last season. Ken Orlando was a highly-touted recruit coming into this season and he has 3 goals on the year. Fellow freshman Josh Sova has 2 goals. Those two will help a team that needs scoring: Last year, only 4 players surpassed 9 points. #1 goalie Spencer Landry has put up a great .914 this year.

He, too, is a freshman, so the Kangaroos have an excellent young core that they can develop this year and capitalize on in the 3 subsequent seasons. It should make for yet another competitive team in our conference.

This weekend is also Saves For a Cure weekend.

Saves for a Cure is a non-profit, charitable organization started by Todd Sheridan ('11), a former Brockport goalie -- and one of Brockport's all-time greatest players -- and the College's all-time leader in goals-against average (3.07), career wins (29) and saves percentage (.904). He also holds the 2 of the 4 best single season saves percentages for Brockport.

In 2005 Todd was diagnosed with cancer, given a 70% chance of survival and told he’d never play hockey again. Todd beat cancer and the odds and then had quite the career at Brockport, as made evident by his career numbers and the team's only 2 playoff wins.

With his success story as its backdrop, Saves For a Cure oversees a variety of fundraisers, including the annual Saves For a Cure game, which this year for the first time is games (plural). All proceeds from any Saves For a Cure event or activity go to the children’s cancer clinic at Strong Memorial Hospital.

The highlight of the games is an auction whereby fans can bid on the special jerseys being worn during each of the two games. The auction has begun and will continue through 4 pm (Eastern), Sunday, November 16, 2014. The winners will be listed on the auction web page and will be notified via email.

Winners will be able to pick up their jerseys at the Brockport home games December 5-6 or will be shipped and arrive in time for the holidays.

Bidding is online at 2014-15 Jersey Auction page:

http://gobrockport.com/sports/2011/1/24/MHOCKEY_0124110742.aspx?path=mhockey

Bidders will be asked to submit a jersey number, bid amount (minimum bid is $75), and the color of the jersey that you would like to bid on. Bids will be updated as often as possible on the auction page. Last year, nearly $3,000 was collected from the Jersey auction.

Saturday is also Alumni Day at Tuttle North – and in town.

The schedule for gents who played for the team is as follows:

• 3PM—Alumni game at Tuttle North Ice Arena on November 15th

• 4:30PM—Saves for a Cure dinner at Fazool’s in Brockport. $12 per person o We are encouraging everyone to attend the dinner at Fazool’s

• 7PM—Brockport Golden Eagles v. Canton

• 10PM—Alumni/Family/Player gathering at Bill Gray’s Tap Room 4647 Lake Rd. Brockport

If you played for the Golden Eagles and want to participate in alumni events, email assistant coach Stephen Mallaro at: smallaro@brockport.edu

Monday, November 10, 2014

ALUMNI WEEKEND & FUNDRAISING GOALS

Here is a letter to Golden Eagles hockey alumni from assistant coach Stephen Mallaro. You can email him at:  smallaro@brockport.edu



Dear Former Golden Eagles,


We are excited to announce that this upcoming weekend is our annual alumni weekend. However this year is even more exciting as Saves for a Cure falls on the same weekend. I am sure all of you are aware of alumni Todd Sheridan ’10 and his foundation and the fight against cancer! Online now is the current auction for the Saves for a Cure jersey’s we will be wearing over the weekend. Go to our website, http://www.gobrockport.com and the Men’s Ice Hockey homepage and you will find the link to the auction on the right hand side.

We are looking forward to having a good number of alumni in attendance as we take on SUNY Canton at 7PM, Saturday November 15th.

Details/Information for Alumni weekend are as following:

• Saves for a Cure Jersey Auction now online. Two Jersey’s to bid on this year!


• 3PM—Alumni game at Tuttle North Ice Arena on November 15th


• 4:30PM—Saves for a Cure dinner at Fazool’s in Brockport. $12 per person


o We are encouraging everyone to attend the dinner at Fazool’s


• 7PM—Brockport Golden Eagles v. Canton


• 10PM—Alumni/Family/Player gathering at Bill Gray’s Tap Room 4647 Lake Rd. Brockport, NY 14420


This year has already been an exciting time for Brockport Ice Hockey. We are looking to continually get better day in and day out between practice and games. This season we have started off 1-3, but there has been a ton of positives to take away. We earned our first win on Saturday versus a new and improved Potsdam Bears team after a hard fought 1-0 lost to Plattsburgh on Friday night. A strong effort and response in the 3rd period Saturday night was what we needed to get soaring. We will continue to grow and get better as we head into a good week of practice before alumni weekend.


The coaching staff has been talking about the potential upgrades at Tuttle North, however we need your help as alumni. The most recent talk is to upgrade the stands as all of you know can be very hazardous if someone is not familiar with them. With that being said, the coaching staff has talked about the idea of planning for a new expanded locker room and eventually new boards and glass, but without the help of the Golden Eagle Alumni this will never be made possible. The College at Brockport Ice Hockey family is looking to expand this season as well as in the future raising money to continue to make our program better.


We look forward to greeting all of you this weekend and having you back to Tuttle North! Please RSVP no later than Wednesday, November 12th. I know this letter is getting out late, but we are looking to solidify numbers to accommodate for a gathering after the game Saturday night at Bill Gray’s.

Again, thank you for your continued support, safe travels, and Go Golden Eagles!

NIEUWENDYK IS BROCKPORT'S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK



Junior forward Chase Nieuwendyk (Georgetown, ONT) has been named The College at Brockport Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending November 10. Nieuwendyk had a big role in leading Brockport to a State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) victory over Potsdam Saturday night.

Every time the Golden Eagles were in need for a spark on offense against Potsdam, Nieuwendyk filled the bill, finishing the game with a goal and two assists in Brockport’s 3-2 win.

Potsdam jumped out the early lead scoring within the first minute of the game. However Nieuwendyk helped Brockport even the score when he sent the puck from the corner out in front of the net which was redirected by a Golden Eagle teammate past the Bears goalie to tie the score.

Potsdam yet again took the lead, scoring the only goal of the second period.

On a power play in the third period, Nieuwendyk redirected a redirection on a shot from the blue line under the Potsdam goalie to knot the game up at 2-2. The Golden Eagles didn’t take long to score the game winning goal on another power play as they closed out the scoring just 3:34 removed from their previous goal.

Brockport was on a 3-on-1 play with the first pass sent from Nieuwendyk before the Golden Eagles buried the puck into the back of the net securing the team’s first win of the year.

The Golden Eagles return to action this weekend at home in the Tuttle North Ice Arena for the annual Saves for a Cure Weekend both Friday and Saturday. On Friday Brockport is scheduled to for a SUNYAC game against Geneseo at 7 pm and on Saturday a non-conference game against Canton at 7 pm.

ALUMNI GAME SATURDAY

 
 
The annual alumni game will be held this Saturday, November 15th.

The game will start at 3:00. There is a pre-game meeting at 1:00 PM at Barber's.

If you played for the Golden Eagles and would like to participate in the game, email Tim Panek at tim.f.panek@basf.com

Sunday, November 9, 2014

USCHO REPORT ON POTSDAM GAME

USCHO's Russell Jaslow was in town last night to watch the Brockport-Potsdam ticket. Here is his recap of the game:

http://www.uscho.com/recaps/2014/11/08/shapiro-scores-late-to-lead-brockport-over-potsdam/

BROCKPORT BEATS POTSDAM 3-2

Junior Chase Nieuwendyk (Georgetown, ONT) and freshman Dylan Shapiro (Rochester, NY) scored power play goals in the third period in a span of 3:34 lifting The College at Brockport Hockey team to a 3-2 victory over Potsdam Saturday night in a State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) game in the Tuttle North Arena in Brockport.

The win was the first of the season for Brockport (1-3 Overall, 1-1 SUNYAC) and the ninth in the last 11 meetings with Potsdam (2-2, 1-2).

The Bears took the early lead with a goal just 40 seconds into the first period.

Freshman Zac Sikich (Oak Park, CA) knotted the score at 1-1 just four minutes later with a pass from Nieuwendyk in the corner out in front of the goal where Sikich redirected the puck into the back of the net for his first career goal.

Potsdam made it a 2-1 game in the second period scoring with one second remaining in a power play.
In the third period, Potsdam was whistled for a cross-checking penalty at the 12:02 mark and just 15 seconds into the power play, Chris Luker (New Hartford, NY) lifted a shot toward the Potsdam goal and Ryan Kangas (Williamstown, MA) slapped the puck to Nieuwendyk who poked it under the Potsdam goalie to tie the score at 2-2.

Three minutes later, Potsdam was penalized again – this time for a slash and 34 seconds into that power play, Shapiro completed a 3-on-1 play redirecting the puck into the back of the goal for the 3-2 Brockport lead.

Junior Jared Lockhurst (Caledon, ONT) locked down the victory with three saves in the final minutes as Potsdam pulled its goalie to even up the skaters on the ice after being called for too many men on the ice with 1:14 left to play.

Lockhurst finished with 40 saves with 15 in each of the first two periods and 10 in the final stanza for the Golden Eagles.

Brockport will host Geneseo and Canton next weekend for the annual Saves for a Cure weekend of games. The jerseys worn by the Brockport players in each game will be auctioned off with the proceeds going to the Saves for a Cure foundation founded by former Brockport goalie Todd Sheridan.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

BROCKPORT LOSES CLOSE ONE TO #7 PLATTSBURGH, 1-0

Moral victories do have their place in athletics, just as they do in life. So, while the scoreboard may say Brockport lost to Plattsbugh last night, it was a sort of moral victory. To hold the seventh-best team in the nation to just 1 goal is impressive. Really impressive.

That proves the team is on the right path and true victories -- and lots of them -- are coming.

Last night's affair had the feel and play of a playoff game. Who knows, it might be the same sort of game we see after the regular season closes.

It was a team effort that fed off the inspiring play of Jared Lockhurst. Brockport's goalie was his usual amazing self, turning back 33 shots. His last save of the game is the best one that I've seen out of any goalie on any team the past 2 or 3 years (it was a full extension dive that came from a full squat at the other side of the net -- absolutely amazing reflexes and physicality!).

Brockport hosts Potsdam tonight. The Bears stunned Geneseo on Friday, so they will be riding an emotional high at Tuttle North.

If the Golden Eagles win tonight it will be the 150th victory of Brian Dickinson's collegiate coaching career. Savor that special milestone! 

Below are some of the various recaps of last night's game...



From the Brockport Athletic Department...


Junior goalie Jared Lockhurst (Caledon, ONT) made 33 saves including double-digit totals in the first and third periods for The College at Brockport Hockey team but a second period goal was the difference in a 1-0 loss to Plattsburgh Friday night in a State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) game at the Tuttle North Arena in Brockport.

Plattsburgh (2-0 Overall, 2-0 SUNYAC), ranked No. 7 in the country in the latest USCHO.com poll, had a 14-6 shots advantage in the first period by Lockhurst was able to keep the Cardinals off the scoreboard.

In the second period, a shot from the point got past Lockhurst for the only goal of the game as Plattsburgh took a 1-0 lead with 6:28 left in the period.

Brockport (0-3, 0-1) fought off two penalties in the first period and three more in the second period as Plattsburgh finished the game 0-for-5 with the man advantage.

In the third period, Brockport had a couple late scoring chances to tie the game with the best chance coming with 7:30 left in the period. Senior Bobby Chayka (Hardwick, NJ) took a pass at the point and skated in two strides to the top of the faceoff circle and fired a hard shot toward the upper corner of the goal that missed the goal by inches high and wide.

Later in the period, Lockhurst made three quick saves on a Plattsburgh rush including one with a diving stop with just over two minutes left to play. Brockport took Lockhurst out of the game for the final 1:15 for the extra attacker but could not score the equalizer.




From the Brockport Stylus....

Three games in and the College at Brockport is still searching for the first win of the season. Brockport lost 1-0 to SUNY Plattsburgh in a spirted effort. Offense has been the problem for the Golden Eagles this year. In three games Brockport has only been able to produce two goals. Brockport was out shot again this game which has become a recurring theme this season.
The past two games Brockport has gotten into penalty trouble which has really hindered their offensive production. Throughout the first two periods staying out of the box was an issue the Golden Eagles, but the third period was another story.

The first period brought about sloppy play from both teams, passes weren’t connecting and both teams seemed slow to get their wheels going. Brockport was out shot thirteen to six in the first. A majority of the period was spent in their own zone. Brockport seemed very passive in the defensive zone which allowed Plattsburgh to set up the offense and find the open man. Puck watching almost cost the Golden Eagles twice early in the period had it not been for junior goalie Jared Lockhurst, it would have been a tough opening period for the team.

The second period started just how the first ended, with a lot of penalties for Brockport. After the teams felt each other out in the first it was a much different game in the second period of play. Brockport came out strong and fast, but then seemed willing to sit back. This allowed Plattsburgh to have its way in the Brockport zone. It all starts in the defensive zone, Brockport spent a lot of time there which didn’t allow them to generate offense. When the Eagles finally reached the offensive zone, players were tired which therefor lead to smooth break outs for Plattsburgh. It wasn’t until the third when this changed.

The third brought out a different team in Brockport, the team was playing fast and dictating pace.

Defenseman were pinching and taking chances in risk for offense. Plattsburgh was content to sit back and hold on to their one goal lead. Brockport pulled the goalie in a final effort to tie up the game but the Eagles were unable to cash in.

That’s three games this season and three losses. Brockport will try to put one in the win column Saturday night against SUNY Potsdam.


Source: http://www.thestylus.net/news/view.php/855623/Another-Tough-Loss-For-Ice-Hockey



From the Press Republican...



Plattsburgh State kept up pressure in Brockport’s end Friday and got one shot past goaltender Jared Lockhurst for a SUNY Athletic Conference men’s hockey win.

“Actually, I thought we played a really sound all-around game,” Plattsburgh coach Bob Emery said of the 1-0 contest. “Obviously it wasn’t a perfect game. But I thought we moved the puck really well and had a lot of great scoring chances (Friday). I thought their goalie played really well.”

Plattsburgh’s goalie, Brady Rouleau, played well, too, earning a shutout in his first start with the Cardinals. The sophomore made 22 saves, and Emery said he was “very solid.”


The seventh-ranked Cardinals (2-0, 2-0 SUNYAC) visit Geneseo tonight.


Emery said Plattsburgh started the game with five or six really good chances and went on to spend much of the game in the offensive zone.


Rich Botting gave the Cardinals the lead in the middle of the second period with an assist from fellow defenseman Anthony Calabrese.


“Brockport did a great job blocking shots, and Botting showed great patience and great poise,” Emery said. “Two guys went down to block his shot, and he held onto it and then put it right inside the post. It was a great shot.”


The Golden Eagles pulled Lockhurst at the end of the game, and then Plattsburgh took a penalty with 29 seconds left. But Emery said the Cardinals finished off the game with a strong penalty kill.
Lockhurst finished with 33 saves for Brockport (0-3, 0-1).



Source: http://www.pressrepublican.com/sports/college_sports/cardinals-sneak-past-brockport/article_248cbe30-61f6-5c9b-be5d-89ad06269dcf.html