Wednesday, June 15, 2016

2016-2017 SCHEDULE

One of the days that Brockport hockey fans look forward to every year is the release of the schedule for the upcoming season. It gives them a chance to mark their calendars, plan their road trips, and get excited about the promise that comes with every season.

2016-2017 is another exceptional slate of games. Once again, the team is following the "max attendance" model; that is, scheduling 1 home game per weekend so as to maximize fan turnout -- sometimes, 2 games per weekend can be tough for fans. Counting the green and white game, there are 9 stand alone home games and there are another 4 games total that occur as Friday/Saturday home affairs.

Here are what I would consider the five "can't miss" home games this year:

Oswego on November 4th: It's the home opener...which is like Christmas morning to hockey fans

Buffalo State on December 2nd: The Bengals and Golden Eagles have shared some bad blood in recent years so this game promises to be chock full of hard hits and chippy play

Hobart on January 17th: Hobart and Brockport games are always competitive and this one falls on a Tuesday. Tuesday night games are always a neat way to break up your workweek.

Geneseo on February 3rd: It's Geneseo...need I say more

Plattsburgh on February 18th: The last game of the regular season...Plattsburgh and Brockport could be jockeying for playoff positioning. It promises to be hard fought







Tuesday, June 14, 2016

BROCKPORT ALUMNUS MONDOUX SECURES ICE RAYS ROLE

Mike Mondoux, who played for Brockport in the 1997-1998 and 1998-1999 seasons (and was a one-time SUNYAC Rookie of the Week), has secured a new role with the Corpus Christi IceRays becoming their Director of Scouting and Player Development.

Here is the report from JuniorHockey.com:

http://www.juniorhockey.com/news/news_detail.php?news_id=91032

Monday, June 13, 2016

POSSIBLE CHANGES TO OVERTIME

The folks at D3Hockey.com are reporting that the NCAA Hockey Rules Committee has proposed some changes to overtime that could hopefully eliminate ties in regular season play.

You can read their report here: 

http://d3hockey.com/notables/2015-16/160610-rules-committee-proposes-4v4-overtime

Thursday, June 2, 2016

GOLDEN EAGLES EXCEL IN THE CLASSROOM

The Brockport Golden Eagles performed exceptionally well on the ice this past season. And, more importantly, they did the same in the classroom. Check out these absolutely outstanding academic accomplishments.


Spring 2016

Perfect 4.0 GPA
Andrew Parks
James Ryan

Dean’s List (3.40 or higher)
Connar Bass
Chad Cummings
Jeremy DeFazio
Jon Demme
David Horan
Brian Hurlimann
Jared Lockhurst
Jamie Lukas
Matt Meredith
Nick Palumbo
Andrew Parks
James Ryan
Dylan Shapiro
Trevor Simonick

SUNYAC All Academic ( 3.30 or higher)

Connar Bass
Chad Cummings
Jeremy DeFazio
Jon Demme
David Horan
Brian Hurlimann
Jared Lockhurst
Jamie Lukas
Chris Luker
Matt Meredith
Chase Nieuwendyk
Nick Palumbo
Andrew Parks
James Ryan
Dylan Shapiro
Trevor Simonick



Team Spring 2016 GPA: 
3.36
Team Overall GPA for 2015-2016 academic year: 3.29



Wednesday, May 25, 2016

HUTCHINS COMMITS TO BROCKPORT



The Brookings Blizzard, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are proud to announce that forward Connor Hutchins, the 2015-16 Captain, has made his NCAA Division III commitment to play hockey at The College of Brockport New York (SUNY-Brockport). 

Hutchins, a North Richland Hills, Texas native, played in 55 of 60 games this season and finished with 14 points (8 goals, 6 assists) while being second on the team in power play goals. Hutchins, 21, played in 110 games over the past two seasons with the Blizzard finishing with 30 points (14 goals, 16 assists).

"Connor was a great leader that came ready to play every day. He will be missed by the team and by the town of Brookings,” stated Dan Daikawa, Brookings Blizzard Head Coach.
 
"I'm excited to be able to continue my hockey career at Brockport. The program there is on the rise and it's an exciting time to be a part of it. When it came down to it, Brockport was the best fit for me athletically and academically. I can't think the Blizzard organization and my teammates enough for all of their support. Being able to play in Brookings for two years and serve as Captain was an honor and an experience I'll never forget. I'd also like to thank my family who has been there since day one and supported me through this entire process,” said Hutchins.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

GOOD LUCK, GRADUATES

Brockport's commencement ceremonies will take place this weekend. It's always a bittersweet time as the graduates welcome new adventures but close the book on a fun and formative time of their lives.

The following hockey players are graduating from Brockport this weekend. I say to them: "Thanks for all the awesome hockey memories and good luck in your post-Brockport lives. Continue to make the Golden Eagle community proud in everything you do!"

Chad Cummings
Jeremy DeFazio
Jonathan Demme
Jesse Facchini
Jared Lockhurst
Chris Luker
Chase Nieuwendyk
James Ryan

BROCKPORT HOCKEY RECRUITMENT VIDEO


Monday, May 9, 2016

RYAN MAKES THE GRADE



Longtime readers of this blog know I value the performance of the hockey team in the classroom more so than on the ice. They are, after all, student athletes. That's why I value what young James Ryan accomplished. Last week, the power play machine was awarded the Scholar Athlete Award from the College at the "BESPY Awards" which stands for Brockport's Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Awards. James was honored for posting a 3.75 grade point average, while standing out as an accounting major.

2016 AWARD WINNERS

Pictured left to right: Verbeke, DeFazio, Nieuwendyk, Kielich, Cummings (Simonick not pictured)



Last week the Golden Eagles ice hockey team held their annual end-of-the-year break up dinner at which they handed out their season ending awards.

Brian Cavanaugh Most Valuable Player Award—Chase Nieuwendyk

Chris Palin Rookie of the Year Award—Tim Kielich

EJ McGuire 7th Player Award—Aidan Verbeke

Bob Pedersen Coaches Award—Chad Cummings

Jimmy Mac Most Improved Player Award—Trevor Simonick

Tim Panek Award—Jeremy DeFazio

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

NIEUWENDYK PICKS UP D3HOCKEY.COM HONORS

Senior forward Chase Nieuwendyk of The College at Brockport ice hockey team earned All-Region honors from D3Hockey.com, being named to the East Third Team, as announced by the website Thursday.

Among all Division III teams, Nieuwendyk ranked seventh in the nation this season with 1.42 points per game.  Nieuwendyk tabbed 14 goals and 23 assists in 26 games.  On the season, the Georgetown, Ontario native had 12 multi-point games including a hat trick in a 8-7 win over Morrisville State.  Nieuwendyk had a 12 game point streak this season from Nov. 27 to Jan. 29.  The senior proved that home ice matters, scoring nine goals and 11 assists in the Tuttle North Ice Arena in Brockport.

Nieuwendyk broke into the Brockport record books this season and is tied for eighth in career goals with 45.  The senior eclipsed 100 career points in the final weekend of the regular season and now sits at 101 points off of 45 goals and 56 assists.  Nieuwendyk is the 11th Golden Eagle to reach the milestone.

A State University of New York Athletic Conference First-Team selection, Nieuwendyk led the conference in scoring with 23 points off of nine goals and 14 assists in conference games this season.

Friday, April 22, 2016

BURACK HIGHLIGHT VIDEO

Here is a highlight video looking at some of Cole Burack's greatest saves of the past season..


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

SENIORS ARE RECOGNIZED

The College at Brockport Athletics Department held its 15th Annual Senior Student-Athlete Luncheon today to honor its 113 seniors.


Monday, March 28, 2016

NIEUWENDYK IS ALL-AMERICAN



Senior forward Chase Nieuwendyk brought home All-America honors for The College at Brockport ice hockey team, being named to the American Hockey Coaches Association CCM East Second-Team.  Nieuwendyk is the first player in the history of Brockport ice hockey to earn the title of All-America twice.

Among all Division III teams, Nieuwendyk ranked seventh in the nation this season with 1.42 points per game.  Nieuwendyk tabbed 14 goals and 23 assists in 26 games.  On the season, the Georgetown, Ontario native had 12 multi-point games including a hat trick in a 8-7 win over Morrisville State.  Nieuwendyk had a 12 game point streak this season from Nov. 27 to Jan. 29.  The senior proved that home ice matters, scoring nine goals and 11 assists in the Tuttle North Ice Arena in Brockport.

Nieuwendyk broke into the Brockport record books this season and is tied for eighth in career goals with 45.  The senior eclipsed 100 career points in the final weekend of the regular season and now sits at 101 points off of 45 goals and 56 assists.  Nieuwendyk is the 11th Golden Eagle to reach the milestone.

A State University of New York Athletic Conference First-Team selection, Nieuwendyk led the conference in scoring with 23 points off of nine goals and 14 assists in conference games this season.

Monday, March 21, 2016

SCHNEIDER COMMITS TO BROCKPORT



The Florida Eels have announced that goaltender Matthew Schneider has made a commitment to play at Brockport. Here is their news release...

Matthew Schneider was one of the if not the top goalie all year long in the USPHL Elite division. His numbers speak for themselves by leading the league in several categories, most notably wins with 21 and a save percentage of .945%. He was even better during the playoffs. He led playoffs in wins with 6 and goals-against posting a 1.43 GAA. He also led the playoffs in shutouts with 2. He was second in minutes played with 420.00 and save percentage with a .948%.

GM Frank Scarpaci opined that he has been one of our strongest recruited players this season. Matthew was in the unenviable position to have a number of strong NCAA Division 3 college coaches recruit him throughout our season for the next four years. But there was no question Brockport was his first choice. Matt looks forward to playing for the Golden Eagles under coach Brian Dickinson  who has been at the helm of SUNY Brockport since the 1996-97 season. 

Matthew said he looks forward to playing in the very prestigious SUNY conference. Coach Dickinson and his assistant coach Stephen Mallaro have done a very impressive job building the hockey program at SUNY Brockport and he looks forward to becoming part of their team and making a solid contribution to the program. 

The following is the scouting report on Matthew:

Matt’s speed and ability to read the game are his two biggest assets. His ability to read the game allows him to shutdown odd man rushes and penalty situations. His positioning plays allows him to track pucks to his body making it easier to control rebounds. Matt’s compete level is very high which allows him to steal games for his team. He has great vision to see and track the puck. He communicates very well with his defenseman.”  Matthew has consistently been one of the top netminders in the USPHL over the last several years. 

"Matthew is a top notch player and an even better person, he will be able to adjust and excel on the ice and in the class room very quickly. Matthew is very focused and mentally driven to succeed at anything he chooses.” Coach Bloomingburg states.  

GM Scarpaci states that we scouted Matthew for two seasons and when he became available we were sure and quick to sign him last season. We are very glad we did and trust the coaching staff at SUNY Brockport see the same tangible and intangible qualities as we saw in him. We are very proud of Matthew and wish him the best in his college endeavors. He is not only a solid goaltender but also an extremely bright young man with a tremendous future in whatever career path he chooses. 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

GOOD LUCK, GENESEO

At this week's NCAA DIII Frozen Four in Lake Placid I'll be cheering on Geneseo, something that I'd never thought I'd say in 23 seasons of being a Brockport hockey fan. But these guys are something special to get this far after having a teammate (Jay Stephanik) see his career come to an end in November due to a traumatic brain injury and, then, losing their beloved Matt Hutchinson to murder in January. You often hear the term "team of destiny" bandied about in sports conversations -- Geneseo's hockey team might be one of them. If you don't believe in that sort of hooey, they surely are the definition of a "team", playing as one and overcoming adversity. Good luck, Ice Knights -- you truly deserve to be champions

Saturday, March 5, 2016

GOLDEN EAGLES DOMINATE ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

USCHO.com has posted it's annual All-Rookie Team for the conference. While not officially endorsed by the SUNYAC, the awards are still selected by SUNYAC coaches.

As if you needed any more proof that the future of Brockport hockey is in good hands, consider this: Brockport landed 3 players on the squad.

Tim Kielich, who had the highest point total by a Brockport freshman in 20 years, secured 1 of the 3 forward positions.

And this is awesome: BOTH defenseman positions were filled by Golden Eagles -- Connar Bass and Nicholas Palumbo.

Check out the roster here: http://www.uscho.com/2016/03/05/brockport-places-trio-on-sunyac-all-rookie-team/

Saturday, February 27, 2016

HIGHLIGHTS FROM PLAYOFF LOSS

Not that most Brockport fans want to relive the goals of the playoff loss to Oswego, but if you do, here's the highlight reel from WTOP TV 10...


Friday, February 26, 2016

POLLINI COMMITS TO BROCKPORT



With All-SUNYAC picks Chad Cummings and Chris Luker graduating, Brockport has to stock up on defensemen. The team is doing just that with the recruiting of Chris Pollini. The 6'1", 192 blueliner from Wolfeboro, New Hampshire spent the last 2 seasons with the NH Junior Monarchs of the EHL.

For the 2015-2016 campaign he has 1 goal and 15 assists in 39 games played. One thing that you like to see out of a defenseman is smart, mistake-free play. You can see that in Chris's penalty minutes -- he has only 16 of them on the season, excellent numbers for a hard-hitting defenseman.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

BROCKPORT BY THE NUMBERS

With Brockport's season having come to an end, we can look at the statistical accomplishments of the team. These national rankings reflect the standings as of February 25th. There will be some changes by the end of the playoffs because you'll have a few teams picking up some extra games over the next few weeks, but, overall they won't change too much. For the individuals, we will look at those who cracked the Top 50.

Chase Nieuwendyk was the biggest standout performer. His 1.42 points per game ranked 10th in the nation. His 0.54 goals per game broke into the Top 50, coming in at 48th. His 0.88 assists per game were 11th best.

Tim Kielich broke into the Top 30 in the country in scoring, with 1.19 points per game (good for 29th). His assists (0.73/game) had him at 31st. His 5 power play goals were the fifth highest total in the country. Among rookies, he was fourth in the nation in points.

Ryan Kangas and Jesse Facchinni each had 3 game winning goals which were the 3rd highest total in the country.

Among defensemen, Chris Luker was 27th in the country with 0.68 points per game. Chad Cummings was 30th with 0.65 per game.

Brockport's offense was potent, coming in at 3.50 goals per game, good for 22nd best in DIII (of 76 teams). Defensively, the team allowed 3.69 goals per game, which was 61st.

Brockport was the least penalized team in all of DIII, with only 7.3 penalty minutes per game.

The power play was 16th best at 22.3%.

The penalty kill was 40th best at 81.8%.



BROCKPORT'S SEASON ENDS IN FIRST ROUND

The College at Brockport ice hockey team gave up three goals in the second period and the deficit proved too much as they suffered a 8-0 loss to Oswego State Wednesday night in the State University of New York Athletic Conference quarterfinal.

Brockport (11-11-4 overall, 6-7-4 SUNYAC) and Oswego (14-10-2 overall, 9-7-1 SUNYAC) skated to 0-0 tie after the first period.  Rookie Cole Burack stopped 13 shots in the frame including a handful of diving saves.

The Golden Eagles went two-for-two on the power kill while Burack stopped all nine shots faced during the four minute span.  The Lakers went on to score three goals in the second period and five in the third to take the win.

Jeremy DeFazio
led the team with four shots, Zac Sikich had three and Jake Taylor, Jesse Facchini and Chase Nieuwendyk each had two.  Burack stopped 40 shots on the night.  Brockport won 37 face offs including 12 from Nieuwendyk and 10 from Dylan Shapiro.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

CUMMINGS: DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR


The SUNYAC amended their news release from yesterday regarding the postseason awards. The original online report was missing the Defensive Player of the Year award. Who won it? None other than Chad Cummings! The Brockport senior totaled 11 blocks on defense and added five goals and 11 assists to help his team to 11-10-4 overall.

ANNUAL SUNYAC HONORS

Yesterday the State of New York Athletic Conference announced their annual awards for men's ice hockey.

One of the big awards -- the Rookie of the Year honors -- went to Tim Kielich. The rookie forward scored eight goals and had 11 assists in 16 conference games. He added another three goals and eight assists outside the league. Kielich was named the SUNYAC Rookie of the Week twice this season as he helped Brockport finish fifth in the conference after regular-season play at 6-6-4.

The awards didn't end there. There are the All-SUNYAC teams, too.

A trio of Golden Eagles made the cut for their excellent performances this season. Chase Nieuwendyk made the First Team while Chad Cummings made the Second Team and Chris Luker made the Third Team.

See the full All-SUNYAC rosters here:

http://sunyac.com/news/2016/2/23/MHOCKEY_0223165238.aspx

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS OF POTSDAM GAME


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

KIELICH GETS NATIONAL RECOGNITION

Congrats to Tim Kielich on making D3Hockey.com's national Team of the Week!

http://d3hockey.com/awards/team-of-the-week/men/2015-16/Feb-23

BENNETT COMMITS TO BROCKPORT


Another player from the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs has committed to play for Brockport. The 20 year old Luke Bennett is a 5'9" 166-pound speedster who hails from Rochester, New Hampshire. He has been very productive -- in 2014-2015 he played in 39 games and had 5 goals and 25 assists. This season, he found found the goal-scoring touch to match his playmaking abilities. In 36 games his goal total more than tripled to 16 lamplighters and his assists went up to 27.