Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Brockport falls to Hobart

The College at Brockport ice hockey team dropped a non-conference matchup against No. 9/10 Hobart College on Tuesday night by a score of 5-2. With the loss, the Golden Eagles drop to 6-9-1 on the season while the Statesmen improve to 10-2-3.

Hobart notched the first two goals of the first period to open up an early 2-0 lead, but Brian Hurlimann was able to put the Golden Eagles on the board with 0:04 seconds left to give the team momentum going into the first intermission. The goal was the juniors second in the last two games, and came when he received the puck at the point from Connor Hutchins and fired a wrister over the goalkeepers shoulder and into the back of the net.

Brockport tied it up at the 09:24 mark of the second stanza when Rob Hall sent a long outlet pass to Jake Taylor who skated past his defender on the right hand side and beat the Hobart goalie through the five hole. Taylor now leads the team in goals on the season with eight.

Despite a few more chances, the Brockport offense was stalled for the remainder of the contest, as Hobart scored the next two goals in the second stanza and added an insurance goal in the third, taking this contest 5-2 to earn their tenth win of the season.

Matt Schneider stopped 35 of the 40 shots he faced, including nine of ten in the final period when Hobart had two power play opportunities.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Brockport thumps LVC

The College at Brockport men's ice hockey team won decisively over Lebanon Valley College, routing the Dutchmen by a score of 8-1. The win improves the team to 6-8-1 on the season, while Lebanon Valley falls to 3-11-2.

Brian Hurlimann got the ball rolling for Brockport in the opening stanza, when he send a wrist shot from the point past the Dutchmen goaltender. The power play goal was Hurlimann's first of the season, and came off assists from Chris Pollini and Zac Sikich.

The second period is where the floodgates opened, as Brockport rattled off four goals, three of which came in the first 8:00 of the stanza. Doc Gentzler netted the first of the period 02:16 in off an assist from Bryan Carville. Less than three minutes later, Jake Taylor notched his first of two goals on the night to put the Golden Eagles up 3-0.

The Dutchmen earned a power play at 06:19 when Connor Hutchins was sent off for tripping, but that didn't stop the Brockport scoring streak, as Zac Sikich was able to break loose and beat the goaltender for a shorthanded goal that all but put the game away. Luke Bennett joined the party at the 14:13 mark off feeds from Connor Bass and Tim Kielich to give the Green and Gold a 5-0 lead they would take into the second intermission.

Bass and Kielich were once again the helpers on the first tally of the third period, this time finding Dylan Shapiro who scored his sixth goal of the season. After LVC was finally able to get on the board at 09:55, the Golden Eagles added some insurance when Hutchins scored from Taylor and Verbeke 01:29 later. Taylor capped off his terrific night with another goal at 15:22, his second of the night and seventh of the season. Verbeke tallied another assist on the Taylor goal, and Trevor Simonick earned the secondary assist, his first of the season.

Not to be overshadowed by the scoring onslaught was goaltender Jake Moore who stopped 30 of the 31 shots he faced, including a few impressive pad saves on Dutchmen scoring chances.

Brockport falls to Stevenson in low scoring affair

The Brockport men's hockey team dropped a non-conference matchup to Stevenson Friday night to fall to 5-8-1 on the season. With the victory, the Mustangs improve to 8-5-2.

Despite being shut out, the Golden Eagles were able to put at least 10 shots on goal in every period, outshooting Stevenson 34-16 overall. Of those shots, a good number were quality scoring chances, but Mustang goaltender Jacob Caffrey was a force in net, shutting down the Brockport offense with a 34 save shutout.

One of the best chances for Brockport came at the 13:30 mark of the second stanza when Nick Gullo found himself alone with the goaltender after a long outlet pass, but was stopped when Caffrey made a blocker save. That chance came on the heels of a similar play a few minutes earlier when Aidan Verbeke received a pass from nearly the other end of the ice and would have had a clear breakaway, but the play was called off sides.

The lone goal in the game came at the 15:01 mark of the second period, when Christian Ripley scored a goal off an assist from Jordan Watt.

The Golden Eagles had a couple chances to even the game with man-up opportunities in the final stanza, but were unable to score on either of their power plays, only managing one shot on goal during that time.

Freshman Matt Schneider had another solid game between the pipes, stopping 15 of the 16 shots he faced, for a save percentage of .937.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Brockport has 3 home games over next 5 days

It might be the offseason for most students, but the Golden Eagles will be diligently working away on the home ice over the next few days with home games on Friday, Saturday and Tuesday.

Tonight, the Golden Eagles host Stevenson University. Despite this being Stevenson’s first season of play, don’t overlook them. Their head coach is a good one. I saw Dominick Dawes coach Neumann to the National Championship in Lake Placid in 2009…his first year ever head coaching. It was impressive. In his time at Neumann, he took them to the playoffs all seven years. So, Stevenson made a wise choice in gobbling him up to launch their program.

It shows. In Year One, the Mustangs are 7-5-2. A competitive bunch, their leading goal scorer is Nick Bohatiuk with 8 lamplighters. Mike Davis has 14 points and Jordan Wyatt has 7 goals. Once again, Brockport will play against an excellent European blueliner….defenseman Alfred Panelin-Borg has 9 points. Jacob Caffery will likely start in goal and he sports a .912 and 3.15 line.  

Saturday’s game, which has an unusual 3:00 start, sees them taking on the Lebanon Valley Flying Dutchman. Longtime Brockport fans will remember them being regular visitors to Tuttle North, but that seems so long ago…this is LVC’s first season after a 5 year absence from the rinks.

Their resurrection hasn’t been easy, as the Dutchmen are 3-9-2 on the season. They do have some talent though. Brett Johnson has a great 10-11-21 line while Cole Hepler is no slouch at 9-10-19. Jared Karas sports some firepower, too, with 7 goals. Defenseman Brad Nolan is making a case for All-American with 18 points already on the season. Joel Eisenhower is their number one in net and he has an .880 save percentage to go with a 4.32 goals against average.

Tuesday will see Brockport host the always tough Hobart Statesmen. They are 7-2-3 and are a crazy 4-1-1 on the road. As usual, it starts with their goaltending. Time has been split between two excellent goalies in Frank Oplinger (.917) and Alexander Connal (.929). Such slickness in the net allows them to attack on the other end, made apparent by Nick Bingaman’s 9 goals and a system that has seen 17 players score goals this year. One guy to keep an eye on is freshman Zach Sternbach who has 5 goals on the season and is poised for a big game.

It will be an interesting home stretch for our young men.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


The College at Brockport men's hockey team dropped a non-conference matchup against Williams College on Tuesday evening by a score of 4-1. With the defeat, Brockport now sits at 5-7-1 overall going into three more non-conference games in the next week.

The Green and Gold came out hot in their first game of the New Year, notching the first goal of the game on a power play 8:04 into the opening period. Jake Taylor was the goal-scorer, notching his fifth of the season off a helper from Bryan Carville.

The lead would hold until just over eight minutes later when Williams was able to notch a pair of goals in just over two minutes to give them the lead heading into the break.

The second period was a defensive standoff, as neither team was able to find the back of the net despite a few quality scoring chances for Brockport in the final few minutes of the stanza. The pressure came from all areas of the ice, as 11 different Golden Eagles managed to put shots on goal in this outing.

Despite three third period power plays, Brockport was held scoreless for the remainder of the contest. Williams was able to put the game out of reach with two more goals early in the final period, bringing the score to its eventual final of 4-1.

Matt Schneider dropped just his second contest of the season, stopping 26 of the 30 shots he faced. He was also aided by a defensive unit that blocked ten Williams shots.

The Golden Eagles will be back in Brockport for the next three games, beginning this weekend when they host Stevenson at 7 p.m. on Friday and Lebanon Valley College at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017


The second semester of play begins tonight when the Golden Eagles play Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts for a 5:00 PM puck drop.

They are called the Ephs (rhymes with “chiefs”) after college founder Ephraim Williams. The Ephs are 5-4-2 on the season (by comparison, Brockport is 5-6-1) and they are a tough play at home where they’ve gone 2-0-2.

They are a good team, too…they’ve hung with some really top notch teams. They lost to #10 Babson 2-1; they lost 4-3 to #5 Norwich and they beat #1 Oswego 4-3 in overtime.  

Their competitiveness is a result of some serious firepower. CJ Shugart already has 8 goals; David Italiano leads them with 14 points; and Roberto Cellini has a 6-6-12 line. Michel Piniois is their #1 goalie. In 10 games he has a 3.27 GAA average and an .874 save percentage.   

It’s a family affair of sorts as Ryan Kangas will get the rare chance to play against a team coached by his father Bill. Ryan has 2 goals on the season after scoring 12 last year. It would be good to see him get back in the groove under the excitement of this father-son match-up.

Friday, December 16, 2016


SUNY Potsdam produced this highlight film of last weekend's Brockport victory over the Bears:

Thursday, December 15, 2016


The website Hero College Sports News has a weekly vote for the heroes of D3 hockey. This week, one of our own is among the nominees for the hero in goal. You have today to vote for Matt Schneider for his awesome performance over Plattsburgh. Voting ends Friday morning.

Here's the Hero of the Week voting page:

Tuesday, December 13, 2016


Last season, Chad Cummings was the SUNYAC Defenseman of the Year. The Brockport alumnus is now making the transition from full-time hockey player to full-time lacrosse player for the Calgary Roughnecks.

Read the story here:

Monday, December 12, 2016


Matt Schneider was named the SUNYAC's Goalie of the Week. The freshman was a force in net during Brockport's 2-0 weekend, making 64 saves while allowing just two goals for a save percentage of .970. In Saturday's contest against Plattsburgh, the rookie goaltender made history, as his 36 saves helped the Golden Eagles shut out the Cardinals for the first time in program history. The shutout was also the first of Schneider's young career, as he now sits at 3-1-0 on the season.


Dylan Shapiro was named the Brockport Male Athlete of the Week. He was a huge part of Brockport’s 2-0 SUNYAC weekend, registering three goals and adding an assist in the two games. In Friday’s 3-2 win over Potsdam, Shapiro netted the first two goals of the game for the Golden Eagles before assisting in the game-winning goal late in the second stanza. He was also a key in the faceoff circle on Friday, winning 15 of the 25 draws he took. He kept up the pace on Saturday, finding the back of the net in the first period against Plattsburgh which turned out to be the game-winner, as Brockport was able to hold the Cardinals scoreless.


Heading into winter break, Brockport picked up 2 critical conference road wins in the North Country. Brockport is now in fifth place in SUNYAC with 8 points, 1 behind fourth place Fredonia. 


The Press-Republican looks at Brockport's road win over Plattsburgh -- the Golden Eagles' first in 44 tries:


The Brockport men's ice hockey team pulled out another huge conference win on Saturday 2-0 over Plattsburgh to finish the weekend sweep. With the two wins, the team moves to 5-6-1 overall and 4-5 in the SUNYAC conference.

Dylan Shapiro got the scoring started for the Golden Eagles in the first period when he notched his third goal in two nights at the 13:27 mark of the stanza. Tim Kielich also had a huge weekend, picking up the assist on this goal which was his third in two nights.

The score remained 1-0 Brockport all the way until the 19:25 mark of the third period when Hunter Laslo chipped in an empty net goal to put the game out of reach.

Matt Schneider put together the best game of his young career, making 36 saves without allowing a Plattsburgh goal. The win improves his record to 3-1 in his rookie campaign.

Saturday was Brockport's first win over Plattsburgh since the 2012 season when they defeated the Cardinals 4-2 at Tuttle North Ice Arena.

The ice hockey team will have a well-deserved break until January 10 when they travel to Williamstown, Mass. to take on Williams College at 5 p.m.


The Brockport men's ice hockey team used a late second period goal to squeeze past conference foe Potsdam on the road Friday night. The win improves their record to 4-6-1 overall, and 3-5 in SUNYAC play.

The Golden Eagles didn't take long to hop out to a 1-0 lead when Dylan Shapiro found the back of the net 5:46 into the opening period, using assists from Hunter Laslo and Tim Kielich. Potsdam tied it up 2:04 later, before Shapiro beat the Potsdam goalie once again, this time using assists from Tim Kielich and Aidan Verbeke to retake the lead 2-1.

Potsdam once again knotted the score at 2-2 with less than three minutes remaining in the opening stanza, allowing them to go into the first intermission with momentum.

The Green and Gold were quick to stall that momentum however, as their stingy defense kept the Bears off the board for the remainder of the game. The game-winning goal for Brockport came with 1:29 left in the second frame, when Zac Sikich scored off of assists from Tim Kielich and Dylan Shapiro, who recorded his third point of the night.

Not only was Shapiro dominant on offense, he also led the team in the faceoff circle, accounting for 15 of the squads 31 faceoff wins in just 25 attempts.

Sunday, December 4, 2016


The Brockport hockey team fell in a tightly contested, high scoring game against Fredonia Saturday night to fall to 3-6-1 on the year, and 2-5 in the SUNYAC conference.

After Fredonia notched the first two goals of the contest in the first period, Brockport got on the board when Jake Taylor buried his third goal of the season off of assists from line mates Aidan Verbeke and Connor Hutchins. The Golden Eagles were unable to convert on a late power play opportunity, so the opening stanza ended with a 2-1 Fredonia lead.

The Blue Devils added another early in the second, giving them a 3-1 lead they would hold until the 19:20 mark of the period when Taylor once again found the back of the net for his second of the night, closing the gap to 2-1 at the end of the period.

The third period was a high scoring affair, with the teams trading goals until Fredonia eventually took a 6-4 lead they would hold on to. Connor Hutchins notched the first goal of the stanza off an assist from Zac Sikich, knotting the game at 3-3.

After the Blue Devils regained the lead just over three minutes later, Brandon McMartin beat the Fredonia goalie on a power play goal that was assisted by Nick Palumbo to tie the score once again at 4-4.

Two straight Blue Devil goals gave them a controlling 6-4 lead, that would end up being enough to hold on for the win. Zac Sikich registered an unassisted goal at 14:15 to close the gap to 6-5, but it was to no avail as Fredonia was able to hold on the remaining five minutes for the 6-5 victory.

The Golden Eagles ended 2-8 on the power play, with both of the goals coming in the third period.

Cole Burack finished the contest with 33 saves in net, for an 85% save percentage.

Brockport hockey will be back in action next weekend when they travel north for matchups with SUNYAC foes Potsdam and Plattsburgh.

Saturday, December 3, 2016


The Golden Eagle hockey team fell to Buffalo State by a score of 4-1 Friday night, dropping them to 3-5-1 on the season, while the Bengals improve to 7-2-1.

The majority of this contest was a back-and-forth affair, with the teams knotted at a goal apiece with just seven minutes remaining in the third period. Two late empty net goals put the game out of reach, allowing the Bengals to come away with the win.

The lone goal of the first period went to Buffalo State, when Mac Wood found the back of the net off of assists from Anthony Passero and Zach Remers. Despite the goal, the Green and Gold controlled the period, leading the shots on goal battle 9-8.

Brockport was able to tie the game at 1-1 early in the second when Connor Hutchins notched his fifth goal of the season off of assists from Aidan Verbeke and Jake Taylor. Hutchins is now tied with Verbeke for the team-lead in goals, having each scored five.

Despite suffering his first loss of the season, freshman goaltender Matt Schneider had another terrific outing, stopping 22 of the 24 Bengal shots he faced, for a save percentage of .916.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Brockport’s last home game of the fall semester is this Friday at 7:00 when the Golden Eagles host the Bengals of Buffalo State. This promises to be what we’ve come to expect of Brockport - Buffalo State affairs of recent years…physical, hard fought, and tense. Many times I’ve thought Buffalo State games were better than those against our main rival (Geneseo).

In the latest USCHO poll, the Bengals garnered enough votes to come in at 21st in the nation on the strength of their 5-2-1 record. They have an offense that sports fine tempo and puck possession while really spreading the wealth – they’ve scored 31 goals and 14 Bengals have lit the lamp. Taylor Pryce is their biggest threat with 5 goals already in this young season.

As good as their ability to score goals might be, their ability to stop them is unmatched. Goalie Mike DeLaVergne is among the best in the world right now…in 6 games he has a .964 save percentage and a 0.990 goals against average. That is NOT a typo – his GAA really is 0.990!! He alone is worth the price of admission to this game.

Saturday’s away game will be a little easier as the team travels to Fredonia. But, it’s a SUNYAC game, so it’s never truly easy. Fredonia is currently 3-3-1, but if it’s any consolation, they are 1-3-1 at home.

They have a real playmaker in junior Sam Wilbur who has 11 points thanks to a 3-8-11 line. Sophomore Bobby Polacheck is someone to watch, too, he of 4 goals and 4 assists in 7 games. Defenseman Oskar Gerhardson from Sweden plays good “D” and is also a playmaker. Sophomore Eric Bogart will be in goal and he’ll do his best to stymie the Brockport attach with his .923 save percentage.