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.

Friday, February 20, 2015


Saturday's game at Fredonia will feature a ceremony recognizing longtime ref Brian Panek who has been calling SUNYAC games for 24 years! Here's the report from USCHO...

Tuesday, February 17, 2015


With one weekend of SUNYAC regular season play left, Brockport is almost assured entrance into the playoffs.

Brockport is currently tied with Morrisville for sixth place in the conference with 12 points.

Morrisville's season is already done, having ended the season a week earlier than the rest of the conference.

If Brockport loses out, they still get in based on league rules. The SUNYAC has this tie breaker system in place:

1. The best record of tied teams against each other based on Conference play
2. Number of total Conference wins over ties if points are equal.
3. Goal differential against each other in Conference play.
4. Goal differential against all other Conference teams.
5. Coin flip by Commissioner.

#1 doesn't work: Brockport and Morrisville split their series this year.

#2 doesn't work: Both teams currently have 5 wins and 2 ties.

#3 DOES work. While Morrisville beat Brockport 3-1, Brockport beat Morrisville 7-3 in the other game.

But, that's just one scenario. The other fly in the ointment is Cortland.

They have 8 points. If Brockport loses both games (highly unlikely as Brockport shutout Buffalo State and Fredonia both in December) AND Cortland wins both of theirs (again highly unlikely because they play Plattsburgh) Brockport gets in due to the tiebreaker and once again we would have to go to line item #3. In their split series, Brockport outscored Cortland 7-6.


That shows, yet again, how critical every game and every goal is in conference play.

What will this weekend decide then?

We will find out if next Wednesday Brockport goes to Geneseo or Buffalo State for a playoff game.

Would you rather they play our greatest rival or avenge last year's playoff loss?

Editor's note: After I wrote this, Coach Dickinson brought up something I hadn't considered... if Brockport/Cortland/Morrisville tied there would be a tiebreaker amongst all 3 tied teams with all 3 teams’ records calculated in collectively.

He said, "If playoffs began today…yes we would get in over Morrisville. And yes we do hold the tiebreaker over Cortland as you pointed out. The problem would be if we lose out and Cortland wins out that would put us, Cortland and Morrisville in a 3 team tiebreaker at 5-9-2 for 12 points. In a 3 team tiebreaker Morrisville would win that with a 3-1 record amongst tied teams. We’d be 2-2 and Cortland 1-3."

Something to consider. The playoff picture is never easy.

Sunday, February 15, 2015


Senior forward Troy Polino (Limerick, PA) and goalie Aaron Green's (Mt. Albert, ONT) stellar performances led The College at Brockport to a 3-1 victory over State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) rival Cortland Saturday evening during senior night on the campus of Brockport.

Polino finished the game with two assists and Green finished the game with 34 saves. Green proved to be victorious in his efforts against Cortland as the Red Dragons applied lots of pressure in the second and third periods. Green was tested with 30 shots, while only one Cortland shot was able to get by in the second period.

Brockport (11-10-2, 5-7-2 SUNYAC) struck first when freshman Zac Sikich (Oak Park, CA) sent a shot past Cortland's goalie with more than five minutes before the first intermission. Ryan Kangas (Williamstown, MA) initially had the puck before sending it to Polino, Polino then passed the puck to Sikich who buried the shot for the 1-0 Golden Eagle lead.

Kangas was the next to score, as the goal was yet again set up by Polino in what proved to be the game-winner. The Golden Eagles scored their final goal of the game minutes later with 12:21 remaining in the second period. Jake Taylor (Port Perry, ONT) scored his fifth goal of the season with Aidan Verbeke (Elmwood Park, IL) and Chase Nieuwendyk (Georgetown, ONT) picking up assists.

The Golden Eagles killed a penalty with four minutes left in the second period before giving up the lone Red Dragons goal seconds later.

Green continued his stellar play in the third period denying a plethora of shots from different angles, while the Green and Gold defense put their bodies on the line to help Green as much as they could. Several of Cortland's shots were blocked by Golden Eagles in the closing minutes of the game as the Red Dragons pulled their goalie with less than three minutes remaining in the contest to gain the man advantage.

Brockport has two SUNYAC contests remaining next weekend. The Golden Eagles travel to Buffalo State Friday February 20 and Fredonia Feb. 21 with the puck dropping at 7 pm for both games.

Saturday, February 14, 2015


Junior Chase Nieuwendyk (Georgetown, ONT) scored his team-leading 15th goals of the season in the third period for The College at Brockport Hockey team to trim the Oswego lead to 3-1 but the Golden Eagles could not close the gap any further and dropped the 3-1 decision to the Lakers Friday night in a State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) contest in Tuttle North Ice Arena in Brockport.

After a scoreless first period, Oswego (16-2-3 Overall, 11-1-1 SUNAYC), ranked No. 2 in the country in the latest national poll, took a lead in the second period with a power play goal 3:37 into the period and with just 16 seconds left in the man advantage.

Brockport (10-10-2, 4-7-2) kept the score to a single goal differential thanks in part to the play of senior goalie Aaron Green (Mt. Albert, ONT) who finished with 32 saves but made 16 of those in the second period.

Early in the third period, the Lakers took a 2-0 lead with an unassisted goal just 18 seconds into the final period of play and then made it a 3-0 game nearly five minutes later.

Just over a minute after the final Oswego goal, Nieuwendyk picked up the loose puck in front of the Oswego goal after the Laker goalie stopped the initial shot from Chad Cummings (Caledon, ONT) from the point. Nieuwendyk than slipped a shot past the goalie for the only goal of the game for the Golden Eagles. Aidan Verbeke (Elmwood Park, IL) also picked up an assist on the play.

The goal for Nieuwendyk puts him in a tie for seventh in the country for goals scored.

Brockport had chances down the stretch as Oswego took two consecutive late penalties resulting in a stretch of four minutes of power play in a span of just 4:10 but the Lakers were able to hang on for the victory.