Friday, April 21, 2017

Brockport alumnus Cavanugh named to NCAA committee

Brian Cavanaugh played for Brockport from 1973 to 1976. During that time, he produced at extraordinary levels...he had a 54-point season, a 7-point game, and a 124-point career.

Brian is currently the AD at D'Youville College. They announced yesterday that Brian was chosen to be on the NCAA's Committee on Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct. Good for him -- he's the prefect man for that role.

Here is D'Youville's press release:

Friday, April 14, 2017

Burack transferring to Liberty

Brockport has lost a goalie as Cole Burack has announced his commitment to transfer to Liberty University. We wish Cole well and thank him for the memories on the ice during his two seasons at Brockport.

Here is Liberty's announcement:

Thursday, April 13, 2017

2016-2017 team awards

Last weekend, the athletic and academic successes of the Brockport hockey team were celebrated at the team’s annual award ceremony. This year's honorees were...

Brian Cavanaugh MVP Award: Jake Taylor
EJ McGuire 7th Player Award: Rob Hall
Chris Palin Rookie of the Year Award: Connor Hutchins
Bob Pedersen Coaches Award: Dylan Shapiro
Jimmy Mac Most Improved Player Award: Matt Schneider
Tim Panek Award: Aidan Verbeke
Outstanding Scholar Athlete Award: David Horan

Missing from the banquet and photo is Robbie Hall who signed with the Evansville Thunderbolts of the Southern Pro Hockey League and was playing in his last game of the season that night.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Tim Crowley takes over Elmira coaching role

Brockport alumnus Tim Crowley has been named the head coach of the women's hockey program at Elmira.

Tim played for Brockport from 2005-2006 through the 2008-2009 season. In his Brockport career he scored 24 goals and he was absolutely awesome during a playoff chase in the 2007-2008 season -- during January and February of that year he scored 7 goals and assisted 6 more.

Tim will do well in his new role. Here's Elmira's press release...

Pat Thompson, Elmira College Vice President of Athletics, has announced the permanent appointment of Tim Crowley as the head coach of the nationally-ranked women's ice hockey program. He will also maintain his role as the head coach of the Elmira women's golf team as well.

"I am very pleased about the permanent appointment of Tim Crowley as our head women's ice hockey coach," said Thompson. "Coach Crowley joined this team after it started and was able to resume the momentum of the season both on the ice and in recruiting. Having had the opportunity to work with him for almost five years, I felt he was a great fit and well qualified to carry on our women's ice hockey tradition."

Crowley served as the bench boss for the Purple and Gold during the 2016-17 campaign and guided the Soaring Eagles to the ECAC West Tournament title game, as well as the program's fifth consecutive NCAA Division III Tournament appearance. Elmira finished the season as the country's No. 6-ranked team according to both the U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO) and national polls, as the Purple and Gold logged an 18-6-4 overall record with a 14-2-2 mark in league contests. Elmira ended the year with the country's seventh-ranked scoring offense (3.64 gpg) and scoring defense (1.43 gpg), as well as the eighth-highest winning percentage (.714).

"I'm very excited to become the head coach of a program with such tradition and thankful to Pat Thompson for giving me this opportunity," said Crowley. "Moving forward we want to continue the tradition that was set by Dean Jackson '03 and Greg Fargo '06 before me, which is being an elite program with a winning culture."

Under Crowley's tutelage, five Soaring Eagles received year-end accolades from the ECAC West Conference, including two Second-Team recipients and a trio of Honorable Mention selections. The Elmira women also excelled off the ice this season, as 15 student-athletes were placed on the ECAC West All-Academic Team.

Although 2016-17 was Crowley's first year as the interim head coach for the women's program, he is no stranger to the Elmira College hockey family after spending the past four seasons as an assistant for the EC men's team under Aaron Saul '98. Elmira captured its 10th ECAC West Conference Tournament title – the most of any ECAC West affiliated institution, past or present – during Crowley's second stint with the Purple and Gold in 2014.

"My time with Aaron and the men allowed me to develop throughout the past four years and I am thankful for that," Crowley added. "When the opportunity came earlier this year, Aaron was very supportive as were the guys which I am thankful for."

Crowley was instrumental in Elmira's run to the conference championship in 2013-14, especially his work with the Soaring Eagle power play. Elmira ended the year with the fourth-highest power-play success rate in Division III men's ice hockey that season (28.0%) and boasted the country's fourth-leading power-play goal scorer in Josh Burnell '14 (10).

During his time with the Elmira men, 14 student-athletes received ECAC West All-Conference honors, including the 2014-15 ECAC West Player of the Year, Jarryd ten Vaanholt '16, who would later go on to receive American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) All-America Second-Team accolades.

Crowley's coaching resume also includes a three-year stint as an assistant coach with SUNY Potsdam from 2009-12. He guided the Bears to a pair of SUNYAC postseason berths in 2010 and 2012, before leaving North Country to assume a similar position with the Soaring Eagles.

Crowley is a 2009 graduate of The College at Brockport, where he was a four-year member of the Golden Eagles' men's ice hockey team. He made 98 career appearances with 24 goals and 30 assists for 54 points, and helped the Golden Eagles earn their first-ever playoff win in program history during the 2009 SUNYAC Tournament.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Solat commits to Brockport

Jeremy Solat has committed to play hockey at Brockport for the 2017-2018 season. The 5'9", 170-pound forward hails from Centennial, Colorado and spent this season with the Syracuse Stars of the USPHL where he sported a 9-22-31 line in 45 games. He excelled in this season's playoffs, scoring a goal and getting 5 assists in 6 games. Prior to this season, he was with the Islanders Hockey Club and the Bay State Breakers.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Rock commits to Brockport

The PAL Jr. Islanders are proud to announce that Premier forward Dan Rock has committed to play and attend school at SUNY Brockport beginning in the fall of 2017.

Rock, ’96, finished the season with 14 goals and eight assists for 22 points in 40 games played for the blue and orange.

“I'm very thankful to commit to Brockport. My support system throughout my whole hockey career has been great and without them none of this would be possible. I learned so much from Coach Marshall and Coach Dineen and the whole PAL organization is a great organization for junior hockey players,” Rock said. “I was very lucky to be on a team with such a great group of guys because it made coming to the rink fun and I always wanted to work hard with my teammates and for them".

“When I go to Brockport, every inch will have to be earned like anything else in this sport and I look forward to the opportunity to compete at the NCAA level,” he added.

SUNY-Brockport competes in the NCAA Division III SUNYAC and is coached by Brian Dickinson, who is in his 20th season.

“We are happy for Dan and his family. He worked extremely hard during his time in here to achieve his dream of playing NCAA hockey. He will be a very productive college hockey player. We look forward to following Dan as soon as he begins his college hockey career at Brockport,” said Head Coach, Dan Marshall.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Brockport has two on All-Rookie Team

On Friday, announced their SUNYAC All-Rookie Team, which is pulled together by input from the conference's coaches.

Forward Connor Hutchins made the team thanks to his 12-15-27 line which featured 8 power play goals and 2 game winners. Goalie Matt Schneider was also selected thanks to his .903 save percentage and 3.02 goals against average.

These men excelled in conference play and that's what really caught the attention of the league's coaches -- in SUNYAC games, Hutchins scored 9 of his goals and Schneider's GAA dropped to 2.70.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

2016-2017 season in review

The 2016-2017 Golden Eagles exceeded expectations

To outsiders, it looked like the Golden Eagles hockey program was in a rebuilding stage heading into the 2016-2017 season after losing the most decorated senior class in the college’s history. At the 2016 graduation ceremonies, the team said “good bye” to a two-time All-American (Chase Nieuwendyk), Brockport’s only 3-time All-SUNYAC pick (blueliner Chris Luker) and the College’s first SUNYAC Defensive Player of the Year (Chad Cummings).

As scary as those losses could have been, players, coaches, and fans of the Golden Eagles knew this year’s model was in far better shape than others might think. Those who were underclassmen in 2015-2016 had matured dramatically on the ice and they had tasted excellence, and knew what was needed going into this season.  

Last year’s squad went 11-11-4. This year’s team matched that win total with an 11-14-1 record.

How special was that? It was only the sixth double digit win total for the program this century.

This is a young team that exceeded the expectations of outsiders yet met the expectations that they had set for themselves. It made for an interesting season, one that saw the Golden Eagles head into the playoffs and entertain fans throughout the year.

Here’s a look at some big performances and big performers:

The last weekend of the first semester: Heading into the always tough North Country road trip, Brockport had a conference record of 2 wins against 5 losses and looked like they were close to being ousted from the playoffs before the second semester even began. Then, fortunes changed. Brockport beat Potsdam 3-2 that Friday. Then, on that Saturday, they did the unprecedented. They beat Plattsburgh at Plattsburgh for the first time in 44 tries! That no doubt led to a celebration worldwide amongst Golden Eagle alumni who had been hoping for the taste of such a victory. 

Shutting out Plattsburgh granted this young man legend status

Matt Schneider: As if the victory at Plattsburgh wasn’t sweet enough, it was a shutout. That, in itself, catapulted freshman goaltender Matt Schneider into folk hero status in the hockey program. Like a modern day Paul Revere or Johnny Appleseed, he’ll always be known as “the guy who shutout the Cardinals at Plattsburgh.” That wasn’t the only highlight of a nice rookie campaign that saw him get a .903 save percentage and a 3.02 goals against average while also securing the “must-wins” that closed out the regular season.    

Connor Hutchins: Schneider wasn’t the only one to have a standout freshman campaign. At the close of the regular season, Connor Hutchins was third in the nation in power play goals with 8 (the leader had 10) among his total 12 goals that were accompanied by 15 assists. He ended up 15th in the country for points-per-game by a freshman this season. His 12 goals were the most for a rookie Golden Eagle since the 1996-1997 season – twenty years!

Aidan Verbeke: Junior captain Aidan Verbeke was also third in the nation in power play goals. He led a power play unit that was the eighth-most efficient in all of DIII with a 25.5% success rate. Verbeke had a great 10-13-23 line and led the team in penalty minutes with 42, which shows the hard, physical edge that he brings to the ice. He led off the ice as well, bringing a calming, intellectual and motivational approach to leadership in the locker room and classroom.

Jake Taylor: Senior Jake Taylor led a team in goals that averaged 3.31 per game, an output that put the team in 32nd place out of 78. His 14 goals all came since Thanksgiving and it seemed for a while that he was lighting the lamp every single game. He was exciting on the ice, because it seemed like he was either finding space or making space at will. It was a nice capstone to a collegiate career that saw him bust into SUNYAC with 10 goals as a freshman.

Tim Kielich: After a monster freshman campaign (12-19-31), Tim Kielich did not suffer a sophomore slump. While his goal total dropped to 3, he was still a playmaker, getting 23 helpers on the season and ranking among the national leaders in that category. Two of his goals came in the decisive last weekend of play when they were needed most. He was such a threat to make things happen that SUNYAC coaches voted him into Third Team All-SUNYAC at the close of the season.

There was no sophomore slump for #11

Dylan Shapiro & Zac Sikich: These two juniors are linked together, having come up at the same time and posting similar stats at each stage of the game. How similar? After 3 seasons together both have averaged exactly .53 points per game! Shapiro had 9 goals this year, while Sikich had 10. Both had 2 game winning goals, both had an empty netter. One difference? Sikich had 2 shorthanded goals this year.

Bryan Carville: The sophomore blueliner who had spent his freshman year at Hobart was an excellent defensive player. He had 10 points, which are solid for a defenseman’s defenseman. He led the team in plus/minus with a +5 and he’s looking like someone who could entertain All-SUNYAC honors next year. He can really hang with the deep lines we’ve seen out of Oswego, Geneseo, and Plattsburgh.

Brian Hurlimann: The junior defenseman had a great year, too, behind the blueline, seeing a plus/minus of +3. He also surprised with some firepower, sporting a 4-5-9 line besting his career totals of 2-1-3. He’s a physical player who makes superstar forwards regret entering his territory. Don’t be surprised if he gets All-SUNYAC looks in his senior year.

The last weekend of the season: Going into the last weekend of regular season play, Brockport faced a must-win of two games in order to make the playoffs. They buried Potsdam that Friday before Plattsburgh came to town. Could Brockport beat Plattsburgh twice in one season?? They did, in dramatic fashion, 8-4. It was one of the most exciting weekends of play in memory and it perfectly encapsulated the fun times that were had this season.

Thank you to the Golden Eagles for a great year….we’re already looking forward to 2017-2018!    

Stylus report on final weekend of regular season play

Earlier this week, Alison Maurer of the Brockport Stylus reported on the dramatic final weekend of regular season play that catapulted Brockport into the playoffs:

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Kielich is 3rd Team SUNYAC

The State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) released their All-Conference selections for ice hockey Thursday afternoon, and Brockport's Tim Kielich was selected onto the Third-Team.

Kielich has been recognized by the conference in each of his first two seasons, as this selection follows a Rookie of the Year selection a season ago.

The sophomore took on a different role this season, acting as a helper for the most part with his 22 assists which ranked sixth in the conference. He did add some scoring as well however, netting three goals, two of which came in the final weekend of the regular-season which the Golden Eagles swept and earned a playoff bid.

In the weekend sweep of Morrisville early in the season, the East Aurora, N.Y. native dished out seven assists in the two games. Those helpers ended up being huge in the landscape of the season, as Morrisville was one of the two teams fighting the Golden Eagles for the final playoff spot.

Brockport's season came to an end Wednesday evening with a quarterfinal loss at Geneseo, but Kielich and the rest of the returners will look to bounce back next season and earn their third straight SUNYAC playoff appearance.

Brockport falls to Geneseo in playoffs

The Brockport ice hockey team dropped their SUNYAC quarterfinal matchup at Geneseo Wednesday evening by a 7-0 final. The team will end the season with a record of 11-14-1, and 7-10-0 in the conference.

The first period of play was a defensive standoff, with Brockport controlling the puck in their offensive zone for a majority of the stanza. Dylan Shapiro nearly got them on the board on a breakaway chance, but was stopped when the Knight goalie made an impressive glove save. Zac Sikich had another great chance on a 2-on-1 opportunity, but rang the puck off the crossbar.

Geneseo broke the tie with less than a minute to go in the period when Stephen Collins scored a power play goal off the faceoff, his first of three on the night.

The Collins goal shifted momentum, as Geneseo was able to come out hot in the second period, scoring three goals in the first 6:22 of the stanza. The Golden Eagle defense settled down after that, as they were able to hold the Knight's scoreless for the remainder of the frame. Despite a few more good scoring chances, Brockport was held off the board, and went into the second intermission trailing 4-0.

The first fifteen minutes of the third was a similar story, as both defensive units held strong and didn't allow any scoring. Trailing 4-0, Brockport was forced to pull goalie Matt Schneider from net with four and a half minutes to play in favor of an extra skater, and the Knights were able to capitalize and bury an empty net goal. They added two more late, both coming on the power play, to bring the score to its final of 7-0.

Despite the final score, Matt Schneider played well in net for the Green and Gold, making 38 saves on the night, including a few sprawling pad saves on wraparound chances.

The Brockort ice hockey team will lose two seniors in Jake Taylor and Rob Hall, each of whom have made significant contributions to the program over their four years donning the green and gold.