Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Ticket info for Round One of the playoffs

Here is the ticket information for Wednesday's (Feb. 22) State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Men's Ice Hockey Tournament Quarterfinal between Geneseo and visiting Brockport...

Any Geneseo student with a valid student ID can pick up one complimentary ticket at the MacVittie Student Union Box Office prior to the game. The box office is open weekdays 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

All other general public tickets will be available for purchase at the door starting at 6:00 P.M. on Wednesday prior to the game.

SUNYAC Men's Ice Hockey Tournament Ticket Information
Wednesday, Feb. 22
Brockport at Geneseo - 7:00 PM

$5.00 - Adults
$3.00 - Senior Citizens/Children 5-12
Free - Students with valid SUNY ID
Free - Children under 5 years old
Free - RAA Badge holders

Highlights from Potsdam and Plattsburgh games

The Athletics Department produced these highlight videos from the last weekend of the regular season, a weekend chock full of clutch performances to catapult Brockport into the playoffs...

Monday, February 20, 2017

SUNYAC weekly awards belong to Brockport

After a 2-0 weekend that elevated them into the final conference playoff slot, the Brockport Ice Hockey team has swept the State University of New York Athletic Conference weekly awards. Dylan Shapiro was named Ice Hockey Athlete of the Week, Matt Schneider earned Goalie of the Week honors, while Doc Gentzler was awarded Rookie of the Week. This is the first time the Ice Hockey team has been awarded all three weekly awards.

Shapiro led the Brockport team in points in their 2-0 weekend, registering two goals and five assists en route to clinching the final SUNYAC playoff slot. In Saturday's 8-4 win over Plattsburgh, the junior registered two goals and two assists, and was +3 on the night. He played the helper role in Friday nights win over Plattsburgh, dishing out three assists in a game the team also scored eight goals.

Schneider stopped 53 shots over the weekend, registering a .910 save percentage. The freshman played the entirety of both games, allowing just seven goals overall. In the teams 8-4 win over Plattsburgh on Saturday, he recorded 27 saves, helping snap the Cardinals 10 game non-losing streak, and clinching the playoff berth.

Gentzler was a spark for the Golden Eagles in their weekend sweep, netting three goals and assisting in two more. In Saturday night's win over Plattsburgh, Gentzler was the key factor, as his assist was for Brockport's first goal of the night and gave them momentum going into the second period. He then helped the team extend the lead with his two second period goals.

Doc is Brockport's Male Athlete of the Week

Doc Gentzler was a spark for the Golden Eagles in their weekend sweep, netting three goals and assisting in two more. In Saturday night's win over Plattsburgh, Gentzler was the key factor, as his assist was for Brockport's first goal of the night and gave them momentum going into the second period. He then helped the team extend the lead with his two second period goals, earning them a SUNYAC playoff berth.

Shoutout to the freshmen

I'd like to give a special shoutout to the freshmen...

This past weekend was a magical one for Brockport hockey. In what were must-win terms, the Golden Eagles poured on the goals and made it into the playoffs -- and at the same time they completed our program's first ever regular season sweep of Plattsburgh. 

Most freshmen would have caved under that intense pressure. They would have folded, made mistakes, turned the puck over and tried to do too much.

Not our guys. They played with a maturity that belies their "rookie" status. Just look at these performances...

Connor Hutchins netted a hat trick on Friday. He picked up an assist on Saturday.

Doc Gentzler scored a goal Friday, then picked up 2 goals and 2 assists on Saturday.

Matt Schneider got two wins in goal.

Those are huge performances.

Brockport hockey fans are blessed to have those guys this season, and blessed to have them for 3 more. The future is bright.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Brockport completes regular season sweep of Plattsburgh

The Brockport ice hockey (11-13-1, 7-9-0) team completed the season sweep of No. 15 Plattsburgh Saturday afternoon, and with the 8-4 win secured their spot in the SUNYAC playoffs. This is the first time in program history the Golden Eagles have defeated the Cardinals in both regular season matchups.

The two senior members of the ice hockey team, Jake Taylor and Rob Hall, were honored after the game for their contributions to the program throughout their time at Brockport.

Despite the final score, the first period of this contest was a defensive battle, with neither team able to score until the 14:47 mark when Plattsburgh's Jesse Neher was able to break the tie. Just a few minutes later though, David Horan buried his first goal of the season off a beautiful wraparound pass from Doc Gentzler to even things back up, which was the way the teams would head to the first intermission.

The second stanza was when the scoring really started to open up, as the teams combined for eight goals, five of which came from the home team. Dylan Shapiro gave Brockport their first lead of the game just 03:05 into the first when he took a feed from Jake Taylor and wristed it past the Plattsburgh goaltender.

Scoring subsided for about five minutes after that, until the 8:10 mark when Brockport scored three goals in just 0:28 seconds to take a commanding 5-1 lead. Aidan Verbeke had the first goal on the power play from Taylor and Connor Hutchins, before Gentzler and Tim Kielich got into the action, each burying even strength goals.

Gentzler was not finished in the period, as the freshman recorded his third point of the night at the 15:24 mark of the second on the power play off assists from Shapiro and Kielich. The tally put Brockport up 6-4, a lead they would carry into the final stanza.

Horan gave Brockport a bit of insurance midway through the third period when he netted his second of the season and of the game to give the team a 7-4 lead. Trailing by three, Plattsburgh was forced to pull their goaltender with over four minutes remaining in regulation, which allowed Shapiro to pad his stats with an empty net goal which was assisted by Brian Hurlimann.

This is the second straight game the ice hockey team has put up eight goals, and the offensive explosion came at just the right time, as their weekend sweep of Potsdam and Plattsburgh propels them into the final conference playoff slot. They'll now await the results of the games tonight to see who they will face in the 3 vs. 6 matchup Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Reflecting on today's win

Brockport made the playoffs today and in the most spectacular fashion possible – beating Plattsburgh in the regular season finale.

For those of us who have been involved with the team for years as a player, coach, parent or fan (for me, it’s 24 seasons watching the team), the feeling of joy tonight is awesome. Not only because of the dramatic entrance into the playoffs but because of the regular season sweep of Plattsburgh. Earlier this season, Brockport beat the Cardinals at Plattsburgh – for the first time in their 44 year back-and-forth.

All of us have been hoping for years, even decades, that Brockport would slay that dragon. And they did!

I’m happy for the guys and I’m especially happy for Coach Dickinson – I know how much he wanted the playoffs and how badly he’s wanted to beat the Cardinals over the years. He has to be beaming with pride over what the guys did this afternoon – he’s got a great roster of high character guys who have made all of us Golden Eagles equally proud.

Go Golden Eagles!!

Hutchins gets hat trick in "must win" over Potsdam

The ice hockey team put together a dominant performance at a key point in the season on Friday evening, downing Potsdam by a score of 8-3. The victory combined with a Cortland loss slides them into the sixth and final playoff spot in the SUNYAC conference with one game remaining.

Freshman standout Connor Hutchins wasted no time getting Brockport on the board, scoring just 0:21 seconds into the contest off an assist from Aidan Verbeke to give the Golden Eagles early momentum. Doc Gentzler capitalized on that momentum just 0:28 seconds later, taking a pass from David Horan and Bryan Carville to give the squad a 2-0 lead.

The scoring onslaught did not stop there, as Hutchins buried his second of the contest at the 2:30 mark, with assists going to Verbeke and Nick Palumbo. The North Richland Hills, Texas native earned his first career hat trick with Brockport's next tally, using just 11:33 of the first period to net his three goals.

Brian Hurlimann joined in the action at the 13:19 mark, scoring his fourth of the season off of assists from Dylan Shapiro and Tim Kielich. The team finished the first period with five goals, the most they've recorded in a period this season.

Jake Taylor recorded the lone goal of the second stanza, giving Brockport a 6-1 lead when he took a breakaway pass from Chris Pollini and Doc Gentzler and beat the Potsdam goaltender over the shoulder. The goal was the seniors 66th point of his career, as he will play in his 100th collegiate game on senior day tomorrow.

Tim Kielich put Brockport up 7-1 just 01:27 into the third off dishes from Hurlimann and Shapiro, before Zac Sikich capped off the Brockport scoring with a short-handed goal at 09:18. Potsdam was able to add two tally's in the final stanza, bringing the final score to 8-3.

Not to be forgotten was goaltender Matt Schneider, who stopped 26 of the 29 Bear shots he faced for a .897 save percentage.

With the victory, the Golden Eagles now control their own playoff destiny. A win or tie against Plattsburgh tomorrow will allow them to hold onto the final playoff spot, and a Cortland tie or loss will do the same.

Friday, February 17, 2017

The playoff hunt concludes this weekend

The road to the SUNYAC playoffs is never easy. It often seems like entering the postseason goes right down to the wire for the Golden Eagles. This season is no exception. This weekend will decide who’s in or who’s out.

The bracket below shows where Brockport stands going into the last weekend of play. The Golden Eagles are in eighth place and in a battle with Cortland to get the sixth and final playoff spot. Seventh place Morrisville is officially off of Brockport’s radar because the Mustangs have no more games scheduled. Brockport has two this weekend – as does Cortland.

Cortland has two home games. Friday’s affair is against Buffalo State, one of the best teams in the east with one of the best -- if not THE best -- goalies in all of DIII. The Bengals look to take this one. Saturday’s game could go either way as they host Fredonia, a team with a slight edge over Cortland. But it is senior night on home ice, so it wouldn’t be out of the question for Cortland to win, especially if Fredonia rests some of their better talents because they’ll have their position locked up.

So, Cortland should get 2 points this weekend.

What about Brockport?

They also have two home games. Brockport hosts Postdam on Friday, which happens to rank last in the conference with just one SUNYAC win this year. Brockport should take that game. There’s two points.

Saturday’s game will be tough and it’s almost certain, based upon the Cortland/Fredonia observations above, that the Golden Eagles will have to pull off an upset of Plattsburgh (in a rare 4:00 game at Tuttle North). Brockport already did that last semester, blanking the Cardinals at Plattsburgh. But, this is a different team. Plattsburgh has played angry and determined of late and they are 14-8-1. Their coach Bob Emery will be motivated to overcome the embarrassment of being blanked at home, so he will ensure that they have their “A” game. It will be a tough game. But the Golden Eagles are hungry to taste the postseason so expect some fireworks.

It’s nerve-wracking, yes, but this is what big time hockey is all about!!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Faces of Brockport: Dylan Shapiro

Having first stepped on the ice at the age of three, and played in his first competitive game at five, hockey is a huge part of Dylan Shapiro's life. Like so many student-athletes however, his interests reach far outside his sport.

The youngest of five, with two older brothers and two older sisters, Dylan and his brother were pushed into the sport when their dad signed them up at a young age. Although he never played growing up, his father joined a men's league in his thirties and fell in love with the sport.

"He got my brother and I skating at an early age and we played together for a while," said Shapiro. "He eventually had a bad leg injury and stopped, but I kept on playing."

The Rochester, N.Y. native developed into an outstanding hockey player, even getting Division I looks after playing for the Rochester Junior Americans (USPHL).

"My dad and I visited UMass Lowell, and I fell in love with the school", recalled Shapiro. "I didn't really understand the recruiting process at that point, and when it came time to go my family couldn't afford the tuition without an athletic scholarship."

After looking at a few other private schools, he finally settled on Brockport. Not only was it close to home so that his family and friends could watch him play, it also had a great program in the major he wanted to pursue – nursing.

"I originally became interested in nursing because my mother, who passed away, was a nurse," noted Shapiro. "So there were sentimental reasons. But as far as the career, I love how there are so many different paths you can take and directions you can go. You can really work anywhere in the country, even anywhere in the world."

The junior will get that chance after graduation next year, as he recently enlisted into the Naval Nurse Corp., and will serve for five years post-graduation.

"I was accepted over the Christmas break," recalled Shapiro. "Coach Dicksinson actually helped me out with everything because I needed a bunch of references. The way it works is once I graduate, I'll go to an officer training program in Rhode Island for five or six weeks, and then they'll decide which Naval hospital I'll be based at."

Dylan is very excited for the opportunity to put his skill set to good use, especially after the tremendous amount of work he's put in to get to this point. His current class schedule has him taking tests on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday every week, while also balancing practice every day and games on the weekends.

"The nursing program is definitely grueling," said Shapiro. I'm almost always studying either in the library or on the bus. I'm only human so it gets hard sometimes. But I like to be busy, and hockey serves as a release from school so I enjoy that too."

Monday, February 13, 2017

Brockport's seniors

It will be a bittersweet weekend for our seniors. Quite often, Senior Night proves to be the last time that many of our seniors set skate on home ice at Brockport and for many it is their last organized game ever – or one of the last games if Brockport makes the playoffs.

While they are excited by what their post-college lives hold for them, they will no doubt reflect on hockey careers that date back to elementary school. On Senior Night, a lifetime of memories rushes through their heads and hearts, just as it does for their parents. It’s no wonder tears are shed.

This year, we have one of the smallest senior classes in memory – only two Golden Eagles are graduating!

Leaving us will be defenseman Rob Hall. The fun-loving and likable defenseman has scored six goals in his career and he’s due for one (or two) this weekend. Don’t let the lack of scoring tell you the wrong story about the young man – he’s a defenseman’s defenseman, doing all the things that old school lunch-bucket blueliners do. He understands his role well and has been battling some of the best talents and lines in all of DIII over his 4 years here.

Also graduating will be Jake Taylor. The young man came into SUNYAC on fire, scoring 10 goals in his amazing freshman campaign. He scored 6 and 4 in subsequent seasons. This year, he’s been incredible. Finding and creating space at will, he has been absolutely terrorizing goalies since Thanksgiving. He has 13 goals on the season. Don’t be surprised to see him reach the rarefied air of 15 goals this weekend.

These guys are great players and even better men. It’s been a joy to watch them for 4 years and I wish them the best of luck in whatever they may do and wherever they may go after Brockport.