Saturday, November 28, 2015


For the second straight year the Brockport ice hockey team advances to the championship of the Rutland Herald Invitational.  Brockport (4-4-0 overall, 3-4 SUNYAC) defeated host Castleton State (0-7-1, 0-5-1) Friday night 3-2 behind a two-point performance from Ryan Kangas and a strong game in net from Jared Lockhurst.

The Golden Eagle offense wasted no time getting on the board as Zac Sikich scored less than five minutes into the game.  Connar Bass fed a pass to Chase Nieuwendyk who sent the puck to Sikich along the boards.  Sikich skated through the crease and tucked the puck in to give Brockport an early 1-0 lead.

After nearly 10 minutes of scoreless play, Castleton tied the game at one.  Brockport answered back with a goal less than 90 seconds later.  Strong defense from Kangas forced a Spartan turnover.  A backhand shot from Kangas found the back of the net under the goaltenders pads to give Brockport a 2-1 lead going into the first intermission.

Castleton netted the equalizer just over two minutes into the second period.  The Golden Eagles reclaimed the lead just over seven minutes later.  From the right face off circle Kangas took a shot that the Castleton goaltender initially saved with a diving stop.  Jesse Facchini gathered the loose puck and was able to send the rebound to the back of the net to give Brockport a 3-2 lead.

Strong defense from the Golden Eagles held the Spartans scoreless in the third frame.  Three penalties from Castleton gave Brockport six minutes of man advantage but the Golden Eagles were unable to extend its lead.

Jared Lockhurst
earned his second win of the season in goal.  Lockhurst stopped 20 shots including 11 in the second frame.

Brockport outshot Castleton 27-22 and won 33 face offs to Castleton's 27.  Dylan Shapiro was a force to reckon with in the face off circle, winning 14 draws and only losing five.  Facchini also was a strong contributor winning 10 faceoffs.  Kangas, Nieuwendyk and Aidan Verbeke led the offense with three shots each.

Friday, November 27, 2015


Castleton Athletics offers this look at the weekend tournament...

Castleton will host the ninth annual Rutland Herald Invitational on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving at Spartan Arena. Along with the Spartans, the tournament will feature the Brockport Golden Eagles, Tufts Jumbos and Western New England Golden Bears, who will be making their first appearance in the invitational.

The opening game of the tournament will take place on Friday afternoon when Tufts squares off with Western New England at 3:45 pm, while Castleton versus Brockport will feature in the nightcap at 7 pm. The consolation contest will be played on Saturday at 3:45 pm followed by the championship game at 7 pm.

Tufts vs. Western New England

The Golden Bears make their tournament debut in the opening game of the invitational when they face the Jumbos on Friday. In last year's version, Tufts fell in the first round before knocking off Castleton in the consolation game, 4-3.

Western New England comes into Friday's contest sporting a 0-7 (0-5 ECAC Northeast) record following a 3-1 loss to Salve Regina this past weekend.

So far this season, the Golden Bears have struggled in the offensive zone, compiling just 16 points with eight goals in seven games. Chris Lembo has been the squad's leading scorer with three points (2g, 1a). David DiSchiavi, Braedan Pearl and Brian Hurley have added two points (1g, 1a) apiece, while Connor Eckenrod has provided a pair of helpers. 

Austin Keiser has been the main goalie in net this year with a 0-6 record. In seven appearances, the senior netminder has produced 147 saves with an .896 save percentage and 3.75 GAA. Cole Semchak and Scott Brown have provided cover for Keiser, recording a joint 85 saves in three total appearances.

The Jumbos opened their 2015-16 season this past weekend, falling at Trinity in the opener 3-2 before playing to a 1-1, overtime draw at Wesleyan on Saturday. 

In those two games, Tufts produced 49 shots with three goals and four assists. Matt Pugh scored his first goal of the season over the weekend following a 15-point season last year, while Mike Leary matched his 2014-15 scoring total after netting the lone Jumbo goal in the overtime draw with Wesleyan. David Lackner, meanwhile, netted the third Tufts score with a shorthanded, unassisted effort. 

Mason Pulde and Mik Nunges have each received a start in net this year. Pulde returns after going 7-11-2 last season with a .914 save percentage and 3.01 GAA. The junior started the season opener against the Bantams, producing 36 saves with a .923 save percentage. Nunges, on the other hand, stopped 46 of the 47 shots that he faced versus the Cardinals with a .979 save percentage, as Tufts picked up its positive result of the year.

Castleton vs. Brockport

The Golden Eagles head into the weekend tournament looking to repeat as champions. Last year, Brockport faced off with Manhattanville in the championship game, beating the Valiants 4-3. The Spartans, meanwhile, have picked up just two wins in their past three tournaments and are looking to rebound after going 0-2 in last year's edition. 

Castleton (0-6-1, 0-5-1) enters play looking to pick up its first win of the season after falling at Norwich, 2-1. The Spartans held a late, 1-0 lead in the contest after Will Laking's third-period goal, but the Cadets rallied with two scores in the final 3:15 of play to complete the comeback victory.

Offensively, Castleton has manufactured 24 points with ten goals in its first seven games. Laking has been the squad's top scorer this season with six points from four goals and two assists. Patrick Thornton sits second on the team with three points (1g, 2a), while Charles Bando and Derek Gingera have provided one goal and one assist apiece.

Brody Wagner
and Ryan Mulder have shared the goaltending duties so far. Wagner holds a 0-2-1 record after tallying a 2.57 GAA, .895 save percentage and 94 saves in six appearances. Mulder, meanwhile, is 0-4 with a 4.12 GAA and .853 save percentage. 

Brockport heads into Friday's matchup with a 3-4 (3-4 SUNYAC) mark following a 6-4 defeat at Buffalo St. this past Saturday. 

This season, the Golden Eagles have scored 25 times and averaged 3.57 goals per game, which ranks 21st nationally. Chase Nieuwendyk, Tim Kielich and Ryan Kangas have anchored the Brockport attack. Nieuwendyk has posted team-highs in points (9) and goals (5) to go along with four assists, while Kielich and Kangas have added seven points apiece. Other major contributors include Aiden Verbeke and Chris Luke, who have manufactured a joint ten assists so far.

Jared Lockhurst and Cole Burack have split time in net. Lockhurst holds a 1-3 mark after producing a .888 save percentage and 3.56 GAA in five appearances, while Burack is 1-1 with a .880 save percentage and 66 saves.
Players to Watch 

Trevor Hanna
– Castleton – F:
Hanna has yet to make his mark offensively in 2015-16 after leading all Castleton rookies in scoring with 12 points (6g, 6a) last year. The sophomore provided four goals and five assists in the final ten games of last season to help the squad reach the conference tournament semifinals. If Hanna plays well this week, he could provide the offensive spark the Spartans need to reach the championship game for the first time since 2012. 

Chase Nieuwendyk – Brockport – F:
Last season's RHI MVP is the anchor of Brockport's offense. He leads the team in scoring with nine points from five goals and four assists, and in last year's tourney, he willed the team to the championship with three goals and two assists. If Nieuwendyk repeats that form, he could spur the Golden Eagles to their second straight title. 

Mason Pulde – Tufts – G:
Pulde appeared in 20 of Tufts' 26 games last year, posting a 7-11-2 record with a .914 save percentage and 3.01 GAA. However, in his first start of 2015, the junior struggled, giving up three goals with 36 saves in a loss to Trinity. If Pulde comes into form this weekend, expect the Jumbos to feature in the championship game on Saturday. 

Chris Lembo – Western New England – F:
Lembo is WNE's top returning scorer after posting six goals and eight assists in 2014-15. He's maintained that form so far this year, posting a team-best three points from two goals and one assist. If he can find the back of the net in Spartan Arena, watch out for the Golden Bears to make some noise in their RHI debut.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


Chad Cummings and Tim Kielech made the Team of the Week for 11/24.

Cummings made the first team while Kielech was second team.

On the weekend, Chad Cummings scored three goals in two conference games, all of which were power play goals. Friday night with the score knotted at three against Fredonia, Brockport found itself on the man advantage with 2:42 remaining in regulation. Unable to find an open man, Cummings took a shot from the point and tucked in up top to seal the 4-3 victory for the Golden Eagles. Saturday night at Buffalo State, in the first period and the score tied at one, Brockport earned a power play with less than three minutes remaining in the period. After receiving a pass, Cummings sent a shot through the Bengals defense and found the back of the net to give Brockport a 2-1 lead. With less than three minutes remaining in the second period, Brockport was down 5-3 and once again found itself on the power play. Cummings beat the goalie glove side to cut the deficit to one and cap off a three point weekend.

Tim Kielich had a five point weekend off of three goals and two assists. Friday night the rookie circled around the face off circle, split two Fredonia defenders and banked it in off of the post to give Brockport a 2-1 lead midway through the second. Kielich also picked up an assist on the evening's game winning goal. which was scored on the power play with less than two minutes remaining in regulation. On Saturday night, Kielich opened the game with a goal five minutes in after circling around the net and rifling a shot from the right face off circle to give Brockport an early 1-0 lead. The East Aurora, N.Y. native also picked up an assist on two power play goals, one in the first period and one in the second period, to cap off a five point weekend.

To see some of the other top talents who ranked up there with our guys, visit:


While most college students will be home with family for Thanksgiving weekend, the men’s hockey team will be with a family of their own – their Golden Eagle brothers. The team travels to Vermont for the Rutland Herald Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

On Friday they play the host team – Castleton. They come into the tournament 0-6-1. Don’t let their record mislead you: Despite a stretch of three losses where they allowed 5 goals in each game, they’ve played some tight game of late, losing 1-0, 3-2, and 2-1. Their defensemen and smart two-way forwards do not allow a lot of shots on goal. Manning that goal will be Brody Wagner with a .895 save percentage and a 2.57 GAA -- he faces less than 24 shots a game, so the Golden Eagles will have their hands full getting to the net.

On Saturday the Golden Eagles will play in either the consolation game or the championship game. Their opponent will be either Tufts or WNEU. The Tuft’s Jumbos are 0-1-1 after having won 9 games last season. Players to watch are goalie Mason Pulde (.914 save percentage) and sophomore Brian Brown who had 13 goals last season. WNEU is 0-7-0. They’ve scored only 8 goals on the season.

I’ve always enjoyed listening to the Thanksgiving games online. Coach Dickinson always uses the holiday weekend to be a mad scientist, experimenting with different line-ups and trying out guys who might not have had a lot of ice time to start the season. It always makes for interesting and hard-fought games.

Brockport is surely the strongest of the 4 teams, so winning the tournament is not out of the question and could almost be expected.


Chad Cummings has been named the College at Brockport Athlete of the Week for the week ending Nov. 22.  On the weekend, Cummings scored three goals in two conference games, all of which were power play goals.

Friday night with the score knotted at three against Fredonia, Brockport found itself on the man advantage with 2:42 remaining in regulation.  Unable to find an open man, Cummings took a shot from the point and tucked in up top to seal the 4-3 victory for the Golden Eagles.

Brockport headed to Buffalo State Friday night where Cummings picked up two more goals.  In the first period and the score tied at one, Brockport earned a power play with less than three minutes remaining in the period.  After receiving a pass from Tim Kielich, Cummings sent a shot through the Bengals defense and found the back of the net to give Brockport a 2-1 lead.  With less than three minutes remaining in the second period, Brockport was down 5-3 and once again found itself on the power play.  Cummings beat the goalie glove side to cut the deficit to one.

Monday, November 23, 2015


The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that crafty forward Doc Gentzler has committed to SUNY Brockport for continue his academic and hockey career. Gentzler will join former Wolfpack forwards Dave Horan and Ryan Kangas who are both sophomores at Brockport.

The Manhattan Beach, CA native has 19 points in 15 games this season for the Pack and has become a top forward and in just 15 games with the Wolfpack received his college hockey offer setting him up for the next four season.

"Doc came to us after spending time in the NAHL and USPHL last season. He obviously made the right choice of where to play his last season of juniors as he had about 12 schools who wanted him next season. He is a very skilled and feisty player and has brought a lot to our team offensively so far, I think Brockport got a gem he is going to be very good at the next level. We want to wish him and his family the best as he prepares for college hockey and the new chapter in his academic life," said Chris Cerrella.

With more than half a season to play Gentzler has just one more wish before heading off to the next level and that is helping his teammates get college exposure and to continue winning games with a goal of going all the way to the end.

"The decision process was very long and difficult I was fortunate to have a lot of choices but I am happy with my decision and very excited to be joining the Golden Eagles family. I would like to thank Coach Cerrella and all the boys on my team for everything they have done for me this season. I would also like to thank my dad and mom for supporting me through this long journey. Knowing that I have a place to call home for the next four seasons is a huge relief, more importantly I will walk out of there with a college degree. Before I leave Hartford I have one thing on my list and it is to bring a Championship to the Wolfpack," said Gentzler.


Chad Cummings scored two goals and Tim Kielich recorded three points but a 5-2 deficit proved too much for the College at Brockport ice hockey team as they fell 6-4 Saturday night at Buffalo State in a State University of New York Athletic Conference matchup.

Brockport (3-4 overall, 3-4 SUNYAC) struck first five minutes into the game.  Ryan Kangas passed the puck to Tim Kielich who circled around the net and ripped a shot from the right face off circle for his third goal of the season.  Kangas and Rob Hall both picked up an assist on the play.

After nearly 10 minutes of scoreless play, Buffalo State (4-2-2, 2-2-1) tied the game at one but shortly after, the Golden Eagles found themselves on the power play.  Aidan Verbeke, Kielich and Cummings passed the puck across the top, looking for a scoring opportunity.  Cummings saw one and ripped a shot through the Buffalo defense for his first goal of the game.  The Bengals scored with five seconds left in the period to take a 2-2- tie to the first intermission.

Buffalo State opened the second period with three unanswered goals in the span of six minutes including one power play goal to make the score 5-2 midway through the second period.  Jake Taylor cut the deficit to two after picking up a loose puck in Brockport territory.  Taylor skated right through the Bengal defense and beat the goaltender glove side for his first goal of the season.

With less than four minutes remaining in the second period, the Golden Eagles took advantage of their fourth power play of the night.  Cummings once again took a shot from the top of the point and tucked the puck in the top shelf for his third goal in two games.  Kielich and Kangas each picked up an assist.

The Bengals tacked on a goal in the opening seconds of the third period for the final goal of the game.  Brockport had a scoring opportunity midway through the period as they found themselves with a man advantage but were only able to get off two shots in the two minute span.

Cole Burack
turned away 37 shots including 17 in the first period alone.   Brockport found itself a man down six times during the game and allowed one power play goal.  Burack came up big on the power play kill, stopping 13 shots.

The Golden Eagles offense was led by Cummings with two goals and Kielich with one goal and two assists.  Taylor recorded one goal while Kangas contributed two assists.  Hall, Nick Palumbo and Aidan Verbeke each tabbed one assist.  In the face off circle, Brockport was narrowly beat 31-30 but was outshot 43-28.

Brockport will head to Castleton, Vt. on Nov. 27 as they take on Castleton State in the opening round of the Rutland Herald Invitational.


Chad Cummings netted the game winner with less than two minutes remaining in regulation to give the College at Brockport ice hockey team a 4-3 win over Fredonia Friday night.  A potent offense allowed the Golden Eagles to remain undefeated at home as 10 Golden Eagles recorded a point in the State University of New York Athletic Conference battle. 

Cole Burack
made his collegiate debut in net and picked up the win after posting 29 saves.

Brockport (3-3-0 overall, 3-3-0 SUNYAC) went on the power play with 2:42 remaining in regulation and the scored knotted at three.  Trying to find an open man, Chad Cummings and Tim Kielich played keep away from the Fredonia (3-3-1, 3-3-1) defenders.  Cummings took a shot from the point and tucked in up top to seal the victory for the Golden Eagles.  Kielich picked up an assist on Cummings' first goal of the season and fourth of the defensemen's career.

Entering the third period, the tied was scored at two but the Golden Eagles were quick to change that.  After winning a battle along the board, Aidan Verbeke made a swift pass to Chase Nieuwendyk.  Nieuwendyk quickly shot the puck and was met by the goaltenders knee pad.  Zac Sikich picked up the loose puck and tucked into the left corner to give Brockport a 3-2 lead a mere 55 seconds into the third period.

Fredonia scored a goal nine minutes into the second period but Brockport answered back just over one minute later.  Ryan Kangas passed the puck to Jeremy DeFazio behind the net.  DeFazio dropped it off to Kielich who circled around the face off circle, split two Fredonia defenders and was able to bank it in off of the left post, giving Brockport a 2-1 lead.

The Golden Eagles took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission despite being outshot 15-7.  With less than five minutes remaining in the period, Fredonia committed a penalty to give Brockport a power play.  Nick Palumbo sent a pass to Chris Luker at the blue line who sent the puck towards the goal.  The Fredonia goaltender made a pad save but Dylan Shapiro pounced on the rebound to tap it in and give Brockport a 1-0 lead.

Cole Burack
earned the win in his collegiate debut.  The Rockwall, Texas native made 29 saves including 15 in the first period alone.  Burack did not allow a goal on two Fredonia power plays and also came up big in the final minutes of play, stopping a handful of Fredonia shots.

The Golden Eagles outshot the Blue Devils 32-29.  Kielich led the offense with one goal and one assist.  Cummings, Sikich and Shaprio each scored one goal while Kangas, DeFazio, Luker, Palumbo, Verbeke and Nieuwendyk each picked up one assist.  Fredonia beat Brockport in the face off circle, winning 39 of 76 face offs.

Thursday, November 19, 2015


The Golden Eagles return to the ice this Friday when they host the Fredonia Blue Devils.

Fredonia is 3-2-1. In conference play they have beaten Morrisvile twice while tying Buffalo State and losing to Plattsburgh and Postdam. They have some good firepower on the roster with Taylor Bourne having 5 goals and Marcus Ortiz and freshman Luke Rivera both chopping in with 4. Jeff Flagler will likely get the start in net as he boasts a .920 save percentage, a nice follow-up to last year’s healthy .904.

Brockport beat Fredonia twice last season, 3-0 and 4-3. The latter score will more likely represent what you will see Friday, so it will be a good game for fans to check out, one that’s certain to entertain.

Brockport then travels to Buffalo State on Saturday.

If you can make the trip to the Queen City, do it. These two teams have shared some really bad blood in recent years and I’d go so far as to say these affairs have in many cases rivaled the aggressiveness of the Geneseo games. These teams go back and forth annually: Last year, Brockport beat BS 3-0 but then lost to them 4-1 later in the season.
The Bengals are 2-2-2 and they looked particularly good in a 10-1 drubbing of Canton. Taylor Price has 5 goals and 5 assists already and junior Jake Rosen has looked exceptional. Mike DeLaVergne gets the call in net and he will not disappoint Buffalo fans with a .925 save percentage.

They have a new coach this season in Steve Murphy, so it will be interesting to see what he has in the works.

Both games have a 7:00 PM puck drop.Both games will be aired on 891. FM and online at

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


WBSU's John Panetta produced this report about last Friday's game for the Stylus...

Men's ice hockey hot start cooled off by Knights
The Brockport Golden Eagles ice hockey team dropped its seventh straight contest against the SUNY Geneseo Knights over the weekend, by a score of 4 – 2.

The last time the Golden Eagles defeated Geneseo was Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2011, when the team took a 6 – 1 victory over the Knights at the Wilson Ice Arena. Later in the year the two teams played to a 2 – 2 tie in Brockport.

Last Saturday in Geneseo was no different, with the Golden Eagles being outshot 49 – 28. Head Coach Brian Dickinson didn’t believe the difference in shots on-goal was the issue during the game.
“They outshot us a bit, but I wouldn’t get too caught up with the 49 [shots],” Dickinson said immediately following the game.

Geneseo struck first with freshman forward Sotiris Athanasopolous providing the go-ahead goal 11:25 into the game.

Brockport rebounded back and tied the game 26-seconds later with freshman forward Tim Kielich’s first career goal as a Brockport Golden Eagle, with assists going to senior and alternate captain Jeremy DeFazio.

With 19-seconds left in the first period, Geneseo re-took the lead as Geneseo senior forward David Ripple put the puck into the net.

In the second period Brockport would tie the game 2 – 2 as sophomore forward Ryan Kangas took advantage of a takeaway in the slot to score unassisted at 13:03 into the period.

The Golden Eagles ran into issues in the third period as penalties began to add up.

It is worth noting Brockport entered the game with a penalty killing percentage of 50 percent, which was one of the lowest in Division III, although the statistic is misleading because three of the five powerplay goals the team has given up this season occurred in the 8 – 7 victory over Morrisville State College, Saturday, Nov. 7.

The team started the period with senior defenseman Rob Hall in the penalty box and took four more penalties over the course of the game. In total, Brockport had 16 penalty minutes in the game.
Sophomore forward Zac Sikich was called for interference 6:47 into the period. Then at 7:56 junior forward Jake Taylor went into the box for hooking, forcing Brockport to kill off Geneseo’s five-on-three man advantage.

Brockport managed to kill off the penalties but seconds after returning to five-on-five, Geneseo junior forward Stephen Collins scored the eventual winning goal.

“It’s hard to win in this building as it is,” Dickinson said. “When you gotta kill off five-on-three late in the game and we actually did a great job, those kids were just battle, battle, battle and for that puck to go in right as we were getting back to five-on-five was really disheartening.”

Ripple scored his second goal of the night a few minutes later as Geneseo held on to defeat Brockport in the first of two meetings between the teams this season.

“All-in-all I thought for stretches of the game we were the better team and we just couldn’t get enough pucks in the net when we had our chances,” Dickinson said.

Things got heated on the ice for both sides, paired with strong emotions, an exciting and hard-fought game showcasing the passion present in the Brockport vs. Geneseo rivalry.

“In the third period it got a little bit of bad blood, and our emotions got a little bit away from us too,” Dickinson said.

After the game Dickinson also spoke about the Golden Eagles’ difficulties on special teams.

“We tweaked a little in practice this week and guys did a really good job of getting in lanes and getting sticks up and just really making sure that they couldn’t get those second and third chances,” Dickinson said.

This was Geneseo’s first win in SUNYAC play, only having tied in its previous conference games against SUNY Oswego and SUNY Cortland.

Brockport fell to 2 – 3 – 0 on the season, placing the team No. 4 in the SUNYAC with four total points. The Golden Eagles are currently in a tie for fourth place in the conference with Geneseo. 

Brockport will host the SUNY Fredonia Blue Devils Friday, Nov. 20, and take to the road to face the Buffalo State College Bengals Saturday, Nov. 21.


Saturday, November 14, 2015


Tim Kielich scored his first collegiate goal and Ryan Kangas scored the equalizer but two late goals proved too much for the College at Brockport ice hockey team as they fell to SUNY Geneseo 4-2 Friday night in a rematch of last season's SUNYAC quarter final.

Midway through the first period Geneseo (3-0-2 overall, 1-0-2 SUNYAC) took the lead but Brockport (2-3-0, 2-3-0) answered back less than 30 seconds later.  Kielich beat the goaltender glove side to net his first goal as a Golden Eagle.  Kangas and Brian Hurlimann both picked up an assist on the play.  The Knights scored with less than 20 seconds remaining in the first period to take a 2-1 lead to the first intermission.

Kangas netted the lone goal of the second period as he stole the puck in Geneseo territory and darted up the ice.  A shot from the left face off circle stunned the Knight goalie and tied the game at two.

Nearly twenty minutes of scoreless play left the game tied with just over ten minutes remaining in regulation.  Penalties proved costly for the Golden Eagles as the Knights found themselves on a two-man advantage in the third period.  Brockport killed off the penalty but let up a goal just seconds after returning to full strength.

Brockport scored what looked to be the game tying goal with seven minutes remaining in the game.  Aidan Verbeke rushed towards the goal and appeared to tuck the puck into the bottom corner of the net but the call stood at no goal.

The Knights tacked on another goal with three minutes left in the game to hand Brockport its third loss of the season.

"It was a hard fought game by both teams but in the end having to kill four penalties in the third period cost us a chance to win," remarked Head Coach Brian Dickinson.  "We are getting better each day and are hoping to have a great week of practice heading into next weekend's home game."

The Green and Gold won 39 face offs to Geneseo's 36.  Chase Nieuwendyk won 19 face offs while Kielich won nine.  Brockport was outshot 49-25.  Nieuwendyk led Brockport with four shots while Verbeke, Kielich and Kangas each tabbed three.

Jared Lockhurst
stopped 45 Geneseo shots including 17 in the second period.  Lockhurst suffered his third loss of the season in net.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


The Golden Eagles have just one game this weekend – but it’s a doozy. They will be making the 40-minute commute to Geneseo on Friday to take part in one of the greatest rivalries in college hockey.

Coming into the game, the tension and aggression might be a little dulled as both teams have been buddy-buddy (and rightfully so) in recent days as Brockport has lent support to the Ice Knights who have been dealing with Jay Stephanik’s health crisis.

But, once the first whistle blows, I’m sure the guys will go back to their old hard-fought ways. Both teams are highly motivated – Geneseo by #PrayForJay, Brockport by aspirations for greatness tasted when they landed on USCHO’s national ranking radar last week.

Geneseo comes into the match-up unbeaten (2-0-2). In their first game of the season they tied Oswego and have looked ornery ever since.

This game will feature lots of fireworks as Geneseo counters with their own version of our Chase Nieuwendyk in the form of Trevor Hills who already has 5 goals on this young season. Freshman Arthur Gordon has been lighting the lamp and looks like an excellent recruit with 3 goals.

This year’s version of Brockport will give Geneseo fits – they scored 8 goals last Saturday, could have scored many more on Friday had not Morrisville’s goalie played so incredibly, and they put up 6 against Cortland (a team Geneseo tied at 1). Brockport will face a wall, though, as manning the net will likely be freshman Devin McDonald, a real surprise this season with a .938 save percentage in 3 games.

It sounds like a great match-up. It WILL be a great match-up. If you can, make the ride to Geneseo. You won’t regret it.


I was just reminiscing about old-time Brockport hockey with WBSU's John Panetta (the interview will appear on this weekend's broadcast). He asked me about my favorite games and one that immediately came to mind was a goal-fest like this past weekend's 8-7 win over Morrisville that also featured violence, blood, and the greatest performance ever by a Brockport player. This 2009 blog post talks about that 2000 game. What a game it was!    


The College at Brockport ice hockey team tabbed two players on the inaugural team of the week in forward Chase Nieuwendyk and defenseman Chris Luker.  Both Golden Eagles earned Second-Team honors.

In the opening two weeks of play, Nieuwendyk has tallied eight points off of five goals and three assists.  The senior recorded his first hat trick of the season Saturday night in a 8-7 victory over Morrisville State.  Nieuwendyk has also been a force to reckon with in the faceoff circle winning 15 of 22 face offs in the first game of the season. On the season, Nieuwendyk has won 47 face offs.

Luker has tabbed two multi-point games this season. The senior recorded two assists in a 6-2 win over SUNY Cortland and picked up two more assists in a 8-7 win over Morrisville State.

The complete Team of the Week roster can be seen here:

Sunday, November 8, 2015


As Coach Brian Dickson reaches a milestone win, it's a good time to sit back and appreciate the man.

This is my 23rd season watching the team. Dickinson has been at the helm for 19 of them. For all of that time, he's been a model of consistency behind the bench and in the locker room, always urging his teams to play hard and live with high character on the ice, in the classroom and in the community.

That has certainly paid off in recent years as the team has averaged more than 10 wins over the past 7 seasons and the Golden Eagles have developed into one of the teams to fear in SUNYAC, year in, year out, which accounts for the ability to recruit topnotch talent and put fans in the stands. 

While the team has succeeded on the ice, it has done the same off of it. The hockey team has supported more than its fair share of causes, holding more fundraisers than any other team on campus (from this weekend's #PrayForJay game to Saves For a Cure weekends as examples). The players volunteer countless hours in the community and they are routinely very strong academic performers.

To make all of that happen, it takes a great coach to realize the potential of these young men and see their role in the world. He's been a father figure to them. He's brought some back from some dark places. He's cheered and mentored them to great things.

It's easy for me to me to be a fan of the organization and promote it as much as I do when I know a person with Brian's qualities is leading it. It's really good to see Brian win 150 at Brockport.

Brockport as a team, a campus, and a community have all been winning with him as a coach and leader for almost 2 decades.

Here's to 150 more wins!