Saturday, February 6, 2016

BROCKPORT TIES 11th-RANKED GENESEO

The College at Brockport ice hockey team erased a two goal deficit in the third period but were unable to complete the comeback, skating to a 4-4 tie with SUNY Geneseo Friday night in a State University of New York Athletic Conference matchup.

Brockport (9-9-3 overall, 4-5-3 SUNYAC) entered the third period trailing by one but Geneseo (13-3-5, 7-1-4) scored at the 7:38 mark to put Brockport in a two goal deficit.  Less than three minutes later rookie Tim Kielich netted his 11th goal of the season after skating toward the right side of the goal and drawing the goalie out of the net.  The East Aurora native darted around the net and was able to tuck the puck in the left corner to cut Brockport's deficit to one.  Chris Luker and Chase Nieuwendyk each earned an assist on the play.

Less than two minutes later Jake Taylor beat the goaltender glove side for his third goal of the season off a pass from James Ryan at the blue line.

With two minutes left in regulation Aidan Verbeke had a breakaway but was turned away by the goaltender and the two teams went to overtime.  Brockport controlled the puck in the extra frame but came up emptied handed.

Brockport opened the game with a goal less than two minutes in.  From the point, Nieuwendyk sent a pass to defensemen Chad Cummings at the right face off circle who fired a shot past the goalie glove side for his fifth goal of the season.  Geneseo scored five minutes later to take a 1-1 tie to the first intermission.

The Golden Eagles had strong scoring chances in the final minute of the first period.  Verbeke and Dylan Shapiro found themselves on a two-on-one opportunity but a defender skated in at the last second to intercept a cross crease pass.  Moments later there was a scramble in front of the net and Chris Luker rifled off a one timer but was met by the net minder's glove.

Twenty seconds into the second period Brockport earned a power play and were quick to take advantage of it.  The Golden Eagles pressure paid off as Zac Sikich scored.  Shapiro picked up an assist on the play.
Cole Burack turned away 25 shots on the night including four in six minutes of a man advantage for Geneseo.  The rookie made numerous diving saves in the final period to preserve the game for Brockport.

Brockport has two crucial SUNYAC games this upcoming week.  The Golden Eagles will head to Fredonia on Friday night then return home for the home finale to host Buffalo State on Saturday with both face offs set for 7 p.m.  On Saturday Brockport will honor its eight seniors post game.

Monday, February 1, 2016

BROCKPORT FALLS TO CANTON IN OT

The line of James Ryan, Jesse Facchini and Jake Taylor scored two goals Saturday night but it wasn't enough as the College at Brockport ice hockey team fell in the final minute of overtime to SUNY Canton by a score of 3-2.

Canton (4-14-3) controlled the first period, outshooting Brockport (9-9-2) 9-7 and scoring the lone goal of the period to take a 1-0 lead to the first intermission.

The Golden Eagles scored a pair of goals in the second to jump out to a 2-1 lead.  Facchini buried his fifth of the year at the 10:19 mark off of passes from Ryan and Taylor.  An offensive battle kept both teams scoreless until just over two minutes remaining in the second.  Ryan drove through the crease and drew the Canton goaltender to the right post and was able to tuck it in behind his skate.  Taylor and Facchini each earned an assist on the play.

The Kangaroos scored midway through the third period to knot the game at two.  Despite two power plays, the Brockport offense was unable to score in the final period of regulation.

Brockport did not get a shot off in the extra frame.  A turnover in the neutral zone gave Canton a breakaway with one minute remaining to steal the game from Brockport.

The Golden Eagles outshot the Kangaroos 38-32.  Trevor Simonick and Chase Nieuwendyk led Brockport with five shots each.  Nieuwendyk and Tim Kielich were held pointless, snapping a 12 and 11 game point streak respectively.

Jared Lockhurst
suffered his sixth loss of the season in net.  The senior stopped 29 shots and held Canton scoreless on four power play opportunities.

Brockport will host SUNYAC rival Geneseo next Friday with face off set for 7 p.m.  Geneseo currently ranks second in the conference with 18 points while Brockport is in sixth, the final postseason slot, with 10 points.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

BROCKPORT BEATS CANTON

Brockport beat Canton Friday night at Canton. The teams faceoff at Brockport on Saturday. It was a big night for Zac Sikich as he got his first career hat trick. Chase Nieuwendyk got his 30th point for the season -- and there's still a month of games coming. On top of that, Tim Kielich reached 24 points -- matching the incomparable James Cody's total as the highest rookie point output this century. Could the kid hit 30?

Here's the report from Brockport Athletics...

The College at Brockport ice hockey team netted three goals in the opening period and that's all it took as they beat SUNY Canton 7-2 Friday night in a non-conference game.  Zac Sikich scored his first career hat trick and Jake Moore picked up the win in net.

Brockport (9-8-2 overall, 4-5-2 SUNYAC) scored three goals over a four minute span in the first period to jump out to a commanding 3-0 lead.  Sikich scored his first of the night at the 6:08 mark after receiving a pass from Dylan Shapiro along the right boards.  Aidan Verbeke also picked up an assist on the play.

Less than a minute later Matt Meredith scored his first goal of the season with an assist from Tim Kielich.  Kielich extended his point streak to 11 games.  Midway through the period Jesse Facchini scored to give Brockport a 3-0 lead at the first intermission.  Trevor Simonick and James Ryan were each credited with an assist.

Canton (3-14-3) scored the lone goal in the second period to make the score 3-1 entering the third period.  Sikich netted a shorthanded goal just 34 seconds into the third period.  Chase Nieuwendyk picked up an assist to extend his points to 12 games.  Three minutes later the Golden Eagles took advantage of a power play to extend its lead to 5-1.  Ryan Kangas received a pass from defensemen Chad Cummings and lit the lamp for his eighth goal of the season.

Midway through the third period Sikich completed the hat trick with Brockport's sixth goal.  Verbeke and Nieuwendyk each picked up an assist on the play.  Nieuwendyk scored an unassisted goal in the final minute to play to seal the 7-2 win for Brockport.

Moore tabbed 28 saves on the night including 13 in the second period.  The rookie stood tall on seven Canton power plays, only allowing one goal during nearly 13 minutes of a man advantage.  Moore improved to 2-1-0 on the season.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

OSWEGO TAKES DOWN BROCKPORT

Dylan Shapiro, Chase Nieuwendyk and Tim Kielich each scored a goal but the College at Brockport ice hockey team gave up two goals in the third period and suffered a 5-3 loss Saturday night to Oswego State in a crucial State University of New York Athletic Conference matchup.

Oswego (9-6-2 overall, 6-3-1 SUNYAC) struck early, taking a 1-0 lead just over four minutes into the game.  Nine minutes later Brockport (8-8-2, 4-5-2) took advantage of a Laker major penalty to tie the game at one.  Unable to find an open man, Zac Sikich passed the puck to Nick Palumbo at the top of the point.  Palumbo sent a shot towards the goal but was met by the goaltenders pad.  Dylan Shapiro jumped on the rebound and one timed it to the right side of the net for his sixth goal of the season.

The Golden Eagles came out firing to start the second period and were able to score just over two minutes into the period.  Kielich rifled a shot from the blue line that hit the crossbar and ricocheted in. Rookie Kielich extended his point streak to 10 games.  Aidan Verbeke and Chase Nieuwendyk each picked up an assist on the play.

Two straight goals from the Lakers gave Oswego a 3-2 lead midway through the second period.  With less than five minutes remaining Brockport earned its fifth power play of the night.  At the point, Kielich sent a pass to Verbeke just to the right side of the goal.  Verbeke one touched a pass to Nieuwendyk camped out in front of the crease.  Nieuwendyk sent a one-timer to the left side of the net to tie the game at three and extend his point streak to 11 games.

The Lakers scored two goals, including a power play goal, seven minutes into the third period to jump out to a 5-3 lead.  Oswego dominated the period, outshooting Brockport 18-5, and handing the Golden Eagles their fifth conference loss of the season.

Cole Burack
suffered his second loss of the season in net.  The rookie stopped a career high 46 saves including 20 in the second period.

Brockport was outshot 51-30 but was able to win 31 of 59 face offs.  Nieuwendyk won 16 while Shapiro won seven.  Nieuwendyk and Shapiro also led the team with four shots each.

The Golden Eagles have a home and home series with SUNY Canton next weekend.  Brockport will travel to Canton on Friday night and then return home Saturday night with face off set for 7 p.m. each night.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

BROCKPORT BEATS CORTLAND

Jeremy DeFazio netted the game winning goal with less than 90 seconds left in overtime to give The College at Brockport ice hockey team a 4-3 win over State University of New York Athletic Conference rival Cortland Friday night to earn a crucial two points in the SUNYAC standings.

With a tie game looming, Nick Gullo passed the puck to DeFazio who was skating through the middle lane.  DeFazio bounced the puck off his skate and it miraculously found the back of the net to seal the win for Brockport (8-7-2 overall, 4-4-2 SUNYAC).  Chris Luker also picked up an assist on the goal.  Strong defense from the Golden Eagles held Cortland (7-7-3, 1-5-2) to zero shots in the overtime period.

Entering the third period with the score knotted, Brockport took a 3-2 lead midway through the period.  Rookie Tim Kielich skated through the Cortland defense and dropped the puck to Chase Nieuwendyk who tucked the puck in the bottom left hand corner for his twelfth goal of the season.  Kielich was credited an assist which extended his point streak to nine games.  The Red Dragons scored with four minutes left in regulation to force overtime.

The Golden Eagles struck first 14 minutes into the game as defensemen Rob Hall scored his second goal of the season.  After receiving a pass from Aidan Verbeke, Hall sent a rocket past the goaltender glove side.  Cortland answered back less than 30 seconds later to send the game to a 1-1 tie at the first intermission.

An early Cortland goal found Brockport in a one-goal deficit to start the second period.  The Golden Eagles answered back midway through the period as Jake Taylor scored an unassisted goal after taking the puck coast to coast.

Reigning SUNYAC goaltender of the week Cole Burack earned his fourth win of the season after stopping 30 shots.  The rookie stood tall all throughout the game, making numerous glove saves to seal the win for Brockport.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

KIELICH & BURACK PICK UP SUNYAC HONORS





















SUNYAC rookie of the week:
Tim Kielich scored two goals less than two minutes apart in a 7-0 win over Nazareth College night as the Golden Eagles went 1-0-0 on the week. The rookie took advantage of a five minute power play to net two goals and extend Brockport’s lead in the second period.

SUNYAC goalie of the week: Cole Burack earned his first career shutout Saturday night as the Golden Eagles defeated Nazareth College 7-0. The Rockwall, Texas native was unstoppable in net, stopping 34 shots including 16 in the second period alone. Burack wasn’t fazed by Nazareth’s three power play opportunities, stopping all six shots during the six minute span.

BURACK IS BROCKPORT ATHLETE OF THE WEEK



Cole Burack is Brockport's Male Athlete of the Week. He earned his first career shutout Saturday night as the Golden Eagles defeated Nazareth College 7-0.  The Rockwall, Texas native was unstoppable in net, stopping 34 shots including 16 in the second period alone.  Burack wasn’t fazed by Nazareth’s three power play opportunities, stopping all six shots during the six minute span.

Monday, January 18, 2016

HOCKEY COMMUNITY MOURNS LOSS OF GENESEO PLAYER



Geneseo is our greatest rival, but as Brockport showed earlier this season in the #PrayForJay campaign for Geneseo's Jay Stephanik (who had suffered major brain trauma in an off-ice incident), the brotherhood of hockey is greater than the game itself.

Sadly, it's time to call on the strength and support of that brotherhood again as Geneseo lost one of their own on Sunday.

Matthew Hutchinson, 24, a senior blueliner from North Vancouver, BC, was found dead in a Geneseo home along with two others -- a member of the women's basketball team, Kelsey Annese, and a former Geneseo student, Colin Kingston.

The police have released very few details but listening to police scanner audio that is available online, it appears that Hutchinson was a murder victim.

Hutchinson was a geography major and a business minor who volunteered with the Geneseo volunteer firefighting core and he had aspirations of being a wilderness firefighter back in his home country, something he had done in the summer months. "Hutch" was well-liked by his teammates, coaches and the community.

In his career against Brockport he had an assist in a 4-1 Geneseo victory in February of 2014 and he contributed 2 blocked shots in a 5-3 Geneseo win over Brockport that November.

Geneseo has an information page about the tragedy and what will follow here: http://www.geneseo.edu/jan-17-tragedy

Our thoughts and prayers are with Hutch's family, friends, teammates, and fellow firefighters.



 

Sunday, January 17, 2016

BROCKPORT GIVES GOLDEN FLYERS A NAZ-TY BEATING

Fourteen Golden Eagles tallied a point Saturday night as The College at Brockport ice hockey routed Nazareth College with a 7-0 non-conference win.  Rookie goaltender Cole Burack picked up his first shutout of his career.

Brockport (7-7-2 overall, 3-4-2 SUNYAC) took advantage of three Nazareth (5-7-4 overall, 2-3-1 ECAC West) penalties in the second period to score three power play goals in a three minute span.  Zac Sikich started the scoring at the 4:35 mark after receiving a pass from Chris LukerNick Palumbo also picked up an assist on the play.  The next two goals were identical as Tim Kielich scored goals two minutes apart with Aidan Verbeke and Chase Nieuwendyk each picking up as assist on both goals.

Defensemen Jonathan Demme scored his first goal of the season midway through the second period with Jeremy DeFazio and Nick Gullo tabbing the assists.  Dylan Shapiro rounded out the scoring with less than five minutes remaining in the second period.  Sikich and Verbeke were credited with the assists.

A back and forth first period kept the game scoreless for the first 16 minutes of play.  Jesse Facchini changed that at the 16:37 mark as he netted his third of the season with Chad Cummings and Andrews Parks tallying the assists.  Less than a minute later Brockport extended its lead to 2-0 after defensemen Chris Luker rifled a shot to the back of the net.  Gullo and James Ryan each picked up an assist.

A balanced attacked allowed 14 Golden Eagles to tally a point on the night with 6 players recording multi-point games.  Brockport outshot Nazareth 36-34 and were able to hold the golden flyers to just three shots in the opening period of play.

Burack was unstoppable in net, tabbing 34 saves including 16 in the second period.  The rookie picked up his third win of the season in his first career shutout.

The Golden Eagles have a tough week ahead with two conference games.  Brockport will travel to Cortland Friday night then return home to host Oswego Saturday night with face off slated for 7 p.m. both nights.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

BROCKPORT SUFFERS TOUGH LOSS TO HOBART

The College at Brockport ice hockey team gave seven unanswered goals as they fell to Hobart College Saturday night by a score of 9-2.

Brockport (6-7-2 overall, 3-4-2 SUNYAC) started the scoring six minutes into the game as rookie Tim Kielich scored his seventh goal of the season.  Chase Nieuwendyk and Ryan Kangas each picked up an assist on the goal.  Hobart (10-2-2, 5-1-0 ECAC West) answered back two goals to take an early 2-1 lead.

The Golden Eagles found themselves with a man advantage at the 16:38 mark of the first period.  Unable to find an open man, Chris Luker fired a shot from the left point just as the penalty expired to know the game up at two.  Nick Palumbo and James Ryan were each credited with an assist as the teams took a 2-2 tie to the first intermission.

Hobart scored four goals in the second and two more in the third to hand Brockport the loss.  Brockport's offense struggled as they were outshot 49-21 but were able to beat the Herons in the face off circle 44-39.  Jared Lockhurst stopped 40 shots in his fifth loss of the season.

The Golden Eagles return home next Saturday to host Nazareth College with face off set for 7 p.m.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

BROCKPORT GETS FIRST HOME LOSS OF SEASON

The College at Brockport ice hockey team fell to Elmira College by a score of 4-3 Friday night in a non-conference game.  Elmira (7-5 overall, 2-4 ECAC West) scored with less than four minutes remaining to hand Brockport (6-6-2, 3-4-2 SUNYAC) its first home loss of the season.

Jake Moore
made his collegiate debut in net for the Golden Eagles and stopped 26 shots including 12 in the second period.  The freshmen held Elmira scoreless on three power play opportunities.

Brockport found themselves in an early deficit as Elmira scored just over two minutes into the game.  Two unanswered goals from the Green and Gold gave them a 2-1 lead entering the first intermission.

Brockport's first goal of the game came from Chase Nieuwendyk who tipped in a shot from defensemen Chris Luker at the 8:48 mark.  Five minutes later Dylan Shapiro and Zac Sikich each picked up an assist on a goal from Aidan Verbeke.

Two Elmira goals in the second period made the score 3-2 entering the final period of play.  Rookie Tim Kielich netted the equalizer less than four minutes in after receiving a pass from Nieuwendyk.  Nick Palumbo also picked up an assist on the goal.

After nearly ten minutes of scoreless play, the Soaring Eagles took advantage of a breakaway to net the game winner with less than four minutes remaining in the game.

Brockport outshot Elmira 39-30.  Nieuwendyk led all skaters with eight shot followed by Rob Hall and James Ryan who had five shots each.  In the face off circle, Brockport won 32 of 68 while Andrew Parks was 7-4.

The Golden Eagles will head to Geneva, N.Y. Saturday night to face off against Hobart College at 7 p.m

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

LOCKHURST IS D3HOCKEY.COM GOALIE OF THE WEEK

The honors keep coming for Jared Lockhurst. After stymieing the potent UMass Boston offense with 48 often-brilliant saves, the young man is D3Hockey.com's goalie of the week!

http://d3hockey.com/awards/TeamOfTheWeek/Men/2015-16/Jan4

KANGAS AND LOCKHURST NAIL WEEKLY SUNYAC HONORS

 


SUNYAC men's ice hockey player of the week:
Ryan Kangas was named the Codfish Bowl’s Most Valuable Player after scoring three goals and three assists including the game winning goal Saturday to take down nationally ranked #5 UMASS Boston.Saturday night in a tie game with overtime looming, Kangas received a pass at the right face off circle and rifled a shot to the top shelf to give Brockport a 3-2 lead with 1:21 remaining. The Williamstown, Mass. native also scored the first goal of the game less than four minutes in. In Sunday’s 5-1 championship win, Kangas netted one goal and picked up an assist on another less than seven minutes into the game. The sophomore also picked up an assist on a power play goal in the second period.

SUNYAC men's ice hockey goalie of the week: Jared Lockhurst took down nationally ranked #5 UMASS Boston Saturday night in the opening round of the 51st Codfish Bowl. Lockhurst tabbed a season-high 48 saves and held Boston scoreless on two power play opportunities including one midway third period with the game knotted at two. The senior held the Beacons to just two goals and held them scoreless for nearly 33 minutes of play in between goals.

Monday, January 4, 2016

KANGAS IS BROCKPORT MALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Ryan Kangas was named the Codfish Bowl’s Most Valuable Player after scoring three goals and three assists including the game winning goal Saturday to take down nationally ranked #5 UMASS Boston. Saturday night in a tie game with overtime looming, Kangas received a pass at the right face off circle and rifled a shot to the top shelf to give Brockport a 3-2 lead with 1:21 remaining. The Williamstown, Mass. native also scored the first goal of the game less than four minutes in. In Sunday’s 5-1 championship win, Kangas netted one goal and picked up an assist on another goal less than seven minutes into the game. The sophomore also picked up an assist on a power play goal in the second period.

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM WIN OVER #5 UMASS BOSTON


BROCKPORT WINS CODFISH BOWL

Two goals from the line of Ryan Kangas, Tim Kielich and Chase Nieuwendyk in the first period was all the College at Brockport ice hockey team needed to claim the title at the 51st Codfish Bowl with a 5-1 win over Westfield State University Sunday afternoon.

The tremendous trio gave Brockport (6-5-2 overall, 3-4-2 SUNYAC) an early 2-0 lead after scoring twice in the first seven minutes of play.  Less than three minutes into the game Kielich dropped the puck off to Nieuwendyk along the right boards.  Kangas received a pass from Nieuwendyk while charging the lane and was able to beat the goaltender glove side to give Brockport a 1-0 lead.

Minutes later Kangas sent a pass to Kielich who circled around the net and towards the right face off circle.  The rookie shot the puck towards the net and Nieuwendyk tipped it in for Brockport's second goal of the game.

Penalties proved costly for Westfield as they committed 23 minutes of penalties in the second period alone.   Midway through the second period defensemen Chris Luker took advantage of a power play opportunity to score his second goal of the season.  Jake Taylor passed the puck to Nick Palumbo at the blue line who crossed it to Luker.  The New Hartford, N.Y. native sent a rocket through the defense that found the back of the net.

Five minutes later Brockport earned another power play.  Kangas left the puck for Kielich who circled around the right face off circle before passing to Chad Cummings.  Cummings connected top shelf to give Brockport a commanding 4-0 lead entering the second intermission.

With seven minutes remaining in the game Brockport scored its final goal as Dylan Shapiro scored his fourth goal of the season.  Jesse Facchini and Palumbo each picked up an assist on the play.

Cole Burack
held the Owls scoreless for nearly 55 minutes of play as he picked up his second win of the season in goal.  The rookie stopped 18 shots and held the Owls scoreless on five power play opportunities.

Kielich and Nieuwendyk were each named to the Codfish Bowl All-Tournament team.  Kangas was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player after scoring three goals and three assists on the weekend including the game winning goal in Saturday's upset win.

The Golden Eagles return home this weekend to host Elmira College Friday at 7 p.m. before heading to Hobart College Saturday.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

BROCKPORT BEATS #5 UMASS BOSTON

Ryan Kangas scored the game winning goal with less than 90 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the College at Brockport ice hockey team over #5 UMASS Boston in the opening round of the 51st Codfish Bowl in Boston, Mass.

Brockport (5-5-2) entered the third period with a 2-1 lead over Boston (9-2-1) but the Beacons scored on the first shift even the game at two.  The Golden Eagles were outshot 17-3 in the third period alone but Kangas proved it was quality over quantity that mattered.

With overtime looming, Kangas and Tim Kielich found themselves with a strong two-on-two opportunity.  After receiving a pass from Chad Cummings, Kielich passed the puck to Kangas at the right face off circle who rifled a shot to the top shelf to give Brockport a 3-2 lead with 1:21 remaining.

Strong defense from the Golden Eagles in the final minute of play held the Beacons to one shot as Brockport held on for the win.

"Opening the second half of the year with a win was huge for us," remarked Head Coach Brian Dickinson, "… and beating a ranked opponent makes it even better."

Senior Jared Lockhurst had a season-high 48 saves and kept the Beacons offense scoreless on three power play opportunities including two in the second period.

The Golden Eagles started the game on a high note, scoring just four minutes in.  Brian Hurlimann passed the puck across the left face off circle to Kangas on the right side of the net who found himself with an open net.  Kangas one timed it to give Brockport an early 1-0 lead.  Nieuwendyk also picked up an assist on the play.

Midway through the first period Boston had a three-on-one breakaway but Lockhurst stood tall in net and made a pad save.  Moments later the Beacons scored to even the score at one.

With just over a minute remaining in the first period, Chris Luker sent a sharp pass to Nieuwendyk who drove through the middle lane.  The goaltender made the initial save on Nieuwendyk's shot but Kangas one timed the rebound to give Brockport a 2-1 lead entering the first intermission.

Kangas finished with two goals and one assist while Nieuwendyk picked up two assists.  Hurlimann recorded one goal while Luker and Cummings each had one assist.  The Golden Eagles were outshot 50-21 but Lockhurst allowed only two goals while stopping 48 shots.

The Golden Eagles advance to tomorrow's Championship of the 51st annual Codfish Bowl which is the nations second-longest running college hockey tournament.  The Championship is set for 4 p.m. Sunday with Brockport facing the winner of Johnson and Wales University against Westfield State University.


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

BROCKPORT HEADS TO CODFISH BOWL

While a young man in college, Brian Dickinson played goalie in the Codfish Bowl. Now, as a coach, he will be taking the Golden Eagles into the 51st annual installment of this tournament.

Brockport's first game will take place this coming Saturady at 1:00 PM when they play the host Beacons of UMass Boston. Brockport will then play either Johnson & Wales or Westfield State on Sunday.

The tournament is the Beacons' to lose. They come into the game 9-1-1 and ranked as the fifth best team in the nation per the latest USCHO poll.

They are an offensive machine, averaging 4.36 goals per game, three times scoring 7 or more goals this season.

They are a deep team as made evident by their top goal scorers: Lemire (7), Sanipass (6), Colucci (6), and Miller (5). It should also be noted that a whopping 13 Beacons have scored goals this season.

They also have some of the best goaltending in the HEHC, too, as Faust (2.12 and .923) and Andrews (1.50 and .930) have proven to be outstanding.

It's going to be an incredibly exciting game as this Brockport team has proven they can hang with anyone and their offensive output is something to reckon with.

Don't be surprised if the Golden Eagles pull off an upset.

Friday, December 18, 2015

THE FALL SEMESTER'S STRONG PERFORMERS



With the Christmas break upon us, it’s time to reflect on the semester that was for some of the hockey players. The team has been competitive due to the contributions of a lot of players. But, allow me to reflect on just a few of the strong performers.  

Let’s start with some of the forwards…

As in seasons past, the team’s success hinges on that of Chase Nieuwendyk. He’s following up his All-American season with one that is certainly worth such consideration again. He already has 9 goals on the season, which is good for 6th in the nation. Among those are 2 power play goals and a short-handed goal. There have been some times when he’s truly carried the team on his back (Morrisville and Potsdam) and his hunger for excellence, and the knowledge that his college career ends next semester, should lead the team deep into the playoffs.

Among the biggest surprises in the line-up is freshman Tim Kielich, who is a special talent. He has a point in 7 of the last 8 games and comes into the second semester with 5 goals and 5 assists. Now that he’s eating up some minutes, he might surpass 24 points on the season. Even though he’s far surpassed his scoring pace from the Juniors, don’t look at him as a flash-in-the-pan: The 6’, 175-pounder is a welcome addition to the line-up who will give Brockport fans another 3 seasons of excitement. He’s crafty, he doesn’t make mistakes, and he’s an excellent two-way player. I really like his upside.

Another youngster I like is sophomore Ryan Kangas. He has showed that his exceptional freshman season was not a fluke. He hustles, is trustworthy in defensive situations, and has excellent ice vision, as well as good hands. He has 12 points on the season, a point in 8 games and 4 multi-point games. Don’t be surprised if the kid is All-SUNYAC in his junior year.   

Aidan Verbeke has been top notch, too. He’s a playmaker with a 1-8-9 line that should equate to a 20-point season when it’s all said and done. Despite those strong numbers, don’t overlook what else he does, the things that don’t show in the box score. He has 4 blocked shots on the season and is a hustler adept at stealing pucks and breaking up passes. He doesn’t quit.

Now, let’s look at the d-men…

Chris Luker has been playing like…well, Chris Luker. Once again he’s been a playmaker and his .80 points per game have him in the top twenty nationally amongst blueliners. He has but 1 goal, but he’s had some chances, and some very good ones, and those blasts will find their way to the back of the net in the second semester. The senior’s last semester should put a nice capstone on what has been one of the finest – if not the finest -- careers among Brockport defensemen.

I really like the high level that Chad Cummings has been performing at this year. Earlier in the semester, I was commenting on how strong his motor was running this season – he's flying on the ice and looks even bigger and stronger than in the past (which is saying a lot for somebody already built that way). He is covering territory well and really holding his own against the best players in the country. Luckily, the rest of the fans and the Conference have caught on to his special season, thanks his 3-goal breakout weekend heading into Thanksgiving. He might find it difficult to maintain his current point pace (it’s not his style of play), but he doesn’t need numbers to be considered one of best in SUNYAC. He’s a defenseman’s defenseman who truly warrants All-SUNYAC consideration this year.



Saturday, December 12, 2015

STYLUS REPORT ON PLATTSBURGH & POTSDAM GAMES

John Panetta, the voice of Brockport Hockey on WBSU, wrote this report about last weekend's games for the Brockport Stylus...


Golden Eagles Match national No. 1


In its final two games of 2015, The College at Brockport Golden Eagles men’s ice hockey team had to face the top two teams in SUNYAC: the SUNY Plattsburgh Cardinals and SUNY Potsdam without captain senior forward Jonathan Demme and assistant captain senior defender Jeremy DeFazio.

The Golden Eagles had a tough task facing the Cardinals, who were the No. 1 ranked team in Division III hockey according to the USCHO.com and d3hockey.net polls. Without two of its captains not in the lineup, as well as several other injuries, assistant captain senior defender Chad Cummings was looked upon to lead the Golden Eagles.

“I’m just trying to fill in [Demme and DeFazio’s] footsteps right now and step up for the boys,” Cummings said.Brockport was down early, giving up a goal in the first 90 seconds of the game to Plattsburgh, but later on in the first period freshman forward Tim Kielich scored on a powerplay to tie the game at 1 – 1.

No scoring occurred in the regulation periods, with both teams coming close and getting plenty of opportunities before going into overtime.

The teams continued trading chances in overtime. Brockport had an opportunity on a powerplay and was able to get the puck inches away from crossing the line for the score. However, the overtime period remained scoreless and the Golden Eagles pulled off a surprising 1 – 1 tie at home against the No. 1 team in Division III.

“We obviously wish we would have won that game but it was good to see the boys firing on all cylinders,” Cummings said. “Even with a couple key injuries we showed up and played our hardest.”

This was Brockport’s first tie at home since Jan. 18, 2014, against Utica College. According to Head Coach Brian Dickinson, it didn’t feel like a tie.

“Although we didn’t get the win it felt like a win, as a human you just feel good when people are talking good things about you,” Dickinson said.

Brockport entered its game against Potsdam in high spirits but would hit a roadblock early in the first period when senior forward  Matt Thompson of Potsdam threw the puck directly at senior defender Chris Luker in front of the net which Luker deflected into the net.

Potsdam also scored goals from senior defender Brad Campagna and senior forward Jake Rivera before Golden Eagle senior forward Chase Nieuwendyk got through on a breakaway and scored an unassisted shorthanded goal to cut the lead to 3 – 1.

Kielich scored his fifth goal of the season to cut the deficit to one but midway through the second  period sophomore forward Dylan Vander Esch of Potsdam would make the score 4 ­– 2.

Brockport answered by scoring four unanswered goals, starting with Nieuwendyk capitalizing on a second breakaway goal in the final minute of the second period, followed by goals in less than three minutes from sophomore forward Dylan Shapiro, senior defender Chad Cummings and freshman defender Nick Palumbo, his first goal as a Golden Eagle.

Potsdam scored five seconds after Palumbo’s goal and again 35 seconds later, with sophomore defender Sean Kacerosky and senior forward Billy Pascali scoring to make the score 6 – 6.

Brockport had a powerplay toward the end of the third period but was unable to convert. Despite the Golden Eagle’s efforts, after overtime the score was still 6 — 6, Brockport’s second tie of the weekend.

Despite not winning over the weekend, Brockport had a “feel good” story during the weekend in Nick Gullo, a walk-on freshman forward described as one of the hardest workers on the team.

“He’s got the heart of a lion in there,” Dickinson said.  “He works hard every day, and got his chance last night and played well enough to get another chance in the lineup.”

Gullo even had a scoring opportunity on his first shift with the team.

“I think the whole bench was rooting for him [Gullo] there hoping he got his first shot and first goal right on that shift,” Cummings said.

Despite being a walk-on to the team, Gullo never felt like an outsider.

“These guys have welcomed me since day one since I made the team and have made the transition very easy for me,” Gullo said.

The Golden Eagles will visit University of Massachusettes Boston in the Codfish Bowl non-conference tournament, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016. They return for a home game at the Tuttle North Ice Arena, Friday, Jan. 8, against Elmira College.



Source: http://www.thestylus.net/news/view.php/1015422/Golden-Eagles-match-national-No1

Sunday, December 6, 2015

BROCKPORT TIES POTSDAM IN WILD GAME

The College at Brockport ice hockey team scored three goals in three minutes but four unanswered goals were not enough as the Golden Eagles tied SUNY Potsdam 6-6 in a State University of New York Athletic Conference game Saturday night.

Brockport (4-5-2 overall, 3-4-2 SUNYAC) entered the third period trailing Potsdam (6-3-2, 6-2-1) by a score of 4-3.  After nearly 12 minutes of scoreless play, Dylan Shapiro scored to tie the game at four.  Chris Luker passed the puck to Nick Palumbo who sent a shot towards the goal.  The Potsdam goaltender made the initial save but Shapiro one-timed the rebound past the goalie.

Less than one minute later Rob Hall stole the puck from a Potsdam attacker.  Chad Cummings cleared the puck to Chase Nieuwendyk who skated through two Potsdam defenders and dropped the puck off to Ryan Kangas right in front of the goal.  Kangas tucked the puck up top to give Brockport its first lead of the game.

Just over two minutes later Aidan Verbeke intercepted a pass in Potsdam territory, giving Brockport a three-on-one rush.  Quick passing between Verbeke and Shapiro fooled the Potsdam goaltender, giving Nick Palumbo an open net.  Palumbo nailed a shot on the right side for his first goal of the season to extend Brockport's lead to 6-4.

The Bears would respond to Brockport's four straight goals with two of their own to tie the game at six with less than five minutes remaining.  Both teams had two shots in the five minute overtime period but no goals resulted in a 6-6 tie.

Seconds into the second period, Potsdam took a 3-0 lead.  A shorthanded goal from Nieuwendyk and a power play goal from Tim Kielich cut deficit to one.  Potsdam scored six minutes later to take a 4-2 lead but Nieuwendyk scored with 23 seconds left in the second period to make the score 4-3 in favor of Potsdam at the second intermission.

Brockport more than doubled Potsdam's shots, outshooting them 44-21.  Nieuwendyk led all skaters with seven shots while Kangas and Zach Sikich each had six.  Cole Burack made 15 saves in net and was credited with the tie.

Nieuwendyk finished with two goals and one assist.  Palumbo and Shapiro each had one goal and one assist while Kielich and Kangas scored one goal each.  Cummings, Verbeke and Luker tallied two assists while Hall picked up one assist.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

1990-1991 TEAM PHOTO

Among the pictures shared on the College's Facebook page yesterday as a part of Flashback Friday was this...the 1990-1991 team photo...just in time for Alumni Day




VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM TIE WITH PLATTSBURGH


BROCKPORT TIES #1 PLATTSBURGH

Last night Brockport came away with a point, tying Plattsburgh, the #1 ranked team in the nation. How big was this tie? This was just the 5th time in 85 match-ups with the Cardinals that Brockport took a point from Plattsburgh.

Here's a recap from Brockport Athletics...


Cole Burack shut out the No. 1 Plattsburgh Cardinals in the final two periods of play Friday night as the College at Brockport ice hockey team tied Plattsburgh 1-1 (OT) in a State University of New York Athletic Conference matchup.

Plattsburgh (8-0-1 overall, 5-0-1 SUNYAC) opened the game with a goal less than 90 seconds in.  Just over five minutes later Brockport (4-5-1, 3-4-1) earned itself a power play and were quick to take advantage of it.  Chase Nieuwendyk won a battle along the boards and sent the put to Aidan Verbeke in the right corner.  Verbeke crossed a pass to Tim Kielich on the left side who sent a one-timer up top to tie the game at one.

Brockport controlled the second period, outshooting Plattsburgh 11-3.  The Golden Eagles earned another power play just less than five minutes into the period but were unable to get a shot off.  Brockport found itself on the power kill twice in the second period but the Brockport defense held the Cardinals to one shot in 3:26 of a man advantage.

Burack and the Cardinals goaltender would go save for the save the rest of the way, including during an intense overtime period.  Both teams had strong scoring opportunities but the goaltenders stood tall and wouldn't let anything by them.  Ryan Kangas sent a shot from the middle that nicked the post and slid under the goaltenders legs but did not cross the goal line.  Burack did not let the pressure get to him, making seven saves in overtime.

Brockport outshot Plattsburgh 29-26 and also out played them in the face off circle, winning 33 face offs to Plattsburgh's 32.  The Golden Eagles offense was led by Nieuwendyk who tallied six shots.  Kangas recorded five shots while Jake Taylor and Jesse Facchini each had two shots.  Nieuwendyk worked hard in the face off circle, tabbing 14 wins while Dylan Shapiro won 11 faceoffs.  Burack finished with 25 saves in net and picked up his first collegiate tie.

"We practiced hard all week for this game and knew that we had to beat them in the corners," remarked Head Coach Brian Dickinson.  "We took the game shift by shift and we're happy to come out with one point.  Our fans were awesome tonight and we hope we see them again tomorrow."

Friday, December 4, 2015

BROCKPORTS HOSTS TWO GAMES THIS WEEKEND



The Golden Eagles close out the fall semester of play this weekend by hosting two key conference games.

Plattsburgh is Friday night’s opponent and the Cardinals are playing like they always do (spectacularly) – they are a perfect 8-0-0 with a 5-0-0 mark in SUNYAC play. They are ranked as the #1 team in the country in the USCHO polls. Last weekend they won the Primelink tournament by beating seventh-ranked Norwich 6-5. That offensive firepower is par for the course for a team that is second in the nation in scoring at 5.38 goals per game. Its defense is none too shabby either as the Cardinals allow just 2.5 goals per game.   

Kevin Emmerling is the top goal scorer with 8 lamplighters while Dillan Fox has 11 points on the young season. Freshman Cole Stallard is someone who will confound Brockport now and for the next 3 seasons – he already has 5 goals while seeing action on the second and third lines.

If Brockport can break through Plattsburgh’s impenetrable blue line (they allow just 24 shots on goal each game), they might have a chance – Spencer Finney, who has started 6 games, has a .891 save percentage while freshman Brady Rouleau has a .915 save percentage. They could have their hands full against a Brockport offense that is ranked 22nd in the country.

It will be an interesting game, one certain to have a lot of fireworks.

Saturday’s game will be none too easy, either. Potsdam comes to town and they are riding a 6-1-0 record in SUNYAC play while being 6-2-1 overall, surprising many a team and hockey pundit. At one point they were the 12th ranked team in the country and now sit in 16th place on the USCHO poll. They’ve slowed up of late, going 0-2-1 in their last three games.

USCHO did a nice write-up about their 6-0 start that can be read here:  http://www.uscho.com/2015/11/18/despite-6-0-start-and-national-ranking-potsdam-still-hungry-for-more/

Of course, they’ve had some strong performers on the roster from Dylan Vander Esch (8 goals) to Todd Thomas (5 goals) to Brendan McMenimen, who has been the best goalie in the conference, sporting a .930 save percentage while facing a lot of shots (34 per game). It might be that goaltending which has accounted for Potsdam’s record and it will be that goaltending that frustrates the Golden Eagles.  

It won’t be easy, but I think on home ice and with a roster as deep as Brockport’s, they can pour it on the Bears and come out of Saturday’s affair with a win. They have to, as Geneseo, Buffalo State, and Fredonia are all only one game behind Brockport in the conference standings. You don’t want to enter the second semester behind any one of them.