Wednesday, November 26, 2014


NOTE: The games have been rescheduled to Friday and Saturday

While many Brockport students are gone home for the long holiday weekend, the hockey team will be taking to the ice instead. They are traveling to Castleton State in Vermont to participate in the Rutland Herald Invitational.

The other 3 teams in this year’s tourney are Castleton, Manhanttanville, and Tufts.

Brockport plays Tufts at 3:45 Friday. The winner goes on to Saturday’s championship game while the loser participates in Saturday’s consolation game.

The Tufts Jumbos are 1-3-1 on the season.

Although their most recent game was a shutout against Becker, they have allowed 23 goals on the season in their 4 other games. That should be music to Brockport’s ears as the Golden Eagles’ high-powered offense is just finding its stride (last weekend alone Jake Taylor had 3 goals).

Goals have been hard for them to come by for Tufts, but it’s not for lack of trying. Brian Brown is Tufts’ leading offensive force with 2 goals. 9 other players each have one goal. Last year, no one on the roster surpassed 13 points.

Mason Pulde has seen the majority of the time in net and has been pummeled with 131 shots in 4 games. As a side note, it should be noted that Mason is a high-character kid who helped bring sled hockey to Nobels, the boarding school he attended as a teen, to help the disabled pursue the best sport on Earth.

Sunday, November 23, 2014


Sophomore Jake Taylor (Port Perry, ONT) scored just 27 seconds into the game for The College at Brockport Hockey team but Cortland answered five seconds later and went on to a 5-4 victory Saturday night in a State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) game in Cortland.

After the score was tied at 1-1 32 seconds into the game, Cortland (2-4-1 Overall, 2-4-1 SUNYAC) added three more goals in the next nine minutes and took what looked like a commanding lead into the first intermission.

A double minor penalty to Cortland early in the second period and an additional penalty one minute later led to an extended power play opportunity for Brockport (2-5-1, 1-3-1) and the Golden Eagles capitalized with a pair of power play goals in a span of 17 seconds to cut the lead to 4-3. Chase Nieuwendyk (Georgetown, ONT) scored first and Bobby Chayka (Hardwick, NJ) scored his first goal of the season less than 20 seconds later to make it a 4-3 game.

Five minutes later, Jesse Facchini (Mississauga, ONT) tied the score at 4-4 scoring with assists from Rob Hall (Schuamberg, IL) and Kody Vaisanen (Dundalk, ONT).

With 1:21 left in the second period, Cortland scored to regain the lead and took a 5-4 lead into the second intermission.

Each team had scoring chances in the final period but neither could find the back of the net and after nine goals in the first 40 minutes, the goalies for each team held their opponent scoreless for the final 20 minutes of action and the Red Dragons held on for the victory.

Jared Lockhurst
(Caledon, ONT) started for Brockport and was replaced by Aaron Green (Mt. Albert, ONY) after allowing three goals in the first seven minutes of the game. Green played the rest of the game and made 26 saves.

Saturday, November 22, 2014



2 weeks after staying with powerhouse Plattsburgh in a 1-0 loss, Brockport tied #2-ranked Oswego Friday night at Oswego. Brockport should beat Cortland tonight, so it will be great to come out of the weekend with 3 points.

Here's the recap from Brockport Athletics...

Sophomore Jake Taylor (Port Perry, ONT) and junior James Ryan (Richmond Hill, ONT) scored two goals each including one each in the third period as The College at Brockport Hockey team skated to a 4-4 tie with Oswego, ranked No. 2 in the country according to the latest poll, Friday night in a State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) game in Oswego.

Brockport (2-4-1 Overall, 2-1-1 SUNYAC) took the early lead as Taylor scored in the first period with Jeremy DeFazio (Oakville, ONT) and Troy Polino (Limerick, PA) picking up assists just 6:14 into the contest.

Oswego (5-0-1, 3-0-1) answered with a pair of goals in a span of 32 seconds early in the second period to take a 2-1 lead.

Midway through the period, Ryan tapped home a rebound of a shot by Chris Luker (New Hartford, NY) from the point on a power play as the Golden Eagles knotted the game at 2-2.

Just 2:36 later on a Laker power play opportunity, Oswego regained the lead with its only special team goal of the game. The Lakers finished 1-for-5 with the extra man opportunity.

Ryan tied the game at 3-3 with 5:21 remaining in the third period on an assist from Dylan Shapiro (Rochester, NY) but the Lakers regained the lead just 25 seconds later and Oswego had a 4-3 lead with less than five minutes to play.

On the ensuing face off, Brockport controlled the puck and after it was dumped into the Oswego zone, Polino chased after the puck, winning possession behind the Laker goal before sending a centering pass out to Taylor who fired a shot past the Oswego goalie to tie the game at 4-4.

Each team had scoring opportunities in the closing minutes and the overtime period featured back and forth offensive rushes but neither team was able to score and Brockport's Jared Lockhurst (Caledon, ONT) finished with 41 saves including 16 in the first period and four in the overtime session for the Golden Eagles.

Monday, November 17, 2014


Long-time Brockport fans will remember former team captain and defenseman Mike Hayward who was second-team All-SUNYAC in 2011 when he tied for first place in the SUNYAC for goals by a defender with six and finished the season with 14 points. He's been playing with the Memphis Riverkings. In the video below you get to see him do something that was frowned upon in NCAA hockey...that is, FIGHT...

Sunday, November 16, 2014


Thank you to all of the organizers, volunteers, and donors who made Saves For a Cure weekend a success!


Junior Jeremy DeFazio (Oakville, ONT) and freshman Zac Sikich (Oak Park, CA) each scored powerplay goals in the first five minutes of the game for The College at Brockport Hockey team as the Golden Eagles went on to post a 4-1 victory over Canton Saturday night in a non-conference matchup in the Tuttle North Arena in Brockport.

Brockport (2-4) had two power play opportunities in the opening minutes of the game and took advantage of them both as DeFazio scored the first goal just 18 seconds into the extra man situation from in close after a shot from the point by Brian Hurlimann (Hilton, NY) was block near the goal and DeFazio stuffed the loose puck under the Canton (0-4-1) goalie for the early lead.

Less than three minutes later, Brockport was on another power play and Sikich scored only 14 seconds after the penalty started with a similar play and a shot from the point by Chris Luker (New Hartford, NY).

Defenseman Chad Cummings (Caledon, ONT) scored with two minutes to play in the second period to extend the Brockport lead to 3-0. Freshman Matt Meredith (Fredonia, NY) and Kody Vaisanen (Dundalk, ONT) were each credited with their first assists of the season on the play.

Early in the third period, Canton broke up the shutout with a shot from the top of the faceoff circle to the left of Brockport goalie Aaron Green (Mt. Albert, ONT).

The Kangaroos pulled their goalie in the closing minutes in an attempt to tie the score but Chase Nieuwendyk (Georgetown, ONT) scored into the empty net with 1:21 to play for the final margin of victory.

On the night, Brockport was 2-for-3 in power plays and successfully killed off all four Canton power play opportunities.

Green finished with 31 saves including 13 in the third period. Vaisanen and Ryan Kangas (Williamstown, MA) had two assists each for the Golden Eagles

Saturday, November 15, 2014


Here is Russell Jaslow's recap of the Geneseo game for


The recap from Brockport Athletics....

Junior Chase Nieuwendyk (Georgetown, ONT) scored for The College at Brockport Hockey team with a two-man advantage late in the third period to bring the Golden Eagles to within a goal at 4-3 but Geneseo added an empty net goal in the closing seconds for a 5-3 State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) win Friday night at the Tuttle North Ice Arena in Brockport.

The game was the first of two over the weekend as the Golden Eagles host Saves for a Cure Weekend. Brockport (1-4 Overall, 1-2 SUNYAC) will host Canton at 7 pm Saturday in the second half of the weekend series. All of the ticket sales, jersey auction donations and 50/50 raffle proceeds are donated to Golisano Children's Hospital in Rochester.

Geneseo (3-2, 3-2) took an early lead as Brockport was whistled for an early penalty. The Knights took the 1-0 lead with a power play goal just 22 seconds into the man advantage and then made it a 2-0 game less than 30 seconds later with a hard shot from the point that went off the post and in the goal at the 7:01 mark of the period.

Late in the first period, Chris Luker (New Hartford, NY) cut the Geneseo lead in half with his first goal of the season with a blast from the point and an assist from fellow defenseman Bobby Chayka (Hardwick, NJ).

With 6:18 left in the second period, Brockport's Troy Polino (Limerick, PA) tied the game at 2-2 as he was set up by Robbie Hall (Schaumberg, IL) and Ryan Kangas (Williamstown, MA).

Geneseo regained the lead near the midpoint of the second period with its second power play goal of the night and took a 4-2 lead seven minutes into the final period with another man advantage goal.

With less than seven minutes to play, Brockport was on a two-man advantage when the Knights were whistled for an interference penalty just prior to a delay of game penalty on goalie Nick Horrigan for moving the net off its moorings.

The Golden Eagles moved the puck around the zone with Chayka sending a pass down low to Jake Taylor (Port Perry, ONT) who sent a quick pass through the slot area and Nieuwendyk slapped a one-timer into the open half of the net to trim the lead to 4-3.

Brockport had offensive pressure late in the game after pulling goalie Jared Lockhurst (Caledon, ONT) with a minute to play but Geneseo cleared the zone and scored into the open net for the final margin of victory.

Lockhurst finished with 33 saves for Brockport.

Thursday, November 13, 2014


For many new to the Brockport community who are just now hearing about Saves For a Cure, if you'd like to get a feel for what your contributions do, check out these previous blog posts:

This post shows the donation of $15,000 to the Galisano Childrens Hospital at Strong as well as "before" pictures for the big project:

This post shows the outcome of the project, a markedly-improved playdeck at the hospital:

Children and families who are going through some difficult times at the hospital have some brighter moments because of everything that Saves For a Cure does.


Fasten your seat belts.

What a weekend it’s going to be for hockey in Brockport. It’s the annual Saves For a Cure weekend. The alumni game is Saturday. Our biggest rival pays us a visit on Friday. A new rival comes to Tuttle North for the first of many battles.

Diehard hockey fans always circle the dates for the Brockport-Geneseo match-ups on their calendars. Hard-fought, hard-played intense games have become the norm for this regional match-up that looks for SUNYAC bragging rights in the 585.

It will be a tough one for Brockport as Geneseo is the 11th-ranked team in the nation per the most recent poll. Last season when they went 23-7-0 and made it to a Frozen Four semifinal.

The Ice Knights are 2-2-0 on the year, having beat Morrisville twice while getting stunned by Potsdam 2-1 (a team which Brockport beat 3-2) and getting soundly beaten by Plattsburgh 7-4 (one night after Brockport hung with them in a 1-0 loss).

They may have lost superstar Zach Vit (18-13-31) to graduation but still have lots of serious firepower. Brockport will have their hands full with seniors Tyler Brickler (18-14-32) and Justin Scharfe (11-20-31), junior David Ripple (9-15-24) and sophomore Stephen Collins (13-11-24). Blueliner Jack Caradonna is a two-way threat (3-17-20).

Manning the net is Nick Horrigan who was lights-out last year with a .926 save percentage. He’s right there this year with a .928.

They are a very deep squad and their third line is just as good as the 2nd line – and even 1st line – on some very good teams.

To beat them, Brockport really has to amp up their power play to last year’s standards, bust their butts for lunchbucket goals and Jared Lockhurst has to continue to be Jared Lockhurst (the Golden Eagles can steal any game with him net).

Brockport will have an easier go of it Saturday night when SUNY Canton comes to town. This is their third season in DIII as an independent and in the coming years they will join the SUNYAC. So, this is a taste of the future that will be.

They are 0-2-1 on the year after having won just 5 games last season. Ken Orlando was a highly-touted recruit coming into this season and he has 3 goals on the year. Fellow freshman Josh Sova has 2 goals. Those two will help a team that needs scoring: Last year, only 4 players surpassed 9 points. #1 goalie Spencer Landry has put up a great .914 this year.

He, too, is a freshman, so the Kangaroos have an excellent young core that they can develop this year and capitalize on in the 3 subsequent seasons. It should make for yet another competitive team in our conference.

This weekend is also Saves For a Cure weekend.

Saves for a Cure is a non-profit, charitable organization started by Todd Sheridan ('11), a former Brockport goalie -- and one of Brockport's all-time greatest players -- and the College's all-time leader in goals-against average (3.07), career wins (29) and saves percentage (.904). He also holds the 2 of the 4 best single season saves percentages for Brockport.

In 2005 Todd was diagnosed with cancer, given a 70% chance of survival and told he’d never play hockey again. Todd beat cancer and the odds and then had quite the career at Brockport, as made evident by his career numbers and the team's only 2 playoff wins.

With his success story as its backdrop, Saves For a Cure oversees a variety of fundraisers, including the annual Saves For a Cure game, which this year for the first time is games (plural). All proceeds from any Saves For a Cure event or activity go to the children’s cancer clinic at Strong Memorial Hospital.

The highlight of the games is an auction whereby fans can bid on the special jerseys being worn during each of the two games. The auction has begun and will continue through 4 pm (Eastern), Sunday, November 16, 2014. The winners will be listed on the auction web page and will be notified via email.

Winners will be able to pick up their jerseys at the Brockport home games December 5-6 or will be shipped and arrive in time for the holidays.

Bidding is online at 2014-15 Jersey Auction page:

Bidders will be asked to submit a jersey number, bid amount (minimum bid is $75), and the color of the jersey that you would like to bid on. Bids will be updated as often as possible on the auction page. Last year, nearly $3,000 was collected from the Jersey auction.

Saturday is also Alumni Day at Tuttle North – and in town.

The schedule for gents who played for the team is as follows:

• 3PM—Alumni game at Tuttle North Ice Arena on November 15th

• 4:30PM—Saves for a Cure dinner at Fazool’s in Brockport. $12 per person o We are encouraging everyone to attend the dinner at Fazool’s

• 7PM—Brockport Golden Eagles v. Canton

• 10PM—Alumni/Family/Player gathering at Bill Gray’s Tap Room 4647 Lake Rd. Brockport

If you played for the Golden Eagles and want to participate in alumni events, email assistant coach Stephen Mallaro at:

Monday, November 10, 2014


Here is a letter to Golden Eagles hockey alumni from assistant coach Stephen Mallaro. You can email him at:

Dear Former Golden Eagles,

We are excited to announce that this upcoming weekend is our annual alumni weekend. However this year is even more exciting as Saves for a Cure falls on the same weekend. I am sure all of you are aware of alumni Todd Sheridan ’10 and his foundation and the fight against cancer! Online now is the current auction for the Saves for a Cure jersey’s we will be wearing over the weekend. Go to our website, and the Men’s Ice Hockey homepage and you will find the link to the auction on the right hand side.

We are looking forward to having a good number of alumni in attendance as we take on SUNY Canton at 7PM, Saturday November 15th.

Details/Information for Alumni weekend are as following:

• Saves for a Cure Jersey Auction now online. Two Jersey’s to bid on this year!

• 3PM—Alumni game at Tuttle North Ice Arena on November 15th

• 4:30PM—Saves for a Cure dinner at Fazool’s in Brockport. $12 per person

o We are encouraging everyone to attend the dinner at Fazool’s

• 7PM—Brockport Golden Eagles v. Canton

• 10PM—Alumni/Family/Player gathering at Bill Gray’s Tap Room 4647 Lake Rd. Brockport, NY 14420

This year has already been an exciting time for Brockport Ice Hockey. We are looking to continually get better day in and day out between practice and games. This season we have started off 1-3, but there has been a ton of positives to take away. We earned our first win on Saturday versus a new and improved Potsdam Bears team after a hard fought 1-0 lost to Plattsburgh on Friday night. A strong effort and response in the 3rd period Saturday night was what we needed to get soaring. We will continue to grow and get better as we head into a good week of practice before alumni weekend.

The coaching staff has been talking about the potential upgrades at Tuttle North, however we need your help as alumni. The most recent talk is to upgrade the stands as all of you know can be very hazardous if someone is not familiar with them. With that being said, the coaching staff has talked about the idea of planning for a new expanded locker room and eventually new boards and glass, but without the help of the Golden Eagle Alumni this will never be made possible. The College at Brockport Ice Hockey family is looking to expand this season as well as in the future raising money to continue to make our program better.

We look forward to greeting all of you this weekend and having you back to Tuttle North! Please RSVP no later than Wednesday, November 12th. I know this letter is getting out late, but we are looking to solidify numbers to accommodate for a gathering after the game Saturday night at Bill Gray’s.

Again, thank you for your continued support, safe travels, and Go Golden Eagles!


Junior forward Chase Nieuwendyk (Georgetown, ONT) has been named The College at Brockport Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending November 10. Nieuwendyk had a big role in leading Brockport to a State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) victory over Potsdam Saturday night.

Every time the Golden Eagles were in need for a spark on offense against Potsdam, Nieuwendyk filled the bill, finishing the game with a goal and two assists in Brockport’s 3-2 win.

Potsdam jumped out the early lead scoring within the first minute of the game. However Nieuwendyk helped Brockport even the score when he sent the puck from the corner out in front of the net which was redirected by a Golden Eagle teammate past the Bears goalie to tie the score.

Potsdam yet again took the lead, scoring the only goal of the second period.

On a power play in the third period, Nieuwendyk redirected a redirection on a shot from the blue line under the Potsdam goalie to knot the game up at 2-2. The Golden Eagles didn’t take long to score the game winning goal on another power play as they closed out the scoring just 3:34 removed from their previous goal.

Brockport was on a 3-on-1 play with the first pass sent from Nieuwendyk before the Golden Eagles buried the puck into the back of the net securing the team’s first win of the year.

The Golden Eagles return to action this weekend at home in the Tuttle North Ice Arena for the annual Saves for a Cure Weekend both Friday and Saturday. On Friday Brockport is scheduled to for a SUNYAC game against Geneseo at 7 pm and on Saturday a non-conference game against Canton at 7 pm.