Wednesday, November 12, 2008


From the pages of the Brockport Stylus....

Gershon's three goals lead hockey to big win against Geneseo
Dale Budsizewski

In the second period against Geneseo Friday night, Brockport put the proverbial nail in the coffin, dug a shallow grave in the woods, dumped the coffin in the hole, covered it with a light spattering of twigs and leaves and left it there to sit for eternity. Or, at least until a hiker came along, phoned the authorities and CSI showed up.

Brockport (3-1-0, 2-0-0) found the back of the net five times in the second period, setting them up for a 7-2 blowout on the Knights' home ice.

Geneseo (5-2-0, 1-1-0) benefited from an early Brockport miscue to get on the board first. Captain Dave McNab was carrying the puck in front of his own net when it was knocked away by Geneseo's Dan Sullivan. Sullivan, less than 10 feet from the net, beat goalie Todd Sheridan, to take the 1-0 lead nearly five minutes into the game.

After the first goal, Brockport took over the game, in big thanks to undisciplined play from the Knights. With seconds left on the first Golden Eagle power play, a shot from the point by defenseman Mike Gershon went wide of the net and right to Sean O'Malley. O'Malley's initial shot was saved and after a scramble in front of the net, freshman James Cody jammed the puck in for Brockport's first of the night and his second of the year. O'Malley was credited with the assist and would go on to assist all three of Gershon's tallies.

Two minutes later, Gershon scored his first goal of the night. A slap shot from the blue line that Geneseo goalie Jeff Pasemko initially got a piece of, trickled by him into the net. The period ended with Brockport leading 2-1.

McNab made up for his earlier gaffe when he sniped a goal with 54 seconds into the second period. If the shot from above the right faceoff circle would have been any further up or left, it would have rang off the post, but the perfect aim put Brockport up for good 3-1.

Forty seconds later, Gershon struck again with a direct slapper from the blue line. A power-play goal by Aaron Boyer, assists going to Tim Crowley and Sheridan, and a short-hander by Andrew Simmons would set up the Gershon-Gershon showdown.

Corey Gershon, Mike's younger brother and Geneseo goalie, entered the game for Pasemko after Boyer's goal. With less than three minutes to go in the second period Mike took a laser slap shot from 50 feet, beating his younger sibling, stick side, for his third of the night and the team's seventh.

This weekend Brockport returns to Tuttle North Ice Arena for a pair of SUNYAC games. Friday night, Plattsburgh and Potsdam on Saturday, with both games dropping the puck at 7 p.m.