From the pages of this week's Brockport Stylus...
Hockey drops first two games
By Andrew Lipari
The College at Brockport hockey team started their season with a two-game set upstate last weekend. The two games didn't go their way, however, dropping both games to Potsdam and Plattsburgh.
Brockport's season opened at Potsdam with a 6-3 loss to the Bears Friday. Brockport and Potsdam traded goals the first two periods before Potsdam pulled away in the third. Fraser Smith put the first goal in for the Bears and had it answered by Chris Berardini 64 seconds later. Sean O'Malley scored for the Golden Eagles at 1:03 in the second, and Connor Treacy scored 29 seconds later to even the score at 2-2. Brockport had a tough time with Treacy, who scored a goal and had three assists on the night.
James Cody put in his first goal of the year for Brockport, while Matt Rhymer and Todd Hosmer scored for Potsdam to give the Bears a 4-3 lead.
In the third period, Potsdam pulled away with goals by Zack Juliano and Bryan Black to give the Bears the 6-3 victory. Special teams were a difference in this game as Potsdam went 2-for- 6 on the power play, while Brockport went 1 for 9 with the man advantage. Senior goalie Todd Sheridan made 30 saves for Brockport and Trevor O' Neill made 24 for Potsdam.
Saturday, Brockport had the daunting task of taking on the No. 1 team in the nation (according to USCHO.com,) as they played at Plattsburgh. The Cardinals went 15-0-1 last year in SUNYAC play, and finished Brockport's season with a 7-2 victory in the semi-finals of the SUNYAC tournament. Plattsburgh came away with the victory again, beating Brockport 4-1.
Sheridan made 39 saves on 43 shots, including stopping all 16 he faced in the first period. In his first career start freshman goalie Ryan Williams, had 18 saves for Plattsburgh. Brockport hung with Plattsburgh the first two periods. After a scoreless first period, Plattsburgh's Phil Farrow got the scoring started with a power play goal at two minutes into the second.
Later Jason Gorrie tipped one in on the power play for the Golden Eagles to tie the game at 1-1 after two periods. But, Plattsburgh wore down Brockport in the third period. Matt Bessing scored the go-ahead and winning goal for the Cardinals at 5:47. Patrick Jobb and Kyle VanDermale scored later in the period to seal the victory for Plattsburgh.