Sunday, February 28, 2010


Brockport Athletics' recap of Saturday's playoff game...

SUNY Plattsburgh used two early goals and two goals in the early part of the third period to fight off The College at Brockport Hockey team and posted a 5-2 victory over the Golden Eagles in the semifinal round of the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Tournament Saturday in Plattsburgh.

In the first period, Plattsburgh wasted little time scoring in the first 35 seconds of the contest. A slapshot from the points was deflected in the high slot area and slid past Todd Sheridan (Edison, NJ) for the early 1-0 lead.

Later in the period, the Cardinals made it a 2-0 lead after a turnover in the Brockport defensive zone led to a Plattsburgh 2-on-1 and Matt Bessing finished the play. Plattsburgh held an 8-2 shots advantage after the first 20 minutes of action.

In the second period, the Brockport offense came out more aggressive as James Cody (Schwenksville, PA) fired a one-timer from the right side of the ice that sailed just high with 14 minutes and a minute later Justin Noble (Georgetown, ONT) raced up the left side of the ice and sent a hard shot off the shoulder of Plattsburgh goalie Josh Leis.

The aggression finally paid off as Silveira picked up the rebound of his own shot in the slot and fired a quick wrister over the shoulder of Leis. By the end of the second period the shots on goal difference was nullified as Brockport had a 12-6 advantage in the second period

Late in the period, Plattsburgh’s Matty MacLeod stole the puck in the neutral zone and raced in alone on Sheridan. He crossed in front of the net and Sheridan held his ground for the save with less than five seconds to play in the period. A tripping penalty was called on the play and Plattsburgh opened the third period with the man advantage.

Plattsburgh scored with three seconds left in the early-period power play as Clarke netted a slap shot from the top of the left face-off circle for a 3-1 lead. Two minutes later, Plattsburgh made it a 4-1 game after a battle for the puck in the corner to the left of Sheridan, the Cardinals came up with the puck and a centering pass slid through the crease to the far side of the goal where Bessing scored his second of the game.

Midway through the third period, Brockport cut the lead as Cody scored his 14th of the season as he redirected a shot from the point by Tyler Davis (Queensbury, NY).

Plattsburgh added an empty net goal for the final margin.

Sheridan finished with 24 saves including 12 in the third period while Leis also stopped 24 shots with 11 coming in each of the final two periods.