Thursday, October 21, 2010


Longtime fans of the program know how Brockport has been slighted in the eyes of other coaches, other fans, and the media across DIII and especially in SUNYAC. They have looked at Brockport as a doormat and in the past two seasons they predicted Brockport to do poorly in conference play and miss the playoffs. As you know, the end result was entirely different.

Well, they haven't learned their lesson. Yesterday, the SUNYAC released their pre-season coaches poll and, once again, Brockport is looked at as a weak opponent.

Here's the official news release...

Oswego selected as SUNYAC Preseason Favorite in Men's Ice Hockey
October 20, 2010

The State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) announced today its 2010 Men's Ice Hockey Preseason Coaches Polls. Coaches voted for every team in the conference and points were assigned for each vote (eight for first, seven for second, etc.). Teams are ranked in order of highest point total to lowest with first place votes shown in parentheses.

With six first place votes, Oswego topped Plattsburgh for first in the poll. Reigning SUNYAC champion Oswego advanced to the semifinals of the national tournament and finished the 2009-10 season with an impressive 26-3 record. The Lakers look to continue last year's success and return to the post-season for a chance to defend its SUNYAC title and compete for their second-ever national championship. Despite losing four seniors to graduation and last year's Player of the Year, the Lakers return five of the top seven scores from a year ago including Jon Whitelaw who was voted the 2009-10 Rookie of the Year.

The Plattsburgh Cardinals have won two of the last three SUNYAC titles and made its third consecutive trip and 18th overall to the NCAA tournament last year where they fell to eventual champ Norwich in the semifinals. The team finished 19-6-4 overall and 13-2-1 in conference play, and will look to second team All Conference selection Dylan Clarke (12 goals, 18 assists) and Eric Satim (11 goals and 16 assists) to guide the Cardinals in 2010-11.

With 46 points, the Ice Knights of Geneseo edged out the Blue Devils of Fredonia by one point to take third place. Geneseo won back-to-back SUNYAC crowns in 2004-05 and 2005-06 and is is looking to re-claim the SUNYAC championship after a four-year absence from the pedestal. The Ice Knights posted a record of 13-10-2 last season including a 3-1 victory over then ranked #1 Oswego.

Fredonia, winner of the 2006-07 SUNYAC title, returns its top four goal scorers from last year. The team ranked fifth in NCAA Division III with 4.77 goals per game. First-team all conference selection Steve Rizer returns to defense for the Blue Devils where he led the team with 26 assists. Completing the poll was Potsdam, Morrisville, Brockport, Cortland and Buffalo State.

SUNYAC conference games begin Friday, October 29. The six-team SUNYAC tournament will be held on February 23, February 26 and March 5, 2011 on campuses. The top-two squads will receive a first-round bye.

2010-2011 Pre-Season Poll
School and Points
Oswego 62 (6 first place votes)
Plattsburgh 59 (3 first place votes)
Geneseo 46
Fredonia 45
Potsdam 37
Morrisville 30
Brockport 20
Cortland 13
Buffalo State 12