Friday, November 12, 2010


Brockport embarks on their annual Western New York road trip this weekend, visiting Buffalo State on Friday and Fredonia on Saturday.

The Golden Eagles and Bengals are evenly-matched. Buff State is 1-2-0 this season, having upset Fredonia in OT last weekend while falling to Oswego and Cortland. They are in a transitional stage, having lost quite a few defensemen to graduation. They also have 2 freshmen in goal although only one, Kevin Carr, has seen play this year. He’s been a rock, with a .920 save percentage to go with a 2.95 GAA. He’ll definitely be a thorn in Brockport’s side over the next 4 seasons.

Their best player is Nick Petriello. He’s had 30, 45 and 28 points in each of the last season. He can best be compared to James Cody, less the physical presence.

Player to watch: Buffalo State’s sophomore defenseman Zach Hale. Last year he saw little time as a freshman but this year he has made the most of it He has great vision and anticipation that has allowed him to have 2 goals and 2 assists.

Saturday’s game will be a tough one. Brockport has had a hard time scoring goals this season. Fredonia has had ease in preventing them.

Russel Jaslow’s weekly report from USCHO says it best:

In three conference games, there has been a total of 11 goals scored in Fredonia games. To put that in perspective, Morrisville has scored 11 goals themselves in just two games.

This is typical Fredonia hockey — bottle up the middle, don’t give up odd man rushes, play tight, tough team defense, and back it up with strong goaltending.

In conference play, freshman Mark Friesen has a 1.96 GAA and a .940 save pct.

But, that doesn’t mean Brockport can’t win: Despite playing so well on their side of the rink, Fredonia, like Brockport, is having a heck of time putting pucks in the net. In 5 games this year they’ve scored only 12 times.

Player to watch: James Cody. Brockport’s leading scorer will have to score a couple and ignite the team in order to overcome Fredonia’s stifling defense. If anyone is up to the task, it’s Cody because Fredonia has not yet seen a scoring forward as physical as he.

Both games have 7:00 starts and can be heard on 89.1 FM in the Rochester area or online at