Tuesday, November 16, 2010


From the pages of this week's Brockport Stylus...

Brockport's struggles continue with losses against SUNYAC rivals Buffalo State and Fredonia

By Andy Lipari

Issue date: 11/17/10

It was another weekend without a victory for the Brockport hockey team, which is still looking for its first win of the season. Brockport lost a tough 5-4 game at Buffalo State on Friday, Nov. 12, and they were shut out at Fredonia 7-0 Saturday.

Brockport Head Coach Brian Dickinson made a switch in goal Friday. Joe Reagan started his first game of the season after playing 15 minutes the week before at Morrisville. Reagan had 26 saves on 31 shots in the loss.

Brockport had defeated Buffalo State three of the last four meetings prior to the game.

The story for Brockport is how well its freshmen played. Along with Reagan starting in goal, the Golden Eagles had three freshmen score a goal against Buffalo State.

Bobby Conner scored the only goal in the first period for Brockport, the only goal of the period, and the Golden Eagles took a rare lead into the locker room. Like they have been doing all season, Brockport starts off with a chance to win, but their opponent took over as the game progressed.

The Bengals took control by scoring three times in the second period. Mike Connolly, Shane Avery and Nick Petriello all found the back of the net.

Brockport showed resilience and tied the game twice in a wild third period. Freshmen Matt DeLuca and Mike Baxter scored for Brockport to tie the game at 3-3 at 5:34 remaining. Trevor McKinney answered for Buffalo State with 9:35, then Brockport captain Justin Noble scored his first of the year to tie the game at 4-4.

With 51 seconds left, Mac Balson scored the game-winning goal for Buffalo State.

Kevin Carr had 21 saves for the Bengals.

Brockport may have hit a low point of their miserable season in Fredonia. Brockport has tied Fredonia twice and lost to the Blue Devils twice in the last four meetings coming into the game Saturday.

Oliver Wren was back in goal, but it didn't help, as Brockport let Fredonia take 47 shots in the loss. Wren made 40 saves and Mark Friesen stopped all 31 shots for Fredonia.

This time, Brockport never gave themselves a chance to win. Alex Morton and Will McLaughlin scored in the first period and Bryan Ross and Jordon Oye scored in the second period to give Fredonia a 4-0 lead.

Ross scored his second goal of the game in the third period, then Andrew Christ and Ben Waldman tacked on a goal each in the third.

Brockport is 0-5 in the SUNYAC, 0-6 overall. They will host Geneseo this Friday Nov. 19, and they will get a break from their conference with a game at Elmira on Saturday, Nov. 20.

Practice this week will again lead to Dickinson's decision regarding the starting goaltender against Geneseo.