Saturday, January 22, 2011


The College at Brockport's ice hockey team hung with State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) rival Plattsburgh for two tough periods, but the Golden Eagles eventually fell 4-2 Saturday night inside Plattsburgh's Stafford Ice Arena.

Junior James Cody (Schwenksville, PA) and freshman Bobby Connor (Lititz, PA) each scored goals for the Golden Eagles (3-14-1 overall, 1-9 SUNYAC), who rallied from a 1-0 first-period deficit and held a 2-1 lead.

But Plattsburgh (13-4-1, 6-4 SUNYAC) broke through with three goals over the final 28 minutes to win.

Cody has scored seven goals over Brockport's last three games, and upped his season-total to 15 goals.

"We did what we needed to do, we outshot Plattsburgh in the first period, and the opportunities were there for us to score again in the second," said Brian Dickinson, Brockport's head coach.

"It's a little frustrating, but we know we're working hard out there. ... but I'm proud of the leadership our guys showed. There were times they could have let the bad bounces get to them, but each time, they bounced back."

Brockport fell behind 1-0 when Plattsburgh scored 7:15 into the first period, but the Golden Eagles responded with two scores in a three-and-a-half-minute stretch of the first.

Connor netted the tying goal off assists from freshman Chris Cangro (Holbrook, NY) and junior Gregg Amato (Ocean Gate, NJ), and with 7:28 remaining in the first, Cody's power-play goal lifted Brockport to a 2-1 lead. At that juncture, Cody had scored on his last four shots on goal.

The teams traded shots throughout the remainder of the first period and much of the second, until a penalty was called against the Golden Eagles with 7:46 left in the period. With the man-advantage, Plattsburgh broke through with the tying goal 43 seconds into the power play.

The Golden Eagles went on the power play with 13:33 remaining in the game, but Brockport could not come up with the go-ahead goal. The Cardinals notched the go-ahead goal off a rebound with 7:53 remaining in the third.

After surrendering the third goal, Brockport did a good job of applying pressure, and put several good shots on goal, but none found their mark. Among the solid chances, senior Justin Noble (Georgetown, ONT) fired a shot from the point that caromed back out to sophomore Mike Hayward (Toronto, ONT). Hayward then wound up and shot, but his effort just missed wide of net with less than six minutes left.

Plattsburgh finished the scoring on a 3-on-2 break with 1:37 remaining.

Junior Oliver Wren (Oakville, ONT) stopped 32 shots for the Golden Eagles.

Brockport returns to action at home with games against Morrisville at 7 p.m. Friday night, and Neumann University at 7 p.m. Saturday night, which is also the annual Saves for a Cure game.