Thursday, January 27, 2011


As you’ve read in previous posts, it’s a big weekend for Brockport hockey…Friday and Saturday are both Pride Week games while Saturday is the 3rd annual Saves For a Cure game, there’s a jersey auction, and a Saves For a Cure dinner on Sunday

….and, of course, there’s the action on the ice!

It should be an exciting weekend of play as SUNYAC foe Morrisville visits on Friday while 16th-ranked Neumann strolls into town on Saturday.

Morrisville is currently 4th in the SUNYAC with a 5-2-1 conference record to go with a 8-7-1 overall. They are a game team; in recent match-ups they have beaten Neumann, lost to Neumann in OT and held on to a 3-2 loss against powerhouse Hobart.

The team can score at a fair clip, averaging nearly three-and-a-third goals per game. They have 6 players with 10 or more points, led by junior Geoff Metzel who is a 5’7” speedster with 11 goals.

They allow 3.62 goals per game, which is no fault of starting goalie Caylin Relkoff and his .905 saves percentage. It is a fault of their special teams, though: This heavily-penalized team is 62nd in the penalty kill while only 57th in the power play. Brockport’s suddenly-potent power play (22nd in the nation) could have a heyday. Brockport must play a clean game to take advantage of that. Since the Golden Eagles are the 8th least penalized team in the country, that plays to their favor.

Neumann is 10-6-3. Last week they split a series with 14-4 Manhattanville, so they have the ability to dominate the Golden Eagles. When last they played (December) Brockport fell to the Knights 5-3. They have 6 guys with 13 or more points led by Michael Rey (with a 9 and 12 line).

They have solid goaltenders in Ross MacKinnon (.904) and Matt Tendler (.917). MacKinnon can be great in a tense, unfriendly environment, he being responsible for Neumann’s DIII crown a few years back with a stellar playoff performance as a freshman that included a 3-2 OT shocking upset of Plattsburgh.

If Neumann has a weakness, it’s special teams. They are 40th in the power play and 57th in the penalty kill. If Cody and Company can take advantage of the man advantage, Brockport can pull off a shocking upset its own.

Both games can be seen at while Saturday’s game can be heard on 89.1 FM or online at