Tuesday, February 8, 2011


Hockey bested at home
Andy Lipari

It didn't take long for fans to notice that James Cody wasn't on the ice this weekend. The team's leading scorer was suspended for two games after a hit on Morrisville's Geoff Matzel on Jan. 28.

Brockport could have used Cody - who has 15 goals this season - at the Tuttle North Ice Arena, as the team fell to Buffalo State 4-1 Friday, Feb. 4 and skated to a 2-2 tie with Fredonia on Feb. 5.

Not only did Brockport miss Cody's scoring, but the team missed his physical presence on the ice as well. Brockport Head Coach Brian Dickinson said Cody's hit was clean and the suspension came as a surprise.

"It's been a stressful couple of days because instead of focusing on what we needed to focus on, we were focused with what was going to happen with Cody," Dickinson said. "When you don't see it coming, which our guys didn't, it disrupts our whole week."

The loss to Bufalo State came at a time when Brockport needed to win out and have all the help in the world in order to make the playoffs. Trevor McKinney scored 24 seconds into the game, which put the Golden Eagles in a quick hole.

Coach Dickinson was less than pleased about the effort his team gave on Friday.

"The coaching staff was disappointed with the effort through the first two periods," he said. "That sense of urgency that should have been there, wasn't."

Mac Balson and Mike Connolly scored for Buffalo State in the second period to make it 3-0. Sean Wallace scored his first goal for Brockport in the third before McKinney added an empty netter.

Oliver Wren had a solid game in goal making 25 saves for Brockport.

Senior night against Fredonia was a total turnaround from the game on Friday. A more energetic team was able to snag a point Saturday.

The play of goaltender Joe Reagan was the story of this game. He stopped 47 shots in 65 minutes of play in the best goalie performance of Brockport's season. Dickinson said without Reagan's play, the team probably wouldn't have gotten a point.

However, two points were there for Brockport until late. Brockport led 2-1 late in the third period, when Fredonia's Bryan Ross, who scored both Fredonia goals, was left open in the slot and found the back of the net with 2:02 left. Brockport had two power plays in the last six minutes of the game, but couldn't convert either into a goal.

Saturday was the final home game for six Brockport seniors: Tom Galiani, Ray Tremblay, Nick Sampson, Chris Berardini, Jeremy Rossignolo and the captain of the hockey team, Justin Noble. The senior class has been an intricate part of the rise in Brockport hockey over the last two seasons.

"We got six guys that have given everything they have for this program during the last four years," Dickinson said. "We wanted to go out and play for those guys tonight."

Brockport has three games remaining, of which are all on the road. Next week they will be at Geneseo and the following week they travel to Oswego and Cortland for their last two games of the regular season.