Tuesday, February 1, 2011


Hockey team splits weekend games
Andy Lipari

Entering the second semester, the Brockport hockey team looked poised to make a run into the playoffs for the third straight season. But, after three straight conference losses, their playoff chances are fading away.

Brockport fell to Potsdam 7-3 on Jan. 21 and lost 4-2 at Plattsburgh on Jan. 22. The team returned home last Friday, Jan. 28 to face off against an improved Morrisville squad.

The Golden Eagles fell to Morrisville 8-6 in a strange game that had everything a hockey game could have.

The first period ended 0-0, but the exciting period of hockey had a somber moment. Morrisville forward Geoff Matzel was knocked to the ice following a shot, and laid on the ice for several minutes before leaving on a stretcher. The Brockport trainers said Matzel was knocked out but regained consciousness.

The long, dragged out, yet eventual second period had seven goals and 17 total penalties. Adam Shoff scored his fifth goal of the season for Brockport and Taylor Vince tied it up for Morrisville. Ian Finnerty was given a game misconduct after arguing a roughing call.

Morrisville led 2-1 with seven minutes left in the second period when the wheels came off for the Golden Eagles. Brockport defenseman Mike Hayward was also given a game misconduct for a spearing penalty, plus a five-minute major penalty. Morrisville found the back of the net three times in the ensuing power play to take a 5-1 lead.

"When you're on a five-minute power play, you either rev it up and score multiple times or you get nothing," said Brockport Head Coach Brian Dickinson. "We got into that rut where guys were looking to go, instead of dumping the puck out. It was a whole slew of mistakes that were made one right after another."

Brockport junior Brett Jendra, who scored his first goal of the season against Morrisville, said his team didn't have enough discipline in the second period.

"The game started to get chippy and they were getting most of the calls," Jendra said. "After Hayward took that penalty, Morrisville took all the momentum and it put us in a hole we couldn't get out of.

Down 5-2 in the third, Brockport scored four goals in the period, but Morrisville scored three of their own. Brockport was able to cut the lead down to 7-5 before Curtis Renaud scored the last goal for Morrisville.

On Saturday, Jan. 29, Brockport skated to a 2-2 tie in a non-conference game against Neumann University, in the third annual, "Saves For A Cure" game. The team wore green "Saves For A Cure" jerseys that were auctioned off to benefit the foundation, started by former Brockport goalie, Todd Sheridan. The proceeds support children going through cancer treatment at Golisano Children's Hospital

This season, Oswego and Morrisville will both be hosting their own "Saves For A Cure" game in support of the foundation.