Friday, November 25, 2011


Whereas most Brockport students are out of commission for 4 or 5 days, the hockey team, on the other hand, will be taking the ice over the holiday weekend. After practice sessions at Tuttle they are traveling to Saratoga Springs to play in the Skidmore Invitational.

The Golden Eagles will take on Hamilton at 5:00 PM on Saturday. Hamilton's season is young (1-1-0), but last year is a good gauge of what Brockport will face. In 2010-2011, the Hamilton College men's ice hockey team enjoyed its best season since the 1997-98 campaign. Hamilton finished with an overall record of 14-7-4. One of those road wins was against then-No. 1 SUNY Oswego on Dec. 30 as part of Oswego's PathFinder Bank Hockey Classic. The Lakers hadn't lost at home in their previous 25 games.

Their best scoring threat is Michael DiMare who was voted the NESCAC rookie of the year after 15 goals and 12 assists. 9 other players had 10 points (none more than 20). Their best player, All-American Joe Houk, didn't return for his junior year this year. The dynamic defenseman had a jaw dropping 17-16-33 line last season. Cam Gibbar and Joe Quattrocchi are the returning goalies. Both started three games last season and sported saves percentages in the .890s.

Depending on who wins this game and who wins the other Saturday match-up, Brockport will play either Nichols or Skidmore on Sunday to round out the tournament.

One Brockport player who should be watched is James Cody. He's 4 goals short of the 50 goal mark. It's not out of the question that he could reach that mark this weekend, or set himself up with 1 or 2 goals remaining to achieve that special milestone at either of the 2 home games in December.

Both Brockport games can be heard on WBSU at 89.1 FM and online at

Have a great Thanksgiving, everyone!