Saturday, January 21, 2012


The Athletic Department offers this recap of last night's game....

Senior Ian Finnerty (Ardmore, PA) and Brendon Rothfuss (Webster, NY) scored two early goals for The College at Brockport Men's Hockey team but Fredonia State rallied back to take the hard-fought State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) matchup 4-2. The Golden Eagles are now 2-6-1 in conference play.

Finnerty's goal was credited with two minutes and 58 seconds remaining in the first period, but came with a bit of controversy. On a five on three power play advantage, Nick Panepinto (Tonawanda, NY) dumped a pass to the left side of the net to Adam Shoff (Port Dover, ONT) who crossed the puck in front of the net to Finnerty on the opposite side. Finnerty took the shot and the puck appeared to cross the line. As Brockport celebrated, Fredonia took the puck the length of the ice on a breakaway, but Oliver Wren (Oakville, ONT) made the save. After a blown whistle following the save and a scuffle in front of the net, the referees discussed Finnerty's goal and reversed their call and credited Finnerty with his 10th goal of the season. Shoff and Panepinto received the assists.

Just over two minutes later on a five on four advantage, Rothfuss received a pass from Colby Spooner (Hilton, NY/Aquinas) just inside the blue line. Rothfuss fired a shot on net for his fourth goal on the year to give Brockport a 2-0 lead at the end of the first period. Spooner and Bobby Chayka (Hardwick, NJ) were credited with the assists.

After a physical first period that resulted in multiple penalties and one game misconduct for Fredonia, the two teams came out in the second period looking for control. Fredonia struck first with a breakaway goal just over six minutes into the period. Brockport maintained possession throughout the next few minutes until Fredonia struck again with a goal at the 14:47 mark to notch the game at two.

Brockport opened up the third period on consecutive power plays. The Golden Eagles had a chance to take the lead as the puck skated across an open Blue Devil net four minutes into the period, but no Brockport icer could connect. Just over a minute later Fredonia converted on a puck in front of the Brockport net as the Blue Devils took a 3-2 advantage.

Brockport pulled Wren with a minute to play to add an extra skater to the offensive attack, but Fredonia put home an empty net goal to take the win.

Wren was credited with 18 saves on the night. Finnerty now has 27 points on the season, putting him in sole possession of second place in the SUNYAC in total points, just ahead of Fredonia's Bryan Ross.

Brockport returns to play tomorrow night as they take on the Buffalo State Bengals. Buffalo State is currently in third place in the SUNYAC with a 5-3-1 record.