Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Junior Nick Panepinto (Tonawanda, NY) scored two goals including a third period goal to cut the Neumann lead to just a single goal but the Knights held on for a 7-5 victory over The College at Brockport Tuesday afternoon at Neumann.

The Knights (11-2), ranked No. 6 in the nation in the latest poll, opened the game with four goals in the first period to build a 4-2 lead. After Neumann took a 2-0 lead, defenseman Matt DeLuca (Skippack, PA) cut the lead in half for Brockport (4-9-2) with assists from Mike Baxter (Bracebridge, ONT) and Brett Jendra (Bolingbrook, IL).

The Knights scored two more goals in the opening period, James Cody (Schwenksville, PA) added his team-leading 11th goal of the season with a power play goal and assists from Ian Finnerty (Ardmore, PA) and freshman Bobby Chayka (Hardwick, NJ).

“We need to find a way to be more focused on hockey from the time we get off the bus of the road and the time we arrive at the rink at home,” said Brian Dickinson. “We are a dangerous team when our backs are against the wall and I told the players I was happy at the way they came back but we can't afford to get behind early.”

In the second period, Neumann extended the lead to 6-2 with a pair of goals in the first 7:16 of the period before Brockport mounted a furious comeback.

Colby Spooner (Hilton, NY) started the three-goal run for the Golden Eagles with a shorthanded goal with DeLuca picking up his second assist of the game and Adam Shoff (Port Dover, ONT) adding an assist on the play.

Less than four minutes later, Panepinto scored the first of two straight goals as he took a shot from behind the end line and deflected the puck off the back of the Neumann goalie and into the net to cut the Knight lead to 6-4.

Early in the third period, Panepinto struck again scoring on a rebound after a Chayka shot and Brockport trailed by just a single goal at 6-5 with 13 minutes remaining in the period.

Late in the game, Brockport pulled goalie Joe Reagan (Yonkers, NY) for the extra attacker but Neumann scored an empty net goal for the final score of 7-5.