The Stylus's hockey reporter Brandon Wood has crafted for the paper this recap of Friday's game...
What looking at the scoreboard hanging above Tuttle North Ice Arena would show you after the Brockport Golden Eagles hockey team’s game on Friday night is that they lost 2-0. But when you factor in a goalie that made 39 saves against a nationally ranked team that scored 16 goals in their first two games, Brockport Head Coach Brian Dickinson doesn’t see it that way.
“If you told me that we would lose to the toughest team we are going to face by just two goals, I would’ve been surprised,” Dickinson said. “We played a solid game all-around, and I’m very proud of what these guys did tonight.”
Freshman goalie Jared Lockhurst, who made 68 saves in his first two starts last weekend, kept up his hot start to the year. Lockhurst made many sprawling saves to help keep the Lakers off the board for the first 32 minutes of the game.
The two goals that got past him came during an Oswego power play and after a turnover behind the Brockport (1-3 overall, 1-2 SUNYAC) net.
“I thought I played solid tonight,” Lockhurst said. “It’s kind of intimidating playing against the second ranked team in the country, but [our defense] did a tremendous job of getting back and controlling rebounds out in front. It really made my job a lot easier.”
Oswego broke the scoreless tie during a power play after freshman defenseman Chris Luker was called for crosschecking. Zach Josepher found the back of the net for Oswego on a slap shot from the right circle.
Brockport did not have many chances to score on Oswego goalie Andrew Hare, as the Lakers defense only allowed 20 shots on goal the whole game and only four in the third period.
Brockport was 0-for-3 on the power play, making them 1-for-19 on the year with a man advantage.
“Our power play really has to come along,” Dickinson said. “We need to start passing the puck better and putting more shots on goal. It’s something that we need to continue to work on.”
Oswego made it 2-0 in the third after Luke Moodie put the puck past Lockhurst after a turnover by Brockport behind their net mid-way through the third. The Lakers would only allow Brockport one more shot on goal for the remainder of the game.
Dickinson thought that it was important to get his team with 14 freshman experience against a team that is in the national title picture every year.
“For our new guys, it’s almost trial by fire,” Dickinson said. “You have to throw them in there and see what they can do, and it’s always good to play an early season game against teams we aspire to be like. Our [team] didn’t play scared, we didn’t fear them, and I think everyone saw that tonight.”
The Golden Eagles return to the ice Saturday to take on Cortland at home. Dickinson stressed the importance of not taking Cortland, who have defeated Brockport in three straight games, lightly to his team.
“Cortland’s a very dangerous team,” Dickinson said. “We know they're going to be gritty. We’re going to have to match that intensity and bring that same effort that we have. If we do that, I think that we’re a little bit more skilled than they are and hopefully our skill will win the hockey game.”
Cortland lost Friday night at Geneseo 3-2 in overtime, giving them a record of 0-3 overall, and 0-2 in SUNYAC play. Their game against Brockport starts at 7 p.m. at the Tuttle North Ice Arena.