Sunday, November 18, 2012


Here's the report on the game from the Stylus's Brandon Wood...

There was no upset this time around. The College at Brockport ice hockey team, which defeated Plattsburgh State for just the second time in program history when it came to Tuttle North Ice Arena last season, fell 3-0 to the fourth-ranked team in the nation Saturday night.

“It’s always tough to play a team like Plattsburgh after they lost a game like they did last night against Geneseo because their coaches are real strict with them,” Head Coach Brian Dickinson said. “They played more physical than a typical Plattsburgh team and I think that was something we weren’t expecting.”

The game was physical from both sides, as each team had six penalties called against them.

Brockport (3-5-1 overall, 3-3 SUNYAC) was 0-for-6 on the power play, and is 7-for-43 this season.

“[Our power play] needs to play together and play as a unit,” Dickinson said. “You saw as the game wore on, they became individualistic. Guys were trying to shoot through bodies, we weren’t making the pass to the open guy, we were trying to force it to a certain player, and you just can’t do that against [Plattsburgh].”

Plattsburgh scored a late first period goal while Brockport was on the power play. Jared Docking took control of the puck in the Golden Eagles end off a turnover and beat Aaron Green, who’s started the last two games after Jared Lockhurst hurt his ankle against Elmira last weekend.

The Cardinals doubled their lead in the second period on a power play after freshman Kody Vaisanen was called for tripping. Mark Constantine was open at the bottom of the right circle after a flurry of passes to put the puck past Green.

The final goal of the game came in the third period when Alex Jensen scored with 13 minutes remaining. Green ended the game with 28 saves.

“I was happy with the fact that they only scored one goal at a time.” Dickinson said. “To hold (Plattsburgh) to one goal each period is pretty good, they’re notorious for scoring goals in bunches.”
Plattsburgh’s goalie, Mathieu Cadieux, made 29 saves against the Golden Eagles, the third time this season they have been shutout.

Brockport’s offense could be seeing a significant boost as Chase Nieuwendyk, nephew of three time Stanley Cup winner Joe Nieuwendyk, has been cleared for contact in practice this coming Monday. Nieuwendyk has missed the beginning of the season with a head injury.

“He’s a very skilled offensive player,” Dickinson said. “He put up points in his Junior League, which is one of the best in Canada. He’s calm with the puck, and you can see he’s good in around the net and he’s got good vision. Offensively, he will be a nice addition to get back.”

Brockport travels to the Rutland Herald Invitational tournament to take on Castleton Saturday, Nov. 24 at 6 p.m. Based on results, they will face either Tufts or Manhattanville Sunday, Nov. 25 in either the consolation or championship game of the tournament.