Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Here's a recap of the Hobart and Elmira games written by Brandon Wood for this week's Stylus..

For the second week in a row, the Brockport Golden Eagles ice hockey team took on a ranked foe and proved it will be competitive against any team it plays, according to Head Coach Brian Dickinson.

Brockport (2-4-1 overall) tied 2-2 with non-conference opponent No. 7 Hobart at home Friday, Nov. 9 on a night where it held a 2-0 lead after the first period.

“We came out with a lot of energy against a good team,” Dickinson said. “We took it to them in the first period and put them in some positions that they weren’t used to.”

Chris Cangro opened the scoring with his team-leading fourth goal while the Eagles were on the power play with seven minutes remaining in the first period.        

James Ryan scored his first collegiate goal four minutes later to make it 2-0 in favor of the Golden Eagles heading into the first intermission, despite Hobart leading 12-10 in shots.

In the second period, Hobart’s Robert Sovik scored an early goal to cut Brockport’s lead in half.

Two minutes later, Brockport freshman Michael Zagari was assessed a five-minute major penalty and ejected for contact to the head of Sovik. Dickinson was noticeably upset and animated on the bench after the call.

“He didn’t get him in the head, I don’t think,” Dickinson said. “The kid didn’t stay down, but apparently the [referees] saw it a little bit differently.”

Brockport did not allow a goal on the ensuing power play, but Hobart captain Frank Salituro scored a highlight reel type of goal from a tough angle near the bottom of the left circle to tie the game at two.

“[It was a] bad break there,” Dickinson said. “We do a great job of killing off the five, and [Salituro] wires one home. It was an NHL-style shot.”

Hobart dominated the third period and overtime, as they outshot the Golden Eagles 21-2. Freshman Jared Lockhurst continued his impressive season, making a season high 46 saves.

Brockport traveled to Elmira for another non-conference contest Saturday, Nov. 10. Despite holding two leads during the game, the Eagles were defeated 5-4.

Just like in the Hobart game, Brockport opened the game with a power play goal. Freshman Jeremy DeFazio scored his first collegiate goal with assists going to captain Mike Hayward and Jesse Facchini.

Elmira tied the game despite being shorthanded with one minute remaining in the first period.

Early in the second period, junior Steve Sachman scored to give Brockport a 2-1 lead, its last of the game as Elmira scored the next four goals of the game unanswered. Two of those goals came within a span of 12 seconds early in the third period.

Sophomore Aaron Greene replaced Lockhurst in goal mid-way through the third after he allowed five goals and made 23 saves. Lockhurst has faced 219 shots to date, allowing only 15 goals.

“We have many young defensemen and 14 freshmen on the team, so we’re still trying to get used to each other,” Lockhurst said about the large amounts of shots on goal this year. “We’ve definitely come a long way so far.”

The Golden Eagles climbed back into the contest with goals from Shane Cavalieri and a power play goal from Hayward to make the score 5-4, but were unable to score on a power play in the last two minutes of the game.

Despite being unable to score with a man advantage in the late stages of the game, Dickinson has been happy with the way his power play has evolved in recent games. Their power play, which was 1-for-19 to start the season, has scored five power play goals in their last 14 chances with a man advantage.

“It’s just cohesiveness,” Dickinson said. “[They’ve had] a chance to keep working in practice. We were well prepared for tonight, we had some good film from their recent game against Cortland and knew what they were going to do. We put in a specific power play against their penalty kill.”

For the third straight weekend, Brockport will face a ranked opponent as it returns to SUNYAC play next weekend. The Eagles play host to Potsdam Friday, Nov. 16 and No. 4 Plattsburgh Saturday, Nov. 17. Puck drop for both games is at 7 p.m. at Tuttle North Ice Arena.