Saturday, November 8, 2014


Moral victories do have their place in athletics, just as they do in life. So, while the scoreboard may say Brockport lost to Plattsbugh last night, it was a sort of moral victory. To hold the seventh-best team in the nation to just 1 goal is impressive. Really impressive.

That proves the team is on the right path and true victories -- and lots of them -- are coming.

Last night's affair had the feel and play of a playoff game. Who knows, it might be the same sort of game we see after the regular season closes.

It was a team effort that fed off the inspiring play of Jared Lockhurst. Brockport's goalie was his usual amazing self, turning back 33 shots. His last save of the game is the best one that I've seen out of any goalie on any team the past 2 or 3 years (it was a full extension dive that came from a full squat at the other side of the net -- absolutely amazing reflexes and physicality!).

Brockport hosts Potsdam tonight. The Bears stunned Geneseo on Friday, so they will be riding an emotional high at Tuttle North.

If the Golden Eagles win tonight it will be the 150th victory of Brian Dickinson's collegiate coaching career. Savor that special milestone! 

Below are some of the various recaps of last night's game...

From the Brockport Athletic Department...

Junior goalie Jared Lockhurst (Caledon, ONT) made 33 saves including double-digit totals in the first and third periods for The College at Brockport Hockey team but a second period goal was the difference in a 1-0 loss to Plattsburgh Friday night in a State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) game at the Tuttle North Arena in Brockport.

Plattsburgh (2-0 Overall, 2-0 SUNYAC), ranked No. 7 in the country in the latest poll, had a 14-6 shots advantage in the first period by Lockhurst was able to keep the Cardinals off the scoreboard.

In the second period, a shot from the point got past Lockhurst for the only goal of the game as Plattsburgh took a 1-0 lead with 6:28 left in the period.

Brockport (0-3, 0-1) fought off two penalties in the first period and three more in the second period as Plattsburgh finished the game 0-for-5 with the man advantage.

In the third period, Brockport had a couple late scoring chances to tie the game with the best chance coming with 7:30 left in the period. Senior Bobby Chayka (Hardwick, NJ) took a pass at the point and skated in two strides to the top of the faceoff circle and fired a hard shot toward the upper corner of the goal that missed the goal by inches high and wide.

Later in the period, Lockhurst made three quick saves on a Plattsburgh rush including one with a diving stop with just over two minutes left to play. Brockport took Lockhurst out of the game for the final 1:15 for the extra attacker but could not score the equalizer.

From the Brockport Stylus....

Three games in and the College at Brockport is still searching for the first win of the season. Brockport lost 1-0 to SUNY Plattsburgh in a spirted effort. Offense has been the problem for the Golden Eagles this year. In three games Brockport has only been able to produce two goals. Brockport was out shot again this game which has become a recurring theme this season.
The past two games Brockport has gotten into penalty trouble which has really hindered their offensive production. Throughout the first two periods staying out of the box was an issue the Golden Eagles, but the third period was another story.

The first period brought about sloppy play from both teams, passes weren’t connecting and both teams seemed slow to get their wheels going. Brockport was out shot thirteen to six in the first. A majority of the period was spent in their own zone. Brockport seemed very passive in the defensive zone which allowed Plattsburgh to set up the offense and find the open man. Puck watching almost cost the Golden Eagles twice early in the period had it not been for junior goalie Jared Lockhurst, it would have been a tough opening period for the team.

The second period started just how the first ended, with a lot of penalties for Brockport. After the teams felt each other out in the first it was a much different game in the second period of play. Brockport came out strong and fast, but then seemed willing to sit back. This allowed Plattsburgh to have its way in the Brockport zone. It all starts in the defensive zone, Brockport spent a lot of time there which didn’t allow them to generate offense. When the Eagles finally reached the offensive zone, players were tired which therefor lead to smooth break outs for Plattsburgh. It wasn’t until the third when this changed.

The third brought out a different team in Brockport, the team was playing fast and dictating pace.

Defenseman were pinching and taking chances in risk for offense. Plattsburgh was content to sit back and hold on to their one goal lead. Brockport pulled the goalie in a final effort to tie up the game but the Eagles were unable to cash in.

That’s three games this season and three losses. Brockport will try to put one in the win column Saturday night against SUNY Potsdam.


From the Press Republican...

Plattsburgh State kept up pressure in Brockport’s end Friday and got one shot past goaltender Jared Lockhurst for a SUNY Athletic Conference men’s hockey win.

“Actually, I thought we played a really sound all-around game,” Plattsburgh coach Bob Emery said of the 1-0 contest. “Obviously it wasn’t a perfect game. But I thought we moved the puck really well and had a lot of great scoring chances (Friday). I thought their goalie played really well.”

Plattsburgh’s goalie, Brady Rouleau, played well, too, earning a shutout in his first start with the Cardinals. The sophomore made 22 saves, and Emery said he was “very solid.”

The seventh-ranked Cardinals (2-0, 2-0 SUNYAC) visit Geneseo tonight.

Emery said Plattsburgh started the game with five or six really good chances and went on to spend much of the game in the offensive zone.

Rich Botting gave the Cardinals the lead in the middle of the second period with an assist from fellow defenseman Anthony Calabrese.

“Brockport did a great job blocking shots, and Botting showed great patience and great poise,” Emery said. “Two guys went down to block his shot, and he held onto it and then put it right inside the post. It was a great shot.”

The Golden Eagles pulled Lockhurst at the end of the game, and then Plattsburgh took a penalty with 29 seconds left. But Emery said the Cardinals finished off the game with a strong penalty kill.
Lockhurst finished with 33 saves for Brockport (0-3, 0-1).