Senior Troy Polino (Limerick, PA) scored in the third period for the only goal by The College at Brockport Hockey team in a 4-1 loss Friday night to Buffalo State in a State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) game in Buffalo.
The loss for Brockport (11-11-2 Overall, 5-8-2 SUNYAC) drops the Golden Eagles to sixth place in the conference standings in a tie with Morrisville but regardless of the result of Brockport's regular season finale Saturday at Fredonia, the Golden Eagles own the tie breaker with Morrisville and will enter the SUNYAC Tournament as the No. 6 seed. The Golden Eagles will play Geneseo at 7 pm Wednesday, February 25 in the first round of the tournament.
Against Buffalo State Friday night, all the scoring was in the third period after the teams played a scoreless first 40 minutes despite Brockport holding a commanding 25-11 advantage in shots on goal.
The Bengals (11-11-2, 7-6-2) scored first netting a short-handed goal 3:40 into the final period for the first goal of the game. Just 18 seconds later, Buffalo State was whistled for a boarding penalty giving the Golden Eagles a power play.
Buffalo State was able to officially kill out the man advantage but as the penalty expired, Polino redirected a shot from the point from Jake Taylor (Port Perry, ONT) into the side of the goal to knot the game at 1-1. Bobby Chayka (Hardwick, NJ) also picked up an assist on the play.
Brockport dominated the next several minutes and had another power play opportunity but it was Buffalo State that scored what ended up being the game-winning goal at the 10:56 mark as the Bengals offensive rush ended up with a one-on-one with a Brockport defender and the Buffalo State player was able to flip a shot over the shoulder of Aaron Green (Mt. Albert, ONT) on a tough angle for the 2-1 lead.
The Bengals added two more goals in a span of a minute with less than six minutes remaining for the final score.
Brockport finished the game with a 41-18 shots advantage but were unsuccessful in all six power play opportunities. Buffalo State was 0-for-2 with the man advantage.