While most college students will be home with family for Thanksgiving weekend, the men’s hockey team will be with a family of their own – their Golden Eagle brothers. The team travels to Vermont for the Rutland Herald Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
On Friday they play the host team – Castleton. They come into the tournament 0-6-1. Don’t let their record mislead you: Despite a stretch of three losses where they allowed 5 goals in each game, they’ve played some tight game of late, losing 1-0, 3-2, and 2-1. Their defensemen and smart two-way forwards do not allow a lot of shots on goal. Manning that goal will be Brody Wagner with a .895 save percentage and a 2.57 GAA -- he faces less than 24 shots a game, so the Golden Eagles will have their hands full getting to the net.
On Saturday the Golden Eagles will play in either the consolation game or the championship game. Their opponent will be either Tufts or WNEU. The Tuft’s Jumbos are 0-1-1 after having won 9 games last season. Players to watch are goalie Mason Pulde (.914 save percentage) and sophomore Brian Brown who had 13 goals last season. WNEU is 0-7-0. They’ve scored only 8 goals on the season.
I’ve always enjoyed listening to the Thanksgiving games online. Coach Dickinson always uses the holiday weekend to be a mad scientist, experimenting with different line-ups and trying out guys who might not have had a lot of ice time to start the season. It always makes for interesting and hard-fought games.
Brockport is surely the strongest of the 4 teams, so winning the tournament is not out of the question and could almost be expected.