Saturday, December 5, 2015


Last night Brockport came away with a point, tying Plattsburgh, the #1 ranked team in the nation. How big was this tie? This was just the 5th time in 85 match-ups with the Cardinals that Brockport took a point from Plattsburgh.

Here's a recap from Brockport Athletics...

Cole Burack shut out the No. 1 Plattsburgh Cardinals in the final two periods of play Friday night as the College at Brockport ice hockey team tied Plattsburgh 1-1 (OT) in a State University of New York Athletic Conference matchup.

Plattsburgh (8-0-1 overall, 5-0-1 SUNYAC) opened the game with a goal less than 90 seconds in.  Just over five minutes later Brockport (4-5-1, 3-4-1) earned itself a power play and were quick to take advantage of it.  Chase Nieuwendyk won a battle along the boards and sent the put to Aidan Verbeke in the right corner.  Verbeke crossed a pass to Tim Kielich on the left side who sent a one-timer up top to tie the game at one.

Brockport controlled the second period, outshooting Plattsburgh 11-3.  The Golden Eagles earned another power play just less than five minutes into the period but were unable to get a shot off.  Brockport found itself on the power kill twice in the second period but the Brockport defense held the Cardinals to one shot in 3:26 of a man advantage.

Burack and the Cardinals goaltender would go save for the save the rest of the way, including during an intense overtime period.  Both teams had strong scoring opportunities but the goaltenders stood tall and wouldn't let anything by them.  Ryan Kangas sent a shot from the middle that nicked the post and slid under the goaltenders legs but did not cross the goal line.  Burack did not let the pressure get to him, making seven saves in overtime.

Brockport outshot Plattsburgh 29-26 and also out played them in the face off circle, winning 33 face offs to Plattsburgh's 32.  The Golden Eagles offense was led by Nieuwendyk who tallied six shots.  Kangas recorded five shots while Jake Taylor and Jesse Facchini each had two shots.  Nieuwendyk worked hard in the face off circle, tabbing 14 wins while Dylan Shapiro won 11 faceoffs.  Burack finished with 25 saves in net and picked up his first collegiate tie.

"We practiced hard all week for this game and knew that we had to beat them in the corners," remarked Head Coach Brian Dickinson.  "We took the game shift by shift and we're happy to come out with one point.  Our fans were awesome tonight and we hope we see them again tomorrow."