Sunday, December 6, 2015


The College at Brockport ice hockey team scored three goals in three minutes but four unanswered goals were not enough as the Golden Eagles tied SUNY Potsdam 6-6 in a State University of New York Athletic Conference game Saturday night.

Brockport (4-5-2 overall, 3-4-2 SUNYAC) entered the third period trailing Potsdam (6-3-2, 6-2-1) by a score of 4-3.  After nearly 12 minutes of scoreless play, Dylan Shapiro scored to tie the game at four.  Chris Luker passed the puck to Nick Palumbo who sent a shot towards the goal.  The Potsdam goaltender made the initial save but Shapiro one-timed the rebound past the goalie.

Less than one minute later Rob Hall stole the puck from a Potsdam attacker.  Chad Cummings cleared the puck to Chase Nieuwendyk who skated through two Potsdam defenders and dropped the puck off to Ryan Kangas right in front of the goal.  Kangas tucked the puck up top to give Brockport its first lead of the game.

Just over two minutes later Aidan Verbeke intercepted a pass in Potsdam territory, giving Brockport a three-on-one rush.  Quick passing between Verbeke and Shapiro fooled the Potsdam goaltender, giving Nick Palumbo an open net.  Palumbo nailed a shot on the right side for his first goal of the season to extend Brockport's lead to 6-4.

The Bears would respond to Brockport's four straight goals with two of their own to tie the game at six with less than five minutes remaining.  Both teams had two shots in the five minute overtime period but no goals resulted in a 6-6 tie.

Seconds into the second period, Potsdam took a 3-0 lead.  A shorthanded goal from Nieuwendyk and a power play goal from Tim Kielich cut deficit to one.  Potsdam scored six minutes later to take a 4-2 lead but Nieuwendyk scored with 23 seconds left in the second period to make the score 4-3 in favor of Potsdam at the second intermission.

Brockport more than doubled Potsdam's shots, outshooting them 44-21.  Nieuwendyk led all skaters with seven shots while Kangas and Zach Sikich each had six.  Cole Burack made 15 saves in net and was credited with the tie.

Nieuwendyk finished with two goals and one assist.  Palumbo and Shapiro each had one goal and one assist while Kielich and Kangas scored one goal each.  Cummings, Verbeke and Luker tallied two assists while Hall picked up one assist.