Saturday, February 13, 2016


To maintain their hold on the sixth and last playoff spot, Brockport HAD to win last night against Fredonia who had been nipping at their heels. Brockport did in dramatic fashion in OT, thanks to the dynamic Ryan Kangas and his two goals and two assists and Chase Nieuwendyk and his 3 assists. Ryan has reached 25 points on the season and Chase is just one point away from the century mark for his career.

The recap from Brockport Athletics...

Ryan Kangas netted two power play goals including the game winning goal 1:54 into overtime as the College at Brockport ice hockey team downed Fredonia 4-3 and earned an important two points in the race for the last State University of New York Athletic Conference postseason berth.

Brockport (10-9-3 overall, 5-5-3 SUNYAC) earned a power play a mere 35 seconds into overtime and were quick to take advantage of it.  Chad Cummings sent a pass to Nieuwendyk who found Kangas in front of the net.  Kangas lit the lamp to seal the win for Brockport and earn a crucial SUNYAC win.

The Golden Eagles entered the third period trailing 2-1 but Zac Sikich netted the equalizer at 5:38 with Cummings and Nick Palumbo each picking up an assist.  Fredonia (7-12-3, 3-8-2) scored four minutes later to take a 3-2 lead midway through the third period.

At the 13:52 mark rookie Tim Kielich netted the equalizer for his 12th goal of the season.  Chase Nieuwendyk and Ryan Kangas each earned a helper on the play.  The Blue Devils went on the power play for the final two minutes of regulation but Cole Burack stood tall in net and didn't let anything past him.

Back and forth play kept the score knotted at three and sent the game into an extra frame.

Kangas scored his first of the game at the 6:10 mark of the first period to jump out to an early 1-0 lead.  Cummings and Nieuwendyk were each credited with an assist.  Nieuwendyk now sits at 99 career points.
Burack stopped 32 shots en route to his fifth win of the season.  Brockport outshot Fredonia 39-35 and went two-for-six on the power play.  Kangas led all skaters with seven shots.

The Golden Eagles return home Saturday night to host Buffalo State at 7 p.m.  Fans are encouraged to stick around post game as the team honors its senior class of Chad Cummings, Chris Luker, Jonathan Demme, Jeremy DeFazio, Jesse Facchini, James Ryan, Jared Lockhurst and Chase Nieuwendyk.