Saturday, February 6, 2016


The College at Brockport ice hockey team erased a two goal deficit in the third period but were unable to complete the comeback, skating to a 4-4 tie with SUNY Geneseo Friday night in a State University of New York Athletic Conference matchup.

Brockport (9-9-3 overall, 4-5-3 SUNYAC) entered the third period trailing by one but Geneseo (13-3-5, 7-1-4) scored at the 7:38 mark to put Brockport in a two goal deficit.  Less than three minutes later rookie Tim Kielich netted his 11th goal of the season after skating toward the right side of the goal and drawing the goalie out of the net.  The East Aurora native darted around the net and was able to tuck the puck in the left corner to cut Brockport's deficit to one.  Chris Luker and Chase Nieuwendyk each earned an assist on the play.

Less than two minutes later Jake Taylor beat the goaltender glove side for his third goal of the season off a pass from James Ryan at the blue line.

With two minutes left in regulation Aidan Verbeke had a breakaway but was turned away by the goaltender and the two teams went to overtime.  Brockport controlled the puck in the extra frame but came up emptied handed.

Brockport opened the game with a goal less than two minutes in.  From the point, Nieuwendyk sent a pass to defensemen Chad Cummings at the right face off circle who fired a shot past the goalie glove side for his fifth goal of the season.  Geneseo scored five minutes later to take a 1-1 tie to the first intermission.

The Golden Eagles had strong scoring chances in the final minute of the first period.  Verbeke and Dylan Shapiro found themselves on a two-on-one opportunity but a defender skated in at the last second to intercept a cross crease pass.  Moments later there was a scramble in front of the net and Chris Luker rifled off a one timer but was met by the net minder's glove.

Twenty seconds into the second period Brockport earned a power play and were quick to take advantage of it.  The Golden Eagles pressure paid off as Zac Sikich scored.  Shapiro picked up an assist on the play.
Cole Burack turned away 25 shots on the night including four in six minutes of a man advantage for Geneseo.  The rookie made numerous diving saves in the final period to preserve the game for Brockport.

Brockport has two crucial SUNYAC games this upcoming week.  The Golden Eagles will head to Fredonia on Friday night then return home for the home finale to host Buffalo State on Saturday with both face offs set for 7 p.m.  On Saturday Brockport will honor its eight seniors post game.