Saturday, February 11, 2017

Brockport falls to the Bengals in tight game

The Brockport ice hockey team fell 2-1 to No. 12/12 Buffalo State Friday evening. The loss drops the team to 9-12-1 overall on the season, and 5-8 in conference play.

Buffalo State was able to hold the Golden Eagles off the board in the first despite three power play opportunities that resulted in nine Brockport shots on net. The Bengals notched the lone goal of the period late, when Anthony Beaumont scored his tenth of the season at the 16:42 mark.

After another Bengal goal early in the second, Brockport got on the board courtesy of Connor Hutchins who notched his ninth of the season off of assists from Aidan Verbeke and Nick Palumbo. They kept up the pressure for the remainder of the stanza, finding a number of quality chances, but Mike DeLavergne was strong in net for Buffalo State, stopping 17 of 18 shots through two.

Tim Kielich had a terrific scoring chance early in the second when he received an outlet pass down the middle of the ice and found himself one-on-one with the goalie, but DeLavergne was able to just get his pad on the shot and turn it aside.

Penalties haunted the Green and Gold early in the third, as they took three in the first 10 minutes of the period, forcing the penalty killing unit to make stop after stop. They did their job however, as despite the penalties, Brockport outshot Buffalo State 7-5 during that timeframe, though both teams remained scoreless.

In the final two minutes, Buffalo State committed two penalties, giving Brockport a six-on-three advantage to close things out once Matt Schneider was pulled from net for the extra skater. McMartin nearly found the back of the net on a slap shot from the point, but narrowly missed, and the game ended 2-1 in favor of the Bengals.

Schneider has put together an impressive freshman campaign between the pipes for Brockport, and kept up that pace tonight, stopping 28 of the 30 shots he faced for a .933 save percentage.