Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Start of season delayed



In response to ongoing health and safety concerns, the members of the State University of New York Athletic Conference will suspend fall sports competition. In addition, the winter conference and non-conference schedules will be delayed until January 1, 2021.

The decision was made by the SUNYAC Presidents in consultation with the SUNYAC Board of Directors on Monday, July 20. The SUNYAC Board of Directors is composed of the 10 directors of athletics from each member institution

Despite these changes for Brockport athletics this fall, the campus community recognizes the importance of athletics participation to its student-athletes. Administrators and coaches have developed plans to engage student-athletes safely in small-group activity through in-person practices and instruction, strength and conditioning training, leadership training and team building activities. All students on campus will also have access to recreational and wellness opportunities, and the fitness facilities will be available in accordance with all New York State guidelines and campus protocols.

"The decision to suspend fall sports was made with the safety and well-being of our student-athletes and campus community top of mind," said SUNY Brockport President Heidi Macpherson. "Sports, like our fine arts performances, are part of the fabric of college life, and I know how disappointing this must be to our players, coaches, staff, and our fans. But we will get through this, and I look forward to the day when we can again cheer for our Golden Eagles."

Division III student-athletes will not be charged with participation for the 2020-21 season if their team can complete only 50% or less of the sport's maximum contests/dates of competition due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Division III Administrative Committee approved a recommendation from the Division III Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement to provide a blanket waiver in all sports that are unable to reach the 50% threshold, providing student-athletes with the option of extending their participation.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Insalaco promoted at RIT

1990's Brockport hockey great David Insalaco -- he of the 47 goals and 109 points in his career and a senior campaign that sported an incredible 16-20-36 line -- has been promoted at RIT...




Rochester Institute of Technology men's ice hockey head coach Wayne Wilson announced that Dave Insalaco was promoted to Associate Head Coach.

Insalaco enters his 19th season as a coach and 13th year with the program in 2020-21.

"Dave's hard work has not gone unnoticed and this title represents his loyalty to the program," said RIT Head Coach Wayne Wilson. "Dave's knowledge of the game has been instrumental through the years, helping RIT reach the Frozen Four during three NCAA Tournament appearances, while winning three Atlantic Hockey Association (AHA) Championships and four regular season titles."

Insalaco's duties include overseeing the Tiger defenseman and penalty killing efforts. He most recently mentored Adam Brubacher (Elmira, Ontario/Powell River Kings), who graduated in May a two-time AHA All-Star and was one of only six defenseman in the nation over the last four years to eclipse the 100-point plateau.

Continued Wilson, "Dave's work with our defenseman over the years has led to numerous all league selections, highlighted by current Vancover Canucks assistant Captain Chris Tanev, who was named Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Year and an All-Tournament Team member during our 2010 Frozen Four run. He has a great hockey mind and, with his work ethic, will be a great head coach at some point down the road."

"I am truly appreciative of the opportunity provided to me by Wayne Wilson, (Executive Athletic Director) Lou Spiotti and (Senior VP for Student Affairs) Dr. Sandy Johnson," Insalaco said. "As a kid growing up in Rochester who attended his first hockey school at RIT, it has been a dream come true to coach here.  It has been a remarkable 12 seasons and I am proud of what our staff has built in such a short period of time. I am excited for the start of the season and I look forward to helping facilitate our program's continued success."

In 2009, 2011, and 2012, Insalaco coached at the USA Hockey Select Under-17 and Under-16 Development camps in Rochester with several of the nation's top collegiate coaches and was tapped to coach in the 2011 Select 17 All-Star game. Insalaco also served as a guest coach for the Washington Capitals prospect development camps prior to their Stanley Cup in 2018.

Insalaco's arrival at RIT coincided with one of the winningest stretches in program history. The 2008-09 season saw the Tigers finish with a 23-13-2 record to clinch the second seed for the AHA Tournament. The following year, the Tigers won their first AHA Championship and made its Cinderella run to the Frozen Four to finish with a program-record 28-12-1 mark.

Insalaco came to RIT after spending two seasons (2005-07) with the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League, including half a season as head coach and general manager. During his tenure with the Gamblers, he coached several players who went on to standout RIT careers, including Cameron Burt, Taylor McReynolds, Sean Murphy and Chris Saracino. He also coached defenseman Derrick LaPoint, who was a 2006 draftee of the Florida Panthers.

Insalaco spent the previous three seasons as assistant coach at SUNY Geneseo (2003-05), including two under current RIT Associate Head Coach Brian Hills. Insalaco helped guide the Knights to a 51-23-11 record, including back-to-back State University of New York Athletic Conference Championships and NCAA Division III Tournament berths in 2005 and 2006. Insalaco's first coaching stint came as a volunteer assistant at his alma mater, SUNY Brockport, during the 2002-03 campaign.

Graduating with an education degree in 2000, Insalaco closed his career tied for seventh in Golden Eagle history with 47 goals and 10th with 109 points. The standout left winger punctuated his career with All-SUNYAC Second Team honors while also winning Chase Memorial Academic Athletic Scholarship recognition.

Insalaco played two years of professional hockey for the Adirondack IceHawks of the United Hockey League from 2000-02, recording 31 points (10 goals, 21 assists) in 128 career appearances. He was voted both the "Unsung Hero" and "110 Percent" Award winner by the fans following his first season as the IceHawks won the Northeast Division title.

Insalaco also completed a master's degree in education from Brockport. The Greece, N.Y. native currently lives in Fairport, N.Y. with his wife, Erika, and children, David and Clare.

Insalaco's sister, Kim, was a member of the 2006 United States Women's Olympic Hockey Team which earned a bronze medal in Turin, Italy.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Shapiro joins the Covid fight



Remember Dylan Shapiro, who was a hero on the ice for the Golden Eagles? He was the assistant captain in 2016-2017 and 2017-2018.

Well, he's still a hero...off the ice.

Check this out!

Ensign Dylan Shapiro, from Rochester, treats a patient in a ward aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) on April 13. Mercy deployed to Los Angeles, California, in support of the nation’s COVID-19 response efforts, and will serve as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients currently admitted to shore-based hospitals. This allows shore-based hospitals to focus their efforts on COVID-19 cases. One of the Department of Defense’s missions is Defense Support of Civil Authorities. DoD is supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead federal agency, as well as state, local and public health authorities in helping protect the health and safety of the American people.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Former assistant Mallaro has new coaching role

Former Brockport assistant coach, Stephen Mallaro -- who was with the team in the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 seasons -- has assumed the head coaching role at the Albany Academy

Friday, June 26, 2020

Brockport is 8th in attendance

Yesterday, USCHO posted the final attendance numbers for all DII and DIII hockey programs. Of the 91 colleges and universities, Brockport came in at eighth place in average attendance. The home games averaged 821 fans.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Lincoln transfers to LMU



Next season, Brockport goalie Sean Lincoln is heading to the west coast -- Loyola Marymount -- to work on his MBA and finish his collegiate hockey career. During his Brockport career the junior saw action in 3 games for the Golden Eagles and secured a shutout in stellar 2019 performance against Canton. We wish the young man the best of luck in his academic and athletic pursuits!

Friday, June 19, 2020

Hutchins to play in France with childhood friend



Next season, now Brockport alumnus and former team captain Connor Hutchins, who had an exceptional career with Brockport, will be playing professionally with the Meudon Comets in France. Here's a nice article about Penn State's Blake Gober joining him -- they grew up in Texas together!

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll

The State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) released its 2019-20 Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll which recognizes student-athletes with a 3.30 or higher cumulative grade point average (GPA) on Wednesday.

193 Brockport student-athletes earned the distinction. This year over 1,600 SUNYAC student-athletes met the criteria across the conference's 10 full member institutions and one associate member institution.

Brockport women's soccer and men's hockey led the way with 17 student-athletes represented on the list.

Brockport alumnus Digby now head coach of Oswego women's hockey



On Wednesday, June 17, SUNY Oswego's Interim Director of Athletics Eric Summers announced that Mark Digby, Associate Head Coach for women's ice hockey has been named Interim Head Coach of women's ice hockey.

Prior to Oswego, Digby was an assistant men's ice hockey coach at his alma mater, SUNY Brockport (2006-10) where he earned his B.S. in physical education (2005) and M.S. in Recreation Management (2008). 

Digby was hired as the assistant men's ice hockey coach at Oswego in August of 2010. During his time as the assistant men's ice hockey coach, the team reached six NCAA tournaments, two frozen fours and competed for the national championship twice.

Digby moved over to the women's ice hockey team in the spring of 2019 as the Associate Head Coach. In the 2019-20 season the women's ice hockey team showed huge improvements, including the most wins (16) the program had seen since 2016. Along with their win totals, the women's ice hockey team competed for their second NEWHL Championship falling to nationally top ranked Plattsburgh in the title game.

Digby takes over the women's ice hockey program from Diane Dillon, who coached the program for 14 seasons.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Great academic results!

In D3 athletics everyone is a student-athlete...student first!

The hockey team had incredible success in the classroom this academic year.

Spring GPA: 3.45
Overall GPA: 3.30

Shane Visnick had the highest GPA & secured Presidents List Honors.

15 of these men were Deans List students.

Congratulations!

Monday, June 1, 2020

The Welch hockey dynasty

Scott Welch was a goalie for Brockport. Here's an excellent write-up about his hockey dynasty -- four girls and four NCAA Division I hockey scholarships:

https://thehockeywriters.com/womens-hockey-welch-family-success/

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Tremblay to coach Elmira Enforcers



Longtime Brockport hockey fans will remember Ray Tremblay, a British Columbia native who played for the Golden Eagles from 2008-2009 through 2010-2011.

His story was always one of perseverance.

Two years before his NCAA career began he suffered compression fractures of two of his vertebrae, which certainly would have derailed the hockey careers of most guys. But, he fought on and had a solid career at Brockport. His 2008-2009 campaign was his best, with a 7-10-17 line.

We've received great news that he's back in New York, selected as the new head coach of the Elmira Enforcers.

Congrats, Ray!

Here's an article about it:

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Good luck, seniors!



This year's commencement ceremony is something that was totally unexpected and will be totally unusual. It's unfortunate that Covid-19 totally changed the second half of your last semester, the fruition of all your work in college and internships. Luckily, you managed to get the hockey season in before the world changed.

Thank you, seniors, for everything you did on and off the ice the past four years.

It was an exciting ride, for sure. Such incredible hockey. So many memories!

Congratulations on the coming graduation. Best of luck in everything you do in the new life before you -- work, service, and family. Based on everything you've showed us at Brockport, you will excel in all phases.

We've been blessed to have you at Brockport.

The world will be blessed to have you now.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Gershon is the head coach at Chatham

Mike Gershon was a joy to watch when he played for the Golden Eagles over 10 years ago. He was a hard-hitting All-SUNYAC defenseman who once had a hat trick for Brockport -- not something blueliners are known to do!

We have some great news about Mike. He was just named the head coach at DIII Chatham University:

https://www.tribdem.com/sports/new-chatham-coach-has-johnstown-connections/article_5895bb18-8117-11ea-b622-937dd6c5b24b.html

Saturday, April 11, 2020

DeFazio battling cancer


I had the privilege of watching Jeremy DeFazio play hockey at Brockport for 4 years. The left winger graduated in 2016 after scoring 12 goals and amassing 24 assists in 98 games. Powerfully built and intelligent, he was one of the best defensive forwards in the SUNYAC during his career.

Jeremy now faces a different kind of fight than those he saw on the ice.

The young man was recently diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer of the soft tissue. He began chemo treatments on Wednesday.

One of his friends has opened a GoFundMe account for Jeremy to help him with various costs associated with his healthcare. Please help if you can.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Dylan Wiemer commits to Brockport



The East Coast Wizards are pleased to announce that Dylan Wiemer has committed to SUNY Brockport for the fall of 2020. The '99 native of Greece, NY joined the Wizards in late October, and went on to win 13 games in the Eastern Hockey League (EHL), while posting a 2.45 GAA and .923 save percentage.

"Dylan came in and immediately claimed the net for our team," said Wizards head coach and general manager Freddy Meyer. "He provided us with instant stability between the pipes, and it came as no surprise when we won his first three starts. Dylan is as talented as any goaltender we've ever had with the Wizards, and Kory [Falite] and I are looking forward to following him at the next level."

When Wiemer arrives at Brockport this fall, he will be part of an incoming freshmen class that includes six more alums from the EHL. Included on that list is Andrew Harley, the 2nd leading scorer on the 2019-20 Wizards team, who made his decision back in mid-December. Overall, Wiemer is looking forward to playing his college hockey close to his hometown.

"I would like to thank Freddy and Kory for taking me in and making me feel welcome and guiding me along in order to reach my dreams of playing college hockey," said Wiemer. "I would like to thank the organization for its great facilities and giving us the chance to get better both on and off the ice. Of course, I would like the thank my family for being supportive whenever I needed them, and for being my number one fan. And lastly, I would like to thank my teammates for making this experience one to remember by creating friendships that will last forever."

Friday, March 6, 2020

Hutchins signs with Rivermen



The Peoria Rivermen have added a pair of forwards to their lineup, signing both Connor Hutchins to a three game contract and Liam Stirtzinger to an amateur tryout offer (ATO). The pair will be with the club this weekend for the Rivermen’s three games inside Carver Arena.

Hutchins, 24, just finished his senior year playing for NCAA-DIII Suny-Brockport, where the Texas native served as captain the last two seasons, and an alternate during his sophomore year. Hutchins tallied 97 points in 102 games with SUNY-Brockport, and played his first two seasons with the team while Rivermen defenseman Brandon McMartin was there. In addition to wearing a letter in college, Connor served one season as captain of the Brookings Blizzard in the North American Hockey League (NAHL).

Stirtzinger becomes the second player out of Aurora University to sign an ATO with the Rivermen this season, joining fellow forward Drew Doyon. Stirtzinger, 24, finished 7th on the Aurora Spartans in scoring this past season, and led the team in penalty minutes (47). The 6’4” winger played three years in the NAHL before college, collecting 422 penalty minutes, which puts him in the top 40 all-time amongst NAHL players for penalty minutes.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Senior Spotlight: Aidan Salerno



Last week marked the end of Aidan Salerno's NCAA hockey career.

He spent the last 2 seasons with the Golden Eagles after having been with Cortland his freshman year and University of Wisconsin - Superior his sophomore year.

Powerfully built at 6'3" and 215 pounds, he was a force to reckon with on defense. He doled out punishment to many a forward. This past season, his led the team in penalty minutes (55) in 13 games played.

He was always busting his butt on and off the ice. None other than NHL Hall of Famer Pat Lafontaine (who coached Salerno for 4 seasons in the Juniors) said he was one of the hardest working kids he ever saw.

More than brawn, he had touch, too: In 74 games at the 3 colleges he had a 5-23-28 line, his best season being his freshman year with 4 goals and 12 assists.

His biggest Brockport goal came in Brockport's 3-1 playoff loss to Plattsburgh in 2019 (which was, for the most part, a 2-1 game before an empty-netter).

Senior spotlight: Chris Pollini



Chris Pollini's NCAA career came to an end last Wednesday in the double overtime loss to Plattsburgh.

The defenseman was beloved by teammates and coaches for bringing levity to the ice and locker room. In Wednesday's postgame interview with WBSU you could hear Coach Dickinson light up when he spoke of how much he'll miss Chris's humor.

That humor helped loosen the young Golden Eagles squad the past two years and eliminate some of the nerves and stiffness that comes with the attainment of winning hockey.

Over his 4 seasons he played in 71 games and had 20 assists. He had no goals to his credit, but that's because Chris was a blueliner's blueliner. He played old school, hard-charging d without the flash, taking on the big forwards that fill the rosters of Oswego and Geneseo.

His biggest game came earlier this year when he dished out 3 assists (including a helper on the game winner with 21 seconds left) to help Brockport secure a 5-4 comeback win over Neumann.

I wish Chris the best in his post-Brockport endeavors.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Senior spotlight: Hunter Laslo


Hunter Laslo's final NCAA game was last week's double overtime thriller against Pittsburgh.

He was hugely responsible for getting the team into the playoffs the last two seasons.

As co-captain he was charged with an almost unenviable task...how do you take a very young team and transform it into a winner?

Coming into the 2018-2019 campaign, the team had 9 freshman on the roster and had lost 39 goals to graduation.

Hunter helped those rookies learn the nuances of super-competitive NCAA hockey and how being an athlete fits into one's academic career.

Despite all odds against them, that young team went 15-9-2. This year, they went 15-10-1.

They far exceeded the expectations of outsiders. But, Hunter, the insider, knew better. He knew how to help the coaching staff and his team glean the most from their talents and their drive.

He led with character and the team thrived off that.

Hunter finished his career with a 15-17-32 line in 98 games.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Senior sptlight: Doc Gentzler


Doc Gentzler's NCAA career came to an end last week in the playoff game against Plattsburgh.

That game was typical Doc -- he was rocked by a hit that sent him to the ice in agony. But, mere minutes later, he brushed it off and went top shelf with a hustling wrist shot.

Despite being one of the lightest players on the roster (the stats say 150) he always played like one of the biggest, mixing it up and getting physical with anyone and everyone. He was second on the team in penalty minutes this year (47), one minute fewer than his team-leading total of last season.

That physicality never tempered his other skills and, as a matter of fact, it added to them. Always driving, most of his goals were of the Joe Lunchbucket type -- he would drive to the net at full speed through and over defensemen and take shots that most shy away from.

He scored 7 goals this year and added 14 assists. He scored 2 game winning goals this year. He ended his four-year career with a 23-29-51 line in 96 games played.

His energy and fire will be missed.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

The greatest home games ever

This was my 27th season as a fan of Brockport hockey. I've seen a lot of games.

This past Wednesday's playoff game, even though it was a loss, now sits at #1 on my list of the greatest games that I've been to at Tuttle North. The third home playoff game in program history, double overtime, high drama, the 9th-longest game in DIII history...there was just so much about the game that makes it to the top of the list of classics.

What games round out my Top 5?

#2: February 24th, 2009: Brockport hosted its first playoff game ever. Because it was such a critical moment in the program's history, the drama was intense and the crowd wild. The superstars were super as James Cody had 2 goals and Todd Sheridan made 43 saves in the 3-1 win.

#3: October 7, 2000: This exhibition victory, 9-7 against Ontario's Humber College, featured 96 minutes of penalties, a bloody nose during the post-game handshake, and 5 goals by Nick Smyth...among them a natural shorthanded hat trick.

#4: February 23rd, 2010: Brockport hosted a playoff game for the second year in a row. Potsdam was the opponent yet again and the Golden Eagles shut them out, 3-0.

#5: December 9, 2011: Brockport beat then 6th-ranked Elmira 4-3 in an incredibly exciting game. Goalie Aaron Green, in just his 3rd game, made 30 saves against the high-powered offense. James Cody tied the game with 7 seconds left with an impossible goal from a crouch. Ian Finnerty won the game 58 seconds into overtime...on his birthday.

Friday, February 28, 2020

All-SUNYAC picks

Ryan Romeo and Matt Schneider of the SUNY Brockport men's hockey team were named 2020 SUNYAC Ice Hockey All-Conference in a release by the conference office on Thursday morning.  Romeo was named to the first team as a defender, while Schneider was named to the third team as a goalie.

The Golden Eagles wrapped up their 2019-20 campaign on Wednesday night after a heartbreaking double overtime loss to visiting Plattsburgh in the first round of the SUNYAC Championships.  Brockport was hosting a playoff game for the first time since 2010 after earning the No. 4 seed in the conference championships.  The Golden Eagles capped their season with a 15-10-1 overall record and a 8-7-1 ledger in league play.  Brockport has now won 15 games in each of the last two seasons and they have made the SUNYAC Tournament in six of the last seven seasons.

Romeo is making his second straight all-conference appearance after earning second team honors one year ago.  His selection to the first team marks the first time a Golden Eagle has earned first team status dating back to 2016 when Chase Nieuwendyk was named a first team forward.  Romeo currently ranks seventh in the nation among defensemen with an average of 1.08 points per game. He leads all SUNYAC defenders in scoring with 26 points on 10 goals and 16 assists.  He is also tied for 15th nationally in power play goals with seven.  Romeo now has 50 career points in 70 games played in the green and gold.

Schneider capped his decorated career as the first goalie to earn all-conference honors since Todd Sheridan back in 2010.  He finished as the program's all-time leader with 30 career wins. He also holds the school-record for career goals against average with a 2.80 in 64 games played.  He finished the season with a 13-9-1 record and 551 saves, good for a .900 save percentage and a 2.64 goals against average.

Senior spotlight: Matt Schneider




Matt Schneider's NCAA career came to an end this week after 4 years of excellence that saw him become the program's all-time leader in career wins (30) and single season wins (13). His final stats are a .898 save percentage, a 2.80 GAA, a 30-28-2 record and 4 shutouts. He played big in so many games and was unflappable.

To me, his two major highlights were...

1) His freshman year shutout of Plattsburgh at Plattsburgh. That took a burden off the program's shoulders and forever changed how Brockport views a once-unbeatable Cardinals team.

2) The double-overtime loss to Plattsburgh earlier this week. His effort in net was absolutely incredible with so many amazing saves under the most intense pressure imaginable in one of the longest games in NCAA DIII history. 

Both of those games are on the short list of all-time games for the Brockport program and there he was in goal for both -- focused and brilliant.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

All-SUNYAC Teams

The State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) has announced the 2020 Men's Ice Hockey All-Conference teams as nominated and voted on by the conference coaches. Two Golden Eagles made the list. On the First Team is defenseman Ryan Romeo. On the Third Team is goalie Matt Schneider.







Senior spotlight: Connor Hutchins



Connor Hutchins NCAA career ended last night with a 34-63-97 line. He might have been just short of 100 points, the century mark, a sort of statistical milestone, but that doesn't diminish what he accomplished in his 4 years here. He's 15th all-time at Brockport in points.15th! Think of all the young men who've gone through the program which, as a varsity program, dates back to the 1973-1974 season. There he is, among the very best. It's been a treat to watch him produce and be a leader these past four years.

P-R report on last night's game

Thank you

Kudos to the team for a great game that capped off a great season. Despite the loss, there's a lot to take pride in on the ice and in the classroom in the 2019-2020 season. Thank you for the exciting season and for making Brockport fans everywhere proud.

Brockport falls in 9th-longest game in DIII history

The SUNY Brockport men's hockey team hosted Plattsburgh Wednesday night for the First Round of the SUNYAC Championship Tournament. The Cardinals pulled out a 3-2 win in double-overtime, advancing to the SUNYAC Semi-Finals against Oswego.

Plattsburgh drew first blood with a goal in the first period, going up 1-0 with 7:32 remaining in the first. The visiting Cardinals would score a second unanswered goal at 10:33 in the second period, taking a 2-0 lead. Doc Gentzler put Brockport on the board with a goal in the second, with assists coming from Corey Tam and Jordan Renaud. The Green and Gold trailed Plattsburgh 2-1 heading into the final period.

Neither team gave an inch throughout the third, as Brockport remained down one goal for most of the period. With just 1:08 left in regulation, Connor Hutchins won a face-off in the attacking zone. Anthony Hora took the puck and touched it over to Jordan Renaud who fired a shot that ricocheted off a defender's skate and into the back of the net. Renaud tied the game up at 2-2 with just over a minute left, sending the postseason contest into overtime.

After a full 20 minutes in the first overtime period, neither team was able to notch the game-winning goal. Brockport and Plattsburgh headed into a second 20-minute overtime period at the Tuttle North Ice Arena. The Cardinals took advantage on the power play mid-way through the second overtime period, with a rocket slapshot from Matt Araujo to earn the 3-2 win.

Matt Schneider was fantastic between the pipes all night for the Green and Gold, recording a career-high 41 saves in the final game of his career. Schneider made a number of incredible saves throughout the contest, and totaled 15 stops in the two overtime periods. He ends his time here at Brockport as the program's all-time leader in wins.

The Golden Eagles finish the season 15-10-1 overall, matching its 15-win total from last season. The team put together a seven-game win streak during the season, setting a new program-record for longest win streak. An 8-7-1 mark in SUNYAC play set a new program best for conference competition, as Brockport has now made the SUNYAC Tournament in six of the last seven seasons. Wednesday night's SUNYAC Tournament game was the first time the Green and Gold hosted a postseason match since 2010.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Playoff preview

The fourth-seeded Brockport men's hockey team is set to host fifth-seeded Plattsburgh in the first round of the SUNYAC Conference Tournament on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at the Tuttle North Ice Arena.  The first 100 students through the gates will receive a free rally towel.

Tickets: All SUNYAC students will receive FREE admission with ID.  Tickets will be $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 5-12.  Children 4 & under are free.  Tickets can be purchased at the entrance to the rink accessible through the SERC.

Follow the Action: Wednesday's first round match up can be viewed online at www.gobrockport.com/watch and live stats will be accessible at https://gobrockport.com/sidearmstats/mhockey/summary.  Brockport's student radio 89.1 The Point will broadcast the event over the radio airwaves and online at https://www.891thepoint.com/.

SUNYAC Tournament History: The last time Brockport hosted a SUNYAC Tournament game was back in 2010 when the Golden Eagles topped Potsdam State 3-0 in first round action.  Brockport has made the conference tournament in six of the last seven seasons.  The last time Brockport advanced out of the quarterfinals came by way of a 6-4 victory on the road at Geneseo in 2015.  Brockport last met Plattsburgh in the conference tournament last season and the Cardinals came away with 4-1 victory on their home ice.

Strong Second Half: Brockport began the new year on a seven game winning streak and they posted a 10-3-1 record in the second half of the season.  SUNYAC wins over Plattsburgh, Buffalo State, Cortland and a tie against Oswego down the stretch helped the Golden Eagles earn a third place tie in the conference standings at the end of regular season play.

Overall Record: Brockport won 15 games for the second straight season and currently holds a 15-9-1 record overall.  The Golden Eagles went 8-7-1 in SUNYAC play, marking their most wins in conference play on record.

Against Plattsburgh: Brockport swept Plattsburgh in a pair of conference games this season for the second time in the last four years.  Brockport downed Plattsburgh on the road in the regular season opener by the score of 3-1.  The Golden Eagles completed the regular season sweep on their home ice in January as they earned a 4-1 victory over the Cardinals.

All-American Candidate: Junior defender Ryan Romeo ranks fourth nationally among defensemen with an average of 1.13 points per contest. He leads the team with 26 total points on 10 goals and 16 assists.  His average of .30 power-play goals per game is tied for 14th nationally.

Seniors Leading the Way: Senior captain Connor Hutchins has played in all 25 games this season and ranks second on the team with 21 points.  In 101 career games played he has 96 total points on 34 goals and 62 assists.  Senior forward Doc Gentzler has 20 points this season on six goals and 14 assists.  In 97 career games played he has 22 goals and 30 assists in the green and gold.

Double Digit Scorers:  Brockport has a variety of offensive weapons to turn to with 10 skaters registering 10 or more points this season.  Sophomore forward Jordan Renaud has 19 points (seven goals, 12 assists).  His three game-winners this season lead the team.  Brother's Jeremy Solat and Ethan Solat each have 15 points in 24 games played, while Anthony Hora and Danny Rock have 14 points apiece.  Jake Colosanti and Corey Tam round out the double-digits scorers for the Golden Eagles with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Our Goalie: Senior goalie Matt Schneider recently broke the program record with 30 career victories and his 13 wins this season are just one shy of tying the program's single season record.  He also needs just one shutout to tie the program-record for career shutouts originally set by Jake Moore '19.  Schneider has 510 saves this season to go along with a .898 save percentage, a 2.68 goals against average and two shut outs.

Fundraiser for Leah Gates



Rick Gates was a forward for the Golden Eagles from the 2004-2005 season through the 2007-2008 campaign. He had a memorable freshman season with 5 goals, 10 assists and 47 penalty minutes...that last stat highlighting his physical style of play.

Now, Rick is facing a different kind of fight as his wife Leah was diagnosed with Leukemia last year at age 37.

Leah's friend has opened a GoFundMe for the Gates family as Leah's medical bills continue to accumulate with all the medical expenses, chemotherapy and the inability to work.

Press-Republican preview of playoff game

This report says Plattsburgh State will not quite be at full strength for the Golden Eagles. Defenseman Ryan Hogg received a game disqualification on Saturday and a couple of other players are battling the flu.

Here's the Press-Republican's report:

Plattsburgh's preview of the playoff game

BROCKPORT, N.Y. – No. 5 seed Plattsburgh State men's ice hockey begins its quest for its 24th conference title on Wednesday night at the Tuttle North Ice Arena, as the Cardinals face No. 4 seed The College at Brockport at 7 p.m. in the first round of the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Tournament.

TICKET PRICING: Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 5-12. Children ages four and under are admitted free of charge. Students from SUNYAC schools with valid identification will be admitted free of charge. Tickets can be purchased at Tuttle North Ice Arena prior to the game.

ABOUT THE SERIES: In a series that dates back to 1975-76, the Cardinals are 82-8-5 all-time against the Golden Eagles. Plattsburgh State went 0-2-0 against Brockport during the regular season this year. The Cardinals lost at home, 3-1, on Friday, Nov. 1, and on the road, 4-1, on Friday, Jan. 24. This game is a rematch of last year's SUNYAC Tournament first round when Plattsburgh State won, 3-1, on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 at the Ronald B. Stafford Ice Arena.

ABOUT THE CARDINALS: Plattsburgh State (9-13-3, 6-8-2 SUNYAC) is in the SUNYAC Tournament for the 29th consecutive season and enters Wednesday's game riding a three-game winning streak. Seven Cardinals have recorded double digits in points this season. Senior forward and alternate captain Joe Drabin (Rochester, N.Y./Wenatchee Wild) leads the Cardinals in both assists (15) and points (23). Freshman forward Adam Tretowicz (Baldwinsville, N.Y./ Buffalo Jr. Sabres) is pacing the team in goals (9), while ranking second behind Drabin in points (18). On defense, sophomore Matt Araujo (Brookhaven, N.Y./Boston Jr. Rangers) has tallied four goals and nine assists for 13 points, while freshman Christian Dahl (St. Peters, Mo./Topeka Pilots) has recorded three goals and seven assists for 10 points. In goal, junior Jimmy Poreda (Tonawanda, N.Y./Connecticut Jr. Rangers) has played to a 9-9-3 record with 562 saves, a .908 save percentage and a 2.71 goals against average on the season. Poreda has been named the PrestoSports SUNYAC Men's Ice Hockey Goaltender of the Week four times in 2019-20. The Cardinals are led on the bench by first-year head coach Steve Moffat.

ABOUT THE GOLDEN EAGLES: Brockport (15-9-1, 8-7-1 SUNYAC) is making its second consecutive appearance in the SUNYAC Tournament and is in pursuit of its first-ever SUNYAC championship. The Golden Eagles' 15 wins is equal to their win total from the 2018-19 season when they won their most games in a season since 1987-88. Junior Ryan Romeo is an offensive threat from the blue line as he leads the Golden Eagles in goals (10) and points (26), while tying with senior forward Connor Hutchins for the team lead in assists (16). Hutchins has also added five goals and is second on the team with 21 points. Brockport has 10 skaters on its roster with double-digit point totals this season. In goal, Matt Schneider has played to a 13-8-1 record with 510 saves, a .898 save percentage and a 2.68 goals against average. Head coach Brian Dickinson is in his 23rd year at Brockport and is in his 26th season overall as a head coach. He has a career overall record of 225-381-59.

WHAT'S NEXT: No. 3 seed Buffalo State is hosting No. 6 seed SUNY Potsdam in the other first-round game. Following the first round, the lowest remaining seed will play at No. 1 seed SUNY Geneseo and the second lowest remaining seed will play at No. 2 seed Oswego State in the semifinals on Saturday, Feb. 29.

If Brockport plays Geneseo Saturday...

Depending on how tonight's 2 playoff games go, Brockport could find themselves playing at Geneseo Saturday. If so, here's Geneseo's message about tickets:

Tickets for the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Men's Ice Hockey Tournament Semifinals this Saturday (Feb. 29) will be sold at the Wilson Ice Arena door starting at 5:30 p.m.

There are no pre-sale tickets available - tickets will only be sold at the door.
Prices: $5 for adults/$3 children ages 5-12 (4-under free).
Students with a valid SUNYAC ID will be admitted free (one ticket per ID).
RAA Passes will not be accepted.
Arrive early - large crowds are expected
Game-time is 7:00 p.m.

Free rally towel


Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Can Brockport make history against Plattsburgh?

Tomorrow, the Golden Eagles host Plattsburgh in a playoff game.

Let's put this into historical perspective for young Brockport fans.

Our seniors are the only Golden Eagles class who've known nothing but success against the Cardinals.

Previously, Brockport was owned by Plattsburgh whom they play twice a year. In a series that dates back to 1975-76, the Cardinals are 82-8-5 all-time against the Golden Eagles.

Brockport did not secure a single win against Plattsburgh from the 1982-1983 season until the 2011-2012 season. Almost 30 years!

Brockport wouldn't win again until the 2016-2017 season when now senior goalie Matt Schneider broke the curse by shutting out the Cardinals at Plattsburgh, a tough place to play. Later that season, Brockport won 8-4 at home.

In 2017-2018 the team split the series. In 2018-2019 Brockport lost one and tied the other. This season, Brockport beat Plattsburgh twice.

So, Wednesday is a big hockey moment -- the biggest for these young men and one of the biggest for long-time fans like me (27 seasons and counting)...

Can Schneider and his fellow seniors (Pollini, Salerno, Gentzler, Laslo, and Hutchins) finish what they started and put the Plattsburgh mystique and dominance behind us, once and for all?

If they do, literally decades of Brockport players, alumni and fans will celebrate like they never have.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Barbagallo commits to Brockport


Cam Barbagallo, a defenseman for the New Hampshire Avalanche, has committed to SUNY Brockport for the fall of 2020.

The '99 native of Peabody, MA, joined the team in late January, and in nine Eastern Hockey League (EHL) games since, he's notched a pair of goals and a pair of assists to his name.

"Cam came to us late after leaving the NCDC and he fit right in to our culture and locker room," said Avalanche head coach and general manager Chris Cerrella. "He was a great addition and I am excited about his future in college hockey. I think he will be a great addition to the SUNY Brockport community both on and off the ice. I am proud of Cam and look forward to following him in the SUNYAC."

Barbagallo will be part if an incoming freshmen class that includes six players from the EHL. Of those six players, the Avalanche now account for half of the commits, as Barbagallo will reunite with Jake Mendeszoon and Tim Cronin in western New York this fall. Barbagallo is very excited for the future and also gracious for the chance to join the Avalanche when he did.

"I would like to thank everyone in the Avalanche organization for everything they’ve done for me from the moment I arrived here," said Barbagallo. "Coach Cerrella especially has been behind me since day one. I would also like to thank my parents and two sisters for being by my side throughout this process. I can’t thank my teammates enough on the Avs, for welcoming me and showing me the way right from the beginning. I couldn’t be happier to be joining the Brockport family this upcoming fall. I loved the campus and the business program is top-notch, it’s a perfect spot for me."

Barbagallo's top highlight to date came on February 8th against the Walpole Express, when he scored in three out of the four shootout attempts he took, leading his team to victory. Barbagallo and the Avalanche have just three regular season games remaining, as they continue to make their push for a First Round bye in the upcoming EHL Playoffs.

SUNYAC standings

The final SUNYAC standings for the 2019-2020 regular season


Sunday, February 23, 2020

Brockport loses to Geneseo in regular season finale

The SUNY Brockport men's hockey team fought hard in a gritty 6-4 loss against nationally-ranked No.2 SUNY Geneseo in the regular season finale for both teams on Saturday night at the Tuttle North Ice Arena.  Brockport's Ethan Solat totaled a team-high two goals and added one assist while Connor Hutchins chipped in with two helpers for the Golden Eagles.

Brockport (15-9-1, 8-7-1 SUNYAC) has clinched home ice for a first round playoff game on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. after totaling 17 league points and a third place tie with Buffalo State in the regular season conference standings.  Geneseo (20-3-2, 13-1-2 SUNYAC) has clinched the top seed and a first round bye in the SUNYAC Championships.

The Golden Eagles fell into an early 4-0 hole in the first 20 minutes of action.  Gordie Helmuth got the Knights on the board in the first period at the 6:11 marker.  Less than a minute later, Chris Perna netted his sixth of the season to give the visitors a 2-0 lead.  Tyson Gilmour then found the back of the net twice to push the Knight's lead to 4-0 at the conclusion of the first period.

Brockport's comeback bid began at the 6:49 mark of the second period when Ethan Solat netted his first of two goals off an assist from Doc Gentzler to make it a 4-1 contest.

Geneseo would add two more second period goals to take a commanding 6-1 lead at the 17:47 mark of the second period.  However, Brockport would not go down without a fight and Jeremy Solat found the back of the net for his eighth goal of the season with 31 seconds left in the second period to begin the Golden Eagles' late surge.  Ethan Solat and Connor Hutchins were each credited with an assist on the goal that made the score 6-2.  Hutchins now has 96 career points in the Green and Gold.

Brockport added two more third period goals to make it interesting.  Jake Colosanti registered his 10th goal of the year off assists from Hunter Laslo and Jordan Renaud at 13:35 of the third period to cut Brockport's deficit in half, 6-3.

Ethan Solat then netted his second of the night at 14:41 to make the score 6-4.  Hutchins' assisted on what would be Brockport's final goal of the contest.

Matt Schneider stopped 35 shots in net for the Golden Eagles as his record moved to 13-8-1 overall on the season.  He is just one win shy of tying the program record for wins in a single season.  Aaron MacKay stopped 15 shots in net for Geneseo.

The Knights outshot the Golden Eagles 41-19 on the day and they also went 2-for-8 on the power-play.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Brockport hosts Geneseo Saturday

The SUNY Brockport men's hockey team is at home this Saturday night for the final game of the regular season. Brockport will take on #2 Geneseo, starting at 7 pm at Tuttle North Ice Arena.

Spirit Bracelet Night: This Saturday's contest is Pura Vita Spirit Bracelet Night in Brockport. The first 100 students at the arena, with a Brockport I.D., will receive bracelets. The event is sponsored by Bittersweet Brockport, located at 41 main street in downtown Brockport. Bittersweet has been the place for handcrafted jewelry and American crafts in town for over 35 years.

Last Time Out: In the team's last outing, Brockport defeated Cortland on the road, 3-2. Danny Rock, Jake Colosanti, and Doc Gentzler all found the back of the net in the win. Brockport improved to 15-8-1 overall, matching last season's win total, and is now 10-3 on the road.

Regular Season Finale: Tonight's game will be the team's final contest of the regular season, with postseason play to come next. With a win over Geneseo the Green and Gold can record its first 16-win season since the 1987-88 year. In the 1987-88 season, the team finished 17-8-1 to record the most wins in program history.

Schneider's Record: In Brockport's 3-2 victory over Cortland, Matt Schneider rewrote the record book with his 30th career win in net, making him first all-time in career wins. He made 22 saves in the contest, and with the win helped the team secure a home game for the first round of the SUNYAC Tournament.

Strong Finish: The Golden Eagles are looking to close out the regular season with a three-game win streak with a win over Geneseo. They defeated Buffalo State, 2-0, and Cortland, 3-2, in the previous two outings. Both wins were crucial as it allowed Brockport to clinch a spot in the conference tournament and the chance to host a first-round contest in the postseason.

Scouting Geneseo: The Geneseo Knights are currently ranked second in the nation in the most recent USCHO poll. Geneseo is 19-3-2 overall and 12-1-2 in SUNYAC play heading into the final weekend of the regular season. The team is on a six-game winning streak and is 8-2-1 on the road this year. The Knights have officially clinched the number one seed going into the conference tournament, earning a first-round bye and hosting duties for the semi-finals.

Home Playoff Game: Brockport recently clinched a home playoff game for the first round of the SUNYAC Tournament. The contest will be played at the Tuttle North Ice Arena on Wednesday, February 26th. Official time and the opponent have yet to be determined.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Schneider owns the SUNYAC

It doesn't matter what team you play for and what conference it plays in. Nine-times-out-of-ten, a goalie's numbers will always be better, sometimes a little, sometimes a lot, in non-conference games.

Well, we've got one of the rare one-time-out-of-ten scenarios on our hands this season...big time.

Consider this split:

Matt Schneider has a .869 save percentage and 3.15 goals against average in 6 non-conference games this season.

In 15 SUNYAC games he has a .913 save percentage and 2.28 GAA.

Wow!

He's dramatically better in the more difficult, high-pressure, do-or-die games in our conference.

That's clutch, seriously clutch.

THAT should give you some major confidence in a deep playoff run. He's the sort of performer you want on your team!

Reliving playoff history



I've been watching Brockport Hockey for 27 seasons. Next Wednesday will be only the third time, and the first since 2010, that Brockport has hosted a playoff game over that time. I'm really looking forward to experiencing playoff hockey again at Tuttle North ice arena!

If you'd like to relive the past, here are my recaps of the playoff games of yore...

2009's win over Potsdam:

https://brockporthockey.blogspot.com/2009/02/brockport-gets-3-1-playoff-win-against.html


2010's shutout of Potsdam:

https://brockporthockey.blogspot.com/2010/02/brockport-beats-potsdam-3-0-in-playoff.html



What memories!

New memories will be made next week!