Friday, January 17, 2020

Golden Eagles in New England this weekend

The College at Brockport men's hockey team remains on the road this weekend as it travels to Massachusetts and Connecticut for non-conference action looking to remain red hot when the Golden Eagles take on Anna Maria Friday (4:40 p.m.) and Albertus Magnus Saturday (4 p.m.).

On the Road Again: By the end of the weekend the Golden Eagles will have traveled over 1,500 miles, playing in four different states (PA, MD, MA, CT), over the course of the last two weeks. Brockport has a 5-3 record on the road this season.

Live Options: Live video and stats will be provided for both contests this weekend. Links are located on the men's hockey schedule page at

Red Hot Golden Eagles: Brockport has now won four straight one goal contests since the start of the second half of the season after the new year.  The Golden Eagles opened up the new year with a pair of wins at home against Neumann (5-4) and King's (5-4 OT), before hitting the road to take down Lebanon Valley (4-3) and nationally-ranked Stevenson (4-3 OT). The game-winner over Neumann came with just 21 seconds left in regulation.  The winner against King's came 18 seconds into the overtime period.  The Golden Eagles knocked off Stevenson with just 1:02 left in the five minute overtime period.

To the Victors Go the Spoils:  Junior blue liner Ryan Romeo and senior goalie Matt Schneider were each honored by the SUNYAC for their stellar performances in two victories last weekend.  Romeo earned the league's player of the week honor after he registered one goal and added four assists last weekend. He netted the game tying goal with 2:56 left in regulation to help force overtime as the Golden Eagles went on to defeat Stevenson on Saturday. He finished the night with a team-best three points on one goal and two assists. He also assisted the game-winning goal as the Golden Eagles topped host Lebanon Valley 4-3 on Friday night. He finished Friday with two assists. Romeo leads the team with 19 points on six goals and 13 assists this season. Schneider was named the SUNYAC Goalie of the Week after he picked up two one goal victories for the Golden Eagles. He posted 19 saves and held Lebanon Valley to an 0-for-7 effort on the power-play on the road Friday night. He came back on Saturday night and stopped 21 shots on the road at nationally-ranked Stevenson. He held the Mustangs to an 0-for-3 effort on the power-play.

Strong Third Period Team: Seven of Brockport's nine wins this season have been by one goal.  Six out of the seven game-winning goals came in the third period of play or overtime.  Two of the five game-winners came with less than a minute to play in regulation (Cortland & Neumann), while two of the winner's came in overtime (King's & Stevenson).

Last Time Out: Brockport rallied from a 3-1 second period deficit to earn a 4-3 overtime victory on the road at nationally-ranked No. 10 Stevenson University on Saturday night.  Captain Connor Hutchins netted the game winner with just 1:02 left in the overtime period to help the Golden Eagles secure their fourth straight one goal victory.

In the National Spotlight: Romeo ranks fourth nationally and first in the league in points per game among defenders with an average of 1.27 points per contest. As a team the Golden Eagles rank 21st nationally with a 21% power-play scoring percentage (17-of-81). Doc Gentzler is tied for 12th in the league with an average of 1.00 points per game.  Jordan Renaud is tied for 11th in the SUNYAC with an average of .40 goals per game. Connor Hutchins ranks ninth in the league with an average of .67 assists per game.

Between the Pipes: Senior goalie Matt Schneider is tied for first in the league with eight wins in goal this season. He now has 25 career victories and ranks second on the College's all-time list with a 2.88 career goals against average.  He has started 13 games this season and has one shut out to go along with 284 saves and a 2.84 GAA.

Team Stats: Brockport ranks third in the league with an average of 3.00 goals per game.  They have the third-best power-play unit in the league and the fourth best penalty kill. Brockport's best period is the third period as they have scored 15 goals in the final 20 minutes, while allowing just 13.   

Next Up: Brockport returns home for SUNAYC action on January 24th and 25th when the Golden Eagles host Plattsburgh and Potsdam at 7 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively.