Friday, January 24, 2020

This weekend's games

The College at Brockport ice hockey team is back in action this weekend with two home games. Brockport will host Plattsburgh for a 7 pm start on Friday night and then play Potsdam at home Saturday starting at 4 pm.

Jimmy Z's Night: Friday night's matchup with Plattsburgh is Jimmy Z's Night at the Tuttle North Ice Arena. The first 150 fans to arrive in the arena will receive a free gift courtesy of Jimmy Z's and Jimmy himself will be manning the t-shirt cannon in-between periods.

Fill the Nest: It's Jimmy Z's Night and it's the first home athletic event on campus since classes started for the new semester. Come out, show support, and have some fun at the Tuttle North Ice Arena Friday night and help fill the nest for this big time SUNYAC conference matchup. Brockport is just one spot above Plattsburgh in the conference standings heading into the weekend.

Last Time Out: The Golden Eagles defeated Albertus Magnus College convincingly on the road in their last game, 4-0, to put a stamp on a successful four game road trip. Jake Colosanti scored in the first period to get things started and Brockport followed that up with three goals in the second to put the game away. Colosanti finished with two goals in the game, while Corey Tam and Jeremy Solat each had two assists. Goaltender Aidan Curry completed the shutout with 26 total saves between the pipes.

Hot Streak: The Green and Gold have been on a tear lately, winning six games in a row to start the 2020 calendar year. Since the new year started the team has defeated Neumann, King's, Lebanon Valley, Stevenson, Anna Maria, and Albertus Magnus. Brockport has been hot with most of its games on the road during the win streak. The team looks to continue its strong play as it returns to SUNYAC competition this weekend.

Clutching out Wins: During this winning streak on the ice, the Golden Eagles have won four games that have been decided by just one goal including two overtime wins. In a 5-4 win over Neumann, they scored four goals in the third period for a comeback win at home. Doc Gentzler was the hero with the game winning goal against King's College, as Brockport won 5-4 in overtime. The team pulled out another close one against Lebanon Valley with a 4-3 victory on the road. Its second overtime win during this stretch came at #11 Stevenson, who was ranked tenth in the country at the time, as Connor Hutchins buried the game-winner in overtime.

Goal Scorers: Jordan Renaud and Jake Colosanti are the team's two leading goal scorers so far this season. Both have tallied seven goals on the year for Brockport, including three game-winners combined. The two skaters have three power play goals each and are combined +9 while on the ice.

Helping Hands: Ryan Romeo has the most assists on the squad heading into the weekend with 13 to go with his five goals. Doc Gentzler also has double-digit assists, tallying 11 so far. Connor Hutchins, Danny Rock, and Renaud all have helped on nine goals this season.

Wearing Shots: It takes toughness on defense to sacrifice the body to block an incoming shot in front of the net. Defensemen Casey Winn and Corey Tam lead the team in blocks on the year. Winn has interrupted 15 shots so far, while Tam has 10 blocks defensively. Hunter Laslo and Romeo have contributed in the defensive zone as well with 15 blocks combined.

Between the Pipes: With a 7-4 record in the net and one shutout to his credit, Matt Schneider is the team's leading goaltender. Schneider has made 305 saves this season, as he eclipsed the 1,000-career saves mark earlier in the year. He also has a saves percentage of .892 as a senior. Aidan Curry recently recorded the first shutout of his collegiate career against Albertus Magnus and has made 46 saves on the season with a 2-0 record as a freshman.

Scouting Plattsburgh: The Cardinals are currently 6-8-2 overall this season and have a 3-3-1 mark in the SUNYAC. After winning two straight, the team tied its last game against #15 Williams, 2-2. Plattsburgh is 3-0-1 in its last four conference games, including a 7-5 win over Potsdam. In the last meeting between these two teams, Brockport came out on top with a 3-1 win last year.

Scouting Potsdam: The Bears are 3-13-1 overall and 2-6-1 in conference play ahead of the weekend. They will be facing off against #3 Geneseo on Friday before coming to Brockport Saturday.  Potsdam is just 1-4 in its last five outings with its last contest being a 5-3 loss to SUNY Canton. Brockport has defeated Potsdam three consecutive times heading into the weekend, with last year's win coming by a score of 3-2.