Saturday, February 12, 2022

Brockport loses to Buffalo State in OT

 The SUNY Brockport men's hockey team (13-8-2, 6-6-2) lost a hard fought battle that went into overtime against the Buffalo State Bengals (5-16, 3-10) by a score of 3-2.
On Teddy Bear Toss Night presented by the Brockport Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) a crowd of nearly 1000 Golden Eagle fans came out to support the Men's Hockey team.
1st Period
To open the game both team's defenses came out aggressive behind stellar goaltending performances from both sides. Brockport's goaltender Nolan Egbert record eight saves with Buffalo State's Emil Norrman recording nine saves as each team recorded shutout first periods.
2nd Period
The Golden Eagles eventually scored first on a goal from Zach Norby 15:22 into the second period. As Norby's goal went into, hundreds of teddy bears covered the ice with the Brockport fans tossing them out there. The stuffed animals were eventually collected and will be donated to the Bivona Child Advocacy Center. With Norby scoring the goal that set off the chaos of raining stuffed dogs, cats, unicorns and even octopi to mention a few, Jake Colosanti and Kevin Mainello helped make the play happen as the two picked up assists on the goal. at 17:32 into the second period Buffalo State would even up the game on a power-play opportunity to make the game tied at 1-1 heading into the third period of play.
3rd Period
Buffalo State would take the lead in the opening minutes of the final period scoring 4:43 into the third to give the Bengals a 2-1 lead over the Golden Eagles. With time ticking down and just over a minute remaining, Brockport head coach Brian Dickinson made the call to pull his goalkeeper to gain a two extra skater advantage on Buffalo State who was serving a power-play. With Buffalo States power-play expiring and Brockport with a 6-5 advantage, just like last weekend the Golden Eagles managed to score in the closing second of the game to tie it up. Andrew Harley scored the game tying goal with five-seconds remaining in the period. The play was assisted by Anthony Hora and Ryan Romeo and would make the game tied 2-2 to send it into overtime.
With both teams playing strong games, Buffalo State scored 1:54 into overtime to give the Bengals the 3-2 victory over the Golden Eagles.
Nolan Egbert (10-6-1) managed to make a total of 26 saves in tonight's game against the Bengals. Buffalo States Emil Norrman made a total of 44 saves as both goaltenders dueled it out to the end in performances neither can be disappointed in
Brockport won 33 of 64 total faceoffs tonight. Jacob King went 18-for-23 on faceoffs in the game with Kevin Mainello winning 7-of-13 faceoffs tonight.
SUNYAC Standings
With only two games remaining in the regular season Brockport clinched a spot in this year's SUNYAC Tournament after Oswego State defeated Morrisville State on Wednesday night by a score of 4-0. This is the seventh time in eight seasons that the Golden Eagles have made an appearance in the SUNYAC Tournament.

Rank Team Points Record (Conference/Overall)
#1 #11 Oswego State – X 34 (11-2-1), (16-5-1)
#2 #2 SUNY Geneseo – X 31 (10-1-1), (18-2-1)
#3 Plattsburgh State – X 29 (10-4-1), (14-7-3)
#4 SUNY Cortland – X 21 (6-5-2), (11-9-2)
#5 SUNY Brockport - X 21 (6-5-2), (13-7-2)
#6 Fredonia State 15 (5-7), (7-9-1)
#7 SUNY Potsdam 10 (3-11-1), (4-16-1)
#8 Buffalo State 9 (3-10), (5-16)
#8 Morrisville State 6 (2-10), (7-12-2)
* Tournament Champion
x - Clinched Playoff Berth
# - Indicates Tournament Seed
e - Eliminated from Playoff Contention
Points - Win (3) / OT Win (2) / OL or Tie (1)
Point Formula - (# of Wins x 3) + (# of OL + T x 1)-(# of OW x 1)
Graduate Student Ryan Romeo two big milestones in today's game recording his 35th points this season and 85th career point. With his assist tonight Romeo his now tied for the 10th most assists in a single season at Brockport with 24. The current record for most assists in a single season is 33 set back in 1980 by Chris Peck. He would need eight more points this season to tie the schools record for 10th most points in a season (43).
Sophomore Andrew Harley recorded his 30th career points today in his first season with the Golden Eagles with a total of 14 goals and 16 assists this year.
With two games remaining in the regular season and a clinched spot in the Playoffs, Nolan Egbert is on pace to record the 2nd best goals against average in program history. Egbert currently has a 2.41 gaa. Todd Sheridan of the 2008-2009 Golden Eagles Hocket team sits in second with a 2.59 gaa while the record is held by SUNY Brockport 2019 graduate Jake more who holds a 1.93 gaa in the 2018-2019 season.