Thursday, February 22, 2024

The end of an era


Last night’s playoff loss wasn’t just the end of the season, it was the end of an era, too.


It was Brockport’s final game as a member of the SUNYAC.

It’s bittersweet, for sure.

I’ll miss it. As a fan who’s been watching the team since the 1993-1994 season, the SUNY rivalry is all I’ve ever known.

For me, that’s 30 years of SUNYAC teams that we all knew inside and out, intense rivalries that we all understood, and foes who we at once respected yet saw as maddening thorns in our side – whether it was a determined coach like Plattsburgh’s Bob Emery or a slick defenseman like the Cardinals’ Nick Rolls or a big-time goal scorer like Oswego’s Mike Lukajic or an impenetrable goalie like Mike DeLaVergne of Buffalo State.

So many great players.

So many great games.

So many great memories.

Memories are all that SUNYAC will now be to fans like me.

Memories are all that SUNYAC will be to the men who laced up and will lace up their skates for Brockport.

Think of them and things they experienced, such as: Finally ridding the Golden Eagles of the long-held Plattsburgh curse and then having a bunch of ultra-competitive games with the Cardinals, including one of the longest games in NCAA history....making the playoffs in 2008-2009, hosting that statement game against Potsdam, and then routinely making the playoffs after that…the long road trips to the North Country during which the coaches and the guys could bond.

But, for all that we will miss about SUNYAC, the future is exciting.

There’s a new conference for players and fans next season -- the United College Hockey Conference.

New rivalries will be made as Brockport and Geneseo will compete for conference glory with Chatham, Manhattanville, Nazareth, Neumann, Utica, and Wilkes.

It will be interesting to see new grudges develop, to witness new talents twice a year and in the playoffs, and to wonder what new moments will come.

I’m sad about losing a beloved tradition, but happy about gaining a different future.

Thank you, SUNYAC, for what was for this fan three decades of really awesome hockey.

Brockport's playoff run -- and time in SUNYAC -- ends

The SUNY Brockport ice hockey team fell, 5-1, on the road Wednesday night in the first round of the SUNYAC Conference Tournament. Brockport ends the year 8-14-4 overall and 5-10-2 in the conference.

Cortland scored first, sneaking the puck in at 16:44 into the first period. Brockport recorded nine shots in the first but did not even up the score before heading into the first intermission.

The Red Dragons scored three times in the second period to take a commanding lead. They entered the second intermission with a 4-0 lead over the Green and Gold.

Brockport's Spencer Flansburg got the Golden Eagles on the board with their lone goal of the night at 11:00 into the third. Flansburg was assisted by Scott Ramaekers and Josh Grund. Cortland scored once more before the final horn, taking the win 5-1.

Dylan Wiemer played 59:18 minutes in goal making 30 saves.

Brockport ends its time in the SUNYAC with a mark of 5-9-2, as the program will head to the United College Hockey Conference next season.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Brockport heads to Cortland to start playoffs

 On Wednesday night the No. 5 seeded Golden Eagle ice hockey team will head down to No. 4 Cortland to face the Red Dragons in the 1st Round of the SUNYAC Tournament. The game is scheduled for 7pm start in the Alumni Arena.
 
Last Time Out: The Golden Eagles defeated SUNY Morrisville, 6-3, on Saturday night on the road. Brockport earned another two points towards conference standings, clinching a spot in the postseason as the 5th seed with an overall record of 8-13-4 and 5-9-2 in the conference.
 
Spreading the Love: In the latest win against Morrisville, 13 different Golden Eagles registered a point. Dominic Chirico, Chase Maxwell, Andrew Harley, Scott Ramaekers, Ryan Brow and Connor Galloway all found the back of the net. Spencer Flansburg, Jordan Rosenbaum, Tobin Winslow, Josh Grund, Manny Sanchez, Jacob Gates and Victor Malzahn each had an assist.
 
SUNYAC Standings: Brockport taking the No. 5 seed, the team will travel to face No. 4 Cortland. The other first round matchup in the postseason has No. 6 Potsdam traveling to No. 3 Plattsburgh. No. 1 Geneseo and No. 2 Oswego have earned byes straight into the Semifinals. Here is the full listing of the final postseason seeding:

  1. Geneseo
  2. Oswego
  3. Plattsburgh
  4. Cortland
  5. Brockport
  6. Potsdam
Postseason History: Brockport officially clinches a spot in the SUNYAC Tournament for the fourth time in the last five seasons. Head Coach Brian Dickinson gets the program to the postseason for the 11th time in that last 17 seasons. Since taking over the program iin 1996, Dickinson has put the Golden Eagles in the postseason 13 different times. This includes a recent run to the SUNYAC Semifinals in 2022.

Looking at the Red Dragons: Cortland is entering Wednesday's matchup with an overall record of 15-8-2 overall and 10-5-1 in the conference. The Red Dragons currently sit in the 4th seed. The team has recorded 95 goals this season and 927 shots. They average 3.8 goals a game. Their leading scorers are #18 Nate Berke with 12 goals and 19 assists, and #19 Colby Seitz with 10 goals and 16 assists. Between the pipes for the Red Dragons are Jack Riedell, Hunter Hein and Ronan Mobley. Riedell has played 650:56 in goal this season, allowing 24 goals and making 330 saves. His save percentage is .932% and he averages giving up 2.21 goals a game. Mobley has played 674:18 minutes on the ice this season making 328 saves and allowing 32 goals. He averages giving up 2.85 goals a game and has a save percentage of .911%

Monday, February 19, 2024

Brockport clinches 5th seed in SUNYACs

 On Saturday the Golden Eagle hockey team closed the regular season with a, 6-3, win on the road Against Morrisville. Brockport officially clinches a spot in the SUNYAC Tournament for the fourth time in the last five seasons.
 
Head Coach Brian Dickinson gets the program to the postseason for the 11th time in his career at Brockport. This group finished the regular season at 8-13-4 overall and 5-9-2 in SUNYAC play, earning the No. 5 seed for the conference tournament.
 
To start the contest, the Green and Gold outshot the opponent, 12-8, in the first period. However, neither goalie would allow a score in the first 20 minutes.
 
The Mustangs broke the tie in the second with a pair of scores, including a power play and a short handed goal. They hoped to enter the third up, 2-0, but Brockport answer back quickly. Dominic Chirico scored in the final two minutes of the second to make it a 2-1 game.
 
Spencer Flansburg and Jordan Rosenbaum assisted Chirico on his second score of the season. Rosenbaum made another assist in the third, helping Chase Maxwell find the back of the net to tie the game at 2-2.
 
Morrisville responded with a goal nearly a minute later to regain the lead, 3-2. Then the Golden Eagles took over the game with four unanswered goals in the final period. Spencer Flansburg got another assist along with Tobin Winslow on Andrew Harley's power play goal.
 
Harley tied the score (3-3), but Scott Ramaekers found the back of the net shortly after. Assisted by Josh Grund and Manny Sanchez, Ramaekers gave Brockport its first lead of the night (4-3).
 
It was Ryan Brow that made the score 5-3, with assists credited to Chase Maxwell and Jacob Gates. Connor Galloway would score a goal for a third game in a row, to create the 6-3 final.
 
Now with seven goals on the season, Galloway was assisted by Andrew Harley and Victor Malzahn. The Golden Eagles outshot the Mustangs, 16-9, in the third period.
 
Dylan Wiemer logged 59:55 mintues in the contest between the pipes and made a total of 20 saves in the road win. Brockport won the faceoff battle, 42-29.
 
The SUNYAC Tournament 1st Round game will be played at No. 4 seeded Cortland on Wednesday, February 21st at 7pm.

Monday, February 12, 2024

Brockport beats Fredonia

The SUNY Brockport ice hockey team defeated Fredonia State, 4-2, on Saturday night in Fredonia. Brockport earned two big points towards the conference standings and now sits 7-13-4 overall and 4-9-2 in the SUNYAC.
 
Fredonia struck first scoring at 10:12 into the first period to go up 1-0 early. The Golden Eagles recorded 19 shots but could not even the score in the opening period.
 
Brockport came out of the first intermission swinging. Chase Maxwell scored Brockport's first goal of the night just 1:18 into the second. Maxwell was assisted by Spencer Flansburg on the play, tying the score up at 1-1.

Nick Serafin put another point on the board for the Green and Gold at 3:31 into the second, assisted by Tobin Winslow, to give Brockport a 2-1 lead. Spencer Flansburg locked up the second period with a goal at 16:18, assisted by Dominic Chirico. Brockport headed into the second intermission up 3-1.
 
Fredonia got back into the action in the third period with a goal at 14:38. The Blue Devils trailed 3-2 before Connor Galloway snuck the puck in at 17:51. He was assisted by Andrew Harley and Victor Malzahn on the empty net goal, securing the 4-2 win.
 
Dylan Wiemer played 60:00 minutes in net, making 28 saves and allowing two goals for an overall save percentage of .933%.

Brokcport ties Buffalo State

The SUNY Brockport men's ice hockey team tied Buffalo State, 2-2, on Friday night in Buffalo. Brockport is now 6-13-4 overall and 3-9-2 in the conference.
 
Brockport recorded 23 shots in the first period to Buffalo State's 13, but neither team found the back of the net in the first 20 minutes.
 
The Golden Eagles struck first with Connor Galloway sending the puck past Cumberworth at 8:26 into the second period. Galloway was assisted by Chase Maxwell and Manny Sanchez on the play. The Bengals answered the call almost immediately scoring at 10:07 in the second to tie the score up at 1-1.

Spencer Flansburg broke the tie, scoring a goal at 14:53, assisted by Andrew Harley. Flansburg's score sent the men into the final intermission up 2-1.
 
Buffalo State scored its second goal of the night at 7:56 into the third evening up the score at 2-2. With no other score the game went to overtime. Neither team could score in the 5-minute overtime period, resulting in a tie.
 
Dylan Wiemer played 65:00 minutes in goal, making 31 saves and allowing two goals. He ended the night with an overall save percentage of .939%.
 

Monday, February 5, 2024

Oswego's broadcast of Brockport game was a special milestone

Last week, if you were watching Spectrum News' statewide broadcast, you may have seen a story about how special Oswego's broadcast of Friday's game against Brockport was -- WTOP aired its first-ever sports broadcast with a team made up entirely of women, on air and behind the scenes.

Here's Oswego's report on the milestone: https://www.oswego.edu/news/story/wtop-10-air-first-ever-all-women-run-sports-broadcast

Brockport falls to Cortland

 The SUNY Brockport men's ice hockey team lost to Cortland Saturday night 5-1 at the Wegman's Ice Arena. Brockport is now 6-13-3 overall and 3-9-1 in SUNYAC play.
 
Brockport recorded a total of 13 shots in the first period. Cortland's first goal of the night came at 17:24 into the first. 
 
Cortland scored three goals to open up the second period. Brockport's Schuyler Flansburg scored the Golden Eagles lone goal of the night at 18:06 into the second period. Flansburg was assisted by Chase Maxwell and Manny Sanchez. Cortland answered back quickly, scoring their fifth goal of the night at 18:55. 
 
After a scoreless third period, Brockport recorded a total of 40 shots to Cortland's 33, and won 29 of 54 faceoffs.
 
In goal for the Green and Goal was David Filak. Filak made 28 saves and allowed five goals on the night, giving him a save percentage of .848%.

Saturday, February 3, 2024

Oswego beats Brockport

The SUNY Brockport men's ice hockey team fell, 5-1, to the Oswego State Lakers in Oswego on Friday night. The Golden Eagles are now 3-8-1 in the conference and 6-12-3 overall on the season.
 
The Golden Eagles recorded a total of seven shots in the first 20 minutes compared to 11 from the Lakers. Both teams went into the first intermission scoreless.
 
Oswego scored twice in the second period to break the tie and take control. The first goal was scored at 4:26 into the period, followed by a second goal at 11:53. Brockport recorded a total of nine shots in the second and began the third period down 2-0.
 
The Lakers scored three more goals in the third period to take a commanding 5-0 lead. The Golden Eagles first and only goal of the night came at 14:28 into the third. Scott Ramaekers scored to prevent the shutout, assisted by Josh Grund. Oswego didn't allow for a chance at a comeback, taking the 5-1 win.
 
Dylan Wiemer spent 59:37 minutes in goal or the Green and Gold, making at total of 27 saves.

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Golden Eagles tie #7 Plattsburgh

The SUNY Brockport ice hockey tied SUNYAC rival Plattsburgh State, 1-1, at the Wegmans Ice Arena. Brockport earned a big point in the conference standings and moved to 6-11-3 overall and 3-7-1 in the conference.
 
Plattsburgh struck first at 3:50 in the first period, but was held scoreless for the rest of the game. Brockport recorded nine shots in the first period and entered the first intermission down 1-0.
 
Both teams failed to score in the second, leading the Golden Eagles into the third period down by one still.
 
Josh Grund answered the call and evened up the score at 18:38 in the third period. Grund was assisted by Chase Maxwell and Spencer Flansburg. The late score would send this conference clash into overtime.

During the 3v3, 5-minute overtime period neither team would break the tie. Both teams earned a point in the standings following the 1-1 draw.

Dylan Wiemer played an outstanding game in net, making 42 saves and allowing just one goal.
 
On the faceoff, Brockport went 37-for-66 against the Cardinals.

Brockport falls to Potsdam

The SUNY Brockport ice hockey team lost, 2-0, Friday night against Potsdam at the Wegmans Ice Arena. Brockport is now 6-11-2 overall and 3-7 in the conference.
 
Brockport recorded a total of 8 shots in the first period to Potsdam's 7, yet both teams failed to score in the first. The score stayed tied at 0-0 heading into the first intermission.

It looked like the second period was going to end at 0-0 still, but the visiting Bears got on the board late in the period. Potsdam scored the first goal of the night at 19:58 into the second period, sneaking it past Wiemer with two second to spare. Potsdam was up 1-0 going into the final frame.

Brockport answered back early in the third period with strong defense and good possession in the offensive zone but failed to get the puck past Perno.

Brockport pulled Wiemer with less than a minute left looking to tie the game up with an extra skater. However, Potsdam scored on the empty net for the final goal of the night to earn the 2-0 win.

Dylan Wiemer played a total of 58:55 between the pipes tonight making a total of 18 saves and allowing one goal.

Brockport recorded a total of 44 shots and won 44 of 64 faceoffs on the night.

Brockport loses to Geneseo

Friday night, January 19th, the SUNY Brockport hockey team lost to the nationally ranked Geneseo Knights at home, 8-2. The loss puts Brockport at 6-10-2 overall and 3-6 in conference play.
 
It was Chase Maxwell and Manny Sanchez who found the back of the net for the Golden Eagles on the night. Maxwell scored in the second period, assisted by Spencer Flansburg on the play. Sanchez added Brockport's second goal in the third period, assisted by Andrew Harley and Nick Serafin.
 
David Filak got the start in net, making 18 saves in just over 31 minutes of action. Filak allowed six goals before Brockport made a goalie switch in the second period. Dylan Wiemer finished out the game between the pipes, making 16 saves and allowing two goals.
 
Halfway through the opening period Geneseo would strike first to take a 1-0 lead and went on to control the game the rest of the way. The Knights scored three times in the first, taking a 3-0 lead into the first intermission.
 
In the second period, Geneseo added four more goals to the tally on the scoreboard. Brockport put an end to the shutout bid with Maxwell's fifth goal of the season, thanks to Flansburg's sixth helper. However the visiting team remained in charge, 7-1, heading into the final frame.
 
The Knights would find the back of the net once more before the final horn, with their eighth goal of the game in the third period. With just four minutes left to play, Sanchez netted his fourth of the season to create the 8-2 final. Harley earned his sixth assist of the season, while Serafin registered his third.
 

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Roach is SUNYAC Rookie of the Week

The SUNYAC announced on Monday that Brockport's Connor Roach was named the SUNYAC Men's Ice Hockey Rookie of the Week.
 
Roach made a strong impact in the Golden Eagles' win over Fredonia at home earlier in the week. He recorded two goals on eight shots in the game, as the squad pulled out the win 5-1. He also finished with a +2 rating for the night on the ice.

Miller commits to Brockport




 Kaleb Miller, a forward for the Boston Jr. Rangers, has committed to SUNY Brockport for the fall of 2024.

The '03 native of Traverse City, MI is in his second season with the Rangers' program, and over the course of 63 career games in the Eastern Hockey League (EHL), Miller has tallied 49 points to his credit on 30 goals and 19 assists.

"We are very excited for Kaleb's commitment to Brockport," said Rangers head coach and general manager Rich DeCaprio. "He has worked so hard over the last 2 seasons here to become the player and person he is today. Fighting through adversity both on and off the ice, he's been able to keep his focus on his goals, both personally and as a leader of our team. His slick style, IQ, and goal-scoring touch will be welcomed at Brockport!"

Speaking of that 'goal-scoring touch', it's one area that Miller has displayed a drastic improvement in. After scoring five total goals throughout the entire 2022-23 campaign, Miller currently leads the EHL in goals scored so far this year, having found the back of the net 25 times. It makes it very safe to say that Brockport's interest continued to increase with every goal that he scored.

"The last two years with BJR have been unbelievable," said Miller. "Coach DeCaprio has helped me tremendously. He has truly helped me become the player and person I am today. His ability to get the most out of his players and teach us the college style of the game are a few of the many things that makes him such a great coach. Coach [Brian] Dickinson has been great as well. Throughout the recruiting process he has been honest and easy to talk to. It makes me very excited to be a part of Brockport, both academically and athletically, for the next 4 years."

Now, with this decision complete, Miller will turn his entire attention towards the remainder of the season in the EHL, as he hopes to lead the Rangers to back-to-back titles.

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Brockport will have a new local foe: St. John Fisher

St. John Fisher University will add two intercollegiate hockey teams to its athletic offerings beginning in 2025, and will be the first collegiate partner of the Rochester Ice Center, the program’s home ice.

Logo: St. John Fisher University Athletics

The addition of men’s and women’s hockey teams to the roster of sports offered at the University broadens its total number of athletic teams competing in the NCAA Division III to 26.

Fisher’s athletics department is now in the recruiting phase, and incoming hockey student-athletes will enter the University in the fall 2025 semester. At the collegiate level, the hockey season runs from October to March.  

This news builds upon recent years of growth in the Fisher Athletics Department as well as the increasing popularity of hockey in the Western New York region and on campus. Fisher’s club hockey team won the American Division Championship at the AAU College Hockey Tournament in March 2023.

“We are confident that our University’s academic offerings, continuing growth, and reputation and record in the NCAA Division III will enable us to successfully recruit hockey student-athletes to Fisher who will add to our success,” said Jose Perales, vice president for enrollment management. “We look forward to providing the total Fisher experience to students who might now consider Fisher because of the opportunity to play intercollegiate hockey. Not only will they have access to a state-of-the-market academic experience but the exceptional Fisher Athletics experience as well.” 

The University anticipates a roster size of 25-30 student-athletes on both the men’s and women’s teams with an eye toward their first competitive intercollegiate game in fall 2025.

“This is an exciting time at Fisher and expanding our intercollegiate athletic offerings to reflect the growing interest in hockey adds to that excitement,” said Bob Ward, athletics director at Fisher. “Through our partnership with the premier facility in the region, the Rochester Ice Center, our student-athletes will have access to cutting edge facilities, and a place to call home.”

The University said that next steps include hiring a coaching staff and the finalization of the sport’s conference affiliation.

Willie Bee jersey auction




The SUNY Brockport men's ice hockey team hosted their second annual Willie Bee Foundation Jersey Night on Tuesday, January 9th.


The Golden Eagles wore special edition uniforms as a tribute to the Willie Bee Foundation. The game worn jerseys will be available for purchase via silent auction from January 9th at 8:00PM through Friday, January 19th until 12:00PM (EASTERN).

The Willie Bee Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization founded in August of 2017 to benefit local families who have a child facing a life-threatening illness. The Willie Bee Foundation was founded in memory of Will, who lost his life after a courageous battle with AT/RT, an aggressive brain tumor just a few weeks shy of his second birthday. "We look to ease the burden that families who have a child with a life-threatening illness face, we have realized that how we ease that burden looks different for every family we have the honor and privilege of doing something for. We listen to our families and assist where they can benefit most. We also aim to help families make memories."

The bidding on all 26 players uniforms will start at $50 with proceeds to benefit The Willie Bee Foundation. Bidding should be done in a minimum $5 increments. You can place a bid by emailing Head Coach Brian Dickinson at bdickins@brockport.edu with your name and current bid.

The jersey auction winners will be listed at https://gobrockport.com/news/2024/1/8/ice-hockey-willie-bee-foundation-night-jersey-auction.aspx and you will be notified via email.

Brockport beats Fredonia on Willie Bee Night

In tonight's non-conference matchup, the Golden Eagles soared past Fredonia on Willie Bee Night with a final score of 5-1. Brockport is now 6-9-2 overall on the season and remain at 3-5 in the conference. 
   
Scott Ramaekers got the Golden Eagles up on the board first with a goal at 6:45 into the first period. Scott was assisted by Jacob Gates and Connor Galloway. Fredonia neglected to answer the call and headed into the first intermission down by one.
 
Brockport opened the second period in similar fashion with another score. Connor Galloway scored at 4:12 into the second period, assisted by Dominic Chirico. The rest of the second was scoreless, sending Fredonia into the second intermission down 2-0.
 
The Golden Eagles once again opened up the third period with a goal by Matt Anastasio at 7:23. Ramaekers and Galloway both picked up another point with assists on the play.
 
Fredonia scored its first and only goal of the game on a power play at 11:11 into the third to prevent a shutout. Brockport remained ahead with a comfortable 3-1 lead in the final period.

Connor Roach scored the fourth goal of the night at 13:57 and the fifth at 17:27. His first goal was assisted by Andrew Harley and Manny Sanchez, while his final goal was an unassisted empty netter. Roach pushed the score to a 5-1 Brockport lead, providing the final tally.
 
David Filak spent 60:00 minutes in goal, making 31 saves and allowing just one goal.

Monday, January 8, 2024

Canton beats Brockport

 The SUNY Brockport hockey team fell to SUNY Canton Saturday evening, 4-3. Brockport is now 5-9-2 overall on the season and remains 3-5 in conference play after the weekend.
 
Canton drew first blood for the second night in a row, scoring at 5:46 into the first period to take an early 1-0 lead. Jack Powers answered with his first collegiate goal, tying the game up at 1-1. Michael Meredith earned his fourth assist of the season (8th point) on Powers' goal. Nick Serafin picked up the second assist on Brockport's first goal at 11:19 into the first. The score would remained tied at 1-1 to end the first.

Andrew Harley scored the Golden Eagles second goal of the night at 11:43 into the second period unassisted, putting Brockport up 2-1. Harley poked the puck free in the defensive zone and scored on the breakaway opportunity. Canton snuck one in at 13:55, sending both teams into the third tied at 2-2.

Now in the third period, Canton would break the tie with a goal at 5:10 to take a 3-2 edge. Josh Grund scored his fifth goal of the season (11thpoint) at 10:44 into the third to tie the game once again. Grund was assisted by Jacob Gates and Harley. At 14:33 in to the third, the visiting Roos scored the final goal of the game to grab the 4-3 win.

Dylan Wiemer spent 59:04 minutes on the ice tonight, making 30 saves and allowing 4 goals. Brockport pulled Wiemer late for a sixth skater, but the team was unable to find the equalizer.

Brockport ties Canton

 The SUNY Brockport hockey team tied SUNY Canton Friday on the road, 4-4. Brockport is now to 5-8-2 overall this season, with another matchup against Canton set for Saturday.
 
Canton struck first scoring at 18:22 in the first period. The rest of the first remained scoreless, sending the Golden Eagles into the second trailing 1-0.

Canton added to the lead in the second period with a goal at 6:11, taking a 2-0 lead. Michael Meredith answered the call with his fourth goal of the season, making it a 2-1 score. Meredith scored at 11:37 in the second, assisted by Josh Grund and Jordan Rosenbaum.

Grund added another point to the board shortly after, scoring his fourth goal of the season assisted by Meredith and Dominic Chirico. This goal would tie the game up at 2-2 late in the second. Canton snuck one into the net with 2.0 seconds left on the board, sending the Golden Eagles into the final period of regulation down 3-2.

The Kangaroo's scored just 38 seconds into the third period to take a 4-2 lead. Brockport's Matt Anastasio scored the crew's third goal at 17:57 into the third, assisted by Spencer Flansburg and Connor Galloway. With only 12 seconds left in regulation, Chase Maxwell tied up the score at 4-4 to send the game to overtime. Maxwell was assisted by Anastasio and Grund on the play.

After 5 minutes of a scoreless three-on-three overtime period, both teams add a tie to their overall record.

Trevor Joule had his first career start between the pipes, playing 65:00 minutes on the ice. Joule let up four goals and made 28 saves in the game.

Friday, January 5, 2024

Brockport to play Canton this weekend

 The SUNY Brockport Ice Hockey Program will head to Canton New York this Friday, January 5th for a 5pm puck drop against SUNY Canton. The Golden Eagles will then host the Roos the following night for a 7pm puck drop at the Wegman's Ice Arena.

What Happened in 2023: Through the first part of the season, Brockport owns a record of 5-8-1 overall. This included a big win over a No. 10, nationally-ranked Salve Regina. The Green and Gold also defeated No. 15 Skidmore in a shootout (1-0), after playing the Thoroughbreds to a 2-2 draw at their Thanksgiving Invitational. In SUNYAC play, the Golden Eagles are 3-5 heading into 2024. They hold the sixth spot in the conference standings with seven points.

Putting Up Points: Connor Galloway is first for the Golden Eagles with 12 points so far this season. He has three goals and leads the squad with nine assists. Josh Grund, Chase Maxwell, Scott Ramaekers, Manny Sanchez, Schuyler Flansburg, Michael Meredith, Ben Saurbaugh, and Matt Anastasio have all scored three goals. Grund is second on the team in points (8) and second in assists (5). Jacob Rodrigue also have five helpers on the year.

In Net: Dylan Wiemer has been the starter in net for Brockport through most of the games so far this season. In 10 starts he has made 304 saves and allowed 36 goals. This has earned him a .894 saves percentage and a 3.74 goals against average.

Looking at the Roos: SUNY Canton is 3-11 overall heading into this weekend's matchup. The Roos have recorded 33 goals and 382 shots. They average 2.4 goals a game and 27.3 shots. So far this season they are 4 for 44 on the power play and 41 for 54 on the penalty kill. Leading the team in goals is #27 Niko Schoner with 9 goals and 5 assists.
 
Between the pipes for the Roos are Trey Miller, Kelson Hooper and Nate Hopkins. Miller has seen 246:30 minutes in goal this season making 132 saves and allowing 16 goals. He has a saver percentage of .892 and is 1-2 on the season so far. Hooper has seen 365:31 minutes of ice time and has made 210 saves. He has given up 25 goals, and averages 4.10 a game. He is 2-5 going into this weekend's matchup. Hopkins has seen 222:41 minutes on the ice and made 122 saves, giving up 20 goals. He has a save percentage of .859% and a record of 0-4.

Thursday, December 7, 2023

Brockport beats Morrisville in rare Wednesday game

The Golden Eagles blew out the Morrisville State Mustangs Wednesday night, earning themselves an 8-2 win. Brockport is now 5-7-1 overall and 3-5 in the conference.
 
Morrisville struck first scoring just 54 seconds into the first period. However, Michael Meredith was quick to answer the call scoring at 2:33 in the first assisted by Connor Roach.

Connor Roach got on the board next with a goal at 6:02 into the first, assisted by Jacob Rodrigue. Morrisville would score once more in the opening period at 10:43 to tie the score at 2-2 heading into the first intermission.
 
Matt Anastasio scored on the power play just 22 seconds into the second period assisted by both Manny Sanchez and Chase Maxwell. Maxwell's assist extends his point streak to five games in a row with at least one point.
 
Now with a 3-2 lead, Ben Saurbaugh added Brockport's fourth goal of the night at 4:43 into the second period. He was assisted by Roach and Meredith on the break away goal.
 
Saurbaugh sent the puck flying into the back of the net again for his second goal of the night. Meredith earned himself his third point of the night with the assist to Saurbaugh as the Green and Gold went up 5-2. Tobin Winslow also picked up an assist on the Golden Eagles' fifth goal of the contest.
 
Andrew Harley capped off a four-goal showing for Brockport in the second period. He got on the board at 15:51 into the second, assisted by Jacob Gates, to make it a 6-2 lead for the Golden Eagles.
 
Up by four goals to start the third, Manny Sanchez got the ball rolling early in the period. With his goal just 1:07 into the period, assisted by Scott Ramaekers, Brockport held a commanding 7-2 lead. 
 
Josh Grund scored the final goal of the game at 2:26 into the third, assisted by Andrew Harley and Jacob Rodrigue. Grund's goal would be the final score of the game for either team, securing an 8-2 victory.
 
Dylan Wiemer spent 60:00 minutes in goal tonight making 34 saves, allowing two goals.

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Stylus recap of Fredonia game

By Brayden Peters/Staff Writer

After going on a streak of wins, Brockport’s hockey team fell short to Fredonia in overtime 4-3 on Brockport’s Alumni Night. The Brockport alumni who were inducted into the Wall of Honor for 2023 recently were present at the game. To honor Brockport hockey’s 50th Anniversary, the team wore retro uniforms that were based on those worn back in the ‘70s. Although Brockport does get a point in the standings for sending the game to overtime, they are still towards the bottom.

Brockport was off to a slow start in the first period as Fredonia’s offense put them on their heels for most of the period. However, the Golden Eagles had some life after forward Chase Maxwell scored on the powerplay. Following that goal Brockport began to find a rhythm offensively. Even so, the Blue Devils’ defense prevented them from getting many high-quality scoring chances.

The Golden Eagles looked like they were going to go into the second period up 1-0. However, Blue Devils defenseman Kieran Furlonger scored a wrist shot goal from the point with 4.8 seconds left to go in the first. Maxwell knew that in the upcoming second period, they needed to play more consistently.

“We had a tough second period yesterday,” Maxwell said. “We got to make sure we don’t have a bad period…get pucks deep and we should be fine.”

However, the second period looked like Maxwell didn’t want it to go for the first half of it. Forwards Antoine St. Onge and Peter Buerfent each scored to give Fredonia a 3-1 lead, with St. Onge’s goal being on the power play. The game was looking like Fredonia would run away with it, but Brockport wouldn’t roll over.

The Golden Eagles responded with two goals of their own, with forward Michael Meredith and defenseman Cam Barbagallo scoring to tie the game 3-3. Meredith’s goal carried a little extra significance being he is from Fredonia and his father, Jeff Meredith, is the head coach for the Blue Devils’ hockey team. Whatever was working on offense in the back half of the second period, Meredith knew they needed to keep doing it in the third.

“We just need to get back to our game,” Meredith said. “We have to keep forechecking hard, but then it’s going to be the hard team that wins. That’s all it takes. Just keep grinding away down low.”

The third period didn’t bring as much excitement or fireworks as before. Both teams created many scoring opportunities, but couldn’t capitalize. This was thanks to good defensive play and outstanding performances from goalies Dylan Weimer for Brockport and Charles-Anthony Barbeau for Fredonia.

Due to no one lighting the lamp in the third period, the game was sent to overtime. Fredonia almost put the game away early in overtime, but Weimer came up with a huge pad save. Brockport tried to move the puck to create an open shooting lane, but defenseman Jacob Rodrigue turned over the puck to Fredonia defenseman Xavier Fortin. He took the puck down the ice all alone and scored the game-winning goal on Weimer, giving the Blue Devils a 4-3 win over the Golden Eagles.

It was a tough loss for Brockport as they were riding a wave of momentum from the previous three games that resulted in two wins and one tie, which ended in a shootout win for the Golden Eagles against Skidmore. With the loss, Brockport falls to 4-7 overall and 2-5 in SUNYAC play. As for Fredonia, the win puts them at 3-7 on the season and 3-4 in SUNYAC play. Brockport head coach Brian Dickinson has noticed how inconsistent play in the second period has hurt the team, even though injuries have played a role in this.

“When you don’t come out in the middle period, that’s the difference,” Dickinson said. “We just got to get a little bit more consistent. Part of that is the two guys up front that were out, with Schuyler (Flansberg) and Nick (Serafin). It kind of juggled our lineup in practice and these guys didn’t have a lot of time to practice with each other.”

Brockport has a quick turnaround before its next game against Morrisville State (3-9, 1-5) on Wednesday. With the short time that the Golden Eagles have to prepare, Dickinson believes it will come down to how much his team knows the importance of that game.

“It’s all about the preparation for us to make sure that we know going in that it’s two much-needed points for us,” Dickinson said. “Two points with Morrisville gives us the same two that Buff State got and we separate from them a little bit.”

The opening puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Wegmans Ice Arena on Wednesday.

Source: https://thestylus.org/brockport-loses-heartbreaker-to-fredonia-on-alumni-night/

 

Stylus recap of Buffalo State game

By: Brayden Peters/Staff Writer

The ball keeps rolling for the Golden Eagles hockey team as they beat Buffalo State 5-3 on Friday on Teddy Bear Toss Night. Brockport has now won three in a row including two over ranked opponents.

The first period brought a lot of excitement to the Brockport faithful as Brockport forward Connor Galloway got the puck past Buffalo State goalie Marcus Cumberworth’s left side. Teddy bears, big and small, rained down onto the ice after the goal was scored. The experience was surreal for Galloway.

“It seemed like every single person is throwing teddy bears,” Galloway said. “Right when it happened, you kind of just black out…and you are skating to the line and bears are hitting you, it’s a pretty cool feeling.”

Brockport kept pushing the puck into the offensive zone with little resistance, which allowed them to score another goal thanks to forward Matt Anastasio tipping in a shot from defenseman Jordan Rosenbaum. On the defensive side, Brockport was to simply put it: lights out. Buffalo State was only able to muster four shots in the period as the Golden Eagles’ defense forced several turnovers.

The second period was a complete turnaround for the Bengals. They started to put Brockport’s defense on their heels, playing with speed and physicality. With that, forward Joe Glamos managed to tip one in to make it a 2-1 game. Brockport responded, with forward Scott Ramaekers scoring on a one-timer.

Even though Brockport seemed to be at a comfortable lead, they struggled to clear the puck out of their defensive zone and took three penalties during the second period. This forced Brockport to defend for much of the second period. They successfully killed off all three powerplays, but the Bengals built momentum off of them. Before the second came to a close forwards Anthony Morin and Tyler Penree each notched a goal to tie the game at three heading into the third period.

Brockport’s offense still applied pressure on Buffalo State’s defense, which did better compared to the first period. However, the Golden Eagles looked off. Ramaekers felt throughout the whole team during the second period and knew work needed to be done in the third.

“We got to sell out,” Ramaekers said. “I mean we kind of eased up a little bit that period. They came with energy after we took it to them.”

In other games that we have seen from Brockport, they have struggled to bounce back to win games when they lost a great deal of momentum. However, they changed this narrative with their performance in the third period.

The Golden Eagles came out of the period swinging and reverted to how they played in the first. Buffalo State looked exactly like how they played in the first as well, struggling to get more than one shot on goal off the entire period. Due to Brockport’s play, Galloway went end-to-end and scored to put Brockport up 4-3.

Brockport wasn’t done yet, as forward Josh Grund scored to make it a 5-3 game. Although the Bengals were able to tie the game earlier trailing by two, it looked like the game was out of reach as they looked demoralized, and their tempers began to flare.

After scoring, Grund was knocked to the ground by Penree, leading Brockport defenseman Jacob Rodrigue to push him hard into the boards. A skirmish ensued from the incident and led to Rodrigue being thrown out of the game.

Although the loss of one of their top defensemen was critical, Brockport didn’t waver and secured the victory with a 5-3 win. Brockport Head Coach Brian Dickinson was happy with the win, even though he felt like he wasn’t watching the same game.

“That was a tale of like two different games or almost three different games,” Dickinson said. “It was a total team win.”

With the win, Brockport improves to 4-6-1 on the season and 2-4 in conference play. As for Buffalo State, the loss puts them at 4-7 for the season and 2-4 in conference play. Brockport will take on Fredonia Saturday night for Alumni Night, which Dickinson knows will not be an easy game.

“We’re going to play a team that plays heavy,” Dickinson said. “We got to be able to outplay them and outcompete them. If we can play like we have, two points are there for us to take.”

More alumni will have their names added to the Wall of Honor pregame and Brockport will be wearing their retro-styled uniforms that were recently released to mark the 50-year celebration. The puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m.


Source: https://thestylus.org/brockport-knocks-off-buffalo-state-continues-winning-streak/

 

Wegmans Ice Arena ribbon cutting