Monday, October 25, 2021

Athletic Department's season preview

With fall sports championships on the horizon, the start of hockey season is near. Coming off a year hiatus of action from the 2020-2021 season, the 2019-2020 season saw the Brockport Ice hockey team qualify for the SUNYAC Tournament with an overall record of (15-9-1) and conference record of (8-6-1). In the final game of the season, that years team battled it out with Plattsburgh in the first round of the SUNYAC Championship, but fell in heartbreaking fashion by a score of 3-2 in double overtime. Brockport's 2019-2020 season was a historic one for the program as it's seven consecutive game win streak broke the programs record for consecutive wins in a single season. The Green and Gold will begin this years journey with a pair of exhibition contest against Hobart, the first being held on Brockport's home ice at the Tuttle North Ice Arena on Friday, October 22nd with puck drop set for 7 pm. The second echibition game will be held at Hobart on Saturday Oct. 23rd at 4 pm.
 
Head Coach Brian Dickinson will return for his 25th season with the Golden Eagles. Over the past 10 years, Dickinson has led his team to six appearances in the SUNYAC Tournament and an overall record of 41-32-4 since the 2017 season. From its last season, Dickinson will return 14 players with 15 incoming student athletes joining the program over the past two years. Dickinson will be joined by Assistant Coach Brian Fedele. This will be be Fedele's first season with the program
 
Dickinson has named senior Corey Tam and graduate student Ryan Romeo as this years team's captains. Over his time at Brockport as a defenseman, Tam has recorded three goals, all off power plays, while picking up 12 assists and a plus/minus of +5. Last Season, Romeo was voted as part of the SUNYAC Conference First Team, scoring 10 goals and 16 assists. Since the beginning of his career at Brockport in 2017, Romeo has accumulated a total of 16 goals and 32 assists for 58 total career points.
 
Returning from last season, Casey Winn and Romeo return to the team as the duo are pursuing their master's degrees as graduate students. Corey Tam, Mitchell Parsons, Robert Flannery, Trevor Pray and Jake Colosanti all come back as the teams' seniors. The junior class will be made up of Aidan Curry, Logan Warner, Zach Norby, Kevin Mainello Scott Ramaekers, AJ Przystawski and Anthony Hora. Transferring into the program, forward senior Sam Dibitetto joins the Golden Eagles from Norwich University along with senior Nolan Egbert transferring from UMASS Boston.
 
15 skaters will see their first action as Golden Eagles this season. Joining the program last year as incoming students, Andrew Harley, Jake Mendeszoon, Tyler Knicley, Michael Meredith, Connor Galloway, Tim Cronin, Cam Barbagallo and Dylan Wiemer makeup the sophomore class. In their first year of college, Tyler Rossi, Chris Aarons, Jacob King, Jacob Rodrigue and Jordan Rosenbaum round out the 2021-2022 Brockport ice hockey team.
 
Jake Colosanti and Ryan Romeo rejoin the program as the Golden Eagles top goal scorers from the '19-'20 season. Colosanti and Romeo both shared 10 goals while Romeo's 16 assists made him the team's leader in points with 26.
 
Looking at this year's goalie's, Aidan Curry is the only returning goalkeeper from two years ago. Appearing in a total of four games, having started two, Curry managed to make 47 total saves and record a 2-0 record. Senior Transfer Nolan Egbert comes from UMASS Boston where in seven appearances managed a 3-2-1 record recording 129 saves in that time span. As the third goalie in the mix, sophomore Dylan Wiemer comes from the East Coast Wizards of the EHL. Over the span of his time with the Wizards, Wiemer accumulated 13 wins and 12 losses making 719 saves.
 
Breaking down the team's schedule, the Golden Eagles will play in 25 regular season games made up of 16 conference and nine non-conference matchups., Following its pair of exhibition contests against Hobart, the men will travel to King's College and Neuman University in Pennsylvania on October 29th and 30th to begin regular season play. Following its road trip, the Golden Eagles will then host four consecutive home SUNYAC games. The highlight of this home stand will take place on Friday, November 12th against SUNY Potsdam when the team will hold senior night. After its home stand, the team will travel to Cortland prior to its trip at Skidmore for the Thanksgiving Invitational. The final home game for Brockport before winter break will see the Golden Eagles take on Elmira on December 7th at 7pm.
 
The Team will then return to play on January 7th and 8th at home against Lebanon Valley for a 7pm puck drop followed by Stevenson the following day at 4 pm. On Wednesday, January 19th the team then travels to Morrisville for a SUNYAC matchup before splitting a home and away contest with SUNY Canton on January 21st and 22nd. After SUNY Canton, Bport will play a stretch of seven conference games to finish out the season. The home events for this home stand will all take place at 7 pm on February 5th vs Cortland, February 11th vs Buffalo State and February 19th vs Geneseo to finish off the regular season schedule.­­ In the Preseason Poll for the SUNYAC, Brockport ranked at #5 in the middle of the conference which is made up of nine teams.
 
The SUNYAC Championships will consist of the top six teams in the conference with the #1 and #2 teams receiving a bye in the first round. The first round will matchup the #3 vs #6 team and the #4 vs #5 team. The semifinals will then take place on Saturday, February 26th with the #1 seed facing the remaining lowest seeded team and the #2 team facing the second lowest ranked team. The winners of those games will then faceoff on Saturday, March 5th for the SUNYAC Championship.
 
Brockport's first home contest will take place on Saturday, November 6th at 7 pm. In the Tuttle North Ice Arena against SUNYAC opponent Morrisville.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Brockport fifth in SUNYAC poll

The State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) has released its 2021-22 men's ice hockey preseason poll as voted on by the conference coaches. Geneseo, the 2020 SUNYAC champion, sits at the top of the poll while Oswego was voted No. 2 and Plattsburgh No. 3.

The 2021-22 season will kick off with non-conference games on October 29. Conference competition will begin on November 3. The first round of the SUNYAC men's ice hockey championship is set for February 23.


2021-22 SUNYAC Ice Hockey Preseason Poll

1. Geneseo
2. Oswego
3. Plattsburgh
4. Buffalo State
5. Brockport
6. Cortland
7. Potsdam
8. Fredonia
9. Morrisville

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

2021-2022 schedule

The schedule has been released for the 2021-2022 season. The Golden Eagles will host 12 regular season home games, 1 exhibition game, and, hopefully, one or more playoff games. 

After a whole season lost to Covid, late-October can't come soon enough!

 



 

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

AHCA All-American Scholars

The American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) is once again recognizing varsity ice hockey players who compiled exceptional results in the classroom during the 2020-21 season with the announcement of the fifth annual “All-American Scholars."

Due to the effects of Covid-19, the AHCA adopted revised criteria for this year’s honorees. To qualify, a student-athlete must have attained a 3.6 GPA for each semester, regardless of whether the school’s hockey team was able to play this season or not. Normally, a student-athlete is required to participate in a minimum of 40% of a team’s games. The honor is open to any program who is a member of the AHCA.

Brockport's honorees are:


Robert Flannery, Andrew Harley, Jake Mendeszoon, Michael Meredith, Jeremy Solat, Corey Tam, Shane Visnick, Dylan Wiemer, and Tyler Williams.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Gershon to coach Team USA in Maccabiah Games

The Maccabiah Games are an international Jewish and Israeli multi-sport event held quadrennially in Israel. It is the third-largest sporting event in the world, with 10,000 athletes competing. Brockport alumnus Michael Gershon has been named men’s hockey head coach for Team USA’s open team

https://gochathamcougars.com/news/2020/7/16/mens-hockey-gershon-named-head-coach-of-open-team-usa-for-2022-maccabiah-games.aspx

EPSN reports on Robbie Hall's

What does a former hockey player do when he hangs up the skates for good?

ESPN's Emily Kaplan looks at how Golden
Eagle alumnus Robbie Hall was recruited by former NHL player Brent Sopel to help sell energy solutions:

https://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/31807010/how-brent-sopel-opening-doors-fellow-former-hockey-players

Friday, July 9, 2021

Golden Eagles are NH Avalanche all-timers

The All-Time Team for the New Hampshire Avalanche has some familiar names. Among the greats are these Golden Eagles:

Chris Aarons
Tim Cronin
Jake Mendeszoon
AJ Przystawski,

Congratulations! 
 

 

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Digby named women's coach at Oswego


 

 
Congrats to former Golden Eagle player and assistant coach Mark Digby!

SUNY Oswego's Department of Athletics announced today that Mark Digby has been named head coach of the women's ice hockey program at Oswego State. Digby was the associate head coach for the team during the 2019-20 season and served as interim head coach the past year.

"This is a special day for me and my family" said Digby. "I am very appreciative and honored to be named the second head coach in the modern era of Oswego women's hockey. I love the progress we have made in my two seasons with the program, and I'm excited to see where we can go in the future."

During Digby's initial season with the women's program in 2019-20, the team showed huge improvements, including the most wins (16) the program had seen since 2016. A strong 10-4-4 mark against conference foes helped propel the women's ice hockey team to a conference title game and a Pairwise Ranking of 16th in the country.

The Lakers placed three on the 2019-20 NEWHL All-Conference Teams, including newcomer Megan Teachout taking home Rookie of the Year honors. Senior defenseman Kate Randazzo was named Scholar Athlete of the Year for the conference and went on to be named Oswego State's Woman Scholar Athlete for 2019-20.

"Mark has been an integral member of the Oswego community for more than ten years," said Dr. Mary Toale, acting Vice President for Student Affairs. "His coaching and service to the community is impactful and his commitment to holistic student success is inspirational. We are thrilled to appoint Mark as the women's ice hockey head coach."

Throughout the pandemic, Digby has remained focused on both the needs of his student-athletes and the campus community. He met weekly with players to check in and build relationships, and recruited eight student-athletes for next season. Digby continued the tradition of fostering academic success, with five players making the President's List and five attaining Deans' List; eight players also made the SUNYAC Honor Roll. He programmed guest speakers, leadership seminars and culture-building activities to increase cohesion and retention on the team. Digby chaired the State Employees Federated Appeal Teddy Bear Toss (which collected toys for local children), volunteered for the COVID hotline and testing center, and served as a Quarantine/Isolation Buddy.

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, four Frozen Four appearances and competed for the national championship twice.

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).

Monday, June 21, 2021

Academic honor roll

 

The State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) released its 2020-21 Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll which recognizes student-athletes with a 3.30 or higher cumulative grade point average.

The hockey players who made the list are...

Andrew Harley
Kevin Mainello
Jacob Mendeszoon
Michael Meredith
Trevor Pray
Ryan Romeo
Jeremy Solat
Corey Tam
Dylan Wiemer
Tyler Williams

Congratulations on a job well done!

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Tremblay to release the Kraken

 


Longtime Brockport fans will remember Ray Tremblay who played for the Golden Eagles from the 2008-2009 through the 2010-2011 season. He was a big contributor to the playoff seasons of that era and had 7 goals in the magical 2008-2009 season that was a turning point in the program's history.

His successes on the ice would not have been possible were it not for his incredible guts and work ethic. Most men would have given up on hockey following an injury he sustained before college that cracked two bones in his back and had him in bed for 23 hours a day for 3 months following his surgery.

That incredible character translates well into coaching, as he has showed before.

He's getting that chance again as head coach of the newest team in the VIJHL -- the Kraken.

We wish Ray the very best!

Friday, May 21, 2021

Alumnus O'Malley becomes head coach at Lake Forest

 


After 7 years as head coach of Lake Forest College men's hockey, Patrick Kelliher is resigning to relocate with his family. He will be replaced by Sean O'Malley, the team's top assistant for the last seven years.

Lake Forest is 87-64-16 overall and 66-47-9 in conference play since Kelliher took over as head coach and O'Malley became his assistant in 2014. The Foresters reached the semifinals of the 2018 and 2019 Northern Collegiate Hockey Association Harris Cup Playoffs and qualified for the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time in 29 years in 2019-20. The team has been nationally ranked on several occasions and listed as high as #6 in the nation during his tenure.

"I look forward to watching Coach O'Malley lead this program to new heights in future years," Kelliher said. "There could not be a better or more deserving person to take over the helm. Sean's tireless efforts over the past seven years have been a huge part of where this program is today."

O'Malley, who has also been the Foresters' head women's golf coach since 2017, came to Lake Forest from the State University of New York at Potsdam, where he served for two seasons as an assistant coach, recruiting coordinator, and academic advisor. He has also been an on-ice instructor at Can/Am Hockey Schools in New York and Ontario and for the Ohio Hockey Project, where he coached Junior A players. In addition, he has also served as an evaluator with USA Hockey Development.

As an athlete O'Malley was a hockey player and golfer at St. Ignatius High School and is a member of the St. Ignatius Hockey Hall of Fame. He also played hockey as a post graduate for Gilmour Academy and the Syracuse Stars of the EJHL. After four years on the team at the College of Brockport, O'Malley pursued a professional career with the Wheeling Nailers of the East Coast Hockey League and various minor league teams.

"While he certainly has big shoes to fill, we are confident Coach O'Malley will do just that," noted Interim Director of Athletics Blake Theisen. "He has been a big part of the program's success since he arrived on campus in 2014 and the team will continue to benefit from his talent, work ethic, and experience as a coach, as well as the continuity he provides during this transition."

"I am extremely humbled and honored to be the next head men's ice hockey coach here at Lake Forest College and remain involved in the campus community," stated O'Malley. "I am eager to get started and thankful to the College's administration for giving me this opportunity."

"It has been a pleasure to work alongside Coach Kelliher the past seven years. His vision and values for this program has created a tremendous culture at the rink and in the classroom. I will always be thankful he brought me to Lake Forest College."

"Moving forward we want to continue the tradition of excellence and hold the same values and standards for our program. I will continue to work diligently to provide our players an opportunity to be successful both on and off the ice."

The transition from Kelliher to O'Malley as head coach will occur on June 1.

Two graduates sticking around

This week, two Brockport hockey players -- Ryan Romeo and Casey Winn -- will be completing their undergraduate studies.

But, they'll be back to work on their masters degrees...and play hockey.

With the 2020-2021 season having been canceled because of Covid, they both have a year of eligibility left.

Congrats, men, on your bachelor degrees!


Good bye and good luck to the seniors


Graduation is always a bittersweet time.

Excitement is in the air, as the graduates have a whole lifetime ahead of them in family, career, and service.

At that same time, there's some sadness, as the seniors look back at the end of their academic careers and, for most of them, the end of their hockey careers.

For this year's graduates, their hockey careers ended prematurely. There wasn't a 2020-2021 season because of Covid protocols. It's unfortunate.

So, we say our "good bye" and wish "good luck" to the four young men who will be leaving Brockport this week, a foursome of student-athletes who played the game the right way and pursued their studies with the same vigor.

We wish them the very best in what the future holds for them and we thank them for the magic and memories they provided as Golden Eagles. There was plenty of that as they were a super-successful crew on the ice. They helped produce two 15-win campaigns which were bested only by 17-win seasons in 1968-1969 and 1987-1988.

The men moving on are...

Ethan and Jeremy Solat: Jeremy joined his brother in the 2018-2019 season and they were a great sibling combo to watch. Ethan amassed 17 goals and 19 assists in his 3 seasons and Jeremy lit the lamp 13 times and assisted on 12 others in his 2 seasons. The Colorado natives were always hustling on the ice and possessed of great energy.

Shane Visnick: He accumulated 5 goals 7 assists in his 3 seasons and was know for being a fantastic defensive forward. The Florida native was a tireless physical force to reckon with, at 6'1" and 220 pounds.

Tyler Williams: Hailing from Rome, NY, he had some quiet numbers (1 goal, 2 assists) which belie his value to the team...he was a defenseman's defenseman who helped keep the SUNYAC's talented forwards at bay. His NCAA success was a testament to his hard work as he had to recover from an injury sustained in the juniors.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Sal Balbi Memorial Hockey Game

Sal Balbi played for Brockport in the late-1990s. In 51 games he tallied 10 goals and 13 assists for 23 points while playing clean, disciplined hockey, racking up just 14 penalty minutes.

Sal passed away in February, barely 41 years of age.

Sal was taken by synovial sarcoma, a rare cancer.

To celebrate his life and to bring funding and awareness to this cancer, the Sal Balbi Memorial Hockey Game will be held Saturday, May 1, at Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex.

Here's the report from the Democrat and Chronicle:

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Rossi commits to Brockport

 


Tyler Rossi, a defenseman for the Valley Jr Warriors, has committed to SUNY Brockport for the fall of 2021.

The 2000-born native of Amherst, NY recently finished his 3rd and final season in the Eastern Hockey League (EHL). After spending the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons with the Philadelphia Revolution, Rossi made the move to Massachusetts this year, and served as the captain of the Warriors.

"Tyler did a tremendous job for us this season," said Warriors head coach and general manager Ryan McGrath. "He was a fantastic leader and was a huge help to the coaching staff. His journey was so inspiring to witness. Tyler came from one of the lowest parts of his life [broken leg] to achieving his dream in 12 months."

Rossi is part of a three-player class that the EHL will be sending off to Brockport this fall, as his arrival on campus will be accompanied by Chris Aarons of the New Hampshire Avalanche and Jacob Rodrigue of the Boston Jr. Rangers. Overall, Rossi is the 29th player in league history to choose the Brockport hockey program.

It's also worth pointing out that all three future Golden Eagles were named EHL All-Stars back in November.

As McGrath mentioned above, Rossi battled a lot of adversity during his junior hockey career, and he didn't let a major injury slow him down from reaching this lifelong dream of his.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Rosenbaum commits to Brockport

 


The Northern Cyclones organization is thrilled to announce that USPHL Premier D Jordan Rosenbaum has committed to play his college hockey at SUNY-Brockport. Rosenbaum will join the Golden Eagles and begin his college career next season.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Rosenbaum is in his first season with the Cyclones organization. He appeared in 37 games this past regular season for Premier, scoring 19 points (5 g, 14 a). In two USPHL First Round Playoff Series games, Rosenbaum scored four points (1 g, 3 a) against the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs.

Prior to joining the Cyclones, Rosenbaum spent the 2019-20 season with the Pittsburgh Vengeance of the USPHL’s Premier League.

“Going into this season, I was looking for a junior program that had a proven record of advancing players, and the Northern Cyclones organization was at the very top of that list,” Rosenbaum said after committing. “The pandemic made this year really difficult, especially because of the quarantines our team had to deal with and juggling of game schedules. But Coach Bill Weiand and the entire Cyclones organization made an incredible effort to keep our season going and play as many games as possible.”

Rosenbaum and Cyclones Premier finished the 2020-21 USPHL regular season with a record of 27-10-1. Their 55 points were good for third in the New England Division, while their .724 points percentage was second. Premier swept the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs 2-0 in a best-of-three First Round Series earlier in March.

“I would like to thank Coach Bill Weiand and the entire Northern Cyclones organization for pushing me and helping me reach my goal of playing college hockey! I am excited to continue my hockey career as a Golden Eagle!”

Monday, February 15, 2021

Alumnus makes the national news in a heart-warming way


You may have seen on ABC world news last week the story about Jim Kasta whose wedding took place in an ICU in Rochester. He played for Brockport in the early 1990s.

Said the newlywed Mrs. Kasta: “I guess my wish is for everyone to realize that even in the midst of a pandemic that love is always there and if you look you’ll find it.”

Watch the video and read the story here:

https://abcnews.go.com/US/valentines-day-hospital-patients-heart-warming-wedding-icu/story?id=75842275

Friday, February 5, 2021

An old interview with James Cody

With James Cody having been selected for the SUNYAC's All-Decade Team, let's reminisce. Here's a 2011 interview conducted by Mike Baggerman, who was one of hockey's voices for WBSU:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sL6b-nBFA84

Cody, Nieuwendyk celebrated by SUNYAC

 


Brockport alum's Chase Nieuwendyk and James Cody were named to the SUNYAC Men's Ice Hockey All-Decade Team in a release by the conference office on Friday.

Under the guidance of Head Coach Brian Dickinson, the Golden Eagles made seven SUNYAC Tournament appearances over the course of the decade. The green and gold posted 120 wins, including 65 victories in SUNYAC play in the decade. They also totaled eight seasons with double digit victories. They have made the conference tournament in six of the last seven seasons and they have posted two consecutive 15 win seasons.
 
Hailing from Georgetown, Ontario, Canada and having played in the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL), Chase Nieuwendyk brought his talents to Brockport playing four years for the green and gold from 2012-16. He is the only two-time All-American in program-history (2nd Team in 2016, 3rd Team in 2015) and he was a two-time SUNYAC All-Conference First Team selection. He also added D3hockey.com All-Region accolades to his credit.
 
In his senior season, he ranked seventh in the nation in scoring with an average of 1.42 points per game. He is tied for eighth all-time in career goals at Brockport with 45. He also finished his career with 56 assists in 92 career games. He capped his senior campaign by capturing his 100th career point in the last weekend of the season. He tied for the team lead in points in 2013-14 with 24 and would go on to lead the team during the 2014-15 season in goals (18) and points (30). In his final year playing for the Green and Gold, Nieuwendyk became just the fifth player in program-history to lead the team in goals (16) assists (24) and points (38) in a single season.
 
James Cody played four years in the green and gold (2008-12). In 2012, Cody earned All-American Second Team honors and he was also named the SUNYAC Player of the Year. He was a two-time SUNYAC All-Conference selection (1st team in 2012, 3rd team in 2011). He is currently the only player in program-history to earn SUNYAC Player of the Year honors and he was the first All-American in the history of the program.
 
Cody led the team in scoring for four consecutive seasons. His senior year, he scored his 100th career point in upset fashion over nationally-ranked No. 5 Elmira in overtime. Cody finished ranked sixth all-time in career points (116) and tied for fourth in career goals (60). He also added 56 total assists.
 
To be eligible for the all-decade team, athletes must have competed in the SUNYAC at least one season during the 2009-10 academic year through 2019-20 and athletes must have been named to the All-SUNYAC team more than once or named Athlete of the Year once. Athlete and Coach of the Decade recipients were previously named SUNYAC Athlete of the Year or Coach of the Year.

Brockport lands two on All-Decade Team

Longtime fans of the program will fondly remember James Cody and Chase Nieuwendyk. You knew you were watching greatness on the ice. Those men have been named to the SUNYAC's All-Decade team of the 2010s. Congratulations!!