The recap from the Brockport Athletic Department....
Senior Dave McNab (Hamilton, ONT) scored twice and added an assist and fellow seniors Aaron Boyer (Calgary, ALB) and Tim Crowley (Brasher Falls, NY) each added a goal and two assists as The College at Brockport Hockey team scored a 5-3 victory over SUNY Cortland and clinched a spot in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Tournament. The Golden Eagles won the SUNYAC contest Saturday night at the Tuttle North Ice Arena in Brockport.
The victory for Brockport (13-7-3 Overall, 7-5-2 SUNYAC) gives the Golden Eagles 16 points in the latest SUNYAC standings and clinches at least a top-six finish in the conference standings assuring Brockport a spot in the six-team playoff format. It is the second time in the past three seasons that Brockport has earned a SUNYAC playoff spot.
Sophomore Chris Berardini (Batavia, NY) opened the scoring for Brockport early in the first period with his third goal of the season with less than five minutes elapsed in the contest. Within the first minute of the second period, McNab gave Brockport a 2-0 lead with an unassisted short-handed goal as he intercepted a pass and gloved the puck to the ice before skating in for the break away goal.
Cortland (8-13-2, 5-7-2) closed the gap with the first of three power play goals on the night two minutes later but Crowley regained the two-goal advantage for Brockport with six minutes left in the period as he took a pass from McNab and Boyer for the 3-1 lead.
In the third period, Cortland opened the scoring with another power play goal at the 2:48 mark of the period but 21 seconds later, Boyer scored with assists from McNab and Crowley for a 4-2 Brockport lead.
The Red Dragons closed to within a goal for the third time in the game two minutes later with their third power play tally but with 12 minutes left in the game, McNab scored again after a scramble for possession in front of the Cortland goal and Brockport had the 5-3 lead.
Cortland pressured late in the game but junior Todd Sheridan (Edison, NJ) made 18 third-period saves to preserve the victory.