While most students are away from Everything College during the long holiday weekend, the Golden Eagles ice hockey team will be representing Brockport this Saturday and Sunday at the Skidmore Invitational at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs.
The tourney begins at 2:00 Saturday with Skidmore taking on Nichols. Skidmore should win handily.
Brockport then takes on the University of New England Nor'easters at 5:00 PM Saturday. UNE's season has just started and they are 0-3-0 having lost to Salve Regina, Norwich, and St. Michael's. Not only is UNE's season young but so is its program. In the two previous seasons it was a club program, and it just became a varisty sport this season. The original program had disbanded back in the early 1980's following a rather successful run in the 1970's when the school was known as St. Francis. Despite UNE having won 14 games last season, there is a huge difference between club and varisty and Brockport will prove that with an easy win over the Nor'easters.
That would then put them in the 4:00 Sunday championship game against Skidmore. The Thoroughbreds have been a competitive team, going 13-10-3 last year and are 2-1-0 on this young season. Last year, they looked a lot like Brockport...a middle-of-the-road team in regards to scoring (their leading goal scorers had 10 goals each), but one that put it all together to win games with strong goaltending and a swarming defensive approach. These teams look equally matched and it should make for Brockport's most-exciting non-conference game of the season.
If any students are from the Capital Region, make it a point to stop by the tournament this weekend and cheer on the green and gold...well, our green and gold, NOT Skidmore's ;)