Tuesday, November 17, 2009


From the pages of this week's Brockport Stylus...

Silveira's hat trick leads Brockport
Andrew Lipari

Ryan Silveira's hat trick helped lift The College at Brockport past the Buffalo State Bengals Friday, Nov. 13 - something the Golden Eagles could have used the following day in the teams loss to Fredonia.

Buffalo State goalie Alan Fritch was coming into the game against Brockport giving more than four goals a game. It was no secret the gameplan for Brockport was to get the puck to the net. "We knew he was a big goalie and we tried to get as many shots on him as we could," Silveira said. "We tried to shoot low on him. My goals weren't spectacular, they were just random, low shots that went in."

With two minutes left, Buffalo State pulled Fritch but Silveira had two goals already and was looking for the third. A backhand shot from just inside the red line gave Silveira his third goal.

"It's always special to get a hat trick, and it's something you watch to see if they're going to pull the goalie," head coach Brian Dickinson said. "It was fortunate for him his line was up when they pulled the goalie. The players all know so they get it to the red line and put it in. Hat tricks don't come easy and that's a great memory for him. He's a talented player. To throw it up from the red line and have it go dead center takes some skill."

Buffalo State only had four defensemen dressed and Brockport wore them down as the game went on. Brockport scored three times in the last 30 minutes, while Buffalo State had five penalties in the same span. Dickinson didn't know why the Bengals were so thin, but it helped Brockport get the win. All four of Brockport's games have started with their opponent scoring first, and Buffalo State continued that trend, making the first five.

At 1:16, Jim Durham scored on a tipped puck Todd Sheridan lost, giving Buffalo State the early 1-0 lead.Brockport answered with three in a row. Tom Galiani snapped a shot just under the crossbar at 15:35 and Silveira batted in his first goal two minutes later. Brockport set up their power play well, which is a change considering their struggles, and Gregg Amato slapped a shot from the point to give Brockport a 3-1 lead after two periods. Buffalo State scored in the third when Nick Petriello was left in front of the net, making it 3-2. Silveira scored twice in the last eight minutes to get the win.

Sheridan had 36 saves for Brockport, while Fritch had 22 for Buffalo State.

Coming into the game against Brockport, Fredonia had been scoring nearly five goals a game. A 5-3 win Saturday was right on par with its season average. Fredonia's big guns, James Muscatello, Alex Morton and Jeff Aonso all came into the game with 11 points already in this young season. Muscatello and Morton have six goals a piece with five assists, while Aonso's 11 points are all assists. Fredonia crashed the net hard on every shot, and when they had space, they knew what to do with it. There were a few occasions a Blue Devil player went flying down the wing with the intent on putting the puck in the net, not looking for an extra pass.

"They got some big bodies that can skate," Dickinson said. "They are hard to control and our defense didn't do a good job, so they got second, third and fourth chances. We tweaked our fore check a little and didn't commit our third guy as quickly with their offense. We tried to get our guys to crash in hard, we were successful for half the game and half the game the second guy coasted like an alligator through the weeds, watching. That's not our style."

For the first time this season, Brockport got on the board first. Tyler Davis put in a backhand to give Brockport the lead 1-0.With a two-man-advantage, Chris de Bruyn put the puck in for Fredonia as Sheridan was crawling around on the ice trying to find the shooter. Adam Shoff scored on a hard angle down low to give Brockport a 2-1 lead after the first period.

James Muscatello started the scoring in the second period when he came down the right wing and blasted a laser passed Sheridan to tie the game at 2. Fredonia's Mat Hehr put in a rebound for his seventh goal of the year, and smashed against the glass in front of the Brockport student section, setting off a wave of groans.

On the power play in the third period, Justin Noble jammed the puck in to tie the game and returned the glass-smashing favor to the student section. Fredonia answered by scoring twice in the last seven minutes. After a Blue Devil goal was disallowed, Ian Cosgrove put in the go-ahead goal a minute later.

Bryan Ross iced it for Fredonia when he took a turnover and snapped the shot in the corner for give Fredonia the 5-3 win.

"We tried to do too much and we should have made the easy plays and get it to the blue line," Silveira said. "Costly turnovers were the difference in the game."

In the net, Sheridan stopped 35 shots and Pat Street had 26 saves for Fredonia.

The loss drops Brockport to 2-4 (2-3 in SUNAYC) which has them looking up at powerhouses Oswego and Plattsburgh in a tie at fourth place in the SUNAYC conference.