Saturday, October 30, 2010


Observations and thoughts about tonight’s 7-3 loss to Plattsburgh…

· The season is not lost. Look back at last season: In the first 2 games of SUNYAC play Brockport fell 6-3 to Potsdam and 4-1 to Plattsburgh. This year really isn’t much different. The Plattsburgh game was a little more lopsided tonight, but they were motivated to destroy Brockport after having been upset by Geneseo on Friday

· Even though the score and statistics were worse than last night’s, the Golden Eagles performed at a higher level tonight than they did on Friday. They definitely eliminated some of Friday’s problems. It was just that tonight they were facing what is arguably one of the top three teams in DIII. Plattsburgh is good. Damn good

· Goaltender Oliver Wren had his work cut out for him and played pretty well. He faced 56 shots and of the 7 that got by him, only 2 were goaltending errors (which are going to happen when facing so many shots). The other 5 were caused by either Brockport defensive lapses or some incredible skill by Plattsburgh. He made plenty of nifty saves…the best was a sprawling kick in the first where he used his foot – and great coordination - to bat away a rebound shot. 9 out of 10 times that would go in on any goalie

· I am really liking the calmness that I am seeing out of Oliver…he’s been in everyone’s sights the past 3 games (125 shots on goal…or 42 shots/game), but he seems unfazed by the incredible workload. A lot of guys would get a little frenzied and frazzled if they were in his position

· Brendan Rothfuss could end up having a nice season once he gets further acclimated to the NCAA. He assisted on a goal and shows goal scoring potential having had 3 of Brockport’s 19 shots on goal. He showed excellent separation from anyone covering him

· Freshman Pat Hayden looked good the past 2 nights, too. He’s not afraid to mix it up and he’s aggressive at chasing the puck

· One of the better defensive plays of the night was Mike Hayward’s break-up of a Dylan Clarke break-away that was looking to be a for-sure goal. Clarke rarely loses on such chances

· Ray Tremblay’s goal was a nice one-timer over then Cardinal goalie’s shoulder that showed great speed on the release. It was a difficult angle that demanded force and accuracy. He showed both

·Ian Finnerty’s bouncing goal was his first point of the season. I still think he’s good for 30 points. Goodness knows James Cody is…he added another goal and assist tonight and has 5 points after 3. Not too shabby

Here’s what the Athletic Department reported about the game…

Junior James Cody (Schwenksville, PA) and senior Ray Tremblay (Peachland, BC) each scored one goal and each added an assist for The College at Brockport Hockey team but and early 3-0 lead by Plattsburgh led to a 7-3 victory over the Golden Eagles in a State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) game Saturday at the Tuttle North Arena in Brockport.

Plattsburgh (1-1 Overall, 1-1 SUNYAC) scored three times in the first period with the first coming 20 seconds into the first power play of the game. The Cardinals held the 3-0 lead after the first period.

In the second period, Brockport (0-3, 0-2) jumped right back into the game with two quick goals to start the period as Tremblay scored his first goal of the season 2:33 into the period and Ian Finnerty (Ardmore, PA) added his first of the year exactly 2:33 later and the Golden Eagles had cut the lead to 3-2.

Late in the period, Plattsburgh added two goals – both by Kyle Kudroch – to regain the three-goal advantage. In the third period, the Cardinals scored 2:38 into the stanza for a 6-2 advantage and made it a 7-2 game with 2:28 to play in the final period.

Cody scored his second of the season with 34 seconds remaining for the final score.

Plattsburgh was successful on three-of-six power play opportunities and fired 56 shots at junior Oliver Wren (Oakville, ONT). Brockport had just three extra-man opportunities and were limited to 22 shots on goal.