Tuesday, October 26, 2010


This week's Stylus has 3 different articles about the hockey team. The first one discusses the outlook for the season...

Hockey grows in 2010
Andy Lipari

The last two seasons have ended the same way for the Brockport hockey team. They have beaten Potsdam in the first round of the SUNYAC tournament and lost to Plattsburgh in the semifinals.

The 2010-2011 season will be the newest chapter in the growth of the Brockport hockey program. They had their first trip to the playoffs two seasons ago and the team is growing in confidence and pride by knowing that they are a contender every year.

The changes to Brockport's team are most notable between the pipes. Former goaltender Todd Sheridan has graduated and the job now belongs to junior Oliver Wren.

Wren has started 11 games, but most of them were non-conference games. Brockport Head Coach Brian Dickinson said his goaltending and the defense will be a strength of this team.

"I think most people are going to think it will be a weakness because Todd has graduated, but Wren is definitely ready to step into the number one roll," Dickinson said.

Dickinson also said he thinks the leadership on the team will be a strength. Brockport is returning its two captains from last year, including head captain Justin Noble.

"I really like the fact we are going to have some veteran leadership," Dickinson said. "I think our leadership will lead us to some big things this year."

Brockport will also miss Sean O'Malley. He was tied for the team lead in goals during the 2010-2011 regular season with 11. It's especially bad news because Dickinson said the offense is what needs to improve the most.

"We obviously have to score more goals this year," he said. "We scored just over three a game last season and we need to get that up into the four or four-and-a-half range. I think if we can do that we can compete with Plattsburgh and Oswego."

However, Brockport is returning a lot of its scoring threats, including James Cody. He tied O'Malley for the team-lead with 11 goals in the regular season and added three in the playoffs. He will be lined up with Tom Galiani and Ian Finnerty on a line Dickinson is happy to have. Ray Tremblay will return for his senior season after leading the team in assists during his junior year with 19.

Brockport opened its season against Utica on Friday, Oct. 22; a game they lost 3-1. Cody scored the first goal of the season in the first period, but it wasn't enough as the potent Utica offense couldn't be stopped in the later periods.

Brockport's first home game will be Friday, Oct. 29 against Potsdam in the Tuttle North Ice Arena.