Friday, December 31, 2010


Next week is a good week to be a Brockport hockey fan. The Golden Eagles host three home games, one on Tuesday the 4th (7:00), one on Friday the 7th (7:00) and another on Saturday the 8th (a rare 3:00 matinee).

Tuesday’s opponent is a tough one. Hobart is ranked 17th in the nation by the USCHO voters and is 6-3-1. They can be frightening, having put up plenty of goals against quality opponents, besting #1 Oswego 5-2 while downing Buffalo State 6-0, Neumann 7-2, and Elmira 6-5.

They have 3 scorers with 12 or more points, led by Matt Wallace (9 goals, 5 assists). He’s lightning quick as proved by his 4 shorthanded goals last season. Greg Cicola has 5 goals and 7 assists while Patrick Moriarty has 11 assists on the season. After those top 3, they have 3 defensemen in the 4th to 6th slots in team scoring, led by Ryan Corcoran and his 4 goals. So, they can score from anywhere.

Goaltender Nick Broadwater has played every minute of every game and has been lights out with a .927 save percentage which is even better than his excellent freshman campaign (.925%). With a goalie that talented, Hobart can certainly advance the puck and play aggressively.

Brockport will have their hands quite full against a team that beat them 4-1 last year.

That’s why it will good to take on Western New England College on Friday and Saturday.

The Golden Bears haven’t had a winning season since 1993-1994 and are currently 3-6-1.

It’s not for a lack of output, though. 5 men have 9 or more points, including Kory Grahl and Chris Connors who each have 17 points. To put that firepower into perspective, James Cody has 17 points…think of how good of a season he is having! Their leading goal scorer is Rory Hansen who has 7 on the year.

Defensively, it’s a different story for WNEC. 7 times they’ve allowed 5 or more goals this season, including 3 occasions where they allowed 7. Both of their goaltenders are sitting around a .875 saves percentage and they have been buried by shots…38 a game!! Brockport’s forwards, who are just getting on track, should put plenty of shots on goal. Friday’s and Saturday’s games should be very interesting.

None of the games will be heard on WBSU but they can be watched at