James Cody has an impeccable hockey resume. One of the greatest players in team history, in his first 2 seasons with the Golden Eagles he led the team in goals and scoring and has been a physically dominant force on the ice. This season he has furthered cemented his standing on the team, leading in scoring once again and making a very strong case to be on the All-SUNYAC team.
In yesterday afternoon’s 8-3 annihilation of Western New England College, James dominated yet again and achieved his first-ever NCAA hat trick. While doing so, he took over the national lead in scoring with 25 points…yes, the national lead! Way to go, James!
His first goal came at the 14:29 mark in the 1st on a power play where WNEC’s goalie TJ Fatse committed to his right, giving James a wide open left side. He scored twice in the 3rd . One was at even strength where he blasted a wicked wrister five-hole on Fatse. He completed the hat trick with 28 seconds left in the game with a slap shot while on the power play. James also assisted on the second goal of the game with a shot so hard off the pad of Fatse that it perfectly fed an oncoming Tom Galiani.
Brockport picked up right where they left off in Friday’s game. They scored goals and put shots on goal by focusing on team hockey, carrying out orchestrated rushes and setting themselves up to collect rebounds while abandoning the cutesy singular hockey too many guys had greedily tried to play earlier this year. They dominated on the power play going 4 for 9 on Saturday. Their performance on the PP this weekend took them from second worst in the nation to 18th. What a jump! If they can keep all of this up, we’re talking about a serious run at the playoffs this semester, overcoming the disastrous first semester.
The first goal of the game came just over 2 minutes into the game when Justin Noble collected a ricochet off the post and buried it. The fourth Brockport goal of the first may have been the prettiest of the game…Adam Shoff was falling backwards just outside of the goal crease and somehow managed to pocket a backhand goal.
The second period was 20 minutes of 1-1 play. Brockport’s Mike Hayward scored on a power play as he was perfectly fed by Shoff.
WNEC’s goal came on a rare lapse of good judgment from Brockport. A Brockport player behind our net passed in front of the net, right to WNEC’s Cam Napolitan who was only 8 feet in front and put the shot between an unsuspecting Joey Reagan’s legs. The Brockport player certainly deserved an assist on this goal.
Joey played at a high level again on Saturday. With 18:44 remaining in the second, he went spread eagle to bust up a breakaway and then with 14:10 left in the second he had an impressive glove save on another breakaway.
The third period saw Brockport outscore the visitors 3-2. Mike Kaselouskas got both WNEC goals a day after being Friday’s third star. The first one was a result of risky coaching by WNEC… Brockport was 2 men down so WNEC’s coach pulled the goalie for an extra attacker. The swarm was just too much for Brockport to contain. WNEC tried it again minutes later and was stymied in their efforts. Brockport’s non-Cody goal came from Chris Berardini who collected his own rebound to score his first goal of the season.
It was an impressive game all the way around. Matt Deluca saw a lot of minutes and it looks like he is developing into the top defenseman. He is a tempo setter who eats up the clock with his puck possession. That style of play will be key when taking on the SUNYAC’s best. Another tempo setter is Bobby Conner…he didn’t appear in last night’s score sheet but he was instrumental in playing keep-away last night and did wonders in moving the puck through the WNEC zone. His ability to move the puck was frustrating to WNEC who twice went after Bobby, who plays the game cleanly and is not usually a target of hatred. Nick Panepinto saw some ice time on Saturday and he made due on his chances by putting on 2 hits in the first (including the best one of the game) and throwing some shots on goal in the 3rd. His efforts showcased the blue-collar efforts of this young team.
The report from the Athletic Department....
Junior James Cody (Schwenksville, PA) scored three goals and six different College at Brockport ice hockey players scored goals as the Golden Eagles’ high-octane offense blitzed Western New England College 8-3 Saturday afternoon in the second of a two-game series with the Golden Bears at Brockport’s Tuttle North Ice Arena.
A day after rolling Western New England 9-6 Friday night, Brockport’s (3-12-1 overall) offense got back at it Saturday, scoring four first-period goals to seize control for good. By the time Cody cemented his first collegiate hat trick on a power play goal with just 28 seconds remaining, Brockport had scored 17 goals over the two-day series, the most in back-to-back home contests since the Golden Eagles scored 16 against Framingham (Mass.) Jan. 11-12, 2008.
The scoring outburst was Brockport’s highest two-game total since the Golden Eagles scored 18 goals in back-to-back road games against Neumann College Jan. 18-19 2002.
“For two days, we pretty much had our way with them,” said Brian Dickinson, Brockport’s head coach. “It was important for us to play well this weekend. If you don’t, it’s two weeks until our next game (against Potsdam, Jan. 21) so it can eat at you. We feel well about ourselves after this two-game stretch, but we still have work left to do in the SUNYAC.”
A day after scoring two goals with four assists, junior Ian Finnerty (Ardmore, PA) handed out two more assists and senior Justin Noble (Georgetown, ONT) and sophomore Mike Hayward (Toronto, ONT) each had a goal and two assists.
Freshman Brendon Rothfuss (Webster, NY) had two assists, senior Chris Berardini (Batavia, NY) and junior Adam Shoff (Port Dover, ONT) each had a goal and an assist while senior Tom Galiani (Lindenhurst, NY) added a goal for Brockport.
The Golden Eagles converted on four of nine power play attempts, including a pair in the first period as Noble and Cody scored with the man advantage.
Dickinson said the Golden Eagles’ recent offensive prowess can be credited to capitalizing on rebound opportunities, controlling the corners and a good week of practice, when Brockport’s players worked on dumping the puck deep into the zone and chasing it down on even-man rushes instead of trying to beat the defense one-on-one and turning the puck over.
Western New England (3-8-1 overall) cut into Brockport’s lead and trailed just 5-3 with 9:29 remaining in the third, but Cody and Berardini (first goal of the year) each scored goals 66 seconds apart, and Cody finished the scoring at the 19:32 mark.
“The kids talked me into putting Cody back out there so he could get a chance at his first hat trick," Dickinson said. "It was nice to see him cap it off, hat tricks are rare at our level, so it was a nice personal moment for Cody.
Brockport outshot Western New England 20-8 in the first period, 19-8 in the third and 58-27 for the game. Freshman Joe Reagan (Yonkers, NY) stopped 24 shots for his second win in as many nights.