Wednesday, November 30, 2011


The Golden Eagles made good on their goal to acquire $2,000 in donations for their Movember campaign. With only hours left in the month the team page shows $2,020 in donations!

Way to go, guys! Great job in drumming up support for the cause!



Be sure to listen to the Bob Lonsberry Show Thursday on WHAM. Bob will be interviewing Brockport Hockey alumnus Todd Sheridan about Saves For A Cure and the upcoming weekend of fundraising. Todd will be on sometime during the hours of 11:00 and 2:00 (exact time is yet to be determined). In the Rochester area listen on air at 1180 AM. Elsewhere, listen online at



Movember charity team fundraises for prostate cancer with help from mustaches
By Tim Fenster news editor

The mustaches that sprout up after Halloween do more than temporarily change the faces of some typically clean-shaven men. Movember, a world-wide charity movement driven by the concept of growing a mustache during the month of November, raised more than $7.5 million in 2010 for men's health groups, such as the Prostate Cancer Foundation, LIVESTRONG and the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

College at Brockport students got involved by starting the Brockport Golden Eagles, a Movember team that has raised $1,829 as of press time Monday, Nov. 28.

"I think everyone did a good job sending the message to relatives and friends," said senior Adam Shoff, who is the team captain. "Anything we can do to raise money and awareness toward cancer is important to a lot of people."

The 28-member team is mainly comprised of Brockport men's hockey players. Every member of this sports team is growing facial hair and fundraising for the cause, Shoff said.

For senior goaltender Oliver Wren, who has raised $355 as of Monday, Nov. 28 — the most of anyone on the team — participation is part of hockey tradition.

"Lots of NHL franchises and teams have joined the cause for fighting against prostate cancer, so we felt like we could do our part," Wren said. "Lots of families have been affected by cancer [so] it was a no-brainer to do what we could to support the charity."

The team set an initial goal of $2,000. It remains to be seen if the team can pull together the less than $200 remaining between press time Monday, Nov. 28 and the fundraising deadline Thursday, Dec. 1.

"We felt that ($2,000) was a reasonable goal we could shoot for," Shoff said. "A lot of guys got money coming in, [so] I feel pretty optimistic about reaching our goal."

Donations have surged in recent weeks from a $200 total about midway through November, Shoff said.

For Wren, as well as many other Movember participants, the fight against cancer is a personal one.

"My grandfather passed away from cancer and my parents and grandmother both contributed [to Movember]," Wren said. "I thank my family and also my friends from home and from Brockport. A lot of guys are working hard to raise money."

The Wren family has donated hundreds to the cause, according to

The Brockport men's hockey team is also working with Saves for a Cure, a Rochester-based nonprofit organization that helps patients with cancer.

When men's hockey takes on Morrisville Saturday, Dec. 3, they will be wearing specially designed Saves for a Cure jerseys that will be auctioned off to fundraise for the organization.

Some Movember participants may appreciate the shave that will precede this game.

However, one men's hockey player — the loser of an end-of-Movember shoot-out contest — will be stuck with the mustache until students leave for winter break, Shoff said.

Shoff hopes the Movember charity efforts will continue after the mustaches are trimmed.

"Hopefully it (Movember fundraising) will carry on (at Brockport) and get bigger as the years go by," he said.

To donate to Brockport's Movember team, go to and search for the Brockport Golden Eagles.


Tuesday, November 29, 2011


The College at Brockport Men's Ice Hockey team will host its' fourth annual Saves for a Cure game on Dec. 3 against Morrisville State in the Tuttle North Ice Arena at 7 pm.

Saves for a Cure is a charitable organization that was started by former Brockport standout goalie and assistant coach Todd Sheridan in 2007 to raise money to help children cope with the difficulties of cancer treatments throughout the Rochester area. Sheridan was 20 years old when he was diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma in both his tongue and neck.

Sheridan's foundation consists of raising money through saves, meaning that any save made by a Brockport goalie during the season raises money through the donations of local businesses. In the first three years of existence, Saves for a Cure has raised over $17,000. The Brockport Athletic Department donates all ticket sales to the cause.

The team also raises money by auctioning off their customized jerseys and a benefit dinner. The dinner will be held at 58 Main Restaurant Bar and Smokin BBQ on Sunday, Dec. 4 from noon- 4 pm. The cost is $10 per plate. There will also be a Chinese Auction held at the benefit.

Players' jerseys are currently being auctioned off until 5 pm on Dec. 4. The jerseys are usually the biggest portion of money raised, including last years' total of $2,385. Winners of the auction will be announced Sunday night and will be contacted via e-mail.

A representative and cancer patient from the Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester was chosen for a celebrity puck drop to kick-off the game.

Auction website:


Monday, November 28, 2011


The SUNYAC has announced the Men’s Ice Hockey Athlete of the Week honors for the week ending Nov. 27.


James Cody (Schwenksville, PA), senior forward

James Cody scored four goals and added three assists on the weekend at the Skidmore College Invitational as Brockport finished 1-0-1. Saturday night Cody scored a power play goal late in the third period and then picked up a short-handed assist in the final two minutes as the Golden Eagles tied Hamilton 5-5. On Sunday, Cody netted a hat trick against Nichols College in a 7-3 win. He reached 50 career-goals and needs two points to reach the 100 point mark. Cody was named the All-Tournament team.



Senior forward James Cody (Schwenksville, PA) of The College at Brockport Men's Ice Hockey team has been named Male Athlete of the Week after helping the Golden Eagles to a 1-0-1 record over the weekend.

Participating in the Skidmore College Invitational Tournament in Saratoga Springs, Cody notched his 50th career goal as part of a hat trick in the consolation game on Sunday afternoon. Cody's three goals came in a 7-3 victory over Nichols College. He has moved into a tie for No. 6 on the all-time goals list, and needs only two points to reach the 100-career point mark.

In the first round of the tournament on Saturday, Cody and the Golden Eagles skated to a 5-5 tie with Hamilton College. Cody scored one goal and had three assists on the day. One of the assists came with 1:10 to play as Cody and Ian Finnerty (Ardmore, PA) fed Adam Shoff (Port Dover, ONT) to tie the game at five.

Cody's seven points over the weekend earned him a spot on the All-Tournament team. This is the second time this season Cody has been named Athlete of the Week at Brockport.



The Athletic Department reports on Sunday's win...

Senior James Cody (Schwenksville, PA) scored career goals number 48, 49 and 50 to lead The College at Brockport Hockey team to a 7-3 victory over Nichols College Sunday afternoon in the consolation game of the Skidmore College Invitational Tournament in Saratoga Springs.

Cody's 50 career goals ties him for No. 6 on the all-time list with Sean O'Neill who played in the mid-90's. He also moved closer to the 100-career point mark and stands at 98 points with 50 goals and 48 assists in his prolific career.

Brockport (2-6-2) fell behind allowing a pair of goals in the second period but used a power play goal by Cody with 3:30 left in the period to get the offense back on track. One minute later, freshman Troy Polino (Limerick, PA) scored on a wrap-around shot to tie the game at 2-2.

“I was impressed with the way (James) Cody stepped up his play especially with the way we had to change up the lines during the game,” said head coach Brian Dickinson. “He took it upon himself to carry the team and he really kept his composure and gave the team a great spark at the end of the second period and into the third.”

Early in the third period, Ian Finnerty (Ardmore, PA) was whistled with a major penalty and a game misconduct for hitting from behind leaving the Golden Eagles on a five-minute penalty kill. Cody stole a pass a minute into the man advantage and skated the length of the ice on a breakaway and scored with a shot to the glove side to give Brockport the 3-2 lead.

Two minutes later, Nichols had a player called for a contact to the head and game misconduct penalty giving Brockport the man advantage and sophomore Steve Sachman (Medford, NY) took advantage with a power play goal to stretch the lead to 4-2 with less than 13 minutes left in the third period.

After Nichols (1-5-1) scored to cut the lead to 4-3 at the midpoint of the period, Cody completed the hat trick as time was running down with 2:10 left in the period as he sent a wrist shot into the top corner of the goal.

Just 43 seconds later, Polino scored his second goal of the game with assists going to Sachman and Chris Cangro (Holbrook, NY) to make it a 6-3 Brockport lead. With 39 seconds remaining, Colby Spooner (Hilton, NY) netted his first goal of the season with assists from Brett Jendra (Bolingbrook, IL) and Alexander Quendler (Klosterneuberg, Austria) each picking up their first points of the season.

Freshman Aaron Green (Mt. Albert, ONT) made his first career start and stopped 18 shots to earn the victory. Jacob Rinn made 30 saves including 17 in the third period when Brockport held a 22-5 shots advantage.

“Aaron (Green) played a very good game with his first career start,” said Dickinson. “He didn't need to make a lot of saves but he made the ones we needed him to especially in the third period when we were only up a goal and they were on a power play.”

Brockport returns to action, Saturday, December 3 with a 7 pm game at home against Morrisville. The game has been designated as the Saves for a Cure benefit game. Brockport will be wearing special jerseys that will be auctioned off after the game. The on-line auction will run all week and end Sunday, December 4 at 5 pm.


Sunday, November 27, 2011


The Athletic Department offers this recap of Saturday's game...

Junior Nick Panepinto (Tonawanda, NY) scored two goals including a power play goal in the third period to lead The College at Brockport Hockey team to a 5-5 tie with Hamilton College Saturday night in the first round of the Skidmore College Invitational Tournament in Saratoga Springs.

Hamilton (1-1-1) advanced to the championship game with a 2-0 win in the penalty shot shootout to determine which team would advance on in the Tournament. Brockport (1-6-2) will play Nichols College at 1 pm Sunday in the consolation game and Hamilton will play Skidmore at 4 pm in the championship.

Brockport fell behind 2-0 after one period of play but battled back and trailed early in the third period by a 3-2 score when Panepinto scored his second goal of the game to knot the score at 3-3. Panepinto scored with a shot to the short side with Brockport on a power play and just less than 12 minutes to play in the period.

Hamilton scored just over a minute later on a power play of its own to regain the lead at 4-3 and the score remained there until Panepinto found himself in the mix again. This time, on another Brockport power play, Panepinto fed James Cody (Schwenksville, PA) of the corner of the crease and Cody jammed in the game-tying goal with just over five minutes to play in the third period.

“Nick (Panepinto) took his game to a new level tonight,” said head coach Brian Dickinson. “He outworked everyone on the ice and certainly came to play. He was our best player tonight.”

With two minutes remaining in the period, Hamilton used a 2-on-1 rush up the ice and a high shot to the glove side of goalie Joe Reagan (Yonkers, NY) for the 5-4 lead late in the period.

With the Continentals on a power play late in the period, Brockport called Reagan to the bench for the extra skater as Cody had his one-timer saved but Adam Shoff (Port Dover, ONT) was there to knock in the rebound and tie the score at 5-5 with 1:10 remaining in the period.

“I thought the way we kept coming back especially with the goal at the end showed great character,” said Dickinson. “(James) Cody and (Adam) Shoff showed great leadership on that shift because they were both out there for the penalty kill and had to dig deep for us.”

There was no scoring in the five minute overtime period and the game officially ended in a tie. In the shootout to determine which team would play for the championship against Skidmore, Hamilton scored on two of its three shots and Brockport was unable to score in its two shot. Brockport's third shot was unnecessary since Hamilton had the two-goal lead with one shot remaining.



Friday, November 25, 2011


Whereas most Brockport students are out of commission for 4 or 5 days, the hockey team, on the other hand, will be taking the ice over the holiday weekend. After practice sessions at Tuttle they are traveling to Saratoga Springs to play in the Skidmore Invitational.

The Golden Eagles will take on Hamilton at 5:00 PM on Saturday. Hamilton's season is young (1-1-0), but last year is a good gauge of what Brockport will face. In 2010-2011, the Hamilton College men's ice hockey team enjoyed its best season since the 1997-98 campaign. Hamilton finished with an overall record of 14-7-4. One of those road wins was against then-No. 1 SUNY Oswego on Dec. 30 as part of Oswego's PathFinder Bank Hockey Classic. The Lakers hadn't lost at home in their previous 25 games.

Their best scoring threat is Michael DiMare who was voted the NESCAC rookie of the year after 15 goals and 12 assists. 9 other players had 10 points (none more than 20). Their best player, All-American Joe Houk, didn't return for his junior year this year. The dynamic defenseman had a jaw dropping 17-16-33 line last season. Cam Gibbar and Joe Quattrocchi are the returning goalies. Both started three games last season and sported saves percentages in the .890s.

Depending on who wins this game and who wins the other Saturday match-up, Brockport will play either Nichols or Skidmore on Sunday to round out the tournament.

One Brockport player who should be watched is James Cody. He's 4 goals short of the 50 goal mark. It's not out of the question that he could reach that mark this weekend, or set himself up with 1 or 2 goals remaining to achieve that special milestone at either of the 2 home games in December.

Both Brockport games can be heard on WBSU at 89.1 FM and online at

Have a great Thanksgiving, everyone!


Wednesday, November 23, 2011


The 2011-12 Saves For a Cure jersey auction is live on the Brockport website. The Auction will end at 5 pm Sunday, December 4 with bids being accepted at the Spaghetti Dinner. The bids will be updated as often as possible.

The jerseys will be worn by the team for the December 3rd game against SUNYAC rival Morrisvile.

All proceeds benefit Saves For a Cure, which ultimately benefits area youth dealing with cancer.

Here is the link:



Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Brockport, NY – The College at Brockport, State University of New York, announced today Athletic Director Noah LeFevre will leave the College and that current Associate Director of Athletics Erick Hart will become Interim Director of Athletics in mid-December.

LeFevre, who came to Brockport in July 2010 from New York University, has accepted a position at Manhattan College, a Division I program located in New York City.

“We wish Noah the best for the future as he returns to New York City. I thank him for all that’s been accomplished at Brockport under his AD leadership from introducing a new brand for Golden Eagle Athletics to exponential increases in fund-raising for our Golden Eagle society” said College President John R. Halstead. “We’re extremely fortunate that we have a highly qualified Interim Athletic Director on our staff in the person of Associate AD Hart. Erick has extensive experience in supervising intercollegiate athletics teams, facilities management, and events planning and knows SUNYAC well.”

The College competes in 23 men’s and women’s sports at the Division III level. Current facility improvements include renovation of the Tuttle Athletic Complex, construction of the $44 million Special Events Recreation Center, and the installation of turf fields. Additionally, the commitment of Brockport’s student-athletes goes beyond the classrooms and playing fields. Community service activities support organizations in both the Village of Brockport and Greater Rochester, with one example being raising $20,000 over the past four years for Saves for a Cure, a not-for-profit started by a former Golden Eagle Hockey player and cancer survivor.

Hart joined Brockport in July 2011 after previously serving as an Assistant Athletic Director at New Paltz since 2007. There he developed policies and procedures for a new Athletics and Wellness Center, created an operations plan for all athletic facilities and devised both an emergency action plan for the athletics department and an event management manual for athletic contests. Hart has also worked at Seton Hall University and Misericordia (PA) University.

“When I came to Brockport, I arrived with a desire to help re-establish the preeminence of one of the standout programs in the SUNYAC as well as in the northeast region and the nation,” Hart said. “Now with this new opportunity, I want to promote the hard work that takes place on behalf of the student-athletes and coaches at our institution within the overall mission of the college. Athletics is not more important but has a different importance from other educational experiences our students have throughout their time at our institution.”

Hart earned his B.S. in Sport and Recreation Management from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford in 2002, and received his M.Ed. in Sport Administration from Millersville (PA) University in 2003.

Associate Director of Athletics Susan Hoffman and Assistant Director of Athletics Jessica Wheeler will assist Hart in advancing the Athletics program and maintaining momentum on several important initiatives.


Monday, November 21, 2011


Save yourself a plate at the second annual Saves For a Cure Benefit Dinner!

It will be held Sunday, December 4th from noon till 4:00pm at 58 Main Restaurant Bar & Smokin BBQ, just north of the lift bridge.

Dinner Includes:

Pasta with Meatballs
Bread and Butter
Non-alcoholic Fountain Drink

Dine-in or take-out available.

There will also be a Chinese Auction!

This event is being coordinated by The College at Brockport Recreational Services Student Supervisors. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from a Recreation Student Supervisor or at the HUB office. For more information please call the Hub office at (585) 395-5051.

All proceeds go to Saves For a Cure, the local Non- Profit organization started by former Brockport Goalie, Todd Sheridan. Proceeds are donated to local childrens cancer facilities.

Come on out and support this wonderful cause!



North Country This Week recaps the Saturday game against the Bears...

Potsdam senior captain Sy Nutkevitch (Montreal, Quebec/Cornwall Colts) and sophomore forward Adam Place (Scarborough, Ontario/Bowmansville Eagles) each recorded two goals and two assists to lead the SUNY Potsdam men’s hockey team (4-3, 3-3 SUNYAC) to a 5-3 win over Brockport (1-6-1, 1-5-1).

Bears freshman forward Trevor Cope (Swartz Creek, Mich./Atlanta Jr. Knights) also had a four-point night with a goal and three assists.

Potsdam opened the game with a fast pace and scored the first goal just 2:31 into the contest.

Nutkevitch scored on a rebound off a shot from Cope. Potsdam then successfully killed a 1:47 five-on-three power play at the 10:24 mark, but Brockport picked up some momentum. At 15:22, Golden Eagle sophomore forward Chris Cangro (Holbrook, N.Y./N.Y. Bobcats) poked home a rebound to tie the score.

The Bears ramped up their play in the second period and scored three straight goals in the in the first five minutes. Cope found the net 1:26 into the period. Place scored the next two at 3:38 and 5:13 to increase the lead to 4-1. At 9:21, junior defenseman Mike Hayward (Toronto, Ontario/Vaughan Vipers) scored a power-play goal to get Brockport back to within 4-2. The teams traded penalties for the rest of the period and the score remained the same into the second intermission.

After Golden Eagle sophomore defenseman Patrick Hayden (Springfield, Pa./Philadelphia Little Flyers) was whistled for a boarding major and a game misconduct, the Potsdam offense picked up again. Nutkevitch scored his second of the contest at 2:34. Less than two minutes later Brockport senior forward James Cody (Schwenksville, Pa./Philadelphia Little Flyers) cut the lead to 5-3 on the power play. Over the game’s final 15 minutes, 10 penalties were called, but the Golden Eagles got no closer.

Bears freshman goalie Dylan Ellis (Oakville, Ontario/Aurora Panthers) made 37 saves, including 17 in the final period, to pick up his third win of the season. Brockport senior goalie Oliver Wren (Oakville, Ontario/Oakville Blades) finished with 32 saves.

Potsdam was 1-3 on the power play and the Golden Eagles finished 2-11.

“I was extremely happy with how our guys responded to Brockport’s challenges tonight,” said Bears Head Coach Chris Bernard. “Our guys come to the rink and want to get better every day. They work hard every day and put the team before themselves.”

Bernard was especially pleased with Nutkevitch and his freshman goaltender.

“That’s why he’s our captain,” added Bernard. “He’s a two-way player and he can do it all. I think Dylan Ellis made every big save for us he could all weekend and gave the defense confidence to do its job.



Sunday, November 20, 2011


The Atheltics Department reports on the team's Movember drive...

That loud scratching noise you have been hearing around the Tuttle North Athletic Complex might just be coming from The College at Brockport Hockey team locker room since the entire team is working on the growth of mustaches for the annual Movember cancer awareness and fundraising effort.

The team – headed by Team Captain Adam Shoff (Port Dover, ONT) - started the month clean shaven and is in the midst of a team competition to find out who can grow the best mustache during the month of November. The national Movember campaign started several years ago with groups of men dedicating the entire month to mustache growth for cancer awareness.

The Golden Eagles joined the effort this year and have set a fundraising goal of $2,000 through on-line pledges and donations at their designated team site at: .

“Over the last few years cancer has been close to our team,” said Shoff. “Most of us played with Todd Sheridan and continue to help with his Saves For a Cure campaign to raise money after he survived a bout with cancer and just this summer EJ Maguire (a former Brockport player, coach and recently inducted into the Golden Eagle Athletic Hall of Fame) passed away after a courageous battle with the disease.”

Sheridan's foundation – Saves For a Cure – has raised nearly $20,000 in the past four years with money being donated to the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center in Rochester.

The players will be collecting donations on the website for the remainder of the month with hopes of not only reaching their goal but surpassing it.

On December 3, when the Golden Eagles take on Morrisville, the players will be wearing specially designed Saves For a Cure jerseys for the fourth straight year in the annual fundraising effort for Sheridan's foundation. The jerseys will be auctioned off and other donations will be collected for the cause.



Plattsburgh's local paper wrote the following about Friday's game....

Ryan Farnan tallied three consecutive goals in the second period as Plattsburgh State showed off its offensive skills by piling up six goals Friday.

But coach Bob Emery was more impressed with the ones Brockport didn't score.

The Cardinals, who came in averaging three goals against per game, allowed just one for a 6-1 SUNY Athletic Conference men's hockey win in their first home game of the season.

Nick Jensen scored twice for Plattsburgh (4-1), and Matt MacLeod added another.

"I think we played pretty smart as a team," Emery said. "I told the guys when it was 3-0, 'I don't care how many goals we get; I care how many they get.' Because I think that the focus has to be defense. And I thought we played good defensive hockey only giving up one goal."

The sixth-ranked Cardinals host Geneseo tonight.

With his team already up 2-0, Farnan broke the game open in the second period. He took a feed from Kyle Kudroch on a rush and scored from the right doorstep less than five minutes in. The sophomore forward then banged in a rebound from the left side and later deked his way past a defenseman and threaded the puck into the top right corner.

"The third one, I was actually hearing coach yell, 'Change,' and I had a lot of speed and I saw their D was kinda on the back ... And I caught him on his heels, made one move and luckily got around him," Farnan said. "That was the best goal of the three for sure."

The natural hat trick took just under six minutes.

Troy Polino put Brockport (1-5-1, 1-4-1 SUNYAC) on the board with a shot from the side of the net with 6:41 left in the period.

Jensen put one in 13 seconds into the third after Brockport's Oliver Wren couldn't cover up the puck.

Then the parade to the penalty box started. Kudroch was ejected less than two minutes in after a collision at the boards. He was issued a five-minute major for hitting from behind and a game misconduct.

Later, Brockport's Adam Shoff drew a double minor for roughing before teammate Mike Hayward was sent to the locker room with a contact-to-the-head major and a game misconduct. Shoff served Hayward's penalty, meaning he spent nine minutes in the box, almost consecutively.

The teams combined for 40 minutes of penalties in the period.

"I think for the most part we played disciplined," Emery said. "It was a bad hit from behind, and we just can't have that. We can't have that at all."

He added that the Cardinals were fortunate they already had a sizeable lead when they had to kill of the five-minute power play.

Mathieu Cadieux, making his second start, stopped 22 shots to earn the win. Sam Foley made his first appearance of the season midway through the third.

"I thought (Cadieux) did what he had to do, and I thought we did a good job clearing out pucks in front of the net," Emery said.

Wren had 53 saves.

Jensen lifted a shot past him just 26 seconds into the game, and Matt MacLeod skated in alone and potted a shorthanded goal with 4:21 to go in the first period.

Plattsburgh pelted the net with 25 shots in the period and ended the game with a 59-26 advantage.




The Golden Eagles return from their North Country road trip winless.

Here's the Atletic Department's recap of Friday's affair against Plattsburgh...

Senior Oliver Wren (Oakville, ONT) made a career-high 53 saves and freshman Troy Polino (Limerick, PA) scored his first career goal but two early goals and a three-goal second period led to a 6-1 loss in a State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) game Friday night to Plattsburgh, ranked No. 4 in the latest US College Hockey Online (USCHO) poll, at the Stafford Ice Arena in Plattsburgh.

Plattsburgh (4-1-0 Overall, 4-1 SUNYAC) wasted little time getting on the board scoring with just 26 seconds elapsed in the game for the early 1-0 lead. Late in the first period, the Cardinals took a 2-0 lead with a power play goal.

In the second period, Plattsburgh's Ryan Farnan scored three consecutive goals to stretch the lead to 5-0.

Polino netted his first goal as Golden Eagle at the 13:19 mark of the second period with a shot from the point trimming the lead to 5-1 but Plattsburgh added one more goal early in the third period to make it a 6-1 lead.

A period full of penalties but only the one goal ended the game as each team racked up double digit penalty minutes over the final 20 minutes of action.

Wren finished with 53 saves including 19 in the first period of play.

“(Oliver) Wren was our only player out there tonight,” said head coach Brian Dickinson. “Without Wren, this game could have been 16-1. We were coming off a great win (over Geneseo last Friday) and we didn't perform well at all. We gave them too much space and they are a dangerous team when that happens.”

Box score:


Here's the Athletic Department's analysis of Saturday's game against the Potsdam Bears...

Senior James Cody (Schwenksville, PA) scored a goal in the third period to attempt to fuel a comeback, but The College at Brockport Men's Hockey team fell short at Potsdam 5-3 on Saturday night. Cody and junior Mike Hayward (Toronto, ONT) both had a goal and an assist on the night.

Both teams scored a goal in the first period, but the Bears scored three goals within the first 5:13 of the second period to pull away early. Hayward added his goal in the second period to make it 4-2. Potsdam scored its' fifth and final goal in the third period before Brockport attempted to climb back into the game.

James Cody appeared to have scored a goal early in the third period that was disallowed by the officials. Potsdam's goalie Dylan Ellis seemed to have made a save but dropped the puck across the line to signal a goal, however the officials made the call that Ellis controlled possession of the puck before it crossed the line. Three minutes later, Cody found the back of the net on an assist from Hayward on a power play to make the score 5-3.

At the 7:30 mark, Cody and sophomore Chris Cangro (Holbrook, NY) took four shots on net on a Brockport power play in a thirty-second barrage as the Golden Eagles battled for a loose puck in front of the Potsdam net. Cangro scored the initial goal in the first period with an assist from Steve Sachman for the Golden Eagles to notch the score at one all.

Power play was the common theme for Brockport as Potsdam committed 16 penalties on the night. The Golden Eagles had a 5-3 advantage in the closing minutes of the game before time ran out.

“We wanted to keep pressuring them” said head coach Brian Dickinson. “We knew they were a very young team that would commit a lot of penalties. Heading into the third period, we just wanted to continue to work hard and keep pressuring them.”

Senior Oliver Wren (Oakville, ONT) made several spectacular saves in net for Brockport. Wren was credited with 32 saves on the night.

Box Score:


Friday, November 18, 2011


Brockport completes the North Country road trip with a visit to Potsdam on Saturday. What can you expect? Listen to the podcast preview by Potsdam's WPDM here:



Tonight the Golden Eagles head off to Plattsburgh. The Press-Republican today reports on the question marks at goal possessed by the Cardinals, which bode well for this high-scoring Brockport team. This is certainly the best chance that our seniors have had to beat Plattsburgh during their collegiate careers....

Josh Leis was Plattsburgh State's main goaltender last year, but when the Cardinals played their first game of the 2011-12 campaign, it was newcomer Mathieu Cadieux in net.

Leis knew he would have to fight for his place between the pipes.

"We're all here to push each other. It's not just you come in and you get your spot guaranteed," the junior said. "You gotta work for it as well, every year. So it's good competition and, I mean, competition pushes everyone to be better."

Plattsburgh State (3-1), ranked No. 6 in the Division III Men's Poll, plays its home opener tonight against Brockport before hosting Geneseo for another SUNY Athletic Conference game Saturday.

Leis and Cadieux have both played in the early part of the season, and coach Bob Emery said he's not necessarily intent on finding a clear No. 1.

The article goes on to mention Cadieux's record...

He made 31 saves in the Cardinals' season-opening 6-4 win at Morrisville and then saw Leis start the next three games. Last Saturday, Cadieux relieved Leis early in the second period against Buffalo State and was credited with the loss. He sports a 3.23 GAA and a .902 save percentage.

As for Leis...

The Kitchener, Ontario, native played a strong game to beat Potsdam in his first start this season, allowing just one late goal, and earned a win at Fredonia before giving up three goals in just over 25 minutes Saturday. He boasts a 2.89 GAA and a .875 save percentage.

Read the entire article here:


Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Brockport hockey upsets bitter rival Geneseo for first win
By Andy Lipari Senior Writer

Brockport got its first win of the season last Friday, Nov. 11 with a major upset at Geneseo, defeating the Blue Knights 6-1.

The story so far for Brockport (1-3-1 SUNYAC, 1-4-1 overall) this season has been the team's struggles on special teams. Therefore it isn't a coincidence the Eagles scored twice on the power play in the victory, showing they've been working hard on the issue in practice.

More importantly, they only took three penalties the entire game, scoring once shorthanded.

Brockport gave up the first goal on the power play. They have had a problem this season stopping the bleeding after giving up a goal, but senior goaltender Oliver Wren and the defense in front of him shut Geneseo down for the rest of the game. They held Geneseo to 13 shots through the first two periods.

Sophomore Mike Hollander scored late in the first to tie it 1-1 after a period.

Freshman Troy Polino scored his first goal of the year 1:30 into the second period. Senior James Cody found the back of the net to score his fourth of the season and junior Mike Hayward scored on a power play with 22 seconds left, giving Brockport a 4-1 lead after two periods.

While Brockport has given up several leads this year, they didn't do so this game. Sophomore Steve Sachman scored twice in the third period, one on the power play and another short-handed.

With their first win out of the way, Brockport can start looking at the standings a little more seriously. They will have to earn points next weekend against Plattsburgh and Potsdam to move up in a competitive SUNYAC.




Today's Democrat and Chronicle features a story about the new DIII program at Nazareth. The article looks at the cost of local programs....

In the 2010-11 school year, SUNY Geneseo spent $76,184 on hockey out of a $2.8 million athletic budget. This does not include coaches' salaries.

The College at Brockport spent $81,256 (out of $3.3 million) and Hobart spent $51,568 (out of $2.6 million). In each case, the hockey budget was between 2 and 2.7 percent of the overall athletic budget.

RIT spent $294,432 for its Division I men's hockey team, including travel costs, out of a 2010-11 budget of $4 million.

Nazareth's overall athletic budget for that same academic year was $2.5 million. Bothner says he expects the hockey budget to be around $80,000 for the first year, and it will be money well invested.

"We looked at it like, 'OK, we're going to bring in 25-28 kids who wouldn't be at Naz otherwise," he says. "If you figure in the average amount of tuition they pay, you don't lose money."

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011


During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. With their Mo’s, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.

Once registered at, men start Movember 1st clean shaven. For the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts.

Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November. Through their actions and words they raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.

The funds raised in the US support prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men. The funds raised are directed to programs run directly by Movember and their men’s health partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG, the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Together, the three channels work together to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programs in line with their strategic goals in the areas of awareness and education, survivorship and research.

No matter the country or city, Movember will continue to work to change established habits and attitudes men have about their health, to educate men about the health risks they face, and to act on that knowledge, thereby increasing the chances of early detection, diagnosis and effective treatment.

In 2010, over 64,500 US Mo Bros and Mo Sistas got on board, raising $7.5 million USD.

The Golden Eagles ice hockey team have taken it upon themselves to sprout facial hair for this worthy cause.

So far, 14 of them are registered on the website and to date the team has earned $235 in donations, led by Oliver Wren whose hirsute mug has been rewarded with $155!

To make a donation to the war against cancer in name of the Golden Eagles or any one of them, check out this webpage:



The SUNYAC has announced the fourth week of Men’s Ice Hockey Athlete of the Week honors. Morrisville earned Rookie and Goalie recognition, while Brockport took Player of the Week.


Steve Sachman, (Medford, NY), sophomore forward

Sophomore Steve Sachman scored two goals in 6-1 victory for The College at Brockport Hockey team Friday night in a SUNYAC game against #14 Geneseo on the road. It was the first win of the season for the Golden Eagles. Sachman netted a power play goal midway through the third period and then, 1:30 later, scored a short-handed goal for his second and third goals of the season.


Sunday, November 13, 2011


We always like sharing the professional and personal news about Brockport Hockey alumni. Here's a blurb that ran in today's Buffalo News, regarding Nick LoCicero who played for the college in the mid-1990s...

Buffalo-based law offices of Cohen& Lombardo appointed Nicholas G. LoCicero an associate. LoCicero, who played professional hockey in the East Coast Hockey League, previously was a law clerk in the New York State Supreme Court and worked at a general practice firm. He earned his J. D. from the University at Buffalo School of Law and received his B. S. from Brockport State College.


Saturday, November 12, 2011


Sophomore Steve Sachman (Medford, NY) scored two third period goals to seal a 6-1 victory for The College at Brockport Hockey team Friday night in a State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) game in Geneseo.

Brockport (1-4-1 Overall, 1-3-1 SUNYAC) fell behind in the first period when Geneseo (3-3-0, 3-2-0) scored on a power play with less than six minutes to play in the opening period.

Three minutes later, sophomore Mike Hollander (Thornhill, ONT) scored his first goal as a Golden Eagle to tie the score as the evenly played first period ended in a 1-1 tie.

In the second period, Brockport wasted little time in taking the lead as freshman Troy Polino (Limerick, PA) scored his first collegiate goal giving the Golden Eagles a 2-1 lead just 1:30 into the second stanza.

With Brockport holing the one goal lead until late in the period, the Golden Eagles started to pull away in the final minutes of the period as senior James Cody (Schwenksville, PA) and junior defenseman Mike Hayward (Toronto, ONT) scored two minutes apart in the closing three minutes of the period for a 4-1 Brockport lead after 40 minutes of action.

Sachman added a power play goal midway through the third period and then, 1:30 later, scored a short-handed goal to make it a 6-1 Brockport lead. Both of Sachman's goals were unassisted.

Brockport was 2-for-6 on the man advantage and took just three penalties in the game limiting Geneseo to two power play opportunities.

Ian Finnerty (Ardmore, PA) and Brendon Rothfuss (Webster, NY) added two assists each while Chris Cangro (Holbrook, NY), Adam Shoff (Port Dover, ONT) and Bobby Conner (Lititz, PA) contributed one assist each for the Brockport offense.

Senior Oliver Wren (Oakville, ONT) made 27 saves including 15 in the third period to record his first win of the season.



Friday, November 11, 2011


Last weekend the Brockport hockey team was subjected to something more than the ordinary chant at Oswego. The student section blasted them with "F" word repeatedly. That total lack of class was blasted itself by a letter to the editor by Greg Auleta in the Oswegonian, the school's student newspaper...

I don’t think anyone would deny that Oswego has a great hockey tradition. Since the mid 60s we have had an unbroken string of outstanding coaches, awesome players and, of course, committed fans. And with the arrival of the Campus Center Arena, we can legitimately say we have a classy place to play. Regrettably, at Saturday’s game against the College at Brockport, we fell from our classy pedestal into the pit of adolescence and vulgarity with the student section’s unfortunate regression and retreat to language worthy of street corner bullies or children just learning that some swear words really do offend. I am speaking, of course, of the “F U Brockport” chant, which arose more than once in the course of the game.

To be sure, our traditional raspberries after opposing teams’ penalties or after we score a goal are pretty tough, but they have a tradition here, though even they walk that fine line of acceptability. But I don’t think anyone can say that throwing out the “F” bomb truly has any place either in taunting our opposition or as a representation of the quality of our school, our team or our community. “F U Brockport” does everything but paint Oswego as classy; frankly, it makes us sound pretty pedestrian and adolescent. Is this really the best we can come up with?
Of course, there is also the inevitability of the referees imposing a “bench penalty” for such chants, and I am confident that this would happen soon if this pattern continues, for no one can argue that such a chant falls under the heading of good sportsmanship, however difficult that term may be to define. To adapt the phrasing of one of our chants, whose fault would it be then – especially if we lose the game because of a goal scored when we were a player down?

Unfortunately, another inevitability would be the imposition of sanctions by the college authorities on those who are identified as engaging in such behavior, and I doubt very much the defense of “free speech,” just being a fan or everyone else was doing it will go very far. There is no right to yell “F U Brockport” or any other school or player.

Oswego should rightly be proud of its hockey team, its facilities and its fans, for they aspire to meet the highest standards. Let’s yell and scream and chant all we want, but let’s not pretend that “F U” has anything to do with class or with being a winner.



Monday, November 7, 2011


The first Sunday of November can mean only one thing for the more than 200 student-athletes from The College at Brockport: It’s time for the annual community-wide leaf raking project.

Members of the Golden Eagles’ 23 varsity sports teams banded together to help Brockport residents with cleaning up their yards of leaves during the State University of New York Athletic Conference’s (SUNYAC) fifth-annual leaf raking project. Most of those lawns belonged to senior citizens.

The photos above show the hockey team at work.



Sunday, November 6, 2011


The Oswegonian is the student newspaper of SUNY Oswego. Here's their recap of the game...

The Oswego State men’s ice hockey team scored early and never looked back, defeating the College at Brockport, 7-1, Saturday night at the Campus Center Ice Arena.

Junior forward and assistant captain Jon Whitelaw scored twice and junior goaltender Dan Jones recorded 27 saves in his first appearance in net this season for the Lakers.

The Lakers (5-1-0 overall, 3-0-0 SUNYAC) jumped out of the gate, scoring two quick goals in the first 1:34 of the game to take an early 2-0 lead on the Golden Eagles. Junior forward and assistant captain Jon Whitelaw tallied the team’s first goal on the first shot of the game for the Lakers just 40 seconds into regulation. Junior forward Paul Rodrigues sent a cross-ice pass from right to left to Whitelaw, who rocketed a one-timer past Brockport goalie Joe Reagan stick side.

Junior forward Matt Singleton gave the Lakers a two-goal lead at 1:34 of the first period. Freshman defenseman Nick Rivait found Singleton in front of the net, where Singleton was able to knock the puck past Reagan for the goal. The goal was Singleton’s second in as many games. Junior forward Chris Ayotte was awarded the second assist on the play.

The Golden Eagles (0-4-1 overall, 0-3-1 SUNYAC) settled down after the first two minutes, keeping the Lakers from breaking the game open prior to the game’s first intermission. Oswego State was called for five penalties in the first period, including an insportsmanlike bench minor penalty on head coach Ed Gosek after junior forward Paul Rodrigues was called for boarding 30 seconds earlier. Brockport was unable to capitalize on the 5-on-3 advantage, as Dan Jones kept the Golden Eagles off the scoreboard. The Golden Eagles finished with 13 shots in the first period, 10 of which came on the power play.

Oswego State again struck early to begin the second period, scoring its third goal of the game at 5:31 of the frame on Ayotte’s second goal of the season and second point of the game. Ayotte’s goal came as the result of a redirection off junior defenseman Tim Carr’s shot. Carr wristed a shot from outside the right faceoff circle that Ayotte was able to get a stick on and redirect the puck through the legs of Reagan.

The Lakers controlled the second period, outshooting the Golden Eagles 19-6. Junior defenseman Jesse McConney took a 10-minute misconduct penalty late in the period after being called for an interference penalty. The Lakers were able to kill off the interference penalty, as Brockport’s power play went 0-for-6 on the man advantage through two periods.

For the third consecutive period, the Lakers wasted no time seizing the momentum, scoring 1:21 into the frame on junior forward Luke Moodie’s one-timer goal from the slot. Junior defenseman Zach Josepher passed the puck behind the net to Rodrigues, who found Moodie in the slot, who one-timed a shot past Reagan stick side top shelf to give the Lakers a four-goal lead early in the third period.

Sophomore forward Kyle Badham scored the team’s fifth goal of the game on a wrap around shot at 5:50 of the third period. Badham took a pass from sophomore forward David Titanic behind the net and skated in front of the net to the left of Reagan, who went down to take away a low shooting angle. Badham instead went high with the shot, shooting the puck over the shoulder of Reagan and into the back of the net.

The Lakers would tally a power-play goal from Rodrigues and Whitelaw’s second goal of the game before the end of the game.

Oswego State outshot the Golden Eagles 50-28 for the game including 38-15 over the course of the final two periods.

The Golden Eagles would prevent the shut out, as Bobby Conner scored Brockport’s lone goal of the game with 1:43 remaining in the game.

The Lakers will host Morrisville State College on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Campus Center Ice Arena.

Reagan finished with 43 saves on 50 shots faced in a losing effort for the Golden Eagles




The Atheltic Department's recap of Saturday's game....

For the first two periods of action, The College at Brockport Hockey team played within striking distance of Oswego, ranked No. 2 in the latest national poll. In the third period, the Lakers score four times including two power play goals to post a 7-1 victory Saturday night in a State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) game in Oswego.

Sophomore Bobby Conner (Lititz, PA) scored the only goal for Brockport (0-4-1 Overall, 0-3-1 SUNYAC) coming in the third period with 1:53 left in regulation. Conner was assisted by Adam Shoff (Port Dover, ONT) and Mike Hollander (Thornhill, ONT).

Oswego (5-1, 4-1) scored two early goals in the first period with one coming at the 41 second mark and the second less than a minute later for a 2-0 lead before two minutes had elapsed in the contest. The score remained 2-0 until the second period when Oswego upped its lead to 3-0 with a goal at the 5:31 mark of the period.

With the score 3-0 at the start of the third period, Brockport surrendered a powerplay goal 1:21 into the period and then an even strength goal four minutes later as the Lakers built a 5-0 lead. At 8:30, Oswego made it a 6-0 lead with its second power play goal of the period and added the final goal four minutes later.

Sophomore Joe Reagan (Yonkers, NY) made 43 saves as Brockport was outshot 50-38 in the game.


Saturday, November 5, 2011


The recap from the Athletic Department...

Junior Ian Finnerty (Ardmore, PA) scored the only goal of the first period for The College at Brockport Hockey team before the Golden Eagles and Cortland exploded for nine goals in the second period Friday night in a State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) game in Cortland. The Red Dragons scored the only two goals in the third period – one on an empty net – to post a 7-5 come-from-behind win.

Sophomore Brendon Rothfuss (Webster, NY) scored 22 seconds into the second period to give Brockport (0-3-1 Overall, 0-2-1 SUNYAC) a 2-0 lead but Cortland (2-1, 1-1) answered with two goals in a span of just five seconds less than two minutes later to tie the score at 2-2 just 2:02 into the wild second period.

Senior James Cody (Schwenksville, PA) scored a power play goal only seconds after Cortland had fought off a 5-on-3 power play situation to give Brockport a 3-2 advantage.

Cortland scored a few minutes later on a 5-on-3 power play of its own and then took a 4-3 lead three minutes later with another man advantage goal.

Rothfuss scored his second goal of the period a minutes later and the game was tied again, this time at 4-4.

Freshman Marcus Farmer (Caledron, ONT) scored his first career goal tipping in a shot from near the corner of the ice for a 5-4 Golden Eagle lead but Cortland tied it up again before the end of the period and the teams went into the second intermission with a 5-5 tie after the nine-goal second period.

In the third, Cortland took the 6-5 lead four minutes into the stanza and added an empty-net goal in the final minute of play after Brockport called a time out and pulled goalie Oliver Wren (Oakville, ONT) for the extra attacker.

Wren made 31 saves on the night and Rothfuss ended up with two goals and one assist for the Brockport offense.


Thursday, November 3, 2011


This week's Stylus also featured a column by hockey beat writer Andy Lipari...

Lip Slip: Brockport hockey shows two sides over weekend
By Andy Lipari

After watching Brockport's hockey team during the weekend, I think it's going to be an interesting season. I'm still not quite sure what to expect and the two different teams that showed up last weekend didn't sway me one way or the other.

I saw a team Friday, Oct. 28 that looked like a team that could do some damage in the SUNYAC conference. They played the type of game they need to play to win in this league. They were physical, they blocked what seemed like every other shot and Oliver Wren played great in goal. As he simply said about the defense creating lanes for him, "I see the puck, I stop the puck."

Wren was the reason the game remained tied through overtime. Since he won't take any credit, I'll give him some. He made a couple of saves in overtime where he had to range over to stop the puck from going into an open net.

Brockport played a type of game against Fredonia that would win nine out of 10 games they play. They had four bad minutes that cost them an extra point, but they looked like the better team Friday.

I don't know if Brockport was tired or sore from Friday's game, but they looked like a different team against Buffalo State. I can't say they didn't show up, because they started the way they finished on Friday. They scored first so it's not like their heads weren't in the game.

That might be why it's so puzzling watching them lose as they did to Buffalo State. Brockport didn't perform the "dirty work" they did against Fredonia and the scoreboard reflected that. It wasn't a lack of effort, but they didn't play as physically and they didn't block nearly as many shots.

I didn't think Buffalo State looked like a team that was seven goals better than Brockport, but the scoreboard doesn't lie. For the first couple of goals I found myself saying, "How did the puck get through there?" But after four or five, it's not a fluke anymore.

Special teams has been an issue early this season. Brockport is 2 for 17 on the power play and their opponents are seven for 15. Brockport has had three two-man advantages and have not converted on any of them. Those numbers will need to be switched if Brockport wants to make it back to the playoffs.

Luckily for Brockport, their next game is at Cortland. Brockport has had a lot of success against Cortland, including winning three out of four the past two years. I don't think they could ask for a better opponent to shrug this loss off.

Unfortunately for Brockport, their only remaining home game this semester is in December against Morrisville. Head Coach Brian Dickinson said they would like to have a more even schedule, but that's the hand they've been given.

The flipside of the schedule is it will be home-heavy as the games become more important. I think it's better having the schedule the way it is than having a majority of the home games early.

Brockport needs to beat Cortland this weekend because it's going to be hard to find points in their following three games at Oswego, at Geneseo and at Plattsburgh, all in a row.

We saw how Brockport is capable of playing. They just have to remember there are no off nights in the SUNYAC conference.




Brockport hockey on wrong end of a scoring frenzy with tie to Fredonia and loss to Buffalo State
By Andy Lipari

Brockport's hockey team was a true Jekyll and Hyde this Halloween weekend. What looked like tale of two different teams in the same jersey ended with a 4-4 tie against Fredonia Friday, Oct. 28 and an 8-1 loss to Buffalo State Saturday, Oct. 29.

A rambunctious crowd pushing fire code limits was treated to an entertaining game, which is something that was hard to find last season.

Brockport played 56 minutes of hockey that would normally result in a victory, but it was four bad minutes that cost them the extra win. With Brockport up 3-1 with two minutes left in the second period, Andrew Christ and Mat Hehr scored for Fredonia tying the game at 3-3. Fredonia went on the power play 17 seconds into the third and scored to make it 4-3.

"We didn't respond well to having a lead and we got sloppy," Brockport head coach Brian Dickinson said. "When we had a year like we did this year, we almost need to learn how to win again and this will be something we will continue to work at."

Despite giving up four goals, senior goalie Oliver Wren played the best hockey of his college career. He had 36 saves against Fredonia, four of them coming in overtime to help Brockport earn at least a point in conference standings. However, Wren didn't want to take all the credit.

"I owe a lot of that to the defense," he said. "They're boxing out and allowing me to see the shot and I just have to worry about the puck. I just felt good today."

Fredonia led 1-0 after a first-period goal by Jared Wynia.

Brockport scored three times in the second. Steve Sachman, Adam Shoff and James Cody all found the back of the net to take a 3-1 lead.

Down 4-3 with about eight minutes left in the game, Mike Hayward took a touch pass from Cody to tie the game.

"At 3-1 we're probably not happy with a tie, but down 4-3 it's nice to battle back," Dickinson said. "When we started the way we did last year, a tie is good and we get a point out of it."

Brockport did its best disappearing act Saturday, dropping its game to Buffalo State, 8-1.

The first period looked like Brockport would build off the momentum they had Friday. Pat Hayden scored, giving the Golden Eagles a 1-0 lead. Drew Klin answered for the Bengals and it was tied 1-1 after the first.

Brockport starting going downhill when Buff. State capitalized on the power play. On three straight opportunities with the man-advantage, Buff. State found the back of the net to go ahead 4-1. Buff. State scored four more times in the third to finish to onslaught.

Dickinson said they came out strong, but didn't continue to build on the lead.

"We had an early power play in the first and if we score there it's a totally different game," he said. "We have to find a way to score when the other team has three guys on the ice. Those are game changing opportunities."

Wren had 21 saves for Brockport before being pulled in the third. Freshman Aaron Green saw his first action as a Golden Eagle making stopping seven shots. Kevin Carr had 22 saves for Buff. State.

Brockport will not be home the entire month of November. Their next five conference games are on the road, starting with Cortland this Friday, Nov. 4.




From the pages of the Palladium-Times...

Looking to rebound from its first loss of the season, the Oswego State men’s hockey team will host a pair of SUNY Athletic Conference games this weekend.

The Lakers (1-0 SUNYAC, 3-1 overall) will face Geneseo on Friday and Brockport on Saturday. Both games start at 7 p.m. at Campus Center Ice Arena.

Oswego State is coming off a 3-2 loss at Utica on Saturday. Coach Ed Gosek said he’s looking for a better effort from his players this weekend.

“We didn’t play very well,” Gosek said of the Utica game. “Utica was willing to do all the little things. We got beat to a lot of loose pucks and lost a lot of one-on-one battles.”

He added that the Lakers made too many unforced turnovers.

“They caused a lot of our mistakes, but probably 70 percent of our mistakes were self-inflicted,” Gosek said.

The coach said the Lakers need to look at it as a learning experience and turn the page. After starting last season with 12 consecutive victories, Oswego State was knocked from the unbeaten ranks much earlier this year.

“Sometimes you have to take a step back to move a couple forward,” Gosek said.

Laker fans are encouraged to step forward and help the United Way on Saturday. It will be United Way Day at the Rink, and fans are asked to bring non-perishable food items to help the United Way stock local food pantries.

Food donations will be accepted at both the Laker women’s hockey game at 3 p.m. against Cortland, and the Laker men’s hockey game at 7 p.m. against Brockport.

Here’s a closer look...

Brockport at Oswego State

Saturday, 7 p.m.

Although the Lakers defeated Brockport twice last season (4-2 at Brockport, 7-1 in Oswego), Gosek says his team can’t look past the Golden Eagles.

“They’re a much-improved team,” he said. “They have solid goaltending. James Cody is one of the most dangerous players in our league. He’s always had good games against us. They’ve got something to prove.”

Cody, a senior, has two goals and three assists to lead Brockport this season.

Senior Ian Finnerty (2-2) is another threat for the Eagles.

The Lakers will count on their defense led by seniors Jared Anderson and Hank Van Boxmeer to keep Brockport in check.

Junior goalie Andrew Hare (3-1, 1.65 GAA, .942 save percentage) has seen the bulk of the action in net thus far for the Lakers.

Brockport (0-1-1 SUNYAC, 0-2-1 overall) is trying to find some consistency. The Eagles tied Fredonia 4-4 and lost to Buffalo State 8-1 in their conference openers.

Oswego State is looking for improved effort and execution over the Utica game.

“We want to make ourselves better every week,” Gosek said. “These will be two great tests for us this weekend.”