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.