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.