Saturday, February 11, 2012


Unfortunately, I missed last night's game. Does anyone know where I can get a time machine so I can go back and watch it?

I thought the Elmira game was the game of the year. But this one betters that. And, it's more likely the game of this young century...backs against the wall in a fight to get into the playoffs and the Golden Eagles beat Plattsburgh for just the second time in the program's history. Wow!

Here's the Athletic Department's recap of this awesome performance...

Senior James Cody (Schwenksville, PA) scored a hat trick, senior Oliver Wren (Oakville, ONT) made 37 saves and senior Adam Shoff (Port Dover, ONT) recorded three assists as The College at Brockport Hockey team scored one of the biggest wins in school history with a 4-2 victory over #3 ranked Plattsburgh in a State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) game Friday night in the Tuttle North Arena in Brockport.

Brockport (8-12-3 Overall, 4-8-2 SUNYAC) came from behind twice but scored the go-ahead goal with just less than three minutes left in the third period to take a 3-2 lead and added an empty net goal 1:30 later for the 4-2 win.

“To beat one of the best teams in the country you need your best players to play their best hockey,” said head coach Brian Dickinson. “They certainly did that tonight. (James) Cody was a monster on offense and (Oliver) Wren was simply spectacular in the goal.”

The win is just the second over the Cardinals (15-3-4, 10-2-1) in the 75 meetings between the two schools. The victory also keeps the Brockport playoff hopes alive as the Golden Eagles trail sixth-place Geneseo by just three points in the SUNYAC standings with two games remaining in the regular season.

“There are so many positive emotions going through me right now,” said Dickinson. “It's our first win over them in nearly 30 years and I am so happy for the seniors, the coaches and the fans. The place was so loud in the third period and the fans were certainly a part of the win.”

Plattsburgh took the early lead with a power play goal off a rebound after Wren made the initial save 3:48 into the contest.

Less than a minute later, Shoff controlled a faceoff in the Plattsburgh zone feeding the puck back to Cody on the edge of the faceoff circle. Cody's quick shot went into the top of the goal over the outstretched glove of Plattsburgh goalie Mathieu Cadieux to tie the game.

Less than five minutes later and shortly after Brockport had killed off a Plattsburgh power play opportunity, the Cardinals took the 2-1 scoring on another close range shot on a play in front of the Brockport goal.

Midway through the second period, Brockport knotted the score again as Cody notched his second of the game and his team-leading 18th goal of the season.

The third period was scoreless despite two Plattsburgh power play opportunities until the 17:02 mark of the period. The line of sophomores Brendon Rothfuss (Webster, NY) and Mike Hollander (Thornhill, ONT) along with junior Nick Panepinto (Tonawanda, NY) combined for the go-ahead goal as Panepinto scored with assists from his linemates to give Brockport a 3-2 lead.

With a face off in the Brockport zone 1:22 later, Plattsburgh called a timeout to not only set up a play off the face off but also to pull Cadieux for the extra attacker.

Brockport controlled the face off and Shoff found Cody in the neutral zone. Cody's long shot from just inside the red line hit the back of the empty net giving the senior a hat trick on the night and Brockport a 4-2 lead.

The hat trick moves Cody into a tie for fourth place on the all-time scoring list with his 60 goals with John Harrington who played from 1978-82. He is within three goals of second place on the all-time list with Chris Peck (1979-82) in third with 62goals and Chris Palin (1986-89) in second with 63 goals. Bobby Garrison (1996-2000) is the all-time leader with 72 career goals.