Friday, November 9, 2012


The Golden Eagles host the Hobart Statesman tonight at 7:00 at Tuttle North.

Hobart is ranked 7th in the nation, up two spots from last week’s USCHO poll. That’s on the strength of a 3-0-1 start. They began their season with a 10-0 shellacking of Salve Regina, followed by a 5-4 win over feisty Cortland, then a win-tie split with Manhattanville which has a long history of being a solid program – just like Hobart.

Recent Hobart teams have played a defense-first approach along the lines of Plattsburgh. That approach is aided by having 2 solid goalies in Nick Broadwater (.914 and 2.69 last season) and Martin Ausshofer (.911 and 2.34 last year). Broadwater – the more athletic of the 2 – has seen most of the minutes this season and the team has been rewarded with a killer .942 and 1.30 line.  

Last year’s Statesmen had 4 men with 20 or more points (none more than 26). They lost their number one goal scorer but they still have the ability to light the lamp. The leaders on this young season include Bobby Hannah (3 goals and 4 assists) and Frank Salituro (3 goals and 3 assists). 5 other men have scored 2 times this year.

One of their better talents is 5’9”, 190-pound defenseman Brad Richard, who had a stellar 11-11-22 line last year. The captain already has 4 helpers on the season. He’s well-regarded in hockey circles, having been on the ECAC’s All-Rookie team in 2010, followed by 2 appearances on the All-ECAC-West second team. His style of play harkens back to Brockport’s Mike Gershon, who graduated in 2009 (and that's very good company for Brad to be in).  

If Brockport wants to make a statement, this would be the game. They proved they can hang with Oswego. If they can go out of conference and beat Hobart, it bodes well for conference play in the coming weeks.