Sophomore Aaron Green (Mt. Albert, ONT/St. Michaels Buzzers) did not make the start Saturday night against Cortland but he was the difference entering the game with The College at Brockport Hockey team down 3-1 to the Red Dragons and sparking a comeback as the Golden Eagles scored twice in the third period to post a 6-4 victory in a State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) game at Alumni Arena in Cortland.
The key conference road win for Brockport (5-13-2 Overall, 4-7-1 SUNYAC)
puts the Golden Eagles in a tie for fourth place in the conference
standings with Buffalo State.
Cortland (6-12-2, 2-8-1) took the early lead and held a 3-1 advantage in the first period before starter Jared Lockhurst
(Caledon, ONT/Wellington Dukes) was replaced in goal by Green. The
change seemed to spark the Golden Eagles offense and Brockport came out
in the second period scoring three times to knot the score at 4-4 after
two periods of play.
In the third period, Brockport killed off a long powerplay opportunity for Cortland and three minutes into the period, Chris Cangro (Holbrook, NY/NY Bobcats) scored with assists from Jonathan Demme (Brampton, ONT/Orangeville Flyers) and Jesse Facchini (Mississauga, ONT/Mississauga Chargers) for the first Brockport lead of the game.
Less than five minutes later, Michael Zagari
(McKees Rocks, PA/Jamestown Ironmen) scored his second goal of the game
to give Brockport an important two-goal advantage at the 7:41 mark of
the period. Assists on the goal were credited to Troy Polino (Limerick, PA/NY Bobcats) and Steve Sachman (Medford, NY/NY Bobcats).
Green played the final two periods making 20 saves in the second period and adding 13 in the third for a total of 33.
(Webster, NY/Syracuse Stars) scored Brockport's lone goal in the first
period. Facchini started the rally in the second period with a powerplay
goal at 5:35 of the period. At the 9:58 mark, Zagari scored to tie the
game at 3-3 but the Red Dragons answered 1:33 later with its fourth goal
of the game for a 4-3 lead. At the 17:08 mark of the second period,
Rothfuss scored his first goal of the game to tie the score again at
Late in the period, Chris Luker
(New Hartford, NY/Buffalo Jr. Sabres) was whistled for a five-minute
major for hitting from behind and was also assessed a game misconduct.
The five-minute powerplay carried over to the third period.
Two minutes into the third, a series of roughing penalties erased the
extra-man opportunity for Cortland and 39 seconds later Cangro scored to
give Brockport the lead for good.