Monday, November 25, 2013


Brandon Wood's recap for the Brockport Stylus...

SUNY Oswego’s ice hockey team dominated on the road at the College at Brockport Saturday, Nov. 24. The Lakers cooled off Brockport’s red-hot power play and shut out the Golden Eagles for just the second time this season in a 4-0 win.

With the loss, Brockport (2-5-1 overall, 1-3 SUNYAC) earned no conference points in its first home weekend of SUNYAC play and sits second-to-last in the SUNYAC conference.

“It’s not what we expected,” senior captain Matt DeLuca said. “The thing about this team is that we have the ability to bounce back. If we have an off weekend, we know the next weekend is just that much bigger.”

Brockport had a chance to take an early lead when Oswego freshman Alex Botten hit Brockport freshman Jake Taylor into a board and received a five-minute major and a game misconduct 35 seconds into the game. The Golden Eagles power play, which had scored at least one goal in all of its previous three games, was stonewalled by Oswego goalie Matt Zawadzki.

Four minutes after the penalty was over, Oswego was able to put one past Brockport sophomore goalie Jared Lockhurst, who was in net for the second straight game for the Eagles. The Lakers doubled their advantage with 45 seconds remaining in the first period to take a 2-0 lead into the intermission.

Brockport had two more opportunities in the second period to score with the man advantage, but struggled to produce shots on net. Oswego did a good job of pressuring Brockport while it controlled the puck and clogged up the passing lanes to hold the Golden Eagles to just 26 shots all evening.

Oswego added a goal in the second period and one more in the third as the puck bounced around and Mac Scott threw it into a portion of the net that was wide open.

Brockport’s power play, which entered the game at seventh in the nation in efficiency percentage, was stifled by Oswego and held to 0-for-5 on the evening.

“At the start [of our power play, Oswego] was throwing four defenders across the blue line and really hindering our breakout and that really hurt us,” sophomore Chase Nieuwendyk, one of the main contributors on Brockport’s power play, said. “Once we figured that out the bounces were just not going our way.”

made 22 out of 26 possible saves on the evening. Brockport had a scare when he appeared to tweak his groin during the second period and trainers had to come out to take a look at him.
Brockport was already without junior Aaron Green with a groin injury for the weekend, but Lockhurst remained in the game and said he was fine following the game. Nieuwendyk also left the game, with around seven minutes remaining in the third period after blocking a shot with his right ankle.

The Golden Eagles’ next test comes over Thanksgiving weekend when it travels to Castleton University for the Rutland Herald Invitational tournament. They will play Saturday against Manhattanville College at 3 p.m. and then either Tufts University or Castleton depending on results.

said he thinks getting away on the road will be good for the team’s morale.

“I think getting us together playing tournament style and getting some guys in who need some ice time will be good for us,” Nieuwendyk said. “We’ll get some time off for Thanksgiving and then be ready to go.”



Brandon wood of the Stylus penned this recap of the Cortland game...

It was a battle of special teams efficiency at Tuttle North Ice Arena Friday, Nov. 22. SUNY Cortland entered its game against the College at Brockport with a 33 percent conversion rate with the man advantage, while Brockport sat at 31 percent. While Brockport struck twice in the first period and had a lead in the second period, Cortland found two power-play goals in the second period to skate out of Brockport with a win.

“We figured that both teams would get a lot of chances tonight,” Brockport Coach Brian Dickinson said following the game. “They were just a little quicker on their power play. Our penalty kill didn’t do a good job of getting out on their defensemen and they moved it around us pretty great.”

Brockport (2-4-1 overall, 1-2 SUNYAC) found itself in an early 2-0 hole seven minutes into the game as the Golden Eagles had two defensive lapses early in the contest. Cortland freshman Matt Esposito scored a goal when the puck bounced to his stick as he was all alone in the slot four minutes into the game, and senior Adam Bevilacqua scored three minutes later on a breakaway.

Later in the first period, Brockport narrowly missed a power-play goal on its first chance of the night, as sophomore Chase Nieuwendyk scored just seconds after Cortland exited the penalty box. Freshman Nick Marinac received the primary assist on the play.

Brockport scored its next two goals while Cortland was in the box. Junior Bobby Chayka scored the second goal of his career after Marinac made an excellent pass across the ice to find him open in the slot. The shot deflected off a Cortland player to tie the game up at two. That was the score after the first period.

In the second period, Cortland was penalized again for tripping, and this time it was sophomore James Ryan who scored while Brockport had the man advantage to give Brockport the 3-2 lead. Marinac again received an assist on the play, giving him three for the game and a point on every Brockport goal.

Brockport struggled near the end of the second period as it took three penalties. Cortland scored on two of them to take a 4-3 lead into the final period.

“The second period, they drew us into some calls and we got a little frustrated,” Dickinson said. “We took a couple selfish penalties near the end of the period, and they really hurt us.”

Brockport’s power play finished 2-for-3 in the game, while Cortland was 3-for-6 with the man
advantage. Cortland has the best power play in the SUNYAC, scoring 12 goals in 34 opportunities.

After giving up three power-play goals on the night, Brockport’s penalty kill has dipped to 70 percent, which is third worst in the nine-team SUNYAC.

Each goalie made several impressive saves to hold the score where it was in the third period, until Cortland added an empty-net goal in the waning minutes of the third. It counted as a power-play goal because Brockport pulled Lockhurst while a man down. Lockhurst finished the game with 35 saves.
The loss to Cortland puts pressure on the Golden Eagles with No. 8 SUNY Oswego coming to Brockport Saturday night, as they could come away with zero conference points in their first home weekend of SUNYAC play. Lockhurst said he thinks Brockport can forget about its loss to Cortland quickly and will play up to its potential against Oswego.

“It was a big two points we lost against Cortland, unfortunately,” Lockhurst said. “We’ve got a really good team in this dressing room, and we’re going to put a solid performance in against Oswego tomorrow.”

With Oswego falling on the road to No. 15 SUNY Geneseo Friday night, Dickinson said he thinks Oswego could be an angry team coming into the game Saturday.

“I’m sure [Oswego] is going to come in riled up,” Dickinson said. “[Geneseo’s] the first real good opponent that Oswego has really played. Knowing [Oswego Head] Coach [Ed] Gosek and [Assistant] Coach [Mark] Digby, they’ll be working hard tonight to get their kid’s attention.”


Sunday, November 24, 2013


The Athletic Department's recap of Saturday's game....

Sophomore goalie Jared Lockhurst (Caledon, ONT) made 22 saves including 13 in the second period for The College at Brockport Hockey team but Oswego scored twice in the first period and added single goals in the final two periods for a 4-0 victory Saturday in a State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) game in the Tuttle North Ice Arena in Brockport.

Brockport (2-5-1 Overall, 1-3 SUNYAC) had a chance to strike early as Alex Botten was whistled for a five-minute major for boarding and was also assessed a game misconduct just 35 seconds into the contest for Oswego (4-2, 3-2). The Golden Eagles were unable to take advantage of the five-minute power play while the Lakers used a goal at the 9:43 mark and another with 45 second remaining in the period to take a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.

In the second period, Oswego held a 14-10 shots advantage but only managed one goal coming with 5:15 left in the stanza to extend the lead to 3-0.

Brockport came out more aggressive in the third period and fired 11 shots at the Oswego net but the only goal of the period was scored by the Lakers with less than seven minutes to play, making it a 4-0 lead.

Neither team was able to capitalize on a power play as Brockport was 0-for-5 and Oswego was 0-for-3 with the man advantage.

Saturday, November 23, 2013


The recap from the Brockport Sports Information Desk...

Nick Marinac (Burlington, ONT) recorded three assists for three points on Friday evening as The College at Brockport men's ice hockey team fell to Cortland 5-3 in a SUNYAC matchup at the Tuttle North Ice Arena.

The Golden Eagles got three quick shots off to start the game, but all three were blocked.
Cortland was able to take an early lead with a goal just 4:12 into the first period. Three minutes later, the Red Dragons doubled their lead with another goal.

At 9:00, Shane Cavalieri (Richmond Hill, ONT) ripped a shot right in front of the net, but the Cortland goalkeeper made a quick save.

A minute later, Brockport goalkeeper Jared Lockhurst (Caledon, ONT) came up with a big save, pushing a Cortland shot up and over the net with his glove.

With a Golden Eagle power play winding down, Chase Nieuwendyk cut the Red Dragons lead to one with a goal at 11:10. Marinac was credited with the assist.

At the 14 minute mark, Brockport tied things up with a power-play goal. Bobby Chayka ripped a shot from just in front of the blue line off of passes from Chris Cangro (Holbrook, NY) and Marinac.

The Golden Eagles nearly took the lead with under five minutes to play in the period after the puck was loose behind the Cortland goalkeeper, but he was able to cover it before anyone could get a piece of it.

In the final minute of the period, Cortland made a push but the Golden Eagle defense stayed strong and kept things tied heading into intermission.

Jesse Facchini
(Mississauga, ONT) had a great shot in the opening minutes of the second period, but the Cortland goalkeeper came up with another big save.

James Ryan
gave the Golden Eagles their first and only lead of the game with a power-play goal at 4:16. Cangro and Marinac earned the assists.

At 8:40, the Red Dragons missed an opportunity to tie the game up with a wide open net, but their shot sailed wide.

Late in the second period, Cortland tied things back up with a power-play goal at 16:05.

The Red Dragons quickly regained the lead and scored the eventual game-winner with 2:15 remaining the second period.

Lockhurst came up with a big save with six second to play in the period, keeping the Cortland lead to only one.

Both goalkeepers played strong in the third period, keeping the game 4-3 for the majority of the peroid. Brockport had some quality shots on net, but the Cortland goalkeeper denied them from tying the game.

With only 23 seconds remaining in the game, Cortland scored on an empty-net to seal the deal.

Lockhurst finished the game with 35 saves in 59:19.

The Golden Eagles return to action on Saturday at 7:00 pm for another SUNYAC matchup in Tuttle North Ice Arena against Oswego.

Friday, November 22, 2013



Brockport hockey fans will be treated to 2 excellent SUNYAC games this weekend at Tuttle North.

Friday’s opponent is Cortland who, despite a coaching change in the off-season and a 7-15-3 record last year, has proven to be quite game, going 2-2-1 this year, all in SUNYAC play. Among their wins, they pulled off a stunner, thumping Fredonia 4-2. Among their losses, they hung tough with Buff State in a 5-4 game.

Cortland’s strength is in its offense – the Red Dragons have scored 4 or more goals in all but one game. The team is without graduated leading scorers Chris Kaleta and Mike Lysyj, both of whom gave Brockport fits over 4 seasons, but they’ve managed to find goals from seniors Adam Bevilacqua and Miek Henrici (3 each) and plays from Nick Zappia (8 points) and Adam Moyer (6 points).

They’ve been allowed to flourish in scoring thanks to impeccable backstopping that is giving Brockport a run for their money as the best and deepest in the conference. Their 2 netminders, Mark Balkwill and Lyle Rocker, have split time and have eye-popping .929 and .918 save percentages respectively.

At that start of the season, this looked like a for-sure win for Brockport. Now, Brockport will have its hands full. On home ice, the Golden Eagles will still come out on top, thanks to the seventh-best power play in DIII facing the fourth-most penalized team in the US. The fleet-footed, attacking style of Jake Taylor and Chase Nieuwendyk will make Cortland pay for any penalties. Facing a team that averages 24 penalty minutes a game, do not be surprised if Taylor puts up yet another multi-goal game.

Prediction: Brockport 5 Cortland 3

After what will be an exhausting game on Friday, the boys will be back at it against another tough team on Saturday: Oswego.

The ever-powerful Lakers are 3-1-0, their only loss coming against Fredonia in overtime in their season opener.    

Oswego is eighth in the nation in the most recent poll. Last week, Brockport bumped Hobart out of sixth place after tying them 1-1, so an upset is certainly within Brockport’s abilities.

Last season, Oswego made it to the national championship game (losing it for the second season in a row) on the strength of a 25-5-0 record.

But, thanks to graduation, they lost eight 20-point men including the likes of Paul Rodrigues (16-30-46), Luke Moodie (22-22-44), and Jon Whitelaw (10-20-30). You can’t replace that firepower.
They also lost Andrew Hare, who was a sick .930 and 1.88 in goal.

But, Oswego is known for excellent recruiting and their 12 freshmen and transfers are talented.
Freshman Matt Galati leads in goals with 4, followed by Brandon Adams with 3. Justin Gilbert has seen the most work in goal and sports a .911 save percentage.

This is certainly not last year’s team and they could be considered to be in a rebuilding stage. Nonetheless, they have a nice system and will make the game difficult for Brockport.

Look for goals from the guys who can bring the thunder, because Oswego does well at keeping the shots to the outside. Chris Luker, Steve Sachman, and Matt DeLuca could be critical offensive forces in this game. Oswego may find it hard to match-up with and contain the speed of Nick Marinac.  

Also, look for Jared Lockhurst to frustrate the Lakers as he did the Statesmen last week.  


Upset…Brockport wins 3-2.


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Thursday, November 21, 2013


The College at Brockport Athletic Department will be sponsoring a coat drive at both men's hockey games this weekend. Brockport Athletics will be accepting new or gently used coats at the ticket gate in the SERC lobby during the games. Fans will receive FREE admission into the hockey game with the donation of a coat.

The Golden Eagles play on Friday at 7:00 pm against Cortland and Saturday at 7:00 pm against Oswego. Both games are at the Tuttle North Ice Arena.

Don't miss out on this great opportunity to support Brockport Athletics and help out the less fortunate during the holiday season.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


From the pages of this week's Stylus, courtesy of Brandon Wood...

The College at Brockport ice hockey Head Coach Brian Dickinson had some technical difficulties Friday, Nov. 16, prior to his team’s game against Elmira College when his Mac charger sparked in the press box before the game. He suggested following the game that it was “the spark [his] team needed.” After a win against Elmira and a tie with nationally ranked Hobart College, he may want more technical problems in his future.

Brockport (2-3-1 overall, 1-1 SUNYAC) received solid play from its goaltending and special teams in what Dickinson described as a pretty successful weekend.

“The weekend in general, I told the guys we wanted to play 120 minutes of solid hockey,” Dickinson said. “We got back to worrying just about us and not our opponents. I thought we paid a little bit too much attention to Plattsburgh last week, and this week, we got back to just worrying about Brockport.”

Elmira was among the most-penalized teams in the nation entering play Friday, having accumulated 100 penalty minutes through its first four games. Its undisciplined play gave Brockport five power-play opportunities in the game, and it capitalized three times with the man advantage.

Sophomore forward James Ryan, sophomore defenseman Chris Luker and freshman forward Andrew Parks all tallied power-play goals in Brockport’s 5-2 win.

The Golden Eagles power play is now ranked seventh in Division III hockey, converting 31 percent of the time with the extra man. Brockport is now nine-for-29 so far this season with a man advantage.

“We’ve been working on it in practice, so I think everyone is just going to their spots and we’re breaking out good,” sophomore forward Shane Cavalieri, who had a power-play goal against Hobart, said. “We’re just getting shots on net, and we’re just clicking.”

Luker opened the scoring at even strength just seven minutes into the game, and Ryan’s power-play goal followed just less than five minutes later. The score was 3-0 after the first period of play, as Brockport dominated Elmira to a point that junior goalie Aaron Green only needed to make three saves in the entire period.

Luker’s second goal of the game came on the power play nine minutes into the second. Brockport took that 4-0 lead into the third period.

Elmira scored a goal early in the third at the end of a five minute major penalty assessed to sophomore forward Jeremy DeFazio for hitting from behind. DeFazio was ejected for his late second-period penalty.

Green was pulled from the game with a groin injury a few minutes later, and sophomore Jared Lockhurst was forced to come into the game. Green finished with 23 saves in two and a half periods of play.

Lockhurst gave up a goal on Elmira’s first shot on goal against him, but didn’t give up another one the rest of the game.

Lockhurst’s solid play carried into the Hobart game the following afternoon, and so did Brockport’s red-hot power play.  The Statesman came into the game aggressively after falling to unranked SUNY Geneseo the previous night in overtime. After Hobart outshot Brockport 16-6 in the first period, Cavalieri scored a power-play goal with what appeared to be too many men on the ice, but it was not called by the referees.

“We had a lot of guys on the ice when we celebrated,” Dickinson said. “I think we did [have too many men on the ice]. I’m sure we got away with one. Guys were on the bench saying ‘We’ve got six, we have too many men on the ice, coach.’”

Hobart scored its lone goal with 38 seconds remaining in the second period, as freshman Carl Belizario put one past Lockhurst from the left circle to make the game 1-1.

Brockport’s penalty kill also needed to come up big, as it was penalized six times throughout the game but did not concede a goal. Brockport’s penalty kill is 29-of-34 for the season so far, holding opponents without a goal 85 percent of the time.

“Unbelievable,” Lockhurst said of his team’s penalty killing prowess. “We’d been working on it, had a great week of practice and all year, the penalty kill has been really strong for us.”

Lockhurst finished the game with 44 saves in regulation and overtime to hold the Statesmen to just one goal in the entire game. After allowing five goals in his first start against Nazareth College and six against SUNY Plattsburgh the previous weekend, Lockhurst said it felt good to come out and put up a big performance.

“I was fighting the puck a little bit the first two games, I wasn’t getting the bounces I needed,” Lockhurst said. “It was huge for me to come out here and find my legs and help the team get a point on the road against a really good Hobart team.”

Brockport returns home for its first weekend of SUNYAC play at Tuttle North Ice Arena Friday, Nov. 22, as it hosts SUNY Cortland. The Golden Eagles also host No. 5 SUNY Oswego Saturday. Both games start at 7 p.m.


Monday, November 18, 2013



Shane Cavalieri (Richmond Hill, ONT) scored in the second period, but The College at Brockport men's ice hockey team finished in a 1-1 tie on the road against Hobart on Saturday afternoon.

Neither team could get on the board in the first period. Hobart rifled off shots, but Brockport goalkeeper Jared Lockhurst (Caledon, ONT) made 16 saves to keep things at zero.

The Golden Eagles were the first to strike, scoring on a power play at 9:14 in the second period. Cavalieri finished on the shot with assists from Chase Nieuwendyk (Georgetown, ONT) and Bobby Chayka (Hardwick, NJ).

Just before the end of the period, Hobart answered back with the game-tying goal. Carl Belizario tied things up at one with 38 seconds to play.

Once again, strong goaltending kept either team from scoring in both the third and overtime periods.

Hobart outshot Brockport 45-24. Lockhurst finished the game with a total of 44 saves in 65:00.

The Golden Eagles return to action Friday at home for a State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) matchup against Cortland at 7:00 pm.


From the Athletic Department....

Sophomore Chris Luker (New Hartford, NY) and freshman Jake Taylor (Port Perry, ONT) had two goals each and sophomore Chase Nieuwendyk (Georgetown, ONT) had three assists as The College at Brockport Hockey team scored a 5-2 win over Elmira College Friday in the home opener for the Golden Eagles in Tuttle North Arena in Brockport.

Brockport (2-3 Overall) scored the first four goals of the game including three in the first period, taking a 4-0 lead into the final period en route to the home victory. Luker, James Ryan (Richmond ill, ONT) and Taylor all scored in the first period with Nieuwendyk assisting on all three goals. Luker added a power play goal in the second period for the 4-0 lead.

In the third period, Elmira trimmed the lead to 4-1 with a power play goal less than a minute into the stanza and made it a 4-2 game at the eight-minute mark of the period.

With four minutes remaining, Taylor scored his second of the game to seal the victory.

Junior Aaron Green (Mt. Albert, ONT) started and played the first 48 minutes of the game making 23 saves before sophomore Jared Lockhurst (Caledon, ONT) came on for the final 12 minutes making four saves for Brockport.

Brockport dominated early holding a 10-3 shots advantage and a 3-0 score edge in the first 20 minutes of the game. The shots were close in the second period with the Golden Eagles holding a slight 14-13 edge and Brockport closed the game with a 12-9 lead in shots over the final 20 minutes.

Thursday, November 14, 2013


It’s that time of the year again…it’s like Christmas for hockey fans as the Golden Eagles’ home opener is this Friday at 7:00 at Tuttle North.

Visiting Tuttle North will be the Elmira Soaring Eagles. When last Elmira visited the Port in 2011 the Golden Eagles upset the 6th-ranked Soaring Eagles in what was one of the greatest hockey games in Tuttle North history ( thanks to stellar performances by since-graduated Ian Finnerty and current goalie Aaron Green.

Green will look for a repeat performance Friday as he faces as team that is 2-2 and has beaten Nazareth and Neumann this season following a 10-win season (a pedestrian season by Elmira standards). Junior Josh Burnell has the hot hand for Elmira as he has already scored 3 goals in this young season. The kid had an 8-16-24 line last year and is the team’s best offensive threat. Look for more firepower from the likes of Michael Collins who had 22 points last season and has been quiet this year with just 2 points (among them an empty net goal). Big (6’3”) and fast, the sophomore has huge upside and could leave a nice legacy at Elmira.  

Manning the net will be Sal Magglioco. The teams’ so-so .500 record has nothing to with this kid. His .922 saves percentage is crazy-good, especially for a freshman. He had a .910 and .949 save percentage in the last 2 EJHL playoffs, so the Brockport goal scorers (including an impressive lot of freshmen) will have their work cut out for them.

With the backing of the home crowd and a game Green in net, Brockport should come out on top, 3-1.

(Editor’s note: I know it’s sacrilegious, but you won’t be seeing me in the stands for the opener --- a rarity! I will be away for the opening weekend of deer season)

On Saturday, Brockport makes the short trip to the Finger Lakes to play the Hobart Statesmen for a 4:00 affair at the Geneva Recreation Center. Hobart is competitive (as usual) and is sitting on a 2-0-2 record. They are a force --- they absolutely manhandled Manhattanville and beat Utica.

Over the years I’ve admired their team and their A&W root beer colors as they’ve always been an excellent puck control team, no matter if their roster is built on speed or size/physicality.  This year is no different….Lino Chimienti boats a stellar .924 save percentage while facing “just” 24 shots per game. His teammates have scored 14 goals, led by Robert Sovik’s 3, already matching his total from last season. Sophomore Mac Olsen is a monster – he has a 2-3-5 line, and last year, as a freshman, he was 8-14-22. He’s quick and can beat even the most fleet-footed d-men. He’s lightning in a bottle.  

Hobart is a tough egg to crack – they will keep the game close in their typical bend-don’t-break manner and they will come out on top. My prediction: 4-3.  

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


The Stylus (courtesy of Brandon Wood) reports on last weekend's games...

A win against SUNY Potsdam and a loss to No. 1 SUNY Plattsburgh is how the first weekend of SUNYAC play went for the College at Brockport’s ice hockey team. Brockport headed north to play on the road, and won 6-3 in Potsdam Friday, Nov. 8, but was shut out 6-0 by Plattsburgh the following night.

Captain Matt DeLuca, who recorded an assist against Potsdam, said he thought his team was “dominant” in its first win of the season.

“We won the game we were supposed to win against Potsdam,” DeLuca said. “We dominated. It felt good to get the first win under our belt.”

The Golden Eagles (1-3 overall, 1-1 SUNYAC) trailed following the first period in Potsdam 2-1, but received solid goaltending from junior Aaron Green in the second period that allowed them to get back into the game. Green made 14-of-14 saves in the second period and 30 total saves in the game. Green currently ranks sixth in goals against average and save percentage out of all SUNYAC goalies in SUNYAC play.

Brockport had the lead heading into the third period after goals from sophomore James Ryan and freshman Jake Taylor.

Brockport killed off a penalty heading into the third period, and proceeded to tack on additional goals. Taylor scored his second goal of the game four minutes into the period on the power play, and sophomore Shane Cavalieri added another  minutes later to make the score 5-2 in favor of the Golden Eagles. Potsdam’s power play added another goal for the Bears, but a late goal by junior Troy Polino ended the scoring for the game.

said he felt his team played solid defensively throughout the weekend, most noticeably in the shot-blocking department.

“Our defense played pretty well, we were blocking shots well,” DeLuca said. “Guys were diving in front of shots trying to block it. From a team defensive standpoint, we played really well.”

The Golden Eagles found themselves beaten in all facets of the following night’s game against Plattsburgh, the team picked to win the SUNYAC in the preseason conference poll.

The Cardinals put 44 shots on net against sophomore goalie Jared Lockhurst, who was named to the SUNYAC All-Rookie squad after last season.

After one goal in the first period, the Cardinals scored two more in the second and three in the final period of the game to put the final score at 6-0. 

Brockport’s offense attempted 31 total shots on net, but was stifled by reigning first-team All-SUNYAC goalie Mathieu Cadieux, who posted his second shutout of the season.

“Obviously Cadieux is a good goalie, we’ve been seeing him now,” DeLuca said. “We tried to get shots down low and create rebounds. If we would have cracked one in on him, the floodgates would’ve opened and the game might have been a different story.”

said that while Plattsburgh is probably the best team Brockport is going to play this season, he didn’t think the Cardinals should’ve won by as many goals as they did.

“Plattsburgh is the best team we play all year,” DeLuca said. “They aren’t six goals better than us though. We could’ve played better and the score should’ve been closer.”

has said many times that his team will be learning lessons as it continues through its season, and this weekend was no different.

“We learned that it’s time that we start to realize when we go into any arena we need to take care of business and win games we are supposed to win,” DeLuca said. “In that same press, we have to find that extra gear inside us and find a way to beat the Plattsburgh and Oswego type of teams.”

Brockport takes a break from the SUNYAC grind this coming weekend, as it will have its non-conference home opener Friday, Nov. 15, against Elmira College. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Tuttle North Ice Arena.

The Golden Eagles also have a game Saturday, Nov. 16, as they take to the road against the No. 8 seed Hobart College Statesmen at 4 p.m.


Sunday, November 10, 2013


The Athletic Department's recap of last night's 6-0 loss to Plattsburgh...

The College at Brockport hockey team dropped a State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) contest to a strong Plattsburgh team on Saturday night, falling 6-0 on the road.

Plattsburgh got things started quickly in the first period, scoring a goal just 5:02 into play.

Halfway through the period, the Cardinals added another goal, taking advantage of a power play.

In the second period, Plattsburgh extended its lead to three with a goal at 3:49. Brockport goalkeeper Jared Lockhurst (Caledon, ONT) made 13 saves, keeping the Cardinals from scoring for the remainder of the period.

Plattsburgh finished out the game with three goals in the final period.

The Cardinals strong defense and goalkeeping stifled the Brockport offense throughout the game.

Lockhurst finished the game with a total of 38 saves.

Brockport returns to action on Friday at 7:00 pm against Elmira for the first home game of the season at Tuttle North Ice Arena.


The report from the Press-Republican newspaper.....

Plattsburgh State men’s hockey coach Bob Emery questioned his team’s decision-making abilities with the puck in its 4-1 win over Geneseo.

Emery, now in his 24th season behind the bench, had no reason to second-guess his players Saturday.

Mark Constantine and Kevin Emmerling each scored two goals as the fourth-ranked Cardinals (3-0, 3-0 SUNYAC) drubbed The College at Brockport in SUNY Athletic Conference play at the Stafford Ice Arena, 6-0.

“Well, I thought we moved the puck well,” Emery said. “We cycled the puck well behind their goal line. We did a good job.”

Kevin Emmerling opened the game’s scoring at the 5:02 mark of the first period. After maintaining possession of the puck and fending off a defender, Dillan Fox found the sophomore forward in front.

“Coach was stressing (to) get the puck down low,” Emmerling said. “Obviously, we want to get on the board first early in the game. That’s kind of the main thing — just keeping it out of our zone and getting it in there.

“(Fox) was real important on that play. I honestly just had to tap it in; I really didn’t have to do too much. My linemates were working well down low.”

Constantine extended Plattsburgh’s lead to two by firing a shot into the top-right corner of the net. The power-play goal was scored at 10:39.

Michael Radisa scored the second period’s lone tally by redirecting a Patrick Hermans point shot past goaltender Jared Lockhurst.

“It was a good job by Hermans getting that puck to the net,” Emery said. “When you get pucks to the net, anything can happen. If you want to get goals, you’ve got to go to the net.”

Maintaining a three-goal cushion in the second period, Emery thought there were instances where his team had a lot of mental lapses.

“We didn’t do a lot of good things consistently,” Emery said. “As a coach, you’re goal every night is (for your players) to play 60 minutes. I think at one time, they had a 9-0 run in shots on net. If they could have got one or two goals there, it could have been a different game.”

Constantine, Fox and Emmerling each scored in the third period at 1:51, 5:21 and 11:25, respectively.

The second line of Alex Jensen, Fox and Constantine combined for three of the team’s six goals.

“They’re good puck-management guys,” Emery said. “They handle the puck and they protect the puck really well. They’re all good skaters, and they can do a lot with the puck by protecting it. I think they do a good job of that and getting pucks stopped and started behind the net and getting pucks low.”

While Plattsburgh converted 1-of-4 power-play opportunities, its penalty kill kept the Golden Eagles (1-3, 1-1 SUNYAC) off the scoreboard on four occasions.

The Cardinals have successfully killed off all 15 short-handed situations this season.

“We spend a lot of time on video on the PK,” Emery said. “It’s the sacrifice the guys make when they’re out there blocking shots and doing the little things on the PK.”

Mathieu Cadieux stopped all 31 shots faced, recording his second shutout this season and the seventh of his career.

Plattsburgh has outscored its opponents 13-1 through three games.

“I’d just like to see us play a little more consistently, but I’m happy with what he have going on the road at 3-0,” Emery said. “Anything less would have been unacceptable. For me, the key is — it begins and ends with defense. We’ve done a job.”


Saturday, November 9, 2013


The recap from the Brockport Sports Information Desk...

Freshman Jake Taylor (Port Perry, ONT) scored two goals to lead The College at Brockport men's hockey team to its first win of the season defeating Potsdam 6-3 on Friday evening in a State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) matchup.

Potsdam got on the board first with a goal just six minutes into the game. Brockport answered back quickly with a tying goal on a power play at 8:40 as Chase Niewendyk (Georgetown, ONT) tallied his first goal of the season with assists from Jesse Facchini (Mississauga, ONT) and Ryan Johnson (Barrie, ONT).

The Bears took back the lead at the 15 minute mark and held onto it for the remainder of the period.
Despite two early penalties in the second period, the Golden Eagles tied the game back up at 10:24. James Ryan (Richmond Hill, ONT) netted a goal with the help from Shane Cavalieri (Richmond Hill, ONT) and Andrew Parks (Orillia, ONT).

Brockport took its first lead of the game with less than four minutes remaining the period two. Taylor recorded his first goal of the game at 16:27. Brendon Rothfuss (Webster, NY) and Matt DeLuca (Skippack, NY) were credited with assists.

In the final period, the Golden Eagles sealed the victory with three goals. Taylor's second goal was also the game-winner. Taylor scored a goal at 4:11 on a power play while Rothfuss and Cavalieri each tallied another assist. Three minutes later, Cavalieri gave Brockport a 5-2 lead off of a pass from Bobby Chayka (Hardwick, NJ).

Potsdam was able to take advantage of a power play mid-way through the third period. The Bears cut the Golden Eagles lead to two, but it was not enough to make a comeback.

Brockport tallied its final goal of the game with only 3:46 remaining in the game. Troy Polino (Limerick, PA) scored the goal, while Facchini and Chad Cummings (Caledn, ONT) earned assists.

The Bears held a slight 33-31 advantage in shots on goal, but Golden Eagle goalkeeper Aaron Green (Mt. Albert, ONT) finished with 24 saves to keep Brockport on top.

The Golden Eagles return to action Saturday for another SUNYAC matchup. Brockport faces Plattsburgh on the road at 7:00 pm.

Friday, November 8, 2013


Long-time Brockport hockey fans and alumni (those going back to the mid-1980s) will remember Dan Bindert, who did play-by-play of hockey games for WBSU.

He has secured a new job. He's now station manager for WDCB, which is Chicagoland's #1 jazz and blues station.

Read about his new exploits here:

Thursday, November 7, 2013


I received word from Dale Budziszewski (the voice behind the video coverage of Brockport hockey) that this year Brockport has stepped up the video broadcast product by using a new service by Stretch Internet. Video and audio quality has increased quite a bit and the best part is that it's still free and doesn't require a log-in. Fans can either use the following link or just go through the school website and click through the schedule:

Along with the video and audio, live stats can be displayed on the same window as well.

There are a few conflicts with the basketball broadcast schedule but even if Dale can't do play-by-play, there should be at least video of the game no matter what (as long as the equipment is working). The first three home games will have full coverage (video and pxp) -- the 15th against Elmira and then the following weekend with Cortland on Friday and Oswego on the 23rd.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


Our friends at the Sports Information Desk offer this report on last night's game...

Nick Marinac (Burlington, ONT) recorded his first career hat trick but The College at Brockport men's hockey team fell 6-4 on the road at Nazareth on Tuesday evening.

The Golden Flyers got on the board first with a goal 9:40 into the game. Brockport had four shots on goal in the first period but could not find the back of the net.

The Golden Eagles won the battle of the second period. Brockport tied the game up quickly. Marinac tallied his first goal just 11 seconds into the period off of a pass from Jake Taylor (Port Perry, ONT).

A few minutes later and on a power play, Marinac scored his second goal. Chris Luker (New Hartford, NY) and James Ryan (Richmond Hill, ONT) were credited with assists.

Later in period two, Marinac gave the Golden Eagles a two goal lead with another power play goal. Jesse Facchini (Mississauga, ONT) and Ryan recorded assists off of Marinac's third goal.

With only 23 seconds left in the second period, Nazareth scored to pull within a goal of Brockport.

The Golden Eagles pushed their lead back to two goals early in the third period. At 3:18, Luker earned Brockport another power play goal. Ryan and Taylor earned assists off the goal.

The Golden Flyers scored four unanswered goals in the third period to defeat the Golden Eagles.

At 4:16, Nazareth cut Brockport's lead to a goal after a power play goal. Four minutes later, the Golden Flyers tied things up with another goal.

The Golden Flyers took their lead at 12:22 on a short-handed goal.

Brockport pulled goalkeeper Jared Lockhurst in the final two minutes of regulation, but Nazareth was able to take advantage and score an empty net goal, the sixth and final of the game at 19:33.

Lockhurst finished his first game of the season with 24 saves, 13 of which came in the first period. Nazareth finished with a 30-25 advantage in shots on goal.

The Golden Eagles were 3-for-5 on power plays, while the Golden Flyers only scored on one of their six opportunities.

Brockport returns to action on Friday at 7:00 pm for the first State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) matchup of the season at Potsdam.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013


The Golden Eagles face-off against the Nazareth Golden Flyers in a rare Tuesday affair tonight at 7:00 at Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex. The 2,500-seat facility is just down the pike at 2700 Brighton-Henrietta Townline Road in Rochester.

Brockport is smarting from a 5-2 manhandling by a Utica squad that had made it to last March's DIII Frozen Four. Nazareth was no better off against the same, suffering a 3-1 loss on Friday at home. In that game, Utica put 40 shots on Naz, not far off from their output against Brockport, so we are looking at very similar teams.

Nazareth was 6-19-1 last season. Although last year was its inaugural season, the team sports some decent talent. Senior Mark Zavorin had a 12-14-26 line last year while the quick-bladed Packy Jones was second on the team with 10 goals. Scott Dawson proved to be a solid blueliner last year, mixing in 17 points with his savvy "D".

Ed Zdolshek will likely man the net again tonight after having a great game against Utica (37 saves, good for a .925 save percentage). In 2012-2013 he turned back 88.9% of the shots he faced.

These are 2 relatively evenly-matched teams (despite last season's drubbing of Brockport) and the Golden Eagles have the goaltending edge, so our guys should come out on top. Prediction? 3-1.

The game cane be watched online at It is NOT being covered by WBSU.