Thursday, November 13, 2014


Fasten your seat belts.

What a weekend it’s going to be for hockey in Brockport. It’s the annual Saves For a Cure weekend. The alumni game is Saturday. Our biggest rival pays us a visit on Friday. A new rival comes to Tuttle North for the first of many battles.

Diehard hockey fans always circle the dates for the Brockport-Geneseo match-ups on their calendars. Hard-fought, hard-played intense games have become the norm for this regional match-up that looks for SUNYAC bragging rights in the 585.

It will be a tough one for Brockport as Geneseo is the 11th-ranked team in the nation per the most recent poll. Last season when they went 23-7-0 and made it to a Frozen Four semifinal.

The Ice Knights are 2-2-0 on the year, having beat Morrisville twice while getting stunned by Potsdam 2-1 (a team which Brockport beat 3-2) and getting soundly beaten by Plattsburgh 7-4 (one night after Brockport hung with them in a 1-0 loss).

They may have lost superstar Zach Vit (18-13-31) to graduation but still have lots of serious firepower. Brockport will have their hands full with seniors Tyler Brickler (18-14-32) and Justin Scharfe (11-20-31), junior David Ripple (9-15-24) and sophomore Stephen Collins (13-11-24). Blueliner Jack Caradonna is a two-way threat (3-17-20).

Manning the net is Nick Horrigan who was lights-out last year with a .926 save percentage. He’s right there this year with a .928.

They are a very deep squad and their third line is just as good as the 2nd line – and even 1st line – on some very good teams.

To beat them, Brockport really has to amp up their power play to last year’s standards, bust their butts for lunchbucket goals and Jared Lockhurst has to continue to be Jared Lockhurst (the Golden Eagles can steal any game with him net).

Brockport will have an easier go of it Saturday night when SUNY Canton comes to town. This is their third season in DIII as an independent and in the coming years they will join the SUNYAC. So, this is a taste of the future that will be.

They are 0-2-1 on the year after having won just 5 games last season. Ken Orlando was a highly-touted recruit coming into this season and he has 3 goals on the year. Fellow freshman Josh Sova has 2 goals. Those two will help a team that needs scoring: Last year, only 4 players surpassed 9 points. #1 goalie Spencer Landry has put up a great .914 this year.

He, too, is a freshman, so the Kangaroos have an excellent young core that they can develop this year and capitalize on in the 3 subsequent seasons. It should make for yet another competitive team in our conference.

This weekend is also Saves For a Cure weekend.

Saves for a Cure is a non-profit, charitable organization started by Todd Sheridan ('11), a former Brockport goalie -- and one of Brockport's all-time greatest players -- and the College's all-time leader in goals-against average (3.07), career wins (29) and saves percentage (.904). He also holds the 2 of the 4 best single season saves percentages for Brockport.

In 2005 Todd was diagnosed with cancer, given a 70% chance of survival and told he’d never play hockey again. Todd beat cancer and the odds and then had quite the career at Brockport, as made evident by his career numbers and the team's only 2 playoff wins.

With his success story as its backdrop, Saves For a Cure oversees a variety of fundraisers, including the annual Saves For a Cure game, which this year for the first time is games (plural). All proceeds from any Saves For a Cure event or activity go to the children’s cancer clinic at Strong Memorial Hospital.

The highlight of the games is an auction whereby fans can bid on the special jerseys being worn during each of the two games. The auction has begun and will continue through 4 pm (Eastern), Sunday, November 16, 2014. The winners will be listed on the auction web page and will be notified via email.

Winners will be able to pick up their jerseys at the Brockport home games December 5-6 or will be shipped and arrive in time for the holidays.

Bidding is online at 2014-15 Jersey Auction page:

Bidders will be asked to submit a jersey number, bid amount (minimum bid is $75), and the color of the jersey that you would like to bid on. Bids will be updated as often as possible on the auction page. Last year, nearly $3,000 was collected from the Jersey auction.

Saturday is also Alumni Day at Tuttle North – and in town.

The schedule for gents who played for the team is as follows:

• 3PM—Alumni game at Tuttle North Ice Arena on November 15th

• 4:30PM—Saves for a Cure dinner at Fazool’s in Brockport. $12 per person o We are encouraging everyone to attend the dinner at Fazool’s

• 7PM—Brockport Golden Eagles v. Canton

• 10PM—Alumni/Family/Player gathering at Bill Gray’s Tap Room 4647 Lake Rd. Brockport

If you played for the Golden Eagles and want to participate in alumni events, email assistant coach Stephen Mallaro at: