Saturday, February 20, 2016


Plattsburgh probably thinks that Brockport's senior class can't graduate soon enough. Over the past four years the DIII powerhouse has seen losses, ties, and numerous close calls against Brockport. Last night was no different when the Golden Eagles tied the Cardinals in Plattbsurgh.

Here's the recap...

Chase Nieuwendyk exceeded 100 career points, picking up an assist on each of Aidan Verbeke's two goals as The College at Brockport ice hockey team skated to a 3-3 tie with Plattsburgh State Friday night in the final weekend of State University of New York Athletic Conference play.

In a tight first period, Cole Burack blanked the Cardinals, stopping 12 shots in net.  Brockport (10-10-4 overall, 5-6-4 SUNYAC) was unable to get anything started on the offensive side of things and went into the first intermission with the game scoreless.

Plattsburgh (19-3-2 overall, 12-1-2 SUNYAC) scored less than two minutes into the second period but two quick goals from Verbeke allowed Brockport to jump out to a 2-1 lead.  Along the right side of the net, Nieuwendyk sent a sharp pass to Verbeke in the crease who one timed a shot past the goalie glove side.  Tim Kielich earned a helper on the power play goal.

Less than three minutes later, Verbeke lit the lamp again with help from Nieuwendyk and Trevor Simonick.  After nearly ten minutes of scoreless play, the Cardinals scored to knot the game at two entering the second intermission.

A Plattsburgh goal at the 8:00 mark of the third gave the Cardinals a 3-2 lead.  Zac Sikich netted the equalizer just over three minutes later.  Chris Luker and Verbeke each picked up an assist on the play.
The Cardinals controlled the extra frame but Burack was unbeatable, stopping all nine shots faced.

With 90 seconds remaining, the rookie made an incredible pad save to preserve the tie.  In the closing seconds of overtime, Plattsburgh had a two-on-one opportunity but Burack snatched the puck with less than a second remaining to deny Plattsburgh the win.

The Golden Eagles will wrap up the regular season Saturday night at 7 p.m. as they head to Potsdam to take on the Bears.  Brockport already earned a play off berth but have the chance to jump into fourth place.  A Brockport win and an Oswego loss would earn Brockport home ice advantage in the SUNYAC Quarterfinal on Wednesday February 24.