Thursday, December 26, 2019

Hometown hero commits to Brockport

The East Coast Wizards are pleased to announce that Andrew Harley has committed to SUNY Brockport for the fall of 2020. In his second season with the Wizards, the '99 native of Brockport, NY has tallied 61 points in 76 career games in the Eastern Hockey League (EHL).

"Andrew is far and away the most improved player on our team this season, and he may even be the most improved player in the entire league," said EHL head coach and general manager Freddy Meyer. "The dedication that he has put in both on and off the ice has been tremendous, and this year's results are completely earned. Kory [Falite] and I are beyond proud of the player that Andrew has become."

As Meyer mentioned, Harley has shown tremendous improvement during his time in the EHL, and it's very apparent from the numbers he's put up so far this year. After tallying an even nine goals and nine assists through all of last year, Harley already has 43 points (16 goals, 27 assists) in his first 30 games this year. Overall, Harley is tied with two other players for the 4th most points in the EHL.

"I would like to thank Coach Meyer, Coach Falite, and the entire Wizards organization for everything they have done over the past two years," said Harley. "I would also like to thank my parents for allowing me the opportunity to chase my lifelong dream of playing NCAA hockey. During my time with the Wizards I have made tremendous strides in developing my game. I cannot thank my coaches and teammates enough. With that said, I’m looking forward to getting back to work after the break, to make another push for Providence, before moving on to continue my academic and hockey careers at SUNY Brockport. I’m extremely excited to play for Coach Dickinson and the Golden Eagles in the SUNYAC, a top team in one of the best Division III conferences in the country."

EHL report on Cronin's commitment

Tim Cronin, a forward for the New Hampshire Avalanche, has committed to SUNY Brockport for the fall of 2020.

The '99 native of Derry, NH is in his third season with the Avalanche, and to date, he's tallied 82 total points in 75 career games in the Eastern Hockey League (EHL).

"Timmy has been with us for three seasons combined between the junior and midget U18 programs," said Avalanche head coach and general manager Chris Cerrella. "He is a great teammate and has an incredible passion for the game. He is going to add some jam to the Brockport lineup over the next four seasons. I am very happy for Timmy; he had some great options for next season but felt Brockport was the best fit for him. I wish him and his family the best of luck. I am really looking forward to following his college career."

As Cerrella mentioned, Cronin will become an alum of not just the junior program, but the midget program as well. Working his way up the Avalanche system has helped the forward develop his game to the point where he is ready to play in college. Overall, Cronin is beyond thankful for everything that the Avalanche did for him.

"I can’t say enough great things about my experience with the Avalanche program," said Cronin. "I want to thank Coach Cerrella and Mario Martiniello for believing in me since day one. The Avs and the EHL have prepared me on and off the ice for the next level, and I am grateful for that. I couldn’t be more excited about joining the SUNY Brockport community next year. It has been a long journey to college hockey, but I am glad I chose the Avalanche program to help me get there.”

Monday, December 23, 2019

Galloway commits to Brockport

Yesterday, Connor Galloway took to Twitter to announce his commitment to Brockport. The 5'9" speedster from Georgia plays for the Boston Junior Rangers of the EHL. He's having a great season -- so far he has 11 goals and 9 assists in 20 games. He's clutch, too. In the EHL playoffs last year he had 3 goals in 4 games. His ability to light the lamp will be a welcome addition to the Golden Eagles.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

The spirit of Christmas past

This classic pic from 2011 should get you in the holiday mood. That year's roster of the Golden Eagles sport their Movember mustaches and their ugliest Christmas sweaters.

Monday, December 16, 2019

EHL press release regarding Mendeszoon commitment

The New Hampshire Avalanche are pleased to announce that Jake Mendeszoon has committed to SUNY Brockport for the fall of 2020. The '99 native of Methuen, MA is in his second season with the Avalanche, and to date, he's tallied 47 points in 76 career games in the Eastern Hockey League (EHL).

"Jake has been with us for two years, and with each month that passes he continues to improve," said EHL head coach and general manager Chris Cerrella. "This season so far he was a league all-star and has proven to be one of the top defensemen in the EHL. Mendy has earned it every step of the way and I could not be more proof of him. He is going to be a great addition to the Brockport hockey and academic family. We will miss him a lot next season, but we are happy to see him go. I want to wish nothing but the best of luck to Jake and his family!"

As Cerrella mentioned, Mendeszoon was part of the 2019 EHL All-Star Team that posted a 1-1-1 record against a trio of NCAA Division III opponents. That experience, along with be a minutes leader on one of the top teams in the EHL, has Mendeszoon prepped and ready for the next level.

"I want to thank everyone with the Avalanche organization for everything they’ve done the past two years to help me get to this point," said Mendeszoon. "Coach Cerrella and all my teammates have pushed me to become a better player and overall person as a whole. Brockport is a very good team that plays in arguably one of the best Division III conferences in the nation, so as an aspiring college hockey player it’s an easy decision to go there. The facilities are beautiful and they have my major of Computer Science, so it really is a perfect fit!"

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Cronin commits to Brockport

Tim Cronin has announced on Twitter his commitment to play at Brockport. The 20 year-old forward has been exceptional for the Avalanche of the EHL, averaging well over a point a game the past two seasons. This year he has a 11-22-33 line in 26 games. Last season, over 44 games he had 48 points.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Mendeszoon commits to Brockport

Jake Mendeszoon, a 20 year-old blueliner playing with the EHL's New Hampshire Avalanche, has announced on Twitter his commitment to Brockport.

He's an awesome recruit.

The 6'4" d-man from Massachusetts is an excellent two-way player. In 43 games last year he had 20 points. In 25 games this season he already has 21.

What speaks to his discipline as a defenseman is his penalty minutes. Six last year. None this year. Amazing.

Here's an article from USA Hockey that discusses his scoring touch:

A great takeaway from the article is the amount of work he puts into his game:

“What allowed me to get off to a good start this season was all the time I put in with coach Cerrella,” Mendeszoon said. “I would skate four to five times a week, just with him personally. I also skated with another coach as well, so I was skating six or seven times a week and doing private lessons.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Golden Eagles net SUNYAC honors

The State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) selects Anthony Hora (Clarence, N.Y.), Anthony Passero (Fort Erie, Ont.) and Matt Schneider (Manlius, N.Y.) as this week's PrestoSports Player, Rookie and Goaltender of the Week respectively. 

Passero helped the Lakers continue their win streak as they gained two wins SUNYAC wins against Buffalo State and Fredonia. On Friday against Buffalo State, Passero tallied an assist and recorded an on ice rating of +3 in the Lakers 5-0 win. The senior would continue his 4-game scoring streak as he posted a 3-point game (1 g, 2 a) against Fredonia while posting an on ice rating of +2. Passero now leads the Lakers in points with two goals and 12 assists and is tied for first in assists in SUNYAC play with eight. 

Defensemen Anthony Hora posted one assist as Brockport traveled to nationally-ranked Geneseo for a key SUNYAC contest on Friday.  Hora now ranks in the top 35 in the nation in both defensemen scoring and rookie scoring with an average of .78 points per contest.

Schneider stopped 27 shots against nationally-ranked Geneseo on Friday. He allowed three goals total, one of which came on a penalty shot midway through the third period.  He also held the Knight to a 1-for-7 effort on the power-play as the Golden Eagles were outshot 31-21 on the afternoon. 

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Brockport loses tight game to #5 Geneseo

The College at Brockport men's hockey team held a 2-2 tie early in the third period, but host and nationally-ranked No. 5 Geneseo netted two goals down the stretch to earn a 4-2 victory in SUNYAC Conference action on Friday night.

Jake Colosanti's goal 3:17 into the third period of play knotted the score at 2-2 for Brockport, but the Knight's proved to be too much down the stretch as they netted a penalty shot goal midway through the third period and added an insurance goal on an empty net to pick up the key SUNYAC victory.

Brockport (5-6, 5-4 SUNYAC) has now lost four straight and looks forward to a month long semester break from competition before beginning the second half of its schedule.  Geneseo, which now has a one point lead in the conference standings, improved to 8-2-1 overall and 5-1-1 in league play.  Brockport now sits in a second place tie in the league standings with Oswego and Morrisville.

Danny Rock assisted on both of the Brockport goals Friday night, while Colosanti and Jordan Renaud lit the lamp for the Golden Eagles. Renaud and Ryan Romeo are now tied for the team lead with 11 points each this season.

Renaud's first period goal, his sixth of the season, came on the power-play and was assisted by Anthony Hora and Danny Rock.  Hora now has four helpers on the year.  Renaud's goal tied the game at 1-1 at the 16:16 marker of the period and the score was set at 1-1 through 20 minutes of action.

Dan Bosio gave the home team a 2-1 lead when he recorded his fourth goal of the season late in the second period.  The Knights skated into the second period with a 2-1 advantage.

Geneseo's game-winner came on a penalty shot and was scored by Conlan Keenan at the 9:32 marker of the third to hand the home team a 3-2 lead.  Chris Perna netted the unassisted empty-netter with 33 seconds to go in the game to post a two goal win for the nationally-ranked Knights.

Matt Schneider made 27 saves between the pipes for the Golden Eagles as his record evened up at 5-5 on the season. Aaron MacKay stopped 19 shots in the victory for Geneseo.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Brockport heads to Geneseo tonight

The College at Brockport men's ice hockey team will travel to nationally-ranked No. 5 Geneseo on Friday to take on the Knights in a key SUNYAC Conference contest to wrap up first semester play. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7 p.m.

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How We Got Here: Brockport has played more SUNYAC games than any other team in the league at this point in the season and the Golden Eagles have not disappointed.  Brockport currently sits atop the league standings with 10 points and a 5-3 league record.  The Golden Eagles began the season on a tear, winning three straight against SUNYAC opponents as they topped Plattsburgh, Potsdam and Morrisville in consecutive contests, outscoring their opponents 12-3 in the stretch.  Brockport then dropped two straight to Morrisville and national-power Oswego, before posting two thrilling one goal victories over Cortland and Fredonia. Brockport's most recent conference contest was a loss against Buffalo State at home back on Nov. 23rd. Brockport has a 5-5 overall record this season. Geneseo is currently 7-2-1 overall and recently dropped from fourth to fifth in the latest USCHO Div. III poll. The Knights sit in second place in the conference standings with a 4-4-1 record in league play.

Skidmore Invitational: Over the Thanksgiving break, the Golden Eagles headed to Saratoga Springs for a weekend tournament against two non-conference opponents. On Saturday, they narrowly missed on a win versus Skidmore College, falling 2-5. Hunter Laslo opened up the scoring with his first goal of the season and Ryan Romeo, later added a power play goal. Sunday, the Green and Gold met Buffalo St., one of the two teams that have handed Geneseo their only losses. Both Romeo and Laslo added another goal each and Jordan Renaud tacked on one of his own, his fifth of the year. All three of Brockport's goaltenders saw action through the two games and stopped a combined 43 total shots.

Brockport's Leaders: Both Renaud and Romeo have hit the double-digit point mark, with 10 apiece. Romeo is tied for third in overall points for all defenseman. Anthony Hora is also tied for third in the SUNYAC with three power play goals. 16 Brockport players have registered multiple points already this season in only 10 games played. Junior defenseman Casey Winn leads the team in blocked shots with seven. Goaltender Matthew Schneider has nine of the 10 possible starts and has secured a shutout as well as 198 total saves. His current save percentage is .896% as he turns toward the second half of the season.

Top-Ranked Geneseo: The Knights have only dropped two matchups this year, coming at the hands of Buffalo State and Williams College. They also ended their season opener against Potsdam in a draw 2-2. Currently ranked fifth in the nation, Geneseo lost in the semifinals last year to Norwich and will look to have another top finish in the 2019-2020 season. Five of their players have reached the double-digit point plateau, led by Senior Andrew Romano with 20. Their two goaltenders, Aaron Mackay and Matt Petizian have five starts apiece but neither have been able to capture a shutout despite the team's hot start.

What Comes Next: The Golden Eagles don't take the ice again until after New Year's, when they begin a five-game non-conference stint. They have back to back home games starting Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. and then Jan. 4 at 4 p.m. both against Pennsylvania opponents.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Another Meredith commits to Brockport!

Mike Meredith, a forward for the Walpole Express, has committed to SUNY Brockport for the fall of 2020.

The '99 native of Fredonia, NY is in his third season with the Express, having begun his junior career at the Eastern Hockey League Premier (EHLP) level. After tallying 36 points in 42 EHLP games during the 2017-18 season, Meredith made the jump up to the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) this past year. To date, Meredith has dressed in 52 EHL games, and his leadership qualities have helped set himself apart as the team's captain this season.

“Mike has been a great leader both on and off the ice this season,” said Express head coach and general manager Cody Campbell. "He has been a gigantic part of our penalty kill and a very reliable center for us. Mike embodies the culture we want to have here and is going to be a wonderful addition to the hockey team and student body at Brockport. We couldn’t be happier for him accomplishing his goal of playing NCAA hockey.”

It's only fitting that Meredith would end up in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC), as his father has been the Head Coach at SUNY Fredonia for the past 31 years. Meredith knows it will be interesting lining up against his dad, but is looking forward to playing for his father's good friend Brian Dickinson at Brockport.

“I want to study Exercise Science and Brockport has a great program for that, making it a great fit," said Meredith. "As an athlete Brockport just made sense to me. They’re a good team and play in such a competitive league. Playing for the Express has helped me develop so much as a player, but also as a person. My coaches are always pushing me to do my best and making sure I’m ready to make the jump into college hockey. I’m extremely thankful for my time with the Express and excited about joining the Golden Eagles!”

With Meredith's commitment, the streak continues between the EHL and SUNY Brockport, as this marks the 7th straight season that a player has committed to the Golden Eagles program. That's at least one per year since the league was formed back in 2013.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Buffalo State beats Brockport in Skidmore tourney

The College at Brockport men's hockey team lost to Buffalo State 7-3 in the consolation game of the Skidmore Thanksgiving Invitational on Sunday afternoon. Three Golden Eagles each scored one goal, and they were led by a one goal, one assist effort from Jordan Renaud. Renaud has now scored at least one point in eight of ten games this season and he is tied for the team lead with 10 points on five goals and five assists.

Brockport's record moved to 5-5 overall on the season and they remain atop the SUNYAC Conference standings with 10 points and a 5-3 league record.

Buffalo State jumped out to a commanding 4-0 lead midway through the second period to set the tone for the contest.  Sam Maddox, Joe McGraith, Reid Bibb and Nikita Kozyrev each netted a goal to help the Bengals gain the early 4-0 advantage.

Brockport netted two of the games next three goals to make it a 5-2 contest early in the third period. Renaud got the scoring started for Brockport with his team-best fifth goal of the season at the 14:47 marker of the second to make it 4-1.  Buffalo State answered with a goal of its own before the end of the stanza and the Bengals led 5-1 through 40 minutes of action.

Ryan Romeo and Hunter Laslo each added third period goals for the Golden Eagles, but the comeback bid fell short as the Bengals came away with the four goal victory.

Danny Rock posted two assists on the day, while Jake Colosanti, Scott Ramaekers and Trevor Pray each added one assist for the Golden Eagles.

Sam Maddox led Buffalo State with two goals and one assist, while Ryan Edgar added one goal and two assists for the Bengals.

Matt Schneider stopped 14 shots in 40 minutes of action for Brockport. He was relieved by freshman Aidan Curry, who stopped six third period shots in his collegiate debut. Connor Minch made 31 saves in net for the Bengals to earn his second win of the season.

Brockport returns to the ice when it travels to nationally-ranked Geneseo to take on the Knights Friday at 7 p.m.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Skidmore topples Brockport

The College at Brockport hockey team is at Skidmore College this weekend to compete in the Skidmore Thanksgiving Invitational. Brockport fell to the host team Skidmore, 2-5, on day one of competition.

The Golden Eagles struck first with a goal in the first six minutes of play. Danny Rock scored the goal to give the team a 1-0, with Hunter Laslo and Chris Pollini assisting. Skidmore would have a strong response for the remainder of the period, going up 3-1 before the first intermission.

Ryan Romeo would cut the lead down to just one goal with a score in the second period to make the scoreboard read 3-2. Jordan Renaud and Doc Gentzler were credited with the help, as Brockport closed the gap with the power play goal. However, two more goals in the third period for Skidmore would seal the deal for the 5-2 win on Saturday.

The Green and Gold outshot Skidmore 33-28 in the loss, as the team is now 5-4 overall on the year. Sean Lincoln made his first start of the season in net for Brockport, making 23 saves in his debut.

The Golden Eagles will play in the Consolation Game on Sunday, against the losing team between Buffalo State and Tufts. The puck will drop at 1 pm tomorrow to conclude the Skidmore Thanksgiving Invitational.