Monday, October 25, 2021

Athletic Department's season preview

With fall sports championships on the horizon, the start of hockey season is near. Coming off a year hiatus of action from the 2020-2021 season, the 2019-2020 season saw the Brockport Ice hockey team qualify for the SUNYAC Tournament with an overall record of (15-9-1) and conference record of (8-6-1). In the final game of the season, that years team battled it out with Plattsburgh in the first round of the SUNYAC Championship, but fell in heartbreaking fashion by a score of 3-2 in double overtime. Brockport's 2019-2020 season was a historic one for the program as it's seven consecutive game win streak broke the programs record for consecutive wins in a single season. The Green and Gold will begin this years journey with a pair of exhibition contest against Hobart, the first being held on Brockport's home ice at the Tuttle North Ice Arena on Friday, October 22nd with puck drop set for 7 pm. The second echibition game will be held at Hobart on Saturday Oct. 23rd at 4 pm.
Head Coach Brian Dickinson will return for his 25th season with the Golden Eagles. Over the past 10 years, Dickinson has led his team to six appearances in the SUNYAC Tournament and an overall record of 41-32-4 since the 2017 season. From its last season, Dickinson will return 14 players with 15 incoming student athletes joining the program over the past two years. Dickinson will be joined by Assistant Coach Brian Fedele. This will be be Fedele's first season with the program
Dickinson has named senior Corey Tam and graduate student Ryan Romeo as this years team's captains. Over his time at Brockport as a defenseman, Tam has recorded three goals, all off power plays, while picking up 12 assists and a plus/minus of +5. Last Season, Romeo was voted as part of the SUNYAC Conference First Team, scoring 10 goals and 16 assists. Since the beginning of his career at Brockport in 2017, Romeo has accumulated a total of 16 goals and 32 assists for 58 total career points.
Returning from last season, Casey Winn and Romeo return to the team as the duo are pursuing their master's degrees as graduate students. Corey Tam, Mitchell Parsons, Robert Flannery, Trevor Pray and Jake Colosanti all come back as the teams' seniors. The junior class will be made up of Aidan Curry, Logan Warner, Zach Norby, Kevin Mainello Scott Ramaekers, AJ Przystawski and Anthony Hora. Transferring into the program, forward senior Sam Dibitetto joins the Golden Eagles from Norwich University along with senior Nolan Egbert transferring from UMASS Boston.
15 skaters will see their first action as Golden Eagles this season. Joining the program last year as incoming students, Andrew Harley, Jake Mendeszoon, Tyler Knicley, Michael Meredith, Connor Galloway, Tim Cronin, Cam Barbagallo and Dylan Wiemer makeup the sophomore class. In their first year of college, Tyler Rossi, Chris Aarons, Jacob King, Jacob Rodrigue and Jordan Rosenbaum round out the 2021-2022 Brockport ice hockey team.
Jake Colosanti and Ryan Romeo rejoin the program as the Golden Eagles top goal scorers from the '19-'20 season. Colosanti and Romeo both shared 10 goals while Romeo's 16 assists made him the team's leader in points with 26.
Looking at this year's goalie's, Aidan Curry is the only returning goalkeeper from two years ago. Appearing in a total of four games, having started two, Curry managed to make 47 total saves and record a 2-0 record. Senior Transfer Nolan Egbert comes from UMASS Boston where in seven appearances managed a 3-2-1 record recording 129 saves in that time span. As the third goalie in the mix, sophomore Dylan Wiemer comes from the East Coast Wizards of the EHL. Over the span of his time with the Wizards, Wiemer accumulated 13 wins and 12 losses making 719 saves.
Breaking down the team's schedule, the Golden Eagles will play in 25 regular season games made up of 16 conference and nine non-conference matchups., Following its pair of exhibition contests against Hobart, the men will travel to King's College and Neuman University in Pennsylvania on October 29th and 30th to begin regular season play. Following its road trip, the Golden Eagles will then host four consecutive home SUNYAC games. The highlight of this home stand will take place on Friday, November 12th against SUNY Potsdam when the team will hold senior night. After its home stand, the team will travel to Cortland prior to its trip at Skidmore for the Thanksgiving Invitational. The final home game for Brockport before winter break will see the Golden Eagles take on Elmira on December 7th at 7pm.
The Team will then return to play on January 7th and 8th at home against Lebanon Valley for a 7pm puck drop followed by Stevenson the following day at 4 pm. On Wednesday, January 19th the team then travels to Morrisville for a SUNYAC matchup before splitting a home and away contest with SUNY Canton on January 21st and 22nd. After SUNY Canton, Bport will play a stretch of seven conference games to finish out the season. The home events for this home stand will all take place at 7 pm on February 5th vs Cortland, February 11th vs Buffalo State and February 19th vs Geneseo to finish off the regular season schedule.­­ In the Preseason Poll for the SUNYAC, Brockport ranked at #5 in the middle of the conference which is made up of nine teams.
The SUNYAC Championships will consist of the top six teams in the conference with the #1 and #2 teams receiving a bye in the first round. The first round will matchup the #3 vs #6 team and the #4 vs #5 team. The semifinals will then take place on Saturday, February 26th with the #1 seed facing the remaining lowest seeded team and the #2 team facing the second lowest ranked team. The winners of those games will then faceoff on Saturday, March 5th for the SUNYAC Championship.
Brockport's first home contest will take place on Saturday, November 6th at 7 pm. In the Tuttle North Ice Arena against SUNYAC opponent Morrisville.