Friday, November 19, 2021

Brockport to play Oswego and Cortland this weekend

The #16 SUNY Brockport ice hockey team is off to its best start since 1980 where the team won five consecutive games to begin the season. Looking to break that record and make it six wins in a row Friday night, the Golden Eagle's will host their Lake Ontario rival Oswego State (2-2-1, 2-0-1 SUNYAC).  The game is scheduled to begin at 7:00pm at the Tuttle North Ice Arena connected to the SERC. The team will then hit the road on Saturday to visit the Cortland Red Dragons for a 7:00pm game.
Last Time Out: The Golden Eagles managed to have a weekend SUNYAC series sweep as visiting Potsdam and Plattsburgh came to town on Friday and Saturday night. Friday night saw netminder Nolan Egbert records his second shutout of the season in route to a 3-0 win over the Potsdam Bears. In that game three different Golden Eagles picked up goals including Mitchell Parsons, Jacob King and Connor Galloway. Ryan Romeo and Andrew Harley both recorded two assists on the night while King and Cam Barbagallo tallied assists as well.
Saturday night saw Brockport faceoff against Plattsburgh State, the first time since the Cardinals defeated the Golden Eagles in double overtime in the first round of the SUNYAC Playoff's in 2019-2020. This time around it was Brockport who came out with the dominant 7-3 victory. Andrew Harley recorded two goals in the game as Trevor Pray, Jake Colosanti, Jacob King, Sam Dibitetto and Ryan Romeo each scored a goal against Plattsburgh. Romeo managed to record his seventh assists of the season in the game, making him the conference leader in assists. King, Harley, Barbagallo, Dibitetto, Parsons, Galloway, Robert Flannery, and Jordan Rosenbaum also recorded assists to help the Golden Eagle's win streak alive.
Athletes of the Week: The Golden Eagle's play over the weekend grabbed them another clean sweep winning all three (SUNYAC) Prestosports Men's Ice Hockey weekly awards. Andrew Harley won the Rookie of the Week, Nolan Egbert Goalie of the Week and senior captain Ryan Romeo earned himself the Men's Ice Hockey Athlete of the Week.
The Hometown Brockport, NY Native Andrew Harley earned his Rookie of the Week nod by managing to tally a total of five points in the two games this past weekend off two goals and one assist. In the Conference, Harley is tied for second in both points (8) and power-play goals (2) while sitting in third place in assists (5) this season.
Egbert's Goalie of the Week is his second of the season. His work consisted of making a total of 49 saves in two games along with the shutout victory over the Bears and highlight reel saves to hold off Plattsburgh. This season, He's currently 4-0 and ranks second in the league with 1.25 goals against average.  He has 96 total saves, two shutouts and a .950 save percentage in four starts for the Golden Eagles. Entering an opportunity to win five games in a row would tie former Brockport goalkeeper Matt Schneider's record of five consecutive wins in net since the 2012 season.
Senior captain Ryan Romeo has had one of the most productive starts to any player in the SUNYAC this season. This past weekend he played a big role in the weekends sweep as he recorded a total of four points in two games with a +/- of +6. Romeo leads the SUNYAC with nine points this season on two goals and a SUNYAC Leading seven assists. He also leads the conference in plus/minus with ratio of +10.
Looking at Oswego: The Lakers are 2-2-1 overall this season and 2-0-1 in SUNYAC play. In its most recent game, Oswego defeated the Cortland Red Dragons by a score of 2-1 on Friday night in Oswego's home arena. Travis Broughman and Connor Sleeth are the Laker's leading points scorers as he has tallied one goal and three assists this year. Josh LeBlanc and Troy Robillard are the team's leading goal scorers with two apiece. Steven Kozikoski has spent the most time in net for Oswego having started in two games while making appearances in four. He is average 1.07 goals against with a save percentage of .938 and total of 60 saves so far this season.
Looking at Cortland: The Red Dragons are currently 3-2-0 and 1-2-0 in conference play this season. This past Saturday the Red Dragon's defeated Hobart by a score of 2-1 to hand the Minutemen their first loss of the season. Leading Cortland with six points is nick Grupp with who has tallied two goals and four assists this year. Three other Red Dragons made up of Johnny Facchini, Ethan Homitz and Alex Storjohann have all recorded four assists to lead the team this season. Cortland's leading goal scorer is Cameron Knowlton who's scored three goals this year. Luca Durante has been the only goalie for the Red Dragons as he's allowed a total of 14 goals making 176 saves for an average of 2.77 goals against.
The unbeaten SUNY Brockport men's hockey team continues to climb the ranks in the receiving votes category of the latest Division III National Poll released by the highly popular college hockey website on Monday afternoon.  Brockport is the first ranked team in the receiving votes category and 16th overall with 24 total votes.
Brockport is currently tied for seventh with Geneseo in the nation in the PairWise Rankings out of 85 teams in Division III hockey.  The PairWise Ranking is a system which attempts to mimic the method used by the NCAA Selection Committee to determine participants for the NCAA Division III hockey tournament. The PWR compares all teams by these criteria: record against common opponents, head-to-head competition, and the RPI.

When Head Coach Brian Dickinson was asked about looking at Oswego State heading into Friday nights matchup and what was one big aspect that is keeping this young team rolling, having its best start to a season since 1980, Dickinson commented,
"We will need to keep our feet moving and play a full 200 foot game for 60 minutes. Oswego can strike quickly, and we'll need to outwork them in all three zones."
Friday night's home game will be the Golden Eagle's final game in the Tuttle North Ice Arena until after the Thanksgiving break. SUNY Brockport students can enter free of charge while non-Brockport students' admission costs $3. Costs for any other non-student will be $5. All tickets can be purchased prior to the start of the game at the SERC box office located In the SERC main lobby.