Monday, November 8, 2021

Brockport wins home opener

The SUNY Brockport ice hockey team (3-0-0, 1-0-0) defeated visiting Morrisville State (0-3-0, 0-2-0) by a score of 5-2 in Saturday night's home and conference opener against the Mustang's.
Four different Golden Eagle's tallied a goal in the contest as Jake Colosanti recorded two goals with Scott Ramaekers, Andrew Harley, and Jacob Rodrigue each tallying the first goals of their collegiate careers in the win.
The Mustang's recorded the first goal of the game at the 7:17 mark of the first period on a 5 on 3 power-play opportunity to put them up 1-0.
Colosanti and the rest of the Golden Eagles were not going to quit as with nearly two minutes remaining in the period at the 18:13 mark Colosanti first goal of the game would tie things up at 1-1. The Play started out along the left side boards as senior Mitchell Parsons would send a pass to freshman Jacob Rodrigue near the blue line. Rodrigue would fire a shot and as the puck headed towards the net Jake Colosanti would step in to redirect the shot to the back of the net off his stick to get the goal.
With the game tied 1-1 to start of the second period, Morrisville would get on the board early as it only took them 18 seconds to take back the lead, 2-1.
Four minutes into the second period, trailing by a goal, Colosanti would even up the game yet again. This time graduate student and team captain Ryan Romeo dished out a pass to Parsons who fired off a wrister into the chest of the Morrisville goaltender. The shot deflected off the chest back down onto the ice where Colosanti would bring it from the right side of the goal to the left to catch the recovering goalie off guard as he chipped the puck into the net to even up the game at two goals each.
4:27 later, junior Scott Ramaekers would score what would be the game winning goal on a 3 on 2 breakaway by the Golden Eagles. With junior Zach Norby bringing the puck up along the left side of the board and fellow junior Kevin Mainello and Ramaekers on his right, it set them up in good position with Morrisville's two defenders back skating looking to make a stop. Norby would pass the puck to the center of the three's attacking zone drawing the defenders towards Mainello who then dished off the puck to Ramaekers attacking the right side of the net. He then deflecting the pass perfectly into the net, making the game 3-2.
Working off a 5 on 4 power play opportunity, freshman Jacob King would steal the puck along the boards in Brockport offensive zone. Gaining control off the steal, King would pass the puck up towards the right side face-off circle where Andrew Harley would snipe a shot just between Morrisville's goaltenders left side glove hand and squeezing it past the post to score. Harley's goal would give the Golden Eagle's a bit of insurance in the second period as the home team lead 4-2 entering the last 20:00 minutes of regulation.
The Green and Gold's final goal of the game came at the 13:06 mark in the third period as Mainello would dump a pass to Trevor Pray who then gave up the puck to Rodrigue who's shot on net would get past the goaltender. With time ticking down the Golden Eagle's would pick up the 5-2 victory at the end of the night.
Making his second appearance between the pipes for the Golden Eagle's this season, the reigning Prestosports Goaltender of the Week, Nolan Egbert picked up his second win of the year. Allowing two goals, one of which off the 3 on 5 power play against Brockport, Egbert managed to record 22 saves in nearly 60 minutes of play. In the past two games, Egbert has made 47 saves, only allowing two goals in that time frame.
Following the game when Head Coach Brian Dickinson was asked how it felt returning to play on home ice after 18 months off and what was something that he really enjoyed seeing out of the men in tonight's win, here is what he had to say.
"It's an amazing feeling being behind our home bench. I'm very proud of the effort of all the guys. We stayed the course even when we went down by a goal. This is a resilient group of men. I'm glad to see Ramaekers and Rodrigue get goals tonight. They both brought a high level of energy that the rest of the guys fed off."
Looking ahead at next weekend, the men will be back at home for a couple of SUNYAC matchups against SUNY Potsdam and Plattsburgh State. When asked about going into those games, Coach said
"We're looking to have a great week of practice to set the tone for playing two very talented teams."
On Friday, November 12th against Potsdam will be a special one, as prior to the game the team will host Senior Night to honor the nine seniors on the team who have come through the program over the last five years.
On Saturday, November 13th, the Golden Eagles will host Plattsburgh State. This game will have a lot of meaning as the last time these two teams faced off back in 2019-2020, Plattsburgh edged out Brockport in a 3-2 double overtime loss in the first round of the SUNYAC playoffs. On Saturday, Brockport will look to get overcome the past and focus on winning the present.
Both games will be held in the Tuttle North Ice Arena as puck drops are set for 7pm.