Saturday, December 11, 2021

#1 Geneseo beats Brockport

 The SUNY Brockport men's hockey team held the nation's top team to just one goal in the first two periods and rallied with a third period goal from Trevor Pray, but the comeback bid fell short as No. 1 Geneseo topped the visiting Golden Eagles 3-1 in SUNYAC action on Friday night. 
Brockport's record moved to 8-5 overall and the Golden Eagles remain in second place in the league standings with 15 total points (5-3 SUNYAC record).  Geneseo remains unbeaten and improved to 11-0-1 overall and 7-0-1 in conference play.

Brockport senior goalie Nolan Egbert stopped 31 shots, marking his third 30+ save effort of the season.  Pray's third period goal came at the 8:55 marker of the final stanza and he now has a career-best six goals this season through 13 games. 

Geneseo jumped out to a 1-0 lead midway through the first period when Henry Cleghorn found the back of the net off assists from Chris Perna and Matthew Doran to hand the Ice Knights the early advantage. 
Brockport outshot the nation's top team 10-5 in the second period of play, but the Golden Eagles were held to an 0-for-2 effort on the power-play in the 20 minute stretch and the contest held at 1-0 headed into the final period of play.  22 of Brockport's 27 total shots came in the final 40 minutes of action. 

Geneseo added two insurance goals early in the third period to take a 3-0 lead.  The two goals came just 11 seconds apart and they came from the sticks of Tyson Gilmour and Greg Koutsomitis.  Doran picked up his second assist of the night on Geneseo's second goal of the game. 

Pray, Connor Galloway and Sam DiBitetto each posted a team-high four shots on goal for the Golden Eagles.  The Brockport penalty kill unit held Geneseo to a 0-for-3 effort with a man advantage, but the Golden Eagles were also held to an 0-for-4 effort on the power-play. 

Geneseo outshot Brockport 34-27 on the evening. 

The Golden Eagles will now have a month-long holiday/semester break and they return to action back at the friendly confines of the Tuttle North Ice Arena on January 7th when they host non-conference foe Lebanon Valley. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7 p.m.