Sunday, January 9, 2022

Brockport starts off 2022 in style

 The SUNY Brockport Golden Eagle's men's ice hockey team returned home for the first time this year picking up a big victory over visiting Stevenson University.
The Golden Eagle's (9-5) defeated the Mustangs (9-4-1) by a score of 5-1. Brockport's Zach Norby, Ryan Romeo and Sam Dibitetto all recorded a goal in the game with freshman Jacob King scoring twice in today's contest.
The first goal of the game was recorded by Norby who was assisted on the play by teammates Connor Galloway and Jacob King. The goal came off a Brockport power-play at 15:43 to put the Golden Eagles up 1-0 heading into the second period of play.
As they have all season, Brockport tallied its most goals of the game in the second period. So far, of the 55 total goals that Brockport has scored all season, 25 have come during the second period of play with 10 goals recorded in the first period and 20 coming in the third.
To start off Brockport's second period scoring drive, the co-captain Ryan Romeo tallied his SUNYAC conference leading 23 points this season off a goal. Assisting him on the play were Connor Galloway and Zach Norby. The Golden Eagle's third goal of the game came at 15:35 into the second period with King picking up his first goal off assists from Jake Colosanti and Anthony Hora putting Brockport up 3-0. Giving the Green and Gold another point on the board was Sam Dibitetto who scored 17-minutes into the second period off a power-play goal as Jacob Rodrigue and co-captain Corey Tam tallied assists.  The Golden Eagle's final goal of the night was King's second of the game at 18:17 in the second with assists by Zach Norby and Ryan Romeo to help give Brockport a 5-0 lead heading into the third period.
Stevenson wouldn't go away empty handed as the Mustangs put up a goal 16:35 into the third period resulting in the final score of the game to end in a 5-1 Golden Eagles victory.
Jacob King's two goals in the game now puts him tied for third place in the conference in total goals (9). With an assist in the game, it puts him ranked third in the conference in points (18). Ryan Romeo still ranks as the SUNYAC's assists and points leader as his assists in today came gives him 15 on the season, four more than any other SUNYAC player. Romeo's goal, which gave him a total of two points to finish today's game puts him at 23 total points so far this season. Romeo and King's presence on the ice has been impactful for the Green and Gold as the graduate student, Romeo, is tied amongst conference leaders in plus/minus (+17) while the freshman, King, sits alone in fourth place (+12).
Aidan Curry was Brockport netminder today as he managed to play nearly 60-minutes of shutout hockey to pick up his second win of the season. Curry's play came as the result of saving a career high 35 total shots.
Ryan Kenny recorded the loss for the Mustang's in today's game allowing four goals in 37-minutes of action before being replaced by backup goaltender Marko Sturma. Kenny recorded 23 saves while Sturma picked up 14 saves during his time in goal.
Stevenson gained the edge over the Golden Eagle's in faceoffs as the Mustangs won 31 of 56. King lead all skaters for both teams in today's game in faceoff's win as he managed to takeaway 13 of 21 faceoffs he appeared in.
One of the biggest stats Stevenson had for today's game was the amount of penalty minutes they aquired taking a total of 11 penalties in the game compared to Brockport's six penalties. Brockport took advantage of Stevenson's penalties as the Golden Eagles went 3-6 on power play opportunities while Stevenson couldn't capitalize on any of their three power-play opportunites.
Brockport will return home next Saturday, January 15th when they will make up its postponed game from January 8th against Lebanon Valley in the Tuttle North Ice Arena at 4pm.