Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Brockport to play Geneseo in playoffs

 The #6 seeded SUNY Brockport men's hockey team (14-10-2, 6-7-2) is set to faceoff on Wednesday night in the Semi-finals of the SUNYAC Tournament against SUNY Geneseo. The game will take place on Geneseo's home ice at the Ira S. Wilson Ice Arena (Merritt Athletic Center) in Geneseo, NY with puck drop scheduled for 7:00pm.
How They Got Here
On Saturday, February 26th, The Golden Eagles traveled to the #3 seeded Plattsburgh State Cardinals for the first round of the SUNYAC playoffs. Prior to the start, the Golden Eagles had not won a playoff game since the 2014-2015. The matchup for the Golden Eagles against the Cardinals was the third straight season in which the two teams faced off against each other in the first round of the tournament and saw Brockport defeat Plattsburgh State in a thrilling game that went into overtime and ended in a Golden Eagles victory with a score of 7-6.
Connor Galloway recorded his second hat trick of the season in the team's overtime victory as Andrew HarleyAnthony HoraJacob King, and Scott Ramaekers all scored. Jacob King recorded three assists while both Hora and Galloway tallied two assists with Harley, Jake Mendeszoon, Casey WinnMitchell ParsonsZach Norby and Co-Captains Corey Tam and Ryan Romeo all recording one assist against the Cardinals. the team tied this seasons most points in a game with 11 different players combing for a total of 21 total points against Plattsburgh.
With the Golden Eagles trailing by a score of 6-3 in the third period, the team would make a comeback effort as Jacob King recorded the teams second power-play goal of the night to narrow the Cardinals lead to 6-4. With Brockport's goaltender Nolan Egbert pulled from net and the extra attacker out on the ice, Anthony Hora put the puck in the pack of the net at 18:28 to make it a 6-5 game. 15 seconds later Galloway scored his third goal of the night and his second of the season to complete the hat trick to tie the game at 6-6.
In overtime following a wraparound attempt Scott Ramaekers was placed perfectly Infront of the net to catch the rebound the puck off the Plattsburgh goaltender and put tip it into the back of the net for the golden goal of the game and sending Brockport to the semifinals by a scored of 7-6.
Nolan Egbert made a career high 46 saves including a big first period where he made 22 saves to earn the win for the Golden Eagles. Egbert currently holds 2.74 goals against average which is the fourth lowest percentage in a single season in program history.
All-SUNYAC Team Awards
Ryan Romeo and Andrew Harley of the SUNY Brockport men's hockey team were named to SUNYAC All-Conference teams in a release by the conference office on Monday. Romeo was named to the first team and is making his third straight all-conference team, while Harley earned his first all-league third team recognition.  The conference's major individual awards, including players of the year will be released on March 3rd.
Romeo is making his third straight all-conference appearance, including his second straight first-team selection. His 37 points this season are the most for a Golden Eagle since Nieuwendyk registered 37 points back in 2016.  His 25 assists this season are the most for a Golden Eagle since Ian Finnerty registered 25 assists back in 2012. His 25 assists this season are tied for seventh on the program's all-time single season list. He ranks second nationally among defenders in total points and 16th nationally among all skaters.  Over the course of his career at Brockport he has played in 96 career games, and he has 87 total points on 28 goals and 59 assists. 
Andrew Harley is making his first SUNYAC All-Conference team in his first season on the ice with the Golden Eagles.  He ranks second on the team with 32 total points.  His 15 goals lead the team.  He ranks in the top 30 nationally in scoring this season and in the top five among first year players.  Harley has nine multi-point games this season to go along with three game-winning goals.  He has four power-play goals and registered three or more points five times this season. He has a career-high four points on two goals and two assists in a 7-2 win over Canton back in late January.  Harley joins teammate Connor Galloway as the first rookies to score 30 or more points in a single season since Tim Kielich achieved the feat as a freshman back in 2016. 
Looking at Geneseo
As the No. 3 ranked team in the country heading in Wednesday night's game Geneseo has posted the best record in the conference with a record of 20-3-1 overall and 12-2-1 in SUNYAC play. The last time these two teams faced off was on Saturday, February 19th where the Golden Eagles fell by a score of 6-3 at the Tuttle N. Ice Arena. The Knights are on a two game winning streak with the teams last lost coming on February15th to Fredonia State by a score of 3-2. As the Knights earned a #1 seed in the SUNYAC tournament, they received a bye throughout the quarterfinals and play its first SUNYAC Tournament game against Brockport. First year Peter Morgan led the knights this eason in scoring recording a total of 16 goals on 22 assists.
Morgan earned All-Conference honors along with Senior forward Dan Bosio, senior defenseman Chris Perna, junior forward Justin Cmunt and senior defenseman Matthew Doran each earned all-conference honors. 
Matt Petizian of the Knights has been the team's primary goaltender this season appearing and starting in 19 games this season including both games against Brockport. He's posted a goal against average of 1.62, made 414 saves and allowed 29 goals this season.

The winner of Wednesday nights game between No. 1 Seed Geneseo and No. 6 Seed Brockport, will go on to face the winner of No. 2 Seed Oswego State vs No. 4 Seed SUNY Cortland. that game will als happen on Wednesday at 7pm in Oswego, NY. the SUNYAC Finals will take place on Saturday, March 5th at the highest remaining seeds home arena.