Thursday, October 19, 2023

2023-2024 season preview

The SUNY Brockport men's ice hockey team is set to start their regular season of play on Friday, October 27th against Chatham University 7 pm at in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. The team will return the following night, Saturday the 28th for the home opener at 5 pm in the Wegmans Ice Arena. 
Pre-Season: Brockport will host a weekend of preseason games before diving into the regular season schedule. On Friday, October 20th Brockport will host Geneseo at 5 pm. The next day the men will host the EHL All-Stars at 2 pm. 
Specialty Games: Brockport will honor their seniors for Senior Night on Saturday, October 28th at 5 pm against Chatham University in their home opener. 
Ice Hockey will host their 50th Year of Varsity Hockey Celebration weekend the first weekend in December. This year's Teddy Bear Toss game will be Friday, December 1st against Buffalo State at 7 pm. Brockport will host their 50th Year Celebration game the following night, December 2nd against Fredonia State. For this game, the men will be wearing special "Retro Throwback" jerseys. 
Brockport will be raising money again for the Willie Bee Foundation with a Jersey Auction and ceremonial puck drop for their Willie Bee Foundation Jersey night on January 9th against Fredonia State at 7 pm.  
Last Season: The Golden Eagles finished their 2022-2023 regular season with an overall record of 10-15-0 overall and 5-11-0 in the conference. The men fell short of the postseason tournament ending the season seventh in the SUNYAC Conference falling two points short of Fredonia. Brockport brought home the Defensive Player of The Year for the second season in a row with Alex Monteleone's performance on the ice. Monteleone led the Golden Eagles in plus/minus with a +14, which was good for 12th in the SUNYAC overall. 
Andrew Harley and Connor Galloway both earned their 50th career point last season. Harley is heading into the 2023-2024 season with 61 career points and Galloway with 59. Harley ended last season tied for the third most points in the SUNYAC Conference and fourth for most goals with 14. Galloway ended last season tied for fifth in the conference for overall points. Both men will be returning to the ice this fall.
Schedule Summary: Brockport will start the season by hosting two preseason exhibition games before heading into a weekend with Chatham University. The men will travel to Pittsburgh Friday, October 27th before returning home to host them on Saturday, October 28th.
Brockport will start November in Geneseo on Friday the 3rd for their first SUNYAC Conference matchup of the semester. Brockport will then go on the road for their yearly North Country Road trip playing Potsdam on Friday the 10th and Plattsburgh on Saturday the 11th. Brockport will return home for a 7pm Friday night game against Oswego State on November 17th. The men will head back on the road on November 18th to travel to Cortland State for another 7 pm puck drop. Brockport will travel to Geneva to play the reigning DIII Hockey National Champions Hobart College. Brockport will play Thanksgiving weekend at the Skidmore Thanksgiving Invitational on both Saturday, November 25th, and Sunday, November 26th.
The Golden Eagles will start December with a special weekend at home. Hosting Buffalo State on Friday, December 1st for their annual Teddy Bear Toss game at 7 pm. The following night Brockport will host Fredonia State for the 50th Year of Varsity Hockey Celebration for a 7 pm puck drop. Brockport will host Morrisville on December 6th at 7 pm and Elmire College on December 9th at 4 pm before heading into winter break.
Brockport opens 2024 with a weekend with SUNY Canton. Brockport will travel to Canton on Friday, January 5th before returning home to host them the following night for a 7 pm game. Willie Bee Foundation Jersey Night will be the following Tuesday, January the 9th at 7 pm against Fredonia State in a non-conference match-up. The men will dive back into conference play the following weekend with a 7 pm home game against Geneseo on January 19th. The following weekend Potsdam and Plattsburgh will head to Wegmans Ice Arena on the 26th and 27th for Brockport's final games of January. 
February 2nd the Golden Eagles will travel to Oswego State for a 7 pm puck drop. The next night they will return home to host Cortland on the 3rd, before going on the road for the final three games of the regular season at Buffalo State, Fredonia, and Morrisville. The SUNYAC Tournament starts on Wednesday, February 21st.

2023-24 SUNYAC Men's Ice Hockey Preseason Poll:

The SUNYAC released its 2023-24 men's ice hockey preseason poll as voted on by the conference coaches. Plattsburgh, the 2023 SUNYAC champion, sits at the top of the poll while Oswego was voted No. 2 and Geneseo No. 3. The Golden Eagles come in at sixth in the preseason poll heading into the new year. 

  1. Plattsburgh
  2. Oswego
  3. Geneseo
  4. Cortland
  5. Buffalo State
  6. Brockport
  7. Fredonia
  8. Morrisville
  9. Potsdam
Key Returners: In addition to both Harley and Galloway 18 other men will be returning to the ice this fall. Tyler RossiRyan BrowMatt AnastasioManny SanchezJosh GrundMichael MeredithScott RamaekersTobin WinslowGriffin TominezCam BarbagalloJames TilleyDylan WiemerDominic ChiricoJacob RodrigueNick SerafinJordan Rosenbaum and Chase Maxwell
New to The Nest: Brockport is welcoming nine new players to the team. Victor MalzahnJack PowersConnor RoachJacob GatesBen SaurbaughSchuyler FlansburgSpencer Flansburg,  David Filak and Trevor Joule will make their collegiate debuts this season!
Brockport will also welcome Alumni Sam Dibitetto to the coaching staff.