Thursday, December 7, 2023

Brockport beats Morrisville in rare Wednesday game

The Golden Eagles blew out the Morrisville State Mustangs Wednesday night, earning themselves an 8-2 win. Brockport is now 5-7-1 overall and 3-5 in the conference.
Morrisville struck first scoring just 54 seconds into the first period. However, Michael Meredith was quick to answer the call scoring at 2:33 in the first assisted by Connor Roach.

Connor Roach got on the board next with a goal at 6:02 into the first, assisted by Jacob Rodrigue. Morrisville would score once more in the opening period at 10:43 to tie the score at 2-2 heading into the first intermission.
Matt Anastasio scored on the power play just 22 seconds into the second period assisted by both Manny Sanchez and Chase Maxwell. Maxwell's assist extends his point streak to five games in a row with at least one point.
Now with a 3-2 lead, Ben Saurbaugh added Brockport's fourth goal of the night at 4:43 into the second period. He was assisted by Roach and Meredith on the break away goal.
Saurbaugh sent the puck flying into the back of the net again for his second goal of the night. Meredith earned himself his third point of the night with the assist to Saurbaugh as the Green and Gold went up 5-2. Tobin Winslow also picked up an assist on the Golden Eagles' fifth goal of the contest.
Andrew Harley capped off a four-goal showing for Brockport in the second period. He got on the board at 15:51 into the second, assisted by Jacob Gates, to make it a 6-2 lead for the Golden Eagles.
Up by four goals to start the third, Manny Sanchez got the ball rolling early in the period. With his goal just 1:07 into the period, assisted by Scott Ramaekers, Brockport held a commanding 7-2 lead. 
Josh Grund scored the final goal of the game at 2:26 into the third, assisted by Andrew Harley and Jacob Rodrigue. Grund's goal would be the final score of the game for either team, securing an 8-2 victory.
Dylan Wiemer spent 60:00 minutes in goal tonight making 34 saves, allowing two goals.

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Stylus recap of Fredonia game

By Brayden Peters/Staff Writer

After going on a streak of wins, Brockport’s hockey team fell short to Fredonia in overtime 4-3 on Brockport’s Alumni Night. The Brockport alumni who were inducted into the Wall of Honor for 2023 recently were present at the game. To honor Brockport hockey’s 50th Anniversary, the team wore retro uniforms that were based on those worn back in the ‘70s. Although Brockport does get a point in the standings for sending the game to overtime, they are still towards the bottom.

Brockport was off to a slow start in the first period as Fredonia’s offense put them on their heels for most of the period. However, the Golden Eagles had some life after forward Chase Maxwell scored on the powerplay. Following that goal Brockport began to find a rhythm offensively. Even so, the Blue Devils’ defense prevented them from getting many high-quality scoring chances.

The Golden Eagles looked like they were going to go into the second period up 1-0. However, Blue Devils defenseman Kieran Furlonger scored a wrist shot goal from the point with 4.8 seconds left to go in the first. Maxwell knew that in the upcoming second period, they needed to play more consistently.

“We had a tough second period yesterday,” Maxwell said. “We got to make sure we don’t have a bad period…get pucks deep and we should be fine.”

However, the second period looked like Maxwell didn’t want it to go for the first half of it. Forwards Antoine St. Onge and Peter Buerfent each scored to give Fredonia a 3-1 lead, with St. Onge’s goal being on the power play. The game was looking like Fredonia would run away with it, but Brockport wouldn’t roll over.

The Golden Eagles responded with two goals of their own, with forward Michael Meredith and defenseman Cam Barbagallo scoring to tie the game 3-3. Meredith’s goal carried a little extra significance being he is from Fredonia and his father, Jeff Meredith, is the head coach for the Blue Devils’ hockey team. Whatever was working on offense in the back half of the second period, Meredith knew they needed to keep doing it in the third.

“We just need to get back to our game,” Meredith said. “We have to keep forechecking hard, but then it’s going to be the hard team that wins. That’s all it takes. Just keep grinding away down low.”

The third period didn’t bring as much excitement or fireworks as before. Both teams created many scoring opportunities, but couldn’t capitalize. This was thanks to good defensive play and outstanding performances from goalies Dylan Weimer for Brockport and Charles-Anthony Barbeau for Fredonia.

Due to no one lighting the lamp in the third period, the game was sent to overtime. Fredonia almost put the game away early in overtime, but Weimer came up with a huge pad save. Brockport tried to move the puck to create an open shooting lane, but defenseman Jacob Rodrigue turned over the puck to Fredonia defenseman Xavier Fortin. He took the puck down the ice all alone and scored the game-winning goal on Weimer, giving the Blue Devils a 4-3 win over the Golden Eagles.

It was a tough loss for Brockport as they were riding a wave of momentum from the previous three games that resulted in two wins and one tie, which ended in a shootout win for the Golden Eagles against Skidmore. With the loss, Brockport falls to 4-7 overall and 2-5 in SUNYAC play. As for Fredonia, the win puts them at 3-7 on the season and 3-4 in SUNYAC play. Brockport head coach Brian Dickinson has noticed how inconsistent play in the second period has hurt the team, even though injuries have played a role in this.

“When you don’t come out in the middle period, that’s the difference,” Dickinson said. “We just got to get a little bit more consistent. Part of that is the two guys up front that were out, with Schuyler (Flansberg) and Nick (Serafin). It kind of juggled our lineup in practice and these guys didn’t have a lot of time to practice with each other.”

Brockport has a quick turnaround before its next game against Morrisville State (3-9, 1-5) on Wednesday. With the short time that the Golden Eagles have to prepare, Dickinson believes it will come down to how much his team knows the importance of that game.

“It’s all about the preparation for us to make sure that we know going in that it’s two much-needed points for us,” Dickinson said. “Two points with Morrisville gives us the same two that Buff State got and we separate from them a little bit.”

The opening puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Wegmans Ice Arena on Wednesday.



Stylus recap of Buffalo State game

By: Brayden Peters/Staff Writer

The ball keeps rolling for the Golden Eagles hockey team as they beat Buffalo State 5-3 on Friday on Teddy Bear Toss Night. Brockport has now won three in a row including two over ranked opponents.

The first period brought a lot of excitement to the Brockport faithful as Brockport forward Connor Galloway got the puck past Buffalo State goalie Marcus Cumberworth’s left side. Teddy bears, big and small, rained down onto the ice after the goal was scored. The experience was surreal for Galloway.

“It seemed like every single person is throwing teddy bears,” Galloway said. “Right when it happened, you kind of just black out…and you are skating to the line and bears are hitting you, it’s a pretty cool feeling.”

Brockport kept pushing the puck into the offensive zone with little resistance, which allowed them to score another goal thanks to forward Matt Anastasio tipping in a shot from defenseman Jordan Rosenbaum. On the defensive side, Brockport was to simply put it: lights out. Buffalo State was only able to muster four shots in the period as the Golden Eagles’ defense forced several turnovers.

The second period was a complete turnaround for the Bengals. They started to put Brockport’s defense on their heels, playing with speed and physicality. With that, forward Joe Glamos managed to tip one in to make it a 2-1 game. Brockport responded, with forward Scott Ramaekers scoring on a one-timer.

Even though Brockport seemed to be at a comfortable lead, they struggled to clear the puck out of their defensive zone and took three penalties during the second period. This forced Brockport to defend for much of the second period. They successfully killed off all three powerplays, but the Bengals built momentum off of them. Before the second came to a close forwards Anthony Morin and Tyler Penree each notched a goal to tie the game at three heading into the third period.

Brockport’s offense still applied pressure on Buffalo State’s defense, which did better compared to the first period. However, the Golden Eagles looked off. Ramaekers felt throughout the whole team during the second period and knew work needed to be done in the third.

“We got to sell out,” Ramaekers said. “I mean we kind of eased up a little bit that period. They came with energy after we took it to them.”

In other games that we have seen from Brockport, they have struggled to bounce back to win games when they lost a great deal of momentum. However, they changed this narrative with their performance in the third period.

The Golden Eagles came out of the period swinging and reverted to how they played in the first. Buffalo State looked exactly like how they played in the first as well, struggling to get more than one shot on goal off the entire period. Due to Brockport’s play, Galloway went end-to-end and scored to put Brockport up 4-3.

Brockport wasn’t done yet, as forward Josh Grund scored to make it a 5-3 game. Although the Bengals were able to tie the game earlier trailing by two, it looked like the game was out of reach as they looked demoralized, and their tempers began to flare.

After scoring, Grund was knocked to the ground by Penree, leading Brockport defenseman Jacob Rodrigue to push him hard into the boards. A skirmish ensued from the incident and led to Rodrigue being thrown out of the game.

Although the loss of one of their top defensemen was critical, Brockport didn’t waver and secured the victory with a 5-3 win. Brockport Head Coach Brian Dickinson was happy with the win, even though he felt like he wasn’t watching the same game.

“That was a tale of like two different games or almost three different games,” Dickinson said. “It was a total team win.”

With the win, Brockport improves to 4-6-1 on the season and 2-4 in conference play. As for Buffalo State, the loss puts them at 4-7 for the season and 2-4 in conference play. Brockport will take on Fredonia Saturday night for Alumni Night, which Dickinson knows will not be an easy game.

“We’re going to play a team that plays heavy,” Dickinson said. “We got to be able to outplay them and outcompete them. If we can play like we have, two points are there for us to take.”

More alumni will have their names added to the Wall of Honor pregame and Brockport will be wearing their retro-styled uniforms that were recently released to mark the 50-year celebration. The puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m.



Wegmans Ice Arena ribbon cutting


Fredonia takes down Brockport in overtime

The Golden Eagles fell to the Fredonia Blue Devils, 4-3, in overtime on Saturday night. Brockport is now 4-7-1 overall and 2-5 in conference play.
Chase Maxwell got the ball rolling with a power play goal at 13:11 into the first period, assisted by Jordan Rosenbaum and Jacob Gates. Fredonia snapped back right at the end of the 1st period sending the men into the first intermission tied, 1-1.
Fredonia scored twice to open up the second period, going on to take a 3-1 lead. Michael Meredith sunk one into the net at 8:49 to cut into the deficit for Brockport. Meredith was assisted by Ben Saurbaugh and James Tilley on the play. Cam Barbagallo scored Brockport's final goal of the night at 8:49 into the second period, assisted by Josh Grund and Connor Galloway.

Barbagallo's goal tied the game up at 3-3 where the score remained at the end of the second. The third period was scoreless and which sent the men into a 5:00 overtime period. Fredonia's Xavier Fortin scored the final goal of the game 48 seconds into the overtime period to give the Blue Devils the win.
Dylan Wiemer spent 60:48 minutes in goal, making 35 saves and allowing four goals. 
Brockport recorded a total of 43 shots and won 39 out of 65 face offs. Brockport was 2-for-3 on the power play and 3-for-4 on the penalty kill on the night.

Saturday, December 2, 2023

Brockport beats Buffalo State on Teddy Bear night

The Golden Eagles defeated the Buffalo State Bengals, 5-3, Friday night in their annual teddy bear toss game. Brockport wins its first SUNYAC contest of the season, improving to 4-6-1 overall and 2-4 in the conference. 
Connor Galloway had a big night for the Green and Gold, finishing with four points in the game (2 goals, 2 assists). He got the party started with the first goal of the night at 10:44 into the first for the celebratory Teddy Bear Toss goal. Josh Grund and Scott Ramaekers assisted Galloway on the play, as Brockport took a 1-0 lead.

Matt Anastasio kept the momentum going with a power play goal at 14:21 into the first. Anastasio was assisted by Jordan Rosembaum and Chase Maxwell. Brockport went into the first intermission up 2-0 over the visiting Bengals.
Buffalo State opened up the second with a goal at 3:53 into the period to make it a 2-1 score. Scott Ramaekers earned his second point of the night with a goal at 8:51 into the second to put the squad up 3-1. Ramaekers was assisted by Josh Grund and Connor Galloway.

The Bengals would respond by scoring two more times in the second period, sending the game into the second intermission all tied up at 3-3.
Connor Galloway earned himself his second goal of the night at 5:23 into the third period unassisted. Six minutes later Galloway was on a breakaway and sent the puck across to Grund who earned his third point of the night and the final goal of the game. These two scores would create the final tally of 5-3, as Brockport earns two big points for the conference standings.
Dylan Wiemer earned his third win of the year after playing all 60:00 minutes on the ice tonight. Wiemer gave up three goals and made 18 saves between the pipes.
Brockport went  1-for-3 on the power play tonight and 4-for-5 on the penalty kill. The Golden Eagles won 46 of the 67 face offs and recorded a total of 37 shots compared to just 21 from Buffalo State.