Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Golden Eagles tie #7 Plattsburgh

The SUNY Brockport ice hockey tied SUNYAC rival Plattsburgh State, 1-1, at the Wegmans Ice Arena. Brockport earned a big point in the conference standings and moved to 6-11-3 overall and 3-7-1 in the conference.
Plattsburgh struck first at 3:50 in the first period, but was held scoreless for the rest of the game. Brockport recorded nine shots in the first period and entered the first intermission down 1-0.
Both teams failed to score in the second, leading the Golden Eagles into the third period down by one still.
Josh Grund answered the call and evened up the score at 18:38 in the third period. Grund was assisted by Chase Maxwell and Spencer Flansburg. The late score would send this conference clash into overtime.

During the 3v3, 5-minute overtime period neither team would break the tie. Both teams earned a point in the standings following the 1-1 draw.

Dylan Wiemer played an outstanding game in net, making 42 saves and allowing just one goal.
On the faceoff, Brockport went 37-for-66 against the Cardinals.

Brockport falls to Potsdam

The SUNY Brockport ice hockey team lost, 2-0, Friday night against Potsdam at the Wegmans Ice Arena. Brockport is now 6-11-2 overall and 3-7 in the conference.
Brockport recorded a total of 8 shots in the first period to Potsdam's 7, yet both teams failed to score in the first. The score stayed tied at 0-0 heading into the first intermission.

It looked like the second period was going to end at 0-0 still, but the visiting Bears got on the board late in the period. Potsdam scored the first goal of the night at 19:58 into the second period, sneaking it past Wiemer with two second to spare. Potsdam was up 1-0 going into the final frame.

Brockport answered back early in the third period with strong defense and good possession in the offensive zone but failed to get the puck past Perno.

Brockport pulled Wiemer with less than a minute left looking to tie the game up with an extra skater. However, Potsdam scored on the empty net for the final goal of the night to earn the 2-0 win.

Dylan Wiemer played a total of 58:55 between the pipes tonight making a total of 18 saves and allowing one goal.

Brockport recorded a total of 44 shots and won 44 of 64 faceoffs on the night.

Brockport loses to Geneseo

Friday night, January 19th, the SUNY Brockport hockey team lost to the nationally ranked Geneseo Knights at home, 8-2. The loss puts Brockport at 6-10-2 overall and 3-6 in conference play.
It was Chase Maxwell and Manny Sanchez who found the back of the net for the Golden Eagles on the night. Maxwell scored in the second period, assisted by Spencer Flansburg on the play. Sanchez added Brockport's second goal in the third period, assisted by Andrew Harley and Nick Serafin.
David Filak got the start in net, making 18 saves in just over 31 minutes of action. Filak allowed six goals before Brockport made a goalie switch in the second period. Dylan Wiemer finished out the game between the pipes, making 16 saves and allowing two goals.
Halfway through the opening period Geneseo would strike first to take a 1-0 lead and went on to control the game the rest of the way. The Knights scored three times in the first, taking a 3-0 lead into the first intermission.
In the second period, Geneseo added four more goals to the tally on the scoreboard. Brockport put an end to the shutout bid with Maxwell's fifth goal of the season, thanks to Flansburg's sixth helper. However the visiting team remained in charge, 7-1, heading into the final frame.
The Knights would find the back of the net once more before the final horn, with their eighth goal of the game in the third period. With just four minutes left to play, Sanchez netted his fourth of the season to create the 8-2 final. Harley earned his sixth assist of the season, while Serafin registered his third.

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Roach is SUNYAC Rookie of the Week

The SUNYAC announced on Monday that Brockport's Connor Roach was named the SUNYAC Men's Ice Hockey Rookie of the Week.
Roach made a strong impact in the Golden Eagles' win over Fredonia at home earlier in the week. He recorded two goals on eight shots in the game, as the squad pulled out the win 5-1. He also finished with a +2 rating for the night on the ice.

Miller commits to Brockport

 Kaleb Miller, a forward for the Boston Jr. Rangers, has committed to SUNY Brockport for the fall of 2024.

The '03 native of Traverse City, MI is in his second season with the Rangers' program, and over the course of 63 career games in the Eastern Hockey League (EHL), Miller has tallied 49 points to his credit on 30 goals and 19 assists.

"We are very excited for Kaleb's commitment to Brockport," said Rangers head coach and general manager Rich DeCaprio. "He has worked so hard over the last 2 seasons here to become the player and person he is today. Fighting through adversity both on and off the ice, he's been able to keep his focus on his goals, both personally and as a leader of our team. His slick style, IQ, and goal-scoring touch will be welcomed at Brockport!"

Speaking of that 'goal-scoring touch', it's one area that Miller has displayed a drastic improvement in. After scoring five total goals throughout the entire 2022-23 campaign, Miller currently leads the EHL in goals scored so far this year, having found the back of the net 25 times. It makes it very safe to say that Brockport's interest continued to increase with every goal that he scored.

"The last two years with BJR have been unbelievable," said Miller. "Coach DeCaprio has helped me tremendously. He has truly helped me become the player and person I am today. His ability to get the most out of his players and teach us the college style of the game are a few of the many things that makes him such a great coach. Coach [Brian] Dickinson has been great as well. Throughout the recruiting process he has been honest and easy to talk to. It makes me very excited to be a part of Brockport, both academically and athletically, for the next 4 years."

Now, with this decision complete, Miller will turn his entire attention towards the remainder of the season in the EHL, as he hopes to lead the Rangers to back-to-back titles.

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Brockport will have a new local foe: St. John Fisher

St. John Fisher University will add two intercollegiate hockey teams to its athletic offerings beginning in 2025, and will be the first collegiate partner of the Rochester Ice Center, the program’s home ice.

Logo: St. John Fisher University Athletics

The addition of men’s and women’s hockey teams to the roster of sports offered at the University broadens its total number of athletic teams competing in the NCAA Division III to 26.

Fisher’s athletics department is now in the recruiting phase, and incoming hockey student-athletes will enter the University in the fall 2025 semester. At the collegiate level, the hockey season runs from October to March.  

This news builds upon recent years of growth in the Fisher Athletics Department as well as the increasing popularity of hockey in the Western New York region and on campus. Fisher’s club hockey team won the American Division Championship at the AAU College Hockey Tournament in March 2023.

“We are confident that our University’s academic offerings, continuing growth, and reputation and record in the NCAA Division III will enable us to successfully recruit hockey student-athletes to Fisher who will add to our success,” said Jose Perales, vice president for enrollment management. “We look forward to providing the total Fisher experience to students who might now consider Fisher because of the opportunity to play intercollegiate hockey. Not only will they have access to a state-of-the-market academic experience but the exceptional Fisher Athletics experience as well.” 

The University anticipates a roster size of 25-30 student-athletes on both the men’s and women’s teams with an eye toward their first competitive intercollegiate game in fall 2025.

“This is an exciting time at Fisher and expanding our intercollegiate athletic offerings to reflect the growing interest in hockey adds to that excitement,” said Bob Ward, athletics director at Fisher. “Through our partnership with the premier facility in the region, the Rochester Ice Center, our student-athletes will have access to cutting edge facilities, and a place to call home.”

The University said that next steps include hiring a coaching staff and the finalization of the sport’s conference affiliation.

Willie Bee jersey auction

The SUNY Brockport men's ice hockey team hosted their second annual Willie Bee Foundation Jersey Night on Tuesday, January 9th.

The Golden Eagles wore special edition uniforms as a tribute to the Willie Bee Foundation. The game worn jerseys will be available for purchase via silent auction from January 9th at 8:00PM through Friday, January 19th until 12:00PM (EASTERN).

The Willie Bee Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization founded in August of 2017 to benefit local families who have a child facing a life-threatening illness. The Willie Bee Foundation was founded in memory of Will, who lost his life after a courageous battle with AT/RT, an aggressive brain tumor just a few weeks shy of his second birthday. "We look to ease the burden that families who have a child with a life-threatening illness face, we have realized that how we ease that burden looks different for every family we have the honor and privilege of doing something for. We listen to our families and assist where they can benefit most. We also aim to help families make memories."

The bidding on all 26 players uniforms will start at $50 with proceeds to benefit The Willie Bee Foundation. Bidding should be done in a minimum $5 increments. You can place a bid by emailing Head Coach Brian Dickinson at bdickins@brockport.edu with your name and current bid.

The jersey auction winners will be listed at https://gobrockport.com/news/2024/1/8/ice-hockey-willie-bee-foundation-night-jersey-auction.aspx and you will be notified via email.

Brockport beats Fredonia on Willie Bee Night

In tonight's non-conference matchup, the Golden Eagles soared past Fredonia on Willie Bee Night with a final score of 5-1. Brockport is now 6-9-2 overall on the season and remain at 3-5 in the conference. 
Scott Ramaekers got the Golden Eagles up on the board first with a goal at 6:45 into the first period. Scott was assisted by Jacob Gates and Connor Galloway. Fredonia neglected to answer the call and headed into the first intermission down by one.
Brockport opened the second period in similar fashion with another score. Connor Galloway scored at 4:12 into the second period, assisted by Dominic Chirico. The rest of the second was scoreless, sending Fredonia into the second intermission down 2-0.
The Golden Eagles once again opened up the third period with a goal by Matt Anastasio at 7:23. Ramaekers and Galloway both picked up another point with assists on the play.
Fredonia scored its first and only goal of the game on a power play at 11:11 into the third to prevent a shutout. Brockport remained ahead with a comfortable 3-1 lead in the final period.

Connor Roach scored the fourth goal of the night at 13:57 and the fifth at 17:27. His first goal was assisted by Andrew Harley and Manny Sanchez, while his final goal was an unassisted empty netter. Roach pushed the score to a 5-1 Brockport lead, providing the final tally.
David Filak spent 60:00 minutes in goal, making 31 saves and allowing just one goal.

Monday, January 8, 2024

Canton beats Brockport

 The SUNY Brockport hockey team fell to SUNY Canton Saturday evening, 4-3. Brockport is now 5-9-2 overall on the season and remains 3-5 in conference play after the weekend.
Canton drew first blood for the second night in a row, scoring at 5:46 into the first period to take an early 1-0 lead. Jack Powers answered with his first collegiate goal, tying the game up at 1-1. Michael Meredith earned his fourth assist of the season (8th point) on Powers' goal. Nick Serafin picked up the second assist on Brockport's first goal at 11:19 into the first. The score would remained tied at 1-1 to end the first.

Andrew Harley scored the Golden Eagles second goal of the night at 11:43 into the second period unassisted, putting Brockport up 2-1. Harley poked the puck free in the defensive zone and scored on the breakaway opportunity. Canton snuck one in at 13:55, sending both teams into the third tied at 2-2.

Now in the third period, Canton would break the tie with a goal at 5:10 to take a 3-2 edge. Josh Grund scored his fifth goal of the season (11thpoint) at 10:44 into the third to tie the game once again. Grund was assisted by Jacob Gates and Harley. At 14:33 in to the third, the visiting Roos scored the final goal of the game to grab the 4-3 win.

Dylan Wiemer spent 59:04 minutes on the ice tonight, making 30 saves and allowing 4 goals. Brockport pulled Wiemer late for a sixth skater, but the team was unable to find the equalizer.

Brockport ties Canton

 The SUNY Brockport hockey team tied SUNY Canton Friday on the road, 4-4. Brockport is now to 5-8-2 overall this season, with another matchup against Canton set for Saturday.
Canton struck first scoring at 18:22 in the first period. The rest of the first remained scoreless, sending the Golden Eagles into the second trailing 1-0.

Canton added to the lead in the second period with a goal at 6:11, taking a 2-0 lead. Michael Meredith answered the call with his fourth goal of the season, making it a 2-1 score. Meredith scored at 11:37 in the second, assisted by Josh Grund and Jordan Rosenbaum.

Grund added another point to the board shortly after, scoring his fourth goal of the season assisted by Meredith and Dominic Chirico. This goal would tie the game up at 2-2 late in the second. Canton snuck one into the net with 2.0 seconds left on the board, sending the Golden Eagles into the final period of regulation down 3-2.

The Kangaroo's scored just 38 seconds into the third period to take a 4-2 lead. Brockport's Matt Anastasio scored the crew's third goal at 17:57 into the third, assisted by Spencer Flansburg and Connor Galloway. With only 12 seconds left in regulation, Chase Maxwell tied up the score at 4-4 to send the game to overtime. Maxwell was assisted by Anastasio and Grund on the play.

After 5 minutes of a scoreless three-on-three overtime period, both teams add a tie to their overall record.

Trevor Joule had his first career start between the pipes, playing 65:00 minutes on the ice. Joule let up four goals and made 28 saves in the game.

Friday, January 5, 2024

Brockport to play Canton this weekend

 The SUNY Brockport Ice Hockey Program will head to Canton New York this Friday, January 5th for a 5pm puck drop against SUNY Canton. The Golden Eagles will then host the Roos the following night for a 7pm puck drop at the Wegman's Ice Arena.

What Happened in 2023: Through the first part of the season, Brockport owns a record of 5-8-1 overall. This included a big win over a No. 10, nationally-ranked Salve Regina. The Green and Gold also defeated No. 15 Skidmore in a shootout (1-0), after playing the Thoroughbreds to a 2-2 draw at their Thanksgiving Invitational. In SUNYAC play, the Golden Eagles are 3-5 heading into 2024. They hold the sixth spot in the conference standings with seven points.

Putting Up Points: Connor Galloway is first for the Golden Eagles with 12 points so far this season. He has three goals and leads the squad with nine assists. Josh Grund, Chase Maxwell, Scott Ramaekers, Manny Sanchez, Schuyler Flansburg, Michael Meredith, Ben Saurbaugh, and Matt Anastasio have all scored three goals. Grund is second on the team in points (8) and second in assists (5). Jacob Rodrigue also have five helpers on the year.

In Net: Dylan Wiemer has been the starter in net for Brockport through most of the games so far this season. In 10 starts he has made 304 saves and allowed 36 goals. This has earned him a .894 saves percentage and a 3.74 goals against average.

Looking at the Roos: SUNY Canton is 3-11 overall heading into this weekend's matchup. The Roos have recorded 33 goals and 382 shots. They average 2.4 goals a game and 27.3 shots. So far this season they are 4 for 44 on the power play and 41 for 54 on the penalty kill. Leading the team in goals is #27 Niko Schoner with 9 goals and 5 assists.
Between the pipes for the Roos are Trey Miller, Kelson Hooper and Nate Hopkins. Miller has seen 246:30 minutes in goal this season making 132 saves and allowing 16 goals. He has a saver percentage of .892 and is 1-2 on the season so far. Hooper has seen 365:31 minutes of ice time and has made 210 saves. He has given up 25 goals, and averages 4.10 a game. He is 2-5 going into this weekend's matchup. Hopkins has seen 222:41 minutes on the ice and made 122 saves, giving up 20 goals. He has a save percentage of .859% and a record of 0-4.