Thursday, February 22, 2024

The end of an era


Last night’s playoff loss wasn’t just the end of the season, it was the end of an era, too.


It was Brockport’s final game as a member of the SUNYAC.

It’s bittersweet, for sure.

I’ll miss it. As a fan who’s been watching the team since the 1993-1994 season, the SUNY rivalry is all I’ve ever known.

For me, that’s 30 years of SUNYAC teams that we all knew inside and out, intense rivalries that we all understood, and foes who we at once respected yet saw as maddening thorns in our side – whether it was a determined coach like Plattsburgh’s Bob Emery or a slick defenseman like the Cardinals’ Nick Rolls or a big-time goal scorer like Oswego’s Mike Lukajic or an impenetrable goalie like Mike DeLaVergne of Buffalo State.

So many great players.

So many great games.

So many great memories.

Memories are all that SUNYAC will now be to fans like me.

Memories are all that SUNYAC will be to the men who laced up and will lace up their skates for Brockport.

Think of them and things they experienced, such as: Finally ridding the Golden Eagles of the long-held Plattsburgh curse and then having a bunch of ultra-competitive games with the Cardinals, including one of the longest games in NCAA history....making the playoffs in 2008-2009, hosting that statement game against Potsdam, and then routinely making the playoffs after that…the long road trips to the North Country during which the coaches and the guys could bond.

But, for all that we will miss about SUNYAC, the future is exciting.

There’s a new conference for players and fans next season -- the United College Hockey Conference.

New rivalries will be made as Brockport and Geneseo will compete for conference glory with Chatham, Manhattanville, Nazareth, Neumann, Utica, and Wilkes.

It will be interesting to see new grudges develop, to witness new talents twice a year and in the playoffs, and to wonder what new moments will come.

I’m sad about losing a beloved tradition, but happy about gaining a different future.

Thank you, SUNYAC, for what was for this fan three decades of really awesome hockey.

Brockport's playoff run -- and time in SUNYAC -- ends

The SUNY Brockport ice hockey team fell, 5-1, on the road Wednesday night in the first round of the SUNYAC Conference Tournament. Brockport ends the year 8-14-4 overall and 5-10-2 in the conference.

Cortland scored first, sneaking the puck in at 16:44 into the first period. Brockport recorded nine shots in the first but did not even up the score before heading into the first intermission.

The Red Dragons scored three times in the second period to take a commanding lead. They entered the second intermission with a 4-0 lead over the Green and Gold.

Brockport's Spencer Flansburg got the Golden Eagles on the board with their lone goal of the night at 11:00 into the third. Flansburg was assisted by Scott Ramaekers and Josh Grund. Cortland scored once more before the final horn, taking the win 5-1.

Dylan Wiemer played 59:18 minutes in goal making 30 saves.

Brockport ends its time in the SUNYAC with a mark of 5-9-2, as the program will head to the United College Hockey Conference next season.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Brockport heads to Cortland to start playoffs

 On Wednesday night the No. 5 seeded Golden Eagle ice hockey team will head down to No. 4 Cortland to face the Red Dragons in the 1st Round of the SUNYAC Tournament. The game is scheduled for 7pm start in the Alumni Arena.
 
Last Time Out: The Golden Eagles defeated SUNY Morrisville, 6-3, on Saturday night on the road. Brockport earned another two points towards conference standings, clinching a spot in the postseason as the 5th seed with an overall record of 8-13-4 and 5-9-2 in the conference.
 
Spreading the Love: In the latest win against Morrisville, 13 different Golden Eagles registered a point. Dominic Chirico, Chase Maxwell, Andrew Harley, Scott Ramaekers, Ryan Brow and Connor Galloway all found the back of the net. Spencer Flansburg, Jordan Rosenbaum, Tobin Winslow, Josh Grund, Manny Sanchez, Jacob Gates and Victor Malzahn each had an assist.
 
SUNYAC Standings: Brockport taking the No. 5 seed, the team will travel to face No. 4 Cortland. The other first round matchup in the postseason has No. 6 Potsdam traveling to No. 3 Plattsburgh. No. 1 Geneseo and No. 2 Oswego have earned byes straight into the Semifinals. Here is the full listing of the final postseason seeding:

  1. Geneseo
  2. Oswego
  3. Plattsburgh
  4. Cortland
  5. Brockport
  6. Potsdam
Postseason History: Brockport officially clinches a spot in the SUNYAC Tournament for the fourth time in the last five seasons. Head Coach Brian Dickinson gets the program to the postseason for the 11th time in that last 17 seasons. Since taking over the program iin 1996, Dickinson has put the Golden Eagles in the postseason 13 different times. This includes a recent run to the SUNYAC Semifinals in 2022.

Looking at the Red Dragons: Cortland is entering Wednesday's matchup with an overall record of 15-8-2 overall and 10-5-1 in the conference. The Red Dragons currently sit in the 4th seed. The team has recorded 95 goals this season and 927 shots. They average 3.8 goals a game. Their leading scorers are #18 Nate Berke with 12 goals and 19 assists, and #19 Colby Seitz with 10 goals and 16 assists. Between the pipes for the Red Dragons are Jack Riedell, Hunter Hein and Ronan Mobley. Riedell has played 650:56 in goal this season, allowing 24 goals and making 330 saves. His save percentage is .932% and he averages giving up 2.21 goals a game. Mobley has played 674:18 minutes on the ice this season making 328 saves and allowing 32 goals. He averages giving up 2.85 goals a game and has a save percentage of .911%

Monday, February 19, 2024

Brockport clinches 5th seed in SUNYACs

 On Saturday the Golden Eagle hockey team closed the regular season with a, 6-3, win on the road Against Morrisville. Brockport officially clinches a spot in the SUNYAC Tournament for the fourth time in the last five seasons.
 
Head Coach Brian Dickinson gets the program to the postseason for the 11th time in his career at Brockport. This group finished the regular season at 8-13-4 overall and 5-9-2 in SUNYAC play, earning the No. 5 seed for the conference tournament.
 
To start the contest, the Green and Gold outshot the opponent, 12-8, in the first period. However, neither goalie would allow a score in the first 20 minutes.
 
The Mustangs broke the tie in the second with a pair of scores, including a power play and a short handed goal. They hoped to enter the third up, 2-0, but Brockport answer back quickly. Dominic Chirico scored in the final two minutes of the second to make it a 2-1 game.
 
Spencer Flansburg and Jordan Rosenbaum assisted Chirico on his second score of the season. Rosenbaum made another assist in the third, helping Chase Maxwell find the back of the net to tie the game at 2-2.
 
Morrisville responded with a goal nearly a minute later to regain the lead, 3-2. Then the Golden Eagles took over the game with four unanswered goals in the final period. Spencer Flansburg got another assist along with Tobin Winslow on Andrew Harley's power play goal.
 
Harley tied the score (3-3), but Scott Ramaekers found the back of the net shortly after. Assisted by Josh Grund and Manny Sanchez, Ramaekers gave Brockport its first lead of the night (4-3).
 
It was Ryan Brow that made the score 5-3, with assists credited to Chase Maxwell and Jacob Gates. Connor Galloway would score a goal for a third game in a row, to create the 6-3 final.
 
Now with seven goals on the season, Galloway was assisted by Andrew Harley and Victor Malzahn. The Golden Eagles outshot the Mustangs, 16-9, in the third period.
 
Dylan Wiemer logged 59:55 mintues in the contest between the pipes and made a total of 20 saves in the road win. Brockport won the faceoff battle, 42-29.
 
The SUNYAC Tournament 1st Round game will be played at No. 4 seeded Cortland on Wednesday, February 21st at 7pm.

Monday, February 12, 2024

Brockport beats Fredonia

The SUNY Brockport ice hockey team defeated Fredonia State, 4-2, on Saturday night in Fredonia. Brockport earned two big points towards the conference standings and now sits 7-13-4 overall and 4-9-2 in the SUNYAC.
 
Fredonia struck first scoring at 10:12 into the first period to go up 1-0 early. The Golden Eagles recorded 19 shots but could not even the score in the opening period.
 
Brockport came out of the first intermission swinging. Chase Maxwell scored Brockport's first goal of the night just 1:18 into the second. Maxwell was assisted by Spencer Flansburg on the play, tying the score up at 1-1.

Nick Serafin put another point on the board for the Green and Gold at 3:31 into the second, assisted by Tobin Winslow, to give Brockport a 2-1 lead. Spencer Flansburg locked up the second period with a goal at 16:18, assisted by Dominic Chirico. Brockport headed into the second intermission up 3-1.
 
Fredonia got back into the action in the third period with a goal at 14:38. The Blue Devils trailed 3-2 before Connor Galloway snuck the puck in at 17:51. He was assisted by Andrew Harley and Victor Malzahn on the empty net goal, securing the 4-2 win.
 
Dylan Wiemer played 60:00 minutes in net, making 28 saves and allowing two goals for an overall save percentage of .933%.

Brokcport ties Buffalo State

The SUNY Brockport men's ice hockey team tied Buffalo State, 2-2, on Friday night in Buffalo. Brockport is now 6-13-4 overall and 3-9-2 in the conference.
 
Brockport recorded 23 shots in the first period to Buffalo State's 13, but neither team found the back of the net in the first 20 minutes.
 
The Golden Eagles struck first with Connor Galloway sending the puck past Cumberworth at 8:26 into the second period. Galloway was assisted by Chase Maxwell and Manny Sanchez on the play. The Bengals answered the call almost immediately scoring at 10:07 in the second to tie the score up at 1-1.

Spencer Flansburg broke the tie, scoring a goal at 14:53, assisted by Andrew Harley. Flansburg's score sent the men into the final intermission up 2-1.
 
Buffalo State scored its second goal of the night at 7:56 into the third evening up the score at 2-2. With no other score the game went to overtime. Neither team could score in the 5-minute overtime period, resulting in a tie.
 
Dylan Wiemer played 65:00 minutes in goal, making 31 saves and allowing two goals. He ended the night with an overall save percentage of .939%.
 

Monday, February 5, 2024

Oswego's broadcast of Brockport game was a special milestone

Last week, if you were watching Spectrum News' statewide broadcast, you may have seen a story about how special Oswego's broadcast of Friday's game against Brockport was -- WTOP aired its first-ever sports broadcast with a team made up entirely of women, on air and behind the scenes.

Here's Oswego's report on the milestone: https://www.oswego.edu/news/story/wtop-10-air-first-ever-all-women-run-sports-broadcast

Brockport falls to Cortland

 The SUNY Brockport men's ice hockey team lost to Cortland Saturday night 5-1 at the Wegman's Ice Arena. Brockport is now 6-13-3 overall and 3-9-1 in SUNYAC play.
 
Brockport recorded a total of 13 shots in the first period. Cortland's first goal of the night came at 17:24 into the first. 
 
Cortland scored three goals to open up the second period. Brockport's Schuyler Flansburg scored the Golden Eagles lone goal of the night at 18:06 into the second period. Flansburg was assisted by Chase Maxwell and Manny Sanchez. Cortland answered back quickly, scoring their fifth goal of the night at 18:55. 
 
After a scoreless third period, Brockport recorded a total of 40 shots to Cortland's 33, and won 29 of 54 faceoffs.
 
In goal for the Green and Goal was David Filak. Filak made 28 saves and allowed five goals on the night, giving him a save percentage of .848%.

Saturday, February 3, 2024

Oswego beats Brockport

The SUNY Brockport men's ice hockey team fell, 5-1, to the Oswego State Lakers in Oswego on Friday night. The Golden Eagles are now 3-8-1 in the conference and 6-12-3 overall on the season.
 
The Golden Eagles recorded a total of seven shots in the first 20 minutes compared to 11 from the Lakers. Both teams went into the first intermission scoreless.
 
Oswego scored twice in the second period to break the tie and take control. The first goal was scored at 4:26 into the period, followed by a second goal at 11:53. Brockport recorded a total of nine shots in the second and began the third period down 2-0.
 
The Lakers scored three more goals in the third period to take a commanding 5-0 lead. The Golden Eagles first and only goal of the night came at 14:28 into the third. Scott Ramaekers scored to prevent the shutout, assisted by Josh Grund. Oswego didn't allow for a chance at a comeback, taking the 5-1 win.
 
Dylan Wiemer spent 59:37 minutes in goal or the Green and Gold, making at total of 27 saves.