Sunday, February 18, 2018

Brockport doesn't make playoffs in season-ending loss to Geneseo

The College at Brockport ice hockey team dropped their final State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) contest of the season against SUNY Geneseo on Saturday, 1-0. The Golden Eagles wrap up the 2017-2018 season with a record of 11-13-1 (5-10-1 SUNYAC), while the Knights move to 16-5-3 (10-3-3).

Brockport trailed halfway through the first period when Geneseo took a 1-0 lead 11 minutes into the contest. The Green and Gold tried to answer when they were awarded a power play opportunity, but the Knights penalty kill shut down any offensive threat. The Golden Eagles kept the intensity up for the remainder of the period ripping off seven shots, but were unsuccessful in tying the game up.

The Green and Gold suffered an early penalty in the second period to give them a man-down disadvantage. The Brockport penalty kill locked down too, and only allowed one shot on frame during the Geneseo power play. Both teams battled it out for the remainder of the period as the score stayed the same, going into the final period.

The Golden Eagles fought hard throughout the third period but fell short in finding the back of the net. Brockport teed off a total of 23 shots throughout this period, but none could beat the goalie, who held on to a final 1-0 win.

Brockport goalie Matt Schneider had a strong day between the pipes, finishing with 27 saves and a .964 save percentage.

This concludes Brockport ice hockey's season and will return a healthy amount of talent to make a run in the SUNYAC next year.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

The playoff scenario

Going into the last night of regular season play, the playoff picture is absolute chaos in SUNYAC. Here is the official list of scenarios from the SUNYAC officials themselves....

SUNYAC Men’s Ice Hockey Scenario
1 – Oswego
2 – Geneseo
3 – Buffalo State
4 – Potsdam
·       With a win
·       With losses by Fredonia and Plattsburgh
·       With a tie and ties or losses by both Fredonia and Plattsburgh
4 – Plattsburgh
·       With a win and a loss by Potsdam and a loss or tie by Fredonia
4 – Fredonia
·       With a win and a loss by Potsdam and a loss or tie by Plattsburgh
Other scenarios
·       3-way tie at 15 points among Fredonia, Plattsburgh and Potsdam
o   4 – Plattsburgh
o   5 - Fredonia
o   6 – Potsdam
·       2-way tie at 15 points between Fredonia and Potsdam
o   4 – Potsdam
o   5 – Fredonia
·       2-way tie at 15 points between Plattsburgh and Potsdam
o   4 – Plattsburgh
o   5 – Potsdam
·       2-way tie at 15 points between Plattsburgh and Fredonia
o   4 – Plattsburgh
o   5 - Fredonia
·       3-way tie at 14 points among Fredonia, Plattsburgh and Potsdam
o   4 – Potsdam
o   5 - Plattsburgh
o   6 - Fredonia
·       2-way tie at 14 points between Fredonia and Potsdam
o   4 – Potsdam
o   5 - Fredonia
·       2-way tie at 14 points between Plattsburgh and Potsdam
o   4 – Potsdam
o   5 - Plattsburgh
·       3-way tie among Brockport, Fredonia and Plattsburgh
o   4 - Potsdam
o   5 - Brockport
o   6 – Fredonia
o   Out - Plattsburgh
·       Brockport in a 2-way tie with Fredonia or Plattsburgh is 6 while the other team is out
·       Brockport out with a tie or loss or a win or tie by both Plattsburgh and Fredonia

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Verbeke can cement case for SUNYAC Player of the Year



There is one regular season game left to play for Brockport. It's do or die. Brockport HAS to win to have any chance of making the playoffs.

Someone who looks to make a huge impact against Geneseo is senior captain Aidan Verbeke.

With one weekend to go, it looks like the battle for SUNYAC Player of the Year could go to either him or Geneseo's Conlan Keenan.

Of all players in the SUNYAC, Keenan has the highest points per game average at 1.50 (12th in the nation). Next in line is Verbeke at 1.46 which is good for 13th best in the nation.

Verbeke's goal total of 15 ranks behind only 3 SUNYAC players...Tyson Empey, also of Geneseo (18), Rich McCartney of Plattsburgh (17) and Keenan (17).

Voters might see that Keenan has a deep team (3 players with 30+ points, 2 more with 20+) while Verbeke is carrying a heavy load (he has 10 points and 5 goals more than his closest teammates). Then again, voters might consider Keenan's out of this world numbers as not being team dependent -- in his freshman campaign last year he put up an awesome 23-12-35 line. 

Even if he doesn't secure SUNYAC MVP honors, Verbeke is certainly worthy of First Team All American consideration.

Hopefully you've been savoring the season -- and career -- Verbeke has been having.


Parsons commits to Brockport



Mitchell Parsons played for the North Iowa Bulls’ during the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 season where he was one of the most recognizable faces on and off the ice. His leadership earned him the captain’s designation during the 2016-17 season.

He’s now a member of the Eastern Hockey League’s Connecticut Roughriders and, next year, he'll be a member of the Brockport Golden Eagles.

Parsons announced his commitment last week to the State University of New York at Brockport.

The Grandville, Michigan native was a key factor in the Bulls’ 2015-16 run to the Silver Cup national championship, and the team’s return to the national tournament a year ago, with 64 points in 87 regular-season and postseason games for North Iowa.

This year, his game has shifted into a new gear, with 58 points, including 30 goals, in 36 EHL games. 

“Mitch is a complete player playing at 100% capacity and all zones on a daily basis,” said Connecticut head coach Eric Lind. “He is extremely effective on special teams and is a team leader both on and off the ice. He elevates the team to work at higher level of play by leading by example.”

Here is his highlight video from his senior year of high school a year in which he was the Grand Rapids Press Winter Athlete of the Year:


Sunday, February 11, 2018

Brockport's playoff chances

With one weekend of SUNYAC regular season play left, Brockport players and fans face a stressful entrance into -- or exclusion from -- the playoffs.

Brockport is currently tied with Fredonia for sixth place in the conference with 11 points. If the season would end today, Brockport would get in because the season split between the two teams saw Brockport score one more goal.

But, the season isn't over.

Brockport has one game left...a tough one against a powerful 16-5-3 Geneseo team (which is ranked second in the SUNYAC) at Geneseo.

Fredonia has two games left...they are hosting Morrisville on both nights next weekend.

Fredonia could beat Morrisville twice as Brockport did last weekend. But, they could also split.

If they split, Brockport HAS to win on Saturday night to get into the playoffs.

It is highly unlikely Fredonia will lose both games, so the split-and-win is the most likely scenario that could help Brockport.

But, suppose the unlikely happens and Fredonia loses both and Brockport loses -- then you have to watch out for Cortland...they are out of the playoffs today with 9 points, but if Brockport and Fredonia gain nothing and Cortland beats one of Plattsburgh and Potsdam, Cortland is in due to the tie-breaker of goal differential from their 7-3 win over Brockport recently.

Yes, it's SUNYAC chaos with one weekend to go.

So, fans: keep fingers crossed and watch the scoreboards, and players: play hard and trust one another to get the job done!

Lakers down Brockport

The College at Brockport ice hockey teams falls short against Oswego State Saturday night, losing by a final score of 4-1. The Golden Eagles drop to 11-12-1 (5-9-1) on the year, where the Lakers move to 18-3-2 (13-0-1).

Brockport trailed early in the first period as Oswego took a 2-0 lead in the first six minutes of play. The Green and Gold fought back firing three shots on frame, which all were saved by the visiting goalie. Both teams continued to battle it out for the remainder of the period, but either side could not find the back to hold the same score.

The Golden Eagles continued to slip in the second period as the Lakers added another goal to take 3-0 advantage. Brockport struck halfway through the period as Brandon McMartin teed up a slap shot past the keeper to cut the deficit to 3-1. The Green and Gold kept the offensive pressure high, but found no luck on converting another goal for the rest of the period.

Brockport earned an early power play opportunity in the third period. Tim Kielich and Aidan Verbeke fired off a shot a piece but were shut down the Laker goalie. The Golden Eagles found another power play late in the period, but the Oswego penalty kill locked down to hold the same score. In one last attempt, Brockport pulled their goalie while on another power play to give a six-on-four player advantage, but Oswego capitalized on the empty net to lock the final score at 4-1.

McMartin was the lone scorer for Brockport with Kielich and Verbeke being charged for the assists. Goalie Matt Schneider finished the game amassing 32 saves, with a few during crucial moments of the contest.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Cortland beats Brockport

The College at Brockport lost a tough road match against SUNY Cortland Friday night, losing by a final score of 7-3. The Golden Eagles drop to 11-11-1 (5-8-1) on the season, where the Red Dragons move to (4-8-1).

Brockport trailed early in the first period as Cortland netted the first goal five minutes into the contest. The Green and Gold answered as Tim Kielich converted a shot on frame less than a minute later to tie the game at 1-1. The Golden Eagles struggled and the Red Dragons pulled ahead notching two back-to-back goals to hold a 3-1 lead at the end of the opening period.

Brockport continued to stumble in the second period as Cortland extended their lead to 4-1 one minute into play. The Golden Eagles tried to get on the scoresheet as Brandon McMartin ripped off two shots, which were both shut down by the visiting goalie. The second period ended with the Red Dragons adding another goal to take a 5-1 advantage heading into the final period.

The Golden Eagles opened up the third period on the power play with a chance to cut the deficit. Three different players teed up a shot on net to score for Brockport, but found no luck in finding the back of the net. The Green and Gold found some luck half way through the period as they tallied two goals to set the score at 5-3. Cortland pulled away and sealed the deal over Brockport with two late goals to end the game by the eventual score.

Connar Bass, Aidan Verbeke, and Kielich all scored tonight for the Golden Eagles, with Zac Sikich dishing out a pair of assists. Matt Schneider played 33 minutes in goal and racked up six saves, with Jake Moore playing 25 minutes and adding 13 saves.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Verbeke is Brockport's Athlete of the Week



Aidan Verbeke has been named Brockport's Athlete of the Week. He led the Brockport offense to a 2-0 record this past weekend. He racked up three goals, three assists, with a plus four on-ice. His best game was the 5-3 win over Morrisville where he had a power play and short hand goal, while dishing out two assists.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Verbeke is SUNYAC Player of the Week

The State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) has selected its Athlete, Goalie, and Rookie of the Week for men's ice hockey. This weeks Athlete of the Week is senior Aidan Verbeke from Plattsburgh, Goalie of the Week is sophomore David Richer from Oswego, and Rookie of the week is freshman Jimmy Poreda from Plattsburgh.

Verbeke led the Brockport offense to a 2-0 record this past weekend. He racked up three goals, three assists, with a plus-four on-ice. His best game of the two match-ups was the 5-3 win over Morrisville where he had a power play and shorthand goal while dishing out two assists.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

The wild playoff picture

No one ever said the SUNYAC was an easy conference. It's well known in hockey circles about how competitive it is. Case in point -- consider the playoff picture.

3 weeks ago, Brockport was in a position to host a first-round playoff game with a record that was good for fourth place in the conference. Going into Friday's game, Brockport was out of the playoff mix in seventh place. After securing two wins over the weekend, Brockport is again in a position to host a playoff game as the Golden Eagles are in fourth place yet again.

3 games remain -- Cortland, Oswego, and Geneseo. The last two teams are #1 and #2 in the conference and have already clinched playoff berths. They will make for a tough end to the season, but if Brockport can win 2 of 3, we're likely looking at a home playoff game on the 21st.

Brockport defeats Morrisville for second night in a row

The College at Brockport ice hockey team completes the back-to-back sweep against Morrisville State, winning by a final score of 5-3. The Golden Eagles move to 11-10-1 (5-7-1) on the year, where the Mustangs fall to 6-14-3 (3-11).

Brockport came out stumbling against Morrisville as they fell behind 2-0 within the first five minutes of the opening period. The deficit was cut to 2-1 midway through the first, when Connor Hutchins one-timed a shot from a Zac Sikich pass through the five-hole of the opposing goalie. In the final seconds of the period, David Horan tied the game up 2-2 on a power play goal.  Dylan Shapiro collected a loose puck in front of the net and passed it over to Horan who buried his shot into the back of the cage.

The Golden Eagles wasted no time in the second period as they took a 3-2 lead 18 seconds into play. The Brockport offense won the face off and worked the puck down into their offensive zone, where Hutchins hit Aidan Verbeke in front of the net for him to convert his shot. Brockport slipped minutes later as they game was tied up 3-3 minutes. Both teams battled it out for the remainder of the period, but it was Brockport to pull ahead 4-3 on a late power play goal. Tim Kielich split three defensemen with a pass to find Hutchins wide open on the far post to convert his shot.

The Green and Gold earned an early penalty in the third period that gave Morrisville a chance to tie the game up. Even though Brockport was down a man, they were still able to notch a short-handed goal that increased their lead to 5-3. After a mishandled puck by the visiting goalie, Verbeke was there to tap the puck into the open net for his second goal of the game. The Mustangs offense picked up the pace, but the Golden Eagles defense was too strong and held onto the victory.

Verbeke led the offense for Brockport as he accounted for two goals and two assists. Hutchins also finished with the game with a pair of goals and an assist. Brian Hurlimann and Sikich each handed out two assists a piece on the evening. Goalie Matt Schneider racked up 27 saves between the pipes.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Verbeke surpasses 30 points

This century, only 6 Golden Eagles had 30-point seasons: Chase Nieuwendyk, Tim Kielich, James Cody, Ian Finnerty, Chris Koras, and Mark Digby. Early today, Aidan Verbeke became the seventh Golden Eagle to reach that milestone in the 2000s. He now has 33 points (14 goals, 19 assists) with 3 regular season games remaining.

Brockport beats Morrisville 4-0

The College at Brockport ice hockey team skates by State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) opponent Morrisville State, by a final score of 4-0. The Golden Eagles move to 10-10-1 in 2018, where the Mustangs fall to 6-13-3.

The Green and Gold came out battling in the opening period as they rifled off four straight shots, but could not convert any to keep the game scoreless. Brockport kept the offensive pressure up as they outshot Morrisville 15-3 throughout the period. The Golden Eagles were first to jump ahead 1-0, as Aidan Verbeke collected his own rebound off a shot and slotted it past the goalie.

Brockport started the second period with a man-down, after a costly penalty to end the previous period. The Golden Eagles penalty killed shut down the Mustang power play as both of their shots could not be put on the frame. Both teams battled it out back and forth for the remainder of the period, but no shots were able to hit the back of the net to keep the same score heading into the final period.

With holding a 1-0 advantage, the Brockport defense locked down to stop any offense threat by Morrisville. Goalie Matt Schneider kept the Mustangs off the scoresheet after stopping three different breakaways during the third. The lead increased to 2-0 with a few minutes to play in the last period. Connor Hutchins hit Zac Sikich with a pass on the fast break, that he shot high over the goalie's shoulder into the back of the cage. In one last attempted to get back into the game Morrisville pulled their goalie, to only have Brandon McMartin capitalize on the empty net to pull ahead 3-0. 21 seconds later, Danny Rock grinded out the final goal for the Green and Gold, as he carried the puck across the net and beat the goalie far side.

Verbeke and Sikich led the offensive charge for the Golden Eagles as they both finished with a goal and as assist. Hutchins, Luke Bennett, and Shane Visnick each dished out an assist on the night. Schneider blanked the Mustangs as he was a perfect 12 for 12 on saves.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Countdown to 30


Keep an eye on captain Aidan Verbeke this weekend. The senior has 27 points (11 goals, 16 assists). At his current scoring pace he will reach 30 points in one of the Morrisville games. Only 6 Golden Eagles have reached 30 this century! He's having a special season to close out a special career.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Potsdam takes down Brockport

The College at Brockport ice hockey team falls to SUNY Potsdam Saturday evening by a final score of 5-3. The Golden Eagles drop to 9-10-1 (3-7-1) on the season, where the Bears move to 8-8-4 (4-6-1).

The Green and Gold trailed as Potsdam took a 2-0 lead midway through the first period. The deficit was cut as Shane Visnick notched the first goal for Brockport to have the score set at 2-1. The Golden Eagles earned a power play late in the period but could not find the back of the cage to have the score remain the same heading into the next period.

The game was tied up 2-2 five minutes into the second period, as Connor Hutchins beat the keeper by deflecting a puck shot on frame. Brockport fell behind, as the Bears notched two back-to-back goals to now trail 4-2 going into the final period.

Hutchins put Brockport within reach late in the third period as he notched is second goal on the contest, to bring the score to 4-3. Potsdam answered with a goal of their own minutes later to create a two-goal lead, which Brockport could not comeback from to end the game with a score of 5-3.

Hutchins led the charge notching two goals on the day, where Aidan Verbeke handed out two assists. Goalie Jake Moore racked up 22 saves over 37 minutes, and Matt Schneider tallied up 10 saves through 20 minutes of play.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Emery-less Plattsburgh stuns Brockport

The College at Brockport ice hockey team takes a tough lose on the road against State University of New York Athletic Conference opponent (SUNYAC) Plattsburgh State by a final score of 5-1. The Golden Eagles drop to 9-9-1 (3-6-1 SUNYAC) on the season, where the Cardinals move to 10-8 (4-6).

Brockport came out in the first period stumbling giving Plattsburgh a power play 22 seconds into the contest. The Golden Eagles penalty kill locked down and only allowed one shot on frame. Both teams continued to battle it out for the remainder of the period, but the game remainder scoreless heading into the second.

The Green and Gold started the second period trailing when the Cardinals notched the first goal on the game two minutes into play. Brockport continued to suffer as Plattsburgh extended their lead, 2-0, 10 minutes later. The Golden Eagles earned a power play late in the second to try and cut the deficit, but fell short as they could not strike on the opportunity to have the score remain the same heading into the final period.

The deficit grew for Brockport as the Cardinals notched another quick goal in the third period. The Golden Eagles fought back and was able to convert a power play goal to set the score at 3-1. Casey Winn received the puck at the blue line and put a shot on net, to have Tim Kielich grab the rebound and lift the puck into the net. The game was put out of reach for Brockport, as Plattsburgh added two quick back-to-back goals to lose by a score of 5-1.

Kielich had the lone goal on the night for Brockport, where goalie Matt Schneider racked up 22 saves on the evening.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Besner commits to Brockport



Brockport's defensive core gets stronger as Hawkesbury Hawks defenseman Simon Besner has committed to the college.

Besner, 20, has played 39 games so far this season with 36 of those games being with the Navan Grads. He’s scored 3 goals while getting 23 assists so far this season. He's a powerhouse, coming in at a strapping 6'1" and 218 pounds, a physical presence that will pay huge dividends in the SUNYAC.

The Standard-Freeholder in Cornwall, Ontario featured a report on the young man's ice adventures 2 years ago:

http://www.standard-freeholder.com/2016/03/09/gradual-progression

Corey Tam commits to Brockport



Brockport's emphasis on high-character, high-performing hockey players continues as the team has recruited defenseman Corey Tam of the Nepean Raiders of the Central Canada Hockey League. Tam, 21, is currently the captain of the Nepean Raiders. In 44 games played, he has scored 3 goals and tallied 11 assists for his 2017-2018 season.

“Brockport was just the right fit me.” said Corey when asked on his decision. “They have the program I wanted and the hockey team carries itself like a division 1 program…Brockport is a great school and I’m very excited to be joining them next year!”

Tam will be joining his former defensive partner, Casey Winn, which Corey says was also a factor in his decision.

Here's a December CCHL interview with Corey. I like the way he carries himself:

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Bengals shutout Golden Eagles

The College at Brockport ice hockey team drops a State University of New York Athletic Conference matchup against Buffalo State Saturday evening, losing by a final score of 3-0. The Golden Eagles falls to 9-8-1 (3-5-1) in 2018, where the Bengals move to 13-4-2 (6-2-2).

Both teams went toe-to-toe in the opening period as neither team could find the back of the net. Brockport slipped early in the first minute of play drawing a penalty to give Buffalo State a power play. The Golden Eagles penalty kill locked down and halted the Bengals man-up advantage. The best scoring chance for the Green and Gold came late in the first period when Zac Sikich received a pass in the slot, but was stoned by the Buffalo State goalie to keep the game scoreless going into the second.

Brockport opened the next period up on earning an early power play opportunity. The Golden Eagles man-up advantage struggled as they could not piece together a successful man-up advantage to have the score remain the same. The Green and Gold fell behind late in the second period as the Bengal's converted a goal to take a 1-0 lead. Brockport picked up the pressure, but found no luck in finding the back of the net to still be down going into the final period.

The third period was a hard-fought battle by the Green and Gold, but they fell short as they could not beat the keeper on any shot. The deficit was doubled as Buffalo State notched another goal to take a 2-0 lead. The Brockport offense picked up the pace as they ripped off 17 total shots throughout the period. The Golden Eagles made one last effort at the end of the game but fell short as Buffalo State tallied their third and final goal on an empty net.

Goalie Jake Moore stood strong in net as he finished the game with 18 saves.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

The Blue Devils bedevil Brockport

The College at Brockport ice hockey team falls to conference opponent SUNY Fredonia Friday evening, losing by a final score of 3-1. The Golden Eagles drop to 9-7-1 (3-4-1) on the season, where the Blue Devils move to 8-5-3 (4-3).

Brockport trailed early in the opening period as Fredonia took a 1-0 lead three minutes into play. The Green and Gold's offense picked up the pace as they fired off six straight shots but could not find the back side of the cage. Midway through the period, the Blue Devils suffered a penalty which gave the Golden Eagles a power play opportunity.  Over the two-minute man-up advantage, Brockport rifled off eight shots but all of them were saved by the Fredonia goalie. The Blue Devils attempted to notch a late goal in the first period, but goaltender Jake Moore stopped all shots on frame to keep the score the same heading into the next period.

The deficit was doubled for Brockport early in the new period as the Blue Devils added their second goal of the game. The Golden Eagles continued to struggle as they allowed back-to-back power plays for Fredonia. The Brockport penalty kill proved why they are ranked first in the country, as they smothered all offense threats by the Blue Devils to have the score remain the same. The Green and Gold found some luck as they scored their first goal of the contest with 30 seconds left to go in the period on the power play. After a faceoff win, Aidan Verbeke hit Chris Pollini with the puck, then passed it over it Zac Sikich who ripped his shot past the keeper.

The third period was a hard-fought battle by both teams, but it was Fredonia who pulled away with the victory. Brockport fired off 14 shots on frame but could not convert any into goals. The gap was widened further for the Golden Eagles as Fredonia tallied a late goal to set the final score at 3-1.
 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Emery suspended for Brockport game

Brockport visits Plattsburgh on Friday, February 26th. The Cardinals will be without a familiar face for that game. The SUNYAC has suspended Plattsburgh coach Bob Emery for 3 games which include that weekend of SUNYAC play.

This suspension comes from an on-ice verbal confrontation with a linesman that happened after Saturday's game, a 6-2 loss to Williams College.

How good are these Golden Eagles?

How good is this team? Consider the following...

The Golden Eagles already have 9 wins with 9 games to go. Suppose they win 5 of those games which is certainly achievable when you look at the schedule. That would give them 14 wins (then there are still games to win in the playoffs).

14 wins have been achieved by Golden Eagle teams only 4 times:

2009-2010: 14-12-1
2008-2009: 14-10-3
1987-1988: 17-8-1
1973-1974: 15-7-0

Throw in some upsets and playoff games, 15, 16, 17 wins are real possibilities this year.

Savor every minute of every shift of this special team!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Youth hockey outreach is a hit

Players and fans -- and more importantly the kids -- have enjoyed the chance that kids have had to take the ice with the hockey team this season, just like young Geoffrey did last night.



Brockport shuts out Naz

The College at Brockport ice hockey team blanked Nazareth College Tuesday evening by a final score of 3-0. The Golden Eagles move to 9-6-1 in 2018, where the Golden Flyers drop to 8-7-1.

The Green and Gold came out red hot rifling off seven shots in the first two minutes of the first period. Brockport slipped as they suffered an early penalty to give Nazareth a man-up advantage. The Golden Eagles penalty kill shut down the Golden Flyers power play and didn't let up one shot during the man-down opportunity. Minutes later, Brockport found the back of the net to take a 1-0 advantage. Zac Sikich hit Aidan Verbeke with a pass, which then he passed it over to Connar Bass who smoked his shot off the pipe and in. Goalie Jake Moore made a few clutch saves throughout the opening period to keep the score the same as both teams headed into the second.

Brockport went to work early in the second period, doubling their lead two minutes into play. Ethan Solat received a long pass across the ice, in which he shot on frame, to have Brandon McMartin knock in the loose puck in front of the net for the second goal of the contest. The Golden Eagles dominated the remainder of the period but could not convert any more shots to hold a two-goal lead going into the final period.

The Green and Gold picked up where they previously left off, as they maintained complete control in the third period. The Brockport defense stepped up to completely shut out any offensive threats by the Golden Flyers. Verbeke tallied the final goal with .19 seconds remaining on an empty net, to set the score at 3-0.

The Brockport penalty kill played perfect throughout the contest allowing Nazareth to go 0-5 on the power play with six shots.

Verbeke led the charge with one goal and one assist, where Bass and McMartin accounted for a goal apiece. Sikich paced the offense by dishing out two apples on the game. Moore stays hot in net as he stopped all 22 shots on goal.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Brockport beats LVC

The College at Brockport ice hockey team score three goals in the third period to push past Lebanon Valley College, winning by a final score of 5-3. The Golden Eagles jump to 8-6-1 in 2018, where the Dutchmen drop to 5-7-1.

Brockport opened the first period with a penalty to give the Dutchmen an early power play opportunity. The Golden Eagle penalty kill locked down Lebanon Valley's offense as they could only get off one shot during their man-advantage. The Green and Gold had a solid scoring opportunity late in the opening period as they tallied off five straight shots, but could not convert any to keep the game scoreless.

Brockport found some trouble early in the second period as the Dutchmen notched a goal to take a 1-0 advantage. The Golden Eagles fought back to eventually tie the game up at 1-1 midway through the period. Aidan Verbeke collected the puck and hit a drop pass to Connar Bass, and he ripped his shot top corner far side. The Green and Gold slipped as Lebanon Valley answered seconds later to reclaim the lead at 2-1. The game was tied up minutes later on an offensive fast break by Brockport. Tim Kielich carried the puck up the ice and hit Doc Gentzler in front of the net to bury his shot and tie the game 2-2. The score remained the same as both teams went into the third and final period.

The Golden Eagles went to work in the third period notching three goals to help capture the win over the Dutchmen. Hunter Laslo was the first to cash in for the Green and Gold, as he converted his shot on the power play to take a 3-2 lead. The game was tied up 3-3 in the 12th minute as Lebanon Valley scored on the power play. Minutes later, Ethan Solat received a pass from Gentzler in front of the net and ripped a shot past the goalie to take a 4-3 lead over the Dutchmen. The last goal was tallied by Verbeke in the last moments on an empty net to set the final score at 5-3.

Verbeke and Gentzler led the Brockport offense with a goal and an assist a piece, while Kielich dished out two assists. Jake Moore stood strong in net finishing with 20 saves on the contest.