Wednesday, October 31, 2012


The annual Golden Eagles alumni hockey game will be this Saturday, November 3rd from 1:30-3:00 pm. It will be followed by snacks, food, soda, water and open bar in the new "Eagles Outlook" in Tuttle North.  Family are also welcome.  Those attending should contact assistant coach Nick Unger ( for a head count for food and tickets to the game against Cortland at 7:00pm.


In this week's edition of the student newspaper, the Stylus, sports reporter Brandon Wood offers this recap and analysis of last week's games...

After a 7-2 loss in their home opener to non-conference foe Nazareth College, Golden Eagles hockey hit the road for its first pair of conference games needing somebody to step up. Freshman goalkeeper Jared Lockhurst was up to the task in his first collegiate starts.

“We recruited him to come in and compete,” Brockport Head Coach Brian Dickinson said. “We knew he was a quality goaltender and we knew he would give a good presence in the net. [Aaron] Greene didn’t have a great game [against Nazareth], and Jared gave a good effort in practice to compete for the starting spot.”

In Brockport’s (1-2 overall, 1-1 SUNYAC) first game of the weekend Friday at Buffalo State, Lockhurst made 42 saves, with 22 saves coming in the third period.

“He was very calm, cool and collected back there,” Dickinson said. “He was fundamentally very solid. He didn’t give them very much to shoot at. Jared stood tall and our defensemen did a great job.”

Fellow freshman Michael Zagari opened the scoring for the Eagles 12 minutes into the game to give Brockport a 1-0 lead. Five minutes later, junior Chris Cangro added his second goal of the year to make it 2-0 Brockport.

Buffalo State sophomore forward Nick Melligan scored two straight to tie the game at 2-2. Brockport freshman Jonathan Demme scored what would be the game winner on his first collegiate goal. Buffalo State dominated the stat sheet in the third period, but Lockhurst was up to the challenge.

The Bengals had the first 22 shots in the period with 12 on power plays, outshooting Brockport 22-1. Lockhurst didn’t let a goal in, and Brockport freshman Jesse Facchini scored on an empty net in the waning seconds of the third for his second point of the season.

Brockport won the game 4-2, the second year in a row they’ve won a game against Buffalo State.

As for Brockport’s second game of the weekend, it was in Fredonia, a place that the Eagles have not won in more than six seasons.

“It’s a tough place to play,” Dickinson said. “They have their pep band making it hard to hear. Fredonia is typically the team that you know when you go in there it’s going to be a one-goal hockey game. It’s tough.”

Despite another stellar effort in goal by Lockhurst, who had 26 saves, Brockport came up short. Lockhurst was simply outplayed by the man directly across the ice from him.

Brockport was unable to solve Fredonia goalie Mark Friesen, who made 25 saves, and lost 1-0. Brockport was 0-for-7 on the power play during the game. Fredonia notched the lone goal in the first period on a wrist shot from the right circle by Mat Hehr.

Dickinson made sure his team was taking a positive message out of this tough one-point loss on the road.

“Be disappointed we didn’t get any points out of the game,” Dickinson said he told his team after the loss. “We certainly deserved the better fate than a 1-0 loss. I thought we played hard, but it was the case of not really buying into a defensive game. We’re all disappointed, but we went to Fredonia and Buffalo State and we split.We should build off these positives, we’re still in great shape.”

Despite the 1-1 record on the year, Lockhurst made a total of 68 saves on the weekend with a save percentage of 95.8 percent. However, with games coming up against Oswego and Cortland at home Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Dickinson was unable to commit to Lockhurst as his starter Monday.

“He had a great weekend, and he’s got the lead for Friday,” Dickinson said. “But it would be unfair to the other guys if I committed to him right away. At the Division III level, goalies need to show up to practice and compete to earn the spot for the weekend. If he doesn’t work hard Aaron [Greene] and Joe [Reagan] are right there to push him out of his spot.”

With Oswego coming in, a team that Brockport has an all-time record of 5-80-4 against, Dickinson and the Eagles will be looking for a strong showing out of their back end to keep them in the game. That game and the game against Cortland start at 7 p.m. at the Tuttle North Ice Arena.



Tuesday, October 30, 2012


USCHO has come out with their preview of the SUNYAC for the 2012-2013 season.

It should be noted that long-time SUNYAC beat writer Russell Jaslow did not write it and Dan Hickling is now the SUNYAC correspondent.

Dan's installment on Brockport looks at the team's stable of freshman.

It's a good read and offers some great insight into the rest of the league:


Monday, October 29, 2012


Jared Lockhurst has been selected as the SUNYAC Ice Hockey Goaltender of the Week.

Lockhurst had his first two collegiate starts this past week. He stopped 22 shots in the third period alone against Buffalo State to preserve the win. Lockhurst allowed a first period goal against Fredonia and made several spectacular saves to keep the deficit to just one over the final 53 minutes.


Jared Lockhurst (Caledon, ONT/Wellington Dukes) had two solid performances in net for the hockey team over the weekend and has been named The College at Brockport Male Athlete of the Week. Making his first two collegiate starts, the freshman went 1-1 for the Golden Eagles.

Making his first career start on Friday night, Lockhurst made 42 saves in a 4-2 State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) victory over Buffalo State. Lockhurst, who allowed one goal in both the first and second periods, stopped 22 shots in the third period alone. Brockport was outshot 22-1 with the one shot resulting in a goal.

Against Fredonia on Saturday night, the rookie allowed a first period goal but shutdown the Blue Devils the rest of the way. The lone goal was enough for the win for Fredonia, but Lockhurst was credited with 26 saves. Lockhurst had several one-on-one saves, including a glove save while on his back.

In the two games, Lockhurst combined for a .958 save percentage. The Golden Eagles are now 1-2-0 on the year and will face the Lakers from Oswego on Nov. 2 for a home SUNYAC game.



Ian Finnerty graduated from Brockport last year, following one of the best seasons in team history, when he racked up an astounding 36 points. He's now showing that explosive playmaking ability in the pros.

This weekend saw his pro debut with the Memphis Riverkings. The lightning-quick center had 2 assists in a 2-0 triumph over Augusta on Friday. On Saturday he had a goal and an assist in the 5-4 win over Augusta. 

Keep up the great work, Ian!


Sunday, October 28, 2012


 The Athletic Department recaps last night's game...

Jared Lockhurst (Caledon, ONT/Wellington Dukes) had his second straight solid performance in net for The College at Brockport Hockey team, but the Golden Eagles fell 1-0 to the Fredonia Blue Devils. Playing at Steele Hall in Fredonia, the Golden Eagles allowed a first period goal which proved to be the game-winner. Brockport is now 1-2-0 on the year and 1-1-0 in the State University of New York Athletic Conference.

Lockhurst, playing in just his second collegiate game, stopped 26 shots on the night. The rookie stopped 42 shots Friday night against Buffalo State. Lockhurst is now 1-1 on the year.

Matt Hehr converted a first period goal for Fredonia on a wrist shot from the right circle to beat Lockhurst stick-side. Mike Hayward (Toronto, ONT/Vaughan Vipers) had a selection of shots on net from the point in the first but failed to find the back of the net.

The Golden Eagles defense did a solid job in the second period of killing off two big power plays. At one point, the Golden Eagles had just four players on the ice while Fredonia fired off multiple shots on net. Lockhurst made two spectacular saves on back-to-back shots. The freshman stopped a point-blank one-on-one shot. While on his back after the first attempt, Lockhurst made a glove save to keep the deficit to just one.

Lockhurst had another one-on-one save late in the third period as Hehr came down the right flank and tried to beat the goalie but Lockhurst made the stop.

Brockport pulled its goalie with a minute to play and brought on the extra attacker. The Golden Eagles had a good look from Bobby Chayka (Hardwick, NJ/Granite City Lumberjacks) who fired wide. Brockport was unable to create the equalizer.

Brockport returns to SUNYAC action on Nov. 2 as the Golden Eagles take on Oswego at 7:00 pm for a home match at Tuttle North Ice Arena. Brockport will entertain Cortland the following night at 7:00 pm as well.


Saturday, October 27, 2012


The Athletic Department's recap of the game...

Freshman goaltender Jared Lockhurst (Caledon, ONT/Wellington Dukes) made 22 saves in just the third period and 42 saves in the game to lead The College at Brockport Hockey team to a 4-2 victory over Buffalo State in a State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Friday night in Buffalo.

Brockport (1-1 Overall, 1-0 SUNYAC) earned its first victory of the season with two goals in the first, one in the second and added an empty net goal in the third. Buffalo State (1-1, 0-1) scored one goal in each of the first two periods but despite a 22-1 shots advantage in the final period, could not score a goal to tie the game down the stretch.

Freshman Michael Zagari (McKees Rocks, PA/Jamestown Ironmen) opened the scoring for the Golden Eagles with his first career goal with an assist from Matt DeLuca (Skippack, PA/Syracuse Stars) 12 minutes into the game for the 1-0 lead.

Just over five minutes later, junior Chris Cangro (Holbrook, NY/NY Bobcats) made it a 2-0 Brockport lead. Assists were awarded to Bobby Chayka (Hardwick, NJ/Granite City Lumberjacks) and sophomore Troy Polino (Limerick, PA/NY Bobcats).

Less than 30 later, Buffalo State pulled to within a goal as Nick Melligan scored the first of two goals on the night to make it a 2-1 Brockport lead as the first period came to an end.

Melligan tied the score at 2-2 two minutes into the second period with his third goal of the season.

Midway through the second period, freshman Jonathan Demme (Brampton, ONT/Orangeville Flyers) scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal for his first career goal. Fellow freshman Jesse Facchini (Mississauga, ONT/Mississauga Chargers) notched his second point of the season with the assist on the game-winning goal.

In the third period, Buffalo State dominated the statistics with 22 shots and at one point late in the period had a 22-0 shots advantage including 12 shots on two power play attempts for the Bengals. Brockport's first shot of the period came with 45 seconds left in the period as Cangro scored his second goal of the game with an empty-net goal.

Freshman Jeremy DeFazio (Oakville, ONT/Georgetown Raiders) and senior Mike Hayward (Toronto, ONT/Vaughan Vipers) added assists on the play.

Brockport returns to action Saturday with a 7 pm road game at Fredonia.


Friday, October 26, 2012


Can't make it out to Buffalo tonight to see the Golden Eagles take on the Buffalo State Bengals? Fear not. Like Brockport, Buff State will be broadcasting live online a good number of their home hockey games. Access it here:


Wednesday, October 24, 2012


The Brockport student newspaper -- the Stylus -- features in this week's edition this excellent preview of the new season, courtesy of senior writer Zac Sweeney:

The much anticipated Brockport hockey season is now upon us. This season brings a sense of sadness following the loss of several beloved players, but also brings about a new hope.

Head Coach Brian Dickinson and his staff have worked in the offseason to refocus their efforts and bring in a group of freshmen who could help get Brockport back on the path to a winning season.

The Tuttle North Ice Arena will no longer be graced with the presence of players like All-American James Cody, goalie Oliver Wren, forwards Adam Shoff and Ian Finnerty or any of the other Eagles who have since moved on since last season.

“You can’t replace [James Cody],” Dickinson said. “Not with one player right away. He was the SUNYAC Player of the Year. I’d be lying if I said we had anybody returning that [sic] would fill those shoes.”

Despite the loss of those players, Eagles faithful should not throw in the towel, as Dickinson has brought in a freshman class that should not be taken lightly.

The freshmen include 6-foot-5-inch defenseman Chad Cummings, forwards Jesse Facchini and Luke Colavecchia, goaltender Jared Lockhurst, and forward Chase Nieuwendyk, nephew of NHL Hall of Famer Joe Nieuwendyk.
“Most of our freshmen, if not all of them, are going to be in our lineup at some point,” Dickinson said. “They’re all going to have impacts, but these guys are going to be names people recognize.”

Dickinson also brought in 6-foot-2-inch, 205-pound forward Mike Zagari.

“We’re really excited about this guy,” Dickinson said. “He’s a big, strong kid. He has the potential to be the next James Cody. He’s not lightning quick, but he can get up and down the ice. He has a James Cody shot. He’s scoring a lot of goals in practice but he’s just a big monster of a kid.”

Lockhurst is another crucial addition to the roster as Dickinson works toward finding a replacement for Wren in the net.

Dickinson said Lockhurst will compete with sophomore Aaron Green for the starting job.

“I’m excited for this year,” Green said. “Last year was a huge learning year for me and I got my feet wet by playing in some big games. Wren really took me under his wing.”
This year’s team will be led by a strong group of upperclassmen, including senior defenseman and Team Captain Mike Hayward, junior forward Bobby Connor and junior defenseman Matt Deluca.

“Team-wise, it’s important for us to show the freshman the right way on and off the ice,” DeLuca said. “Opposed to yelling, we’re going to try to lead by example. The freshmen have really caught on. They’ve gotten up to speed quicker than any class since I’ve been here.”

Aside from bringing in a solid group of freshmen talent, Dickinson said he has looked at himself and his staff to try and bring about improvement.

“We’ve refocused the staff as far as duties,” Dickinson said. “As the head coach you want your fingers in everything and at the end of the day, I’m responsible for the final product on the ice, but I have quality assistants in Nick Unger and Phil Roe, so we’ve divided up the responsibilities a little bit more.”

Dickinson said he is running the power play, which requires all of his focus, so he let Unger and Roe run the penalty kill.

Aside from the refocusing and redistributing of coaching roles, Dickinson said his team will continue to be a very high tempo, energetic team that loves to play physical hockey.

Tuesday, Oct. 23 marks the first game of Brockport’s schedule. The Eagles faced off against Nazareth in its inaugeral season and this weekend marks the Eagles’ first pair of away games. Brockport travels to Buffalo State Friday, Oct. 26 and Fredonia Saturday.

Nov. 17 and again Feb. 8, the Eagles will face the Plattsburgh Cardinals and attempt to build off of last season’s upset victory. The victory was the first win the Eagles have had over the Cardinals in 30 years.

 Dec. 7 and Feb. 1 will be games against rival Geneseo.

“Geneseo [games] are the two games we circle right away,” Dickinson said. “They are the team we, as coaches, strive to beat.”

Following Brockport’s two away contests, the Eagles return home for a three game span Nov. 2, 3 and 9 against Oswego, Cortland and Hobart College, respectively.

Brockport looks to avenge losses suffered to all three teams last season.




The Athletic Department offers this recap of Tuesday's game...

The College at Brockport Men's Hockey team dropped its opening game of the 2012-2013 season to Nazareth on Tuesday night. Taking on the Golden Flyers at the Tuttle North Ice Arena, Brockport fell 7-2. Troy Polino (Limerick, PA) had the first goal of the game for the Golden Eagles.

Polino scored just 30 seconds into the first period to give Brockport the early lead. Nazareth came right back to tie the score at one. The Golden Flyers tacked on two more goals in the first session. Mark Zavorin, who scored two goals in the first period for Nazareth, finished the game with five goals.

Polino scored off of an assist from Matt DeLuca (Skippack, PA) for his sixth career goal. Trailing 3-1 in the second period, Jesse Facchini (Mississauga, ONT) netted his first goal as a Golden Eagle to bring Brockport back within one. Shane Cavalieri (Richmond Hill, ONT) and Steve Sachman (Medford, NY) were credited with the assists.

Zavorin netted the hat trick three minutes later to regain the two-goal lead for Nazareth. Three more scores in the third period put the game out of reach for Brockport.

Aaron Green (Mt. Albert, ONT) made 29 saves in net for Brockport. The Golden Eagles outshot Nazareth 38-36 on the night but failed to convert on all four of their power play opportunities.

Brockport returns to action with a pair of State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) matchups this weekend. The Golden Eagles will open up conference play at Buffalo State on Friday night and will travel to Fredonia on Saturday night. Both games are 7:00 pm starts.


Box Score:


Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Can't make it to Brockport to watch the game? Watch it online!

Last night I received a message from Brockport alumnus Dale Budziszewski who had been the voice of the hockey team on 89.1 WBSU a few years ago. He said the athletic department is running live video of all home games including tonight's game versus Nazareth.

Dale will be handling play-by-play duties with Tre Berg who is a current student doing color commentary. There are a few nights (fewer than most years) when hoops and hockey are both home. In that case, Dale will be doing the basketball games and Tre will be doing hockey on his own.

If you go to the schedule on the school website and click "details" on the right side, the link to watch the game is there with live stats and the pregame story. There will only be a short pre-game show (a few minutes) and don't expect any graphics, but it's the next best thing if you can't make it out to the game.

Dale said they've done each home game for football and should have all the technical kinks worked out.

This is a pretty cool benefit for alumni, parents, and the like!



The College at Brockport Men's Hockey team will open its 2012-2013 campaign against Nazareth at 7:00 pm on Tuesday night in the Tuttle North Ice Arena. The game will also hold the Annual Coat Drive at the entrance to the games.

The Golden Eagles enter the 2012-2013 season after posting a 9-13-3 record last year. The State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Preseason Coaches Poll was announced earlier this week and the Golden Eagles are picked to finish seventh after receiving 25 points. Oswego took the top overall spot in the poll after receiving seven first-place votes.

The annual coat drive will be set up in the main entrance of the Special Events and Recreation Center (SERC). Any fan who donates a gently used coat to the hockey game will receive free admission. All donations will go to the Brockport Clothing Closet.

Tickets for all hockey events this year will now be located in the lobby of the SERC where fans will then enter into the Tuttle North Ice Arena.  Concessions for all games will be available at Eagle Snax, also located in the lobby of the SERC. Handicapped entrance to the game will be located outside the main entrance to the hockey rink in the Tuttle North Ice Arena.

Brockport students, faculty, and staff will receive free admission to all hockey games throughout the year. General admission tickets are $5. Tickets for senior citizens and non-Brockport students will be $3.


Monday, October 22, 2012


For those who have been attending Brockport hockey games for years, you will now be entering Tuttle North Ice Arena quite differently. You will no longer enter through the doors on the east side of the arena that connect to the gym proper.

The entrance to the arena for all home games will now be on the northwest side of the ice arena, going through the main entrance of SERC.

Fans should park in Lot V (the lot between SERC and Commencement Drive) and enter the main lobby of the SERC. Take an immediate left and go up the stairs to enter the ice arena.

For a campus parking map, refer to this download:

For out-of-towners coming to see their sons play, this season opener, being on a Tuesday, may prove to be the only problematic one parking-permit--wise. Typical open parking is 5 pm Friday - 2 am Monday (making weekend game hassle-free) and then again Monday - Thursday, 7 pm – 2 am. If you park at 6:30/6:45 and don't mind taking a gamble on getting a ticket, just park.

But, if you'd rather hedge your bet, you can get a free parking pass since this is an athletic event. You can get a pass at Conrad Welcome Center or use one of the pay meters in the lot (which will probably make you pay).

Here's the complete parking policy:



The 2011-2012 Golden Eagles show off their facial hair

During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. With their Mo’s, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.

Once registered at, men start Movember 1st clean shaven. For the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts.

Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November. Through their actions and words they raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.

The funds raised in the US support prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men. The funds raised are directed to programs run directly by Movember and their men’s health partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG, the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Together, the three channels work together to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programs in line with their strategic goals in the areas of awareness and education, survivorship and research.

No matter the country or city, Movember will continue to work to change established habits and attitudes men have about their health, to educate men about the health risks they face, and to act on that knowledge, thereby increasing the chances of early detection, diagnosis and effective treatment.
Last year, the Golden Eagles ice hockey team took it upon themselves to sprout facial hair for this worthy cause. They achieved their goal, too, having earned more than $2,000 in donations!

The guys will be doing this again this season and they look forward for your support!

To make a donation to the war against cancer in name of the Golden Eagles or any one of them, check out this webpage:



One would think that a long-established hockey program would have their way with a brand new program in its first year, especially early in the season. That may not be the case Tuesday when Brockport hosts Nazareth at 7:00 at Tuttle North Ice Arena.

If there's anything that can be taken from Naz's recent 2-game set with Geneseo, it's that they won't be pushovers.

On Thursday night Nazareth beat Geneseo (picked to finish 3rd in the competitive SUNYAC), 3-2 in overtime. Junior defenseman Reed Smith scored the game-winning goal with 1:26 left in the extra stanza. Another defenseman --  Jordan Ciccarello -- shined on the night as was named the second star after scoring the Golden Flyers' first two goals. The first star went to freshman goalie Ed Zdolshek, who stopped 50 shots.

Them, on Saturday, Nazareth lost 2-1, but hung with Geneseo must of the night, not allowing Geneseo's second goal until 12:08 of the third.

Those are exceptional performances by any standard at it may be a reflection of their accomplished coach -- George well as their on-ice leaders: Even though they had just a few days under his watch prior to the game (per-NCAA rules), they had 20 captains practices heading into last Monday.

They do have some talent. The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle says this:

The Flyers’ top player might be junior forward Mark Zavorin of Moscow, Russia. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder transferred from County College of Mercer, where he twice earned National Junior College Athletic Association All-America honors. He was the NJCAA’s leading scorer the past two seasons, with 83 points in 2010-11 and 92 last year. He scored 105 goals.

The article also said this....

One of the more intriguing players is junior defenseman Jordan Ciccarello of New Hartford, Conn. He transferred from Division I Sacred Heart to play for the fledgling Golden Flyers and is now a team captain.

So, Brockport will have their hands full tomorrow. Nazareth tested (and even bested) Geneseo, so they will put up a fight for the equally game Golden Eagles.

Should be a great game for a season opener, and a great preparation for the upcoming SUNYAC games.


Saturday, October 20, 2012


The State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) announces its 2012 Men’s Ice Hockey Preseason Coaches Polls. Coaches voted for every team in the conference and points were assigned for each vote (eight for first, seven for second, etc.). Teams are ranked in order of highest point total to lowest with first place votes shown in parentheses.

With seven first place votes, Oswego earned the top spot for the third straight year. Head coach Ed Gosek and the Lakers are coming off a season where they posted an overall record of 24-4-2 and a conference record of 14-0-2, but came up short of the league title. Oswego received an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament where it defeated Elmira, 5-0, in the quarterfinals to advance to the NCAA Division III Championships for the third consecutive year, marking a program first.

With 58 points and two first place votes, reigning SUNYAC champion Plattsburgh took second place in the pre-season poll. The Cardinals have won four of the last five SUNYAC titles and made their fifth consecutive trip and 20th overall to the NCAA tournament last year where they were eliminated by Amherst College. The team finished 19-5-4 overall and 12-3-1 in conference play.

Geneseo was voted third with just one more point than Buffalo State who was fourth with 45 points. The Knights Ice finished the 2011-12 conference regular season with a fourth place record of 7-8-1 and fell in the first round of the SUNYAC tournament to fifth-seeded Fredonia, 4-1.

The Bengals finished last season 8-7-1 in the conference and 13-12-2 overall and advanced to their first-ever SUNYAC semifinal game in program history.

Completing the poll was Fredonia, Potsdam, Brockport, Cortland and Morrisville.

SUNYAC conference games begin Friday, October 26. The six-team SUNYAC tournament will be held on February 20, February 23 and March 2, 2012 on campuses. The top-two teams will receive a first-round bye.

2012 SUNYAC Men’s Ice Hockey Pre-Season Poll
1. Oswego                   63 (7)
2. Plattsburgh              58 (2)
3. Geneseo                  46
4. Buffalo St.              45
5. Fredonia                  37
6. Potsdam                  27
7. Brockport                25
8. Cortland                  14
9. Morrisville               9


Friday, October 19, 2012


With the winter season nearly upon us and the times as tough as they are, the Brockport Athletic Department and its student athletes are conducting a coat drive next week. Donate a coat and receive a discount coupon for the Brockport Bookstore...and, more importantly, you'll be helping a family in need.

Coats will be collected prior to and during the hockey season opener against Nazareth on Tuesday. As an added benefit, there will be free admission for anyone who donates a coat.


Thursday, October 18, 2012

YOUR 2012-2013 GOLDEN EAGLES....

3 Bobby Chayka So. Defense6-0185Hardwick, NJGranite City Lumberjacks
4 Chad Cummings Fr. Defense6-5205Caledon, ONTWellington Dukes
5 Michael Zagari Fr. Forward6-2205McKees Rocks, PAJamestown Ironmen
6 Marcus Farmer So. Defense5-10175Caledon, ONTBrampton Capitals
7 Chris Luker Fr. Defense6-4190New Hartford, NYBuffalo Jr. Sabres
8 Matt DeLuca Jr. Defense6-0200Skippack, PASyracuse Stars
9 Shane Cavalieri Fr. Forward6-0195Richmond Hill, ONTToronto Lakeshore Patriots
10 Mike Hollander Jr. Forward5-7165Thornhill, ONTNorth York Rangers
11 Chris Cangro Jr. Forward5-11190Holbrook, NYNY Bobcats
12 Scott Fasano Fr. Defense6-2210Mississauga, ONTOrangeville Flyers
14 Luke Colavecchia Fr. Forward5-8155Brampton, ONTNorth York Rangers
15 Sean Wallace Jr. Defense5-11195Rochester, NYNew York Applecore
16 Troy Polino So. Forward5-9190Limerick, PANew York Bobcats
17 Jonathan Demme Fr. Defense6-3190Brampton, ONTOrangeville Flyers
18 Colby Spooner Sr. Forward5-8190Hilton, NYAquinas Institute
19 Steve Sachman Jr. Forward5-11185Medford, NYNew York Bobcats
20 Jeremy DeFazio Fr. Forward6-1195Oakville, ONTGeorgetown Raiders
21 Brendon Rothfuss Jr. Forward6-0190Webster, NYSyracuse Stars
22 Mike Hayward CSr. Defense6-2209Toronto, ONTVaughan Vipers
23 Bobby Conner Jr. Forward5-10193Lititz, PAPhiladelphia Junior Flyers
24 Jesse Facchini Fr. Forward5-11170Mississauga, ONTMississauga Chargers
26 James Ryan Fr. Forward5-6160Richmond Hill, ONTToronto Lakeshore Patriots
27 Kody Vaisanen Fr. Forward5-11180Dundalk, ONTNorth York Rangers
30 Jared Lockhurst Fr. Goalie6-0185Caledon, ONTWellington Dukes
31 Aaron Green So. Goalie5-10175Mt. Albert, ONTSt. Michaels Buzzers
35 Joe Reagan Jr. Goalie5-10217Yonkers, NYNew York Bobcats
81 Chase Nieuwendyk Fr. Forward6-0180Georgetown, ONTTrenton Golden Hawks
91 Logan Pfeffer Fr. Forward5-10165Cranberry Twp, PAMississauga Chargers

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


A week from today's Brockport's hockey season starts as they play host to Nazareth, a brand new DIII team in Rochester that will no doubt become an annual non-conference foe for Brockport. Their match-ups could take on special meaning if Rochester-area bragging rights are on the line.

Nazareth's athletic department has put together a preview video of the team:

Thursday, October 11, 2012


Here's some stunning news from a SUNYAC foe, especially with the start of the new season so close...

Morrisville State College head ice hockey coach, Brian Grady, has announced his resignation after five seasons at the helm of the program.

Under direction of Grady, the Mustangs posted an overall record of 35-88-3, as he guided the program to the State University of New York Athletic Conference play-offs twice. Morrisville State posted a season best 11-13-1 record in 2010-11 since making the transition to the NCAA, and was a program best 8-7-1 in SUNYAC play that same season, reaching the conference tournament for the second time in the program’s NCAA history.

Grady coached an all-SUNYAC honorable mention selection during his time at Morrisville State. Additionally, 43 student-athletes have earned SUNYAC All-Academic Team and/or Commissioner’s List honors.

The Mustangs get underway Monday (15th) and take the ice for the first time Friday, Oct. 19, facing off against non-conference opponent Utica College in Utica.



The playoffs were so close to the Golden Eagles last season that their fate was not decided until less than 8 seconds remained in the season finale against Morrisville. The controversy-marred game (2 very questionable calls put Brockport at a disadvantage in the closing moments) brought to a close what had been an exciting run for Brockport, one that nearly saw their third postseason in 4 years.

The 2011-2012 installment of the team really hit its stride around Thanksgiving and as the first semester closed out, Brockport pulled off a stunning upset, besting sixth-ranked Elmira in overtime. They overshadowed that masterpiece in February with a victory over perennial SUNYAC powerhouse Plattsburgh, beating the Cardinals for just the second time in 75 matchups and for the first time in 30 years.  Those big wins were highlights for the season and for an era.

The senior class was among the deepest and most storied in school history with the likes of Gregg Amato, James Cody, Ian Finnerty, Brett Jendra, Adam Shoff and Oliver Wren. Throw in junior Nick Panepinto -- who graduated a year early -- and you have an awesome collection of 7 men who produced not only last year, but did so from the very moment they set skate on Tuttle ice 4 years earlier.

They will all be missed by the team – and the fans. None may leave a bigger void than James Cody, who had a record-setting career at Brockport. He was a physical presence and an offensive threat, a rare combo at the DIII level. The two-time All-SUNYAC pick was last season’s SUNYAC Player of the Year and an All-American pick (the first in the program’s history).

Losing a dominant player like Cody to graduation was enough, but losing the others as well? The whole team changes. From Shoff’s guts to Wren’s Big Game focus to Finnerty’s clutch goals, there’s a lot of experience and history lost.

The team could really be considered to be in a rebuilding stage. But is it in the truest sense?

Brockport is chock full of sophomores, juniors and seniors who experienced last season’s stretch run and realized the little things – and the big things – that made the stunning upsets possible.

Consider the defense. The unit is led by All-SUNYAC defenseman Mike Hayward who will assume the mantle of team captain. He put up 14 points on the season, but, more importantly, he kept the SUNYAC’s premier forwards at bay. Then there are the likes of Matt Deluca and his wicked slapshot, and local products Colby Spooner and Sean Wallace who exhibit great defensive fundamentals and are savvy around the net. Last year’s “rookies” were pretty solid, too, guys like Bobby Chayka and Marcus Farmer who have learned the ropes of the NCAA rather quickly.

The forwards have some big skates to fill, but the remnants of last year’s team give us hope. Steve Sachman made good on the promise he showed in the juniors and racked up 16 points. His playmaking skills position him for a run at 25(+) in the coming season. His classmate Chris Cangro chipped in with 8 goals. I like his cerebral approach to the game, one that should see him break the 10-goal barrier. So should sophomore Troy Polino who netted 5 goals and saw more playing time as the season went on. Troy is a strong kid whose goals are of the athletic kind. Then there’s 2-sport star Brendan Rothfuss who is not afraid to take a wicked long-distance shot or get the blue collar goals by rushing the net (he, too, could light the lamp at least 10 times). And, don’t forget Bobby Conner. The red-headed fan favorite missed most of his sophomore season to a knee injury, but he was very productive as freshman and might just rebound for a 20-point season.

Then, there’s the net. Brockport is pretty solid there. As a freshman, Aaron Green pressed Oliver Wren for the starting role for a few weeks last season, and it almost looked like he might take it before Wren put on a goaltending clinic in the second semester. Aaron was the winning netminder in the historic Elmira game and followed it up with just 3 goals allowed against 8th-ranked Neumann. He finished with a decent 4.10 GAA, a number he should take into the 3’s based upon how cool and unflinching he is in goal. Junior Joey Reagan’s save percentage fell to an .873 last season (albeit in just 163 minutes of play) but that belies his skills: He had one of the best seasons ever for a Brockport freshman goaltender, riding a sustained .900 for most of the season, before finally settling at .895.

Another positive in Brockport’s favor is the freshman. The only way to replace a stellar class of graduates is with stellar class of recruits. Time will tell, but at first glance, this bunch has the chance to accomplish as much as the graduates did…maybe more! It’s a deep bunch, each with a unique set of skills and a mental/character make-up that should confound the conference for the next 4 years. Any real hockey fan should feel like a kid in a candy store with this bunch.

Just look at them:

As the upperclassman continue to grow and utilize the experience gleaned in the past season, and the freshman live up to the potential they show, this should be an entertaining, even successful, season for the Golden Eagles. This new youth movement should position them for a run at the playoffs this season and extended runs into the future.

We’ll see what the season holds, but I would not be surprised to see them finish 5th in the SUNYAC this year. The tools are there. They just have to use them.

The season begins on Tuesday, October 23rd on home ice against Nazareth. Don’t miss it!!