Monday, January 28, 2013


One can only imagine that it was an emotional roller-coaster for the Golden Eagles this past weekend. After getting drubbed by the Oswego Lakers 5-1 on Friday night, there certainly had to be some weary minds on the bench and in the locker room Saturday when a beatable Cortland team built up what seemed to be an insurmountable 3-1 lead early in the game. In the backs of their minds, some of the Eagles had to see the season slipping away and thoughts of the playoffs being set aside for another day, another season.  

But, sometimes the heart trumps the mind.

The Golden Eagles as a team re-committed themselves and came out of the first intermission guns a’blazin’. In a weekend that was like much like this season – stunning lows and equally stunning highs – the Golden Eagles proved triumphant, besting Cortland 6-4 and, in a development that seemed so impossible 40 minutes earlier, skated away with possession of fourth place in the conference, which, had the season ended Saturday would have had Brockport hosting a home playoff game.

Like I said earlier this season….don’t count out this freshman-heavy team! Sure, they may have some difficulty finding the back of the net (they’ve been shut out 4 times), but they play smart hockey that keeps games close. Give them time to mature (a maturity they showed this past weekend) and they’ll make things – good things – happen!

If you look at the schedule, there’s no reason why Brockport shouldn’t keep fourth place – Morrisville and Potsdam are winnable games. Plattsburgh? Not so much. But, the Golden Eagles did it last year, so why shouldn’t it be achievable again now that they’ve gotten the monkey off their back?

All of this makes this Friday’s game against the College’s biggest rival AT the College’s biggest rival – Geneseo – even more exciting. In order to guarantee fourth place they have to beat Geneseo, which has become a behemoth at 13-6-2 and a stunning 9-2-1 in conference play.

Geneseo can really pour on the goals and they do so by spreading the wealth. The leader in goals is Corbin Rosmarin with 10 lamplighters, but oddly enough, he’s sixth on the team in points! Jack Cardonna leads with a 2-18-20 line while the talented Zach Vit sports a 5-14-19 stat line. Cardonna is defensemen, no less, so you’re likely looking at a first-team SUNYAC selection. They have in total 11 guys with 10 or more points. Impressive.

Equally impressive is their stable of goaltenders. Senior Adrian Rubeniuk has a killer .908 saves percentage. Sophomore Bryan Haude has been pressing him of late with a great .922 percentage.

Brockport can counter with their own netminder(s). Coach Dickinson is the (un)enviable position of choosing from 2 great goalies himself. Jared Lockhurst has come down to Earth after his out-of-this world start that saw a sustained .940. Even so, he’s at .919, which would set a Brockport record. Aaron Green has been hot and showed that in coming off the bench and securing the win on Saturday. If you take away the Opening Day jitters when Nazareth hung 7 on him, his save percentage on the season is .907.  Who do you go with?

Someone else to keep an eye on is Shane Cavalieri. The young buck has 7 goals on the season (which leads Brockport) and he is on pace for 10. If he gets there, he will be the rare Golden Eagle who reaches double digits in goals in his freshman year. There’s only been 1 this century --- the incomparable James Cody.

Cavalieri, Green, Lockhurst and crew will have their work cut out for them. But, that’s been the theme for this young team all season. If they make good on their potential and show the same heart they did on Saturday, they should be able to pull off one of the great upsets of the season.

Let’s hope they do. I’d love to see another playoff game at Tuttle North.

Wouldn’t you?

Sunday, January 27, 2013



Sophomore Aaron Green (Mt. Albert, ONT/St. Michaels Buzzers) did not make the start Saturday night against Cortland but he was the difference entering the game with The College at Brockport Hockey team down 3-1 to the Red Dragons and sparking a comeback as the Golden Eagles scored twice in the third period to post a 6-4 victory in a State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) game at Alumni Arena in Cortland.

The key conference road win for Brockport (5-13-2 Overall, 4-7-1 SUNYAC) puts the Golden Eagles in a tie for fourth place in the conference standings with Buffalo State.

Cortland (6-12-2, 2-8-1) took the early lead and held a 3-1 advantage in the first period before starter Jared Lockhurst (Caledon, ONT/Wellington Dukes) was replaced in goal by Green. The change seemed to spark the Golden Eagles offense and Brockport came out in the second period scoring three times to knot the score at 4-4 after two periods of play.

In the third period, Brockport killed off a long powerplay opportunity for Cortland and three minutes into the period, Chris Cangro (Holbrook, NY/NY Bobcats) scored with assists from Jonathan Demme (Brampton, ONT/Orangeville Flyers) and Jesse Facchini (Mississauga, ONT/Mississauga Chargers) for the first Brockport lead of the game.

Less than five minutes later, Michael Zagari (McKees Rocks, PA/Jamestown Ironmen) scored his second goal of the game to give Brockport an important two-goal advantage at the 7:41 mark of the period. Assists on the goal were credited to Troy Polino (Limerick, PA/NY Bobcats) and Steve Sachman (Medford, NY/NY Bobcats).

Green played the final two periods making 20 saves in the second period and adding 13 in the third for a total of 33.

Brendon Rothfuss (Webster, NY/Syracuse Stars) scored Brockport's lone goal in the first period. Facchini started the rally in the second period with a powerplay goal at 5:35 of the period. At the 9:58 mark, Zagari scored to tie the game at 3-3 but the Red Dragons answered 1:33 later with its fourth goal of the game for a 4-3 lead. At the 17:08 mark of the second period, Rothfuss scored his first goal of the game to tie the score again at 4-4.

Late in the period, Chris Luker (New Hartford, NY/Buffalo Jr. Sabres) was whistled for a five-minute major for hitting from behind and was also assessed a game misconduct. The five-minute powerplay carried over to the third period.

Two minutes into the third, a series of roughing penalties erased the extra-man opportunity for Cortland and 39 seconds later Cangro scored to give Brockport the lead for good.

Saturday, January 26, 2013


Kody Vaisanen (Dundalk, ONT/North York Rangers) tallied a third period goal for The College at Brockport Men's Ice Hockey team but the Golden Eagles could not catch up to the No. 4 nationally ranked Oswego Lakers on Friday night as Brockport dropped the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) contest 5-1.

Brockport (4-13-2, 3-7-1) gave up a goal in each period before Vaisanen tacked on a shorthanded goal at the 13:16 mark of the final stanza. Oswego, leading 3-1 at the time, added two late goals in the final 2:05 of action. Oswego improves to 16-3-0 overall and 9-1-0 in the SUNYAC.

Oswego entered the game averaging almost six goals a game in its last three contests but the Golden Eagles managed to keep the Lakers off the scoreboard for almost the entire first period. Oswego scored with 33 seconds remaining to take a 1-0 lead. Brockport held the 1-0 deficit until Oswego struck late again, this time coming with 2:13 to play in the second period.

The Lakers extended their lead to 3-0 five minutes into the third period and maintained the lead until Vaisanen put Brockport on the board. Luke Colavecchia (Brampton, ONT/North York Rangers) was credited with the assist on the play.

Jared Lockhurst (Caledon, ONT/Wellington Dukes) played all 60 minutes in net for the Golden Eagles, registering 22 saves on the night. Lockhurst allowed five goals, two coming on the power play.

The Golden Eagles were outshot 27-21 on the night, but the Lakers entered the game averaging almost 40 shots a game over its last three contests. Brockport committed six penalties on the night compared to just three for Oswego.

Brockport continues its SUNYAC road trip tomorrow with a 7:00 pm matchup against Cortland.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Freshman Shane Cavalieri (Richmond Hill, ONT/Toronto Lakeshore) has been named the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Rookie of the Week for the week ending January 20.

Cavalieri single-handedly kept Brockport in a close 3-2 loss to Buffalo State on Friday night as the freshman scored both goals against the Bengals. Cavalieri collected a rebound in front of the Buffalo State net with just 14 seconds remaining in the first period to give Brockport a 1-0 lead.

Six minutes after the Bengals tied the game, Cavalieri struck again. The rookie was on the doorstep again to bury a rebound and put Brockport up 2-1. The Golden Eagles allowed two third period goals to drop the SUNYAC matchup.

Against Fredonia on Saturday, Cavalieri won four out of six faceoffs as the Golden Eagles skated to a 1-1 tie with the Blue Devils.

Cavalieri leads all Brockport players with seven goals on the year and is third on the team with nine points. Cavalieri's seven goals are second most among all rookies in the SUNYAC.

Cavalieri becomes to second Golden Eagle to earn the Hockey Rookie of the Week award this year after Chase Nieuwendyk (Georgetown, ONT/Trenton Golden Hawks) earned the award on Nov. 26.

The Golden Eagles will take to the road this weekend for a pair of conference matchups against Oswego on Friday night and Cortland on Saturday night.

Sunday, January 20, 2013


Freshman James Ryan (Richmond Hill, ONT/Toronto Lakeshore Patriots) scored midway through the third period to give The College at Brockport Hockey team a 1-0 lead but Fredonia battled back and tied the game three minutes later and the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) game ended in a 1-1 tie Saturday night in Brockport.

After two scoreless periods of play, Ryan finally put the Golden Eagles (4-12-2, 3-6-1 SUNYAC) on the board sending the puck into the back of the net after a shot and save left several players in front of the Fredonia net. Jesse Facchini (Mississauga, ONT/Mississauga Chargers) and Chris Cangro (Holbrook, NY/NY Bobcats) were credited with assists on the play.

Exactly three minutes later, Fredonia tied the game on a play in close to Brockport goalie Jared Lockhurst (Caledon, ONT/Wellington Dukes). Mat Hehr scored the goal for Fredonia.

Brockport had scoring chances late in the third period and also held a 5-1 shots advantage in the five minute overtime period but could not find the back of the net.

Lockhurst finished with 37 saves while Mark Friesen stopped 40 shots for Fredonia.

Brockport and Fredonia remain tied for the sixth and final playoff spot in the SUNYAC standings. The Golden Eagles return to action Friday with a trip to Oswego that starts a string of five consecutive road games before returning home Feb. 15 for the Fifth Annual Saves for a Cure Night game against Morrisville.

Saturday, January 19, 2013


USCHO reporter Russell Jaslow was at Tuttle North on Friday and submitted a report for

Buffalo State withstood a strong first period by Brockport and then took advantage of a five-minute power play to score twice for a come-from-behind 3-2 victory.

“I thought we were very sloppy in the first period,” Buffalo State coach Nick Carriere said. “The second period we got a little better. Lots of power plays and penalty kills. We executed on a couple of big ones that we needed. We showed some resilience coming back from a deficit. [Goalie] Kevin Carr played well.”

“I thought we came out with a lot of jump. We took it to them,” added Brockport coach Brian Dickinson. “I thought we controlled the play for the first 20 minutes. As the game wore on, the penalties took us out of rhythm. The five-minute major discombobulated our lines.”

Brockport has had numerous problems scoring goals this year and came out in the first period determined to right that ship, controlling most of the play in the Bengals’ zone. They outshot Buffalo State 13-4 with numerous other chances missing the net entirely.

“We barely did [weather the storm],” Carriere said. “They absolutely out competed us in the first period. They were playing at a pace which were pinning our ears back.”

Read the entire article here:


Brandon Wood wrote this report about Friday's game for the Stylus website...

The Brockport Golden Eagles hockey team had nine penalties, one player ejected, gave up two power play goals, and twice found themselves down two men in the last two periods of play during a 3-2 loss Friday against Buffalo State.

Brockport (4-12-1 overall, 3-6 SUNYAC) held a 1-0 lead after a first period where it dominated possession and scored a power play goal by freshman Shane Cavalieri in the waning seconds of the period. Then, early in the second period, Jeremy DeFazio received a penalty for boarding, and the Golden Eagles began to lose their composure.

“I thought we played extremely well [in the first period] and with a lot of energy,” Brockport Head Coach Brian Dickinson said. “We were happy with that and then the penalties took us out of it. We went eight penalties to their zero [to finish the game] and that’s tough to swallow.”

Buffalo State’s first goal came just 11 seconds after DeFazio’s penalty ended on a shot from the top of the left circle by Trevor McKinney to tie the game.

scored his second goal of the night six minutes later, giving Brockport the lead back. This was Cavalieri’s team leading seventh goal for the Golden Eagles.

“I thought he skated hard, he played physical, and he moved the puck while he had the chance,” Dickinson said. “Get to the net with the puck, and good things happen. He got rewarded for it.”

Freshman Michael Zagari was ejected with three minutes left and Brockport was assessed a five minute major penalty for hitting from behind. The Golden Eagles killed off the first three minutes of the penalty, but with 24 seconds left in the second period, Buffalo State’s Nick Melligan beat freshman Jared Lockhurst stick side to tie the game at two.

Just 15 seconds later, Brendon Rothfuss was sent to the box for unsportsmanlike conduct, leaving Brockport down two men for just under two minutes heading into the third.

“When you’re killing a penalty, I’ve never seen a guy [complain to an] official and not get a ten minute misconduct,” Dickinson said. “Officials are usually taught to not penalize the team, but penalize the player instead. This official decided to penalize the team by putting us down two men.”
While up two men, Buffalo State was able to score what would be the game winning goal on the stick of Brett Hope.

Brockport was called for four more penalties during the third period including a second five-on-three opportunity for Buffalo State, but did give up another goal. The Brockport penalty kill, which is fourth best in the league, killed off five of seven Buffalo State power-play opportunities.

“The team’s been doing well on the penalty kill all season,” said Brockport captain Mike Hayward. “You have to keep the guys confidence up on the bench, but it’s tough when you keep taking penalties like that.”

, who finished the game with 40 saves, spoke highly of his defenders play in front of him.
“I can’t say enough about how they’ve played this year for me,” Lockhurst said. “We knew that offense was going to be a little tough to find this year. But guys have been playing extremely well for me, back-checking hard, and keeping the shots to the outside of the net.”

Despite not playing in nine games this season, many due to a high ankle sprain he suffered in Nov. against Elmira, Lockhurst finds himself second in the SUNYAC in save percentage, having made 285 saves and allowing just 22 this season.

was heavily recruited to play for Oswego State, among other teams, but says he does not regret choosing to come to Brockport to play for the Golden Eagles.

“We’ve got a great up and coming team here,” Lockhurst said. “Our record doesn’t indicate the team we have here. We’ve got a lot of freshman here in the lineup, and I think teams are going to start being worried about us in the next couple of years.”

Brockport is still in the hunt for a SUNYAC playoff spot, and it is currently tied for sixth with Fredonia, the team it hosts Saturday night at 7 p.m.  The top six teams make it to the SUNYAC playoffs.

Coach Dickinson stressed the importance of his team getting a result against Fredonia, as they only have two home SUNYAC contests remaining on their schedule. Fredonia lost Friday against Geneseo 5-0.

“We wanted to put ourselves in a position during the first part of our schedule while we were at home to have as many points as possible,” Dickinson said. “Coming into this weekend, we had ourselves in a playoff spot but we’re going to have to find a way to battle against team’s we know we’re going to fight against for a playoff spot.

“[Fredonia] will be another big test with a team that’s similar to us. Then we’re going to have to go on the road and find a way to get points. I think it’s going to take at least four wins, if not four wins and a tie to get a playoff spot. We need to come out tomorrow, play well, and hopefully get some momentum on our side before we hit the road.”


The Sports Information Desk offers this report of last night's affair...

Freshman Shane Cavalieri (Richmond Hill, ONT/Toronto Lakeshore Patriots) scored a goal in each of the first two periods for The College at Brockport Hockey team but Buffalo State took advantage of nine power plays and scored two extra-man goals to post a 3-2 State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) victory Friday night at the Tuttle North Ice Arena in Brockport.

The Golden Eagles (4-12-1, 3-6 SUNYAC) opened the scoring as they dominated a majority of the first 20 minutes of action. Cavalieri picked up the rebound of a shot from the point by Mike Hayward (Toronto, ONT/Vaughan Vipers) and pushed a shot past Buffalo State (9-7-2, 4-4-1) goalie Kevin Carr with just 14 seconds remaining in the opening period for a 1-0 lead.

Early in the second period and just seconds after Brockport successfully killed off a penalty, Buffalo State knotted the score on a weak shot from the point that seemed to flutter in the air and was mishandled by Brockport goalie Jared Lockhurst (Caledon, ONT/Wellington Dukes).

Cavalieri scored again with less than nine minutes remaining in the second period to give Brockport another lead. Jeremy DeFazio (Oakville, ONT/Georgetown Raiders) slipped a pass under the Bengals goalie and Cavalieri found himself on the doorstep with an open side of the goal and scored to give Brockport the 2-1 advantage.

Late in the second period, Brockport's Michael Zagari (McKees Rocks, PA/Jamestown Ironmen) was assessed a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct for checking from behind and Buffalo State took advantage of the long power play with the tying goal with 24 seconds remaining in the period.

Early in the third period, the Bengals added another power play goal with a two-man advantage for the final goal of the game.

Buffalo State was whistled for just two penalties in the contest for four minutes while Brockport was sent to the penalty box nine times for 21 minutes. After a first period when Brockport held a 13-4 shots advantage, Buffalo State fired 39 shots at Lockhurst for the final 40 minutes while Brockport was limited to 16 shots in the final two periods.

Lockhurst finished with 40 saves while Carr stopped 27 Brockport shots.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


I was just reflecting on the fact that here we are, heading into the second semester of my TWENTIETH season as a fan of the team.

I'd like to take a moment to thank all of the current players and all of those who were fortunate enough to grace a Golden Eagles jersey before them -- it's players like you, in the greatest sport in the world, who play for the love of the game that make NCAA DIII hockey -- and especially Brockport hockey --- so awesome.

Because of you, I have 20 years of memories of Friday and Saturday nights shared with friends and family, watching everything from nail-biting games to exciting goals to brilliant saves to explosive hits. At 38 years of age it's still just as entertaining of a game and bunch of guys as it was when I first started spending some of my winter evenings at Tuttle North as a wide-eyed  18 year old freshman. I still look forward to the start of every season like it's Christmas and I still enjoy making the 40-minute drive to campus in anticipation of seeing something memorable happening.

Thank you for the two decades of exciting and hard-played hockey. I look forward to many more decades of the same. You have a fan for life.

Monday, January 14, 2013


After a prolonged winter break that saw its end with the northeast road trip over the past weekend, the Golden Eagles return to home ice this coming weekend, albeit in a nearly empty Tuttle North with most students still on break.

For those lucky enough to still be around, there’s no better cure for the winter blues than a weekend of SUNYAC hockey!

Brockport hosts Buffalo State on Friday. The Bengals are a solid 8-7-2 on the season and sit in fourth place in the conference on the strength of a 3-4-1 SUNYAC record (while Brockport is 3-5). Among their highlights: a 3-0 exhibition win over Penn State’s new DI team and a 7-3 thumping of Fredonia. When they faced Brockport in October our men came out on top 4-2.

They have some very good players and their best may be goaltender Kevin Carr, who was a second-team selection for last season’s All-SUNYAC team. He might repeat that thanks to a .924 save percentage and 2.61 goals against average. He’s been a real workhorse as no one else has seen any time in the crease!

In front of him is a solid array of players. Nick Melligan has been lights-out with 21 points in 16 games. Trevor McKinney, who had 30 points last season, has a 9-6-15 line.

Their best forward this season has been the explosive Mike Zannella who already has 13 goals on the season. He looks like a league MVP.

Someone to watch out for: Drew Klin was third-team SUNYAC last season thanks to a 13-12-25 line. This year he has been pretty quiet, with a 0-5-5 line in 16 games. He’s due for a big game.

It will be a tough game for Brockport, who have had some difficulty in lighting the lamp and may not be able to keep up with the Bengals’ fireworks. A strong game from a Brockport goalie could be the difference maker, though, as Lockhurst and Green have shown brilliance throughout the season. If the Golden Eagles dabble in the lines played around with in the WNEC game, that could prove to help the team, too.

Brockport will have an easier go of it Saturday and will likely skate away with 2 points as Fredonia is only 5-11-1 on the season and stuck in the 3-5 SUNYAC logjam with Brockport and Potsdam. When last they played it was a defensive affair, the Blue Devils ending up with a 1-0 victory. Fredonia has had a season light on highlights although they did shock Elmira 4-2.

Their #1 goalie is Mark Friesen who leads the trio of backstops with a .883 saves percentage and 3.33 GAA. Their offensive output is lower than Brockport’s. Their leading scorer (5-6-11) is Matt Herr. The next point totals on the roster are 8, 6, 6, and 5 (Brockport’s top 5 are 12, 11, 8, 8, and 8). Jared Wynia is their special teamer to watch as he has 3 power play goals on the season.

There’s no reason why Brockport shouldn’t go to bed Saturday night being in sole possession of 5th or 6th place with Fredonia being out of the playoff picture (were the season to end Saturday night). To get there, though, the team must play aggressively and put a lot of shots on Fredonia’s net. Let’s hope for goals a-plenty!

See you at the Arena!!

Sunday, January 13, 2013


The College at Brockport Hockey team held a convincing 42-24 advantage in shots on gal but Suffolk University converted four f its 24 shots and posted a 4-1 victory Saturday afternoon in a non-conference game played in Boston.

Brockport (4-11-1) scored in the third period as junior Brendon Rothfuss (Webster, NY/Syracuse Stars) scored his third goal of the weekend t cut the lead to 3-1 but Suffolk (5-6-3) scored an empty net goal at the end of the period for the final margin of victory.

The Rams scored two goals in the span of just over two minutes early in the first period for the early lead. The goals came at the 5:00 and 7:05 marks of the period.

After a scoreless second period, Suffolk took a 3-0 lead with a goal six minutes into the final period. Rothfuss scored 2:47 later with assists from Jesse Facchini (Mississauga, ONT/Mississauga Chargers) and Mike Hayward (Toronto, ONT/Vaughan Vipers).

Brockport was outshot 12-8 in the opening period but rattled off 34 shots in the final two periods while limiting the Rams to just 12 shots over the same period of time. Suffolk goalie Brandon Smolarek stopped 41 shots. Aaron Green (Mt. Albert, ONT/St. Michaels Buzzers) was credited with 20 saves for Brockport.

Saturday, January 12, 2013



 The official recap from the Sports Information Desk...

Junior Brendon Rothfuss (Webster, NY/Syracuse Stars) scored early in the second period and added a goal late in the third period but those were the only two goals of the game for The College at Brockport Hockey team in a 5-2 loss to Nichols College Friday night in a non-confe4rence game at Levy Rink in Burrillville, Rhode Island.

Rothfuss scored 39 seconds into the second period after a scoreless first period to put the Golden Eagles (4-10-1) up 1-0. The goal was set up by Freshman Chase Nieuwendyk (Georgetown, ONT/Trenton Golden Hawks) and fellow freshman Jess Facchini (Mississauga, ONT/Mississauga Chargers).

Nichols (10-5-0) answered with two goals in a span of less than three minutes midway through the second period to take a 2-1 lead. The Bisons scored at 8:37 and again at 11:11 for the lead.

In the third period, Nichols extended the lead with another two goals in a short span with one at the 8:04 mark of the period and the second less than five minutes later at 12:54 to take a 4-1 advantage. Less than three minutes later and with 4:22 remaining in the period, Rothfuss scored his second goal of the game with an assist from senior Mike Hayward (Toronto, ONT/Vaughan Vipers).

Nichols added an empty net goal with one second remaining for the final outcome.

Freshman Jared Lockhurst (Caledon, ONT/Wellington Dukes) returned to the goal for the Golden Eagles having not played since November 10 and made 41 saves including 17 in the second period.

Brockport continues the New England road trip with a game at Suffolk University at 4:25 pm Saturday in a game scheduled to be played at Steriti Rink in Boston, Massachusetts.