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Brockport ice hockey outed by rival Geneseo

by Alison Maurer-Advertising Manager
Tue, Feb 28th 2017 11:00 pm
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 The ending of a season is always bittersweet, but for the men's ice hockey team, it was especially crushing with a 0-7 loss at rival SUNY Geneseo for their first and only SUNYAC playoff game.

Thankfully, only two men have to have this loss as their last on-ice hockey memory. No. 2, Rob Hall and No. 22, Jake Taylor, are the only two on the team slated to graduate in May. Their senior night was short and sweet, covering their goals and aspirations in a quick and succinct way.

Hall was an alternate captain for the 2016-17 season. A defenseman from Schaumburg, Illinois, Hall has been a presence on the team since his first steps on Tuttle ice in 2013. He played 19 games his rookie season, where he showed his strengths. One strength was specifically his role as a reliable shot blocker from the very start of his collegiate career.

"With Robbie around, I don't feel worried. He's blocked as many shots as I have, maybe more," said freshman goalie Matt Schneider. "He'll be really missed."

Not just a presence on the ice, Hall is known to be a charismatic guy off of it as well. As the team's "fun uncle," he will be missed for his personality as well.

"Nobody's gonna have a problem with Robbie, ever," junior Dylan Shapiro said. "He's the friendliest guy in the world."

According to the senior night ceremony, Hall wants to travel and take some strokes off of his golf game.

On the other side of the ice, Taylor held his own as a forward from the team. He had an incredible senior year, with 14 goals and 10 assists overall, leading the team on goals for most of the season. His power and ability to take shots lead the team to victory time and time again.

Most notably, this season, Taylor had a hat trick against the SUNY Cortland Red Dragons on January 21, helping to secure the team's playoff run.

"I'm just happy to get this for the team," Taylor said afterward. "This game was a must-win."

Taylor is keeping his options open for next year, but is a beloved student gym teacher in one of the Brockport area's elementary schools.

As the old class steps down, a new group will come up for next season. This year, the team was short a couple of players, as some were out with injuries and one teammate, Andrew Parks, graduated a year early.  Although there are only two men leaving the group this year, coach is looking to add four or even five skaters to the team next season.

There are rumors about adding more guys from Canada. Lately, the team has been looking in the U.S. for players, but Head Coach Brian Dickinson went on at least one trip to Ontario to scout. The class of 2016 held many Canadians, but as each year passes, fewer and fewer remain.

The season may be over for the Golden Eagles, but that won't stop them for working hard in the next one. The graduating class of 2018 is looking to be a powerhouse, with each class behind them backing them up well. With luck, the ice hockey team will get even further in the playoffs next year, but for now, "Talons Up!"


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