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Hockey team's blazing speed to bring more offense

by Carson Werner - Sports Editor
Fri, Nov 9th 2018 02:00 pm
The Golden Eagles celebrate after freshman, Jordan Renaud, scores on the power play to tie it at one. Brockport would end up losing the game 3-1 to Fredonia.
The Golden Eagles celebrate after freshman, Jordan Renaud, scores on the power play to tie it at one. Brockport would end up losing the game 3-1 to Fredonia.
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The Golden Eagles played two games before entering SUNYAC competition this past weekend and won both of them. Brockport nearly doubled each opponent in shots on goal and featured several point scorers. Eight different players accounted for seven goals and 11 assists in Brockport hockey’s opening weekend. 

Senior defenseman, Bryan Carville, entering his third year on the team has seen different styles of play throughout his years on the squad. This year, Brockport plays at a faster rate because of its improved speed.

“What we lack in size, we make up for with quickness,” Carville said. “All of our forwards are fast and we will beat teams with our speed. Another strength is our chemistry. We are a very close knit group and everyone has the same overall goal in mind.” 

For hockey in the SUNYAC, each team gets two shots at one another before playoffs  start. Due to the limited contact between opponents, speed becomes a key factor for winning games. Teams that strike quick, early and often in hockey, tend to have the best results. Brockport needed to prove that last weekend as the men’s hockey team faced two conference opponents beginning Friday, Nov. 2 at Buffalo State. There, it seemed the Golden Eagles were able to transfer their initial style of play over to Buffalo, disregarding the nerves of it being a conference matchup.

The first period was a little shaky, however. Buffalo State had control of the puck most of the period following two Brockport penalties. The roles reversed in the second, allowing Brockport to outshoot the Bengals 15-4. Sophomore forward Danny Rock opened scoring after 36 minutes of scoreless play. A few shifts later, junior captain Connor Hutchins notched another to put the green and gold up by two with a minute remaining in the second period.

The third period opened up with a Buffalo retaliation, two minutes in, to make it a one point game. Following that were three unanswered goals by Brockport forwards to put the game out of reach for the Bengals. Sophomore Ethan Solat and juniors Doc Gentzler and Hunter Laslo all scored within five minutes of each other to beat Buffalo State 5-1.

Sophomore forward, Jeremy Solat is a crucial piece within the productive offense. After the Buffalo State game, there’s no doubt the team’s speed plays a big role in the team’s offensive production. Brockport has the quickness to cover both ends of the ice with ease, it’s just the experience that is in question.

“Although our team is young, our speed will bring a lot of offense to each game,” Solat said. “It is exciting being a part of something that is going to be special with all the hard work we put in.”

Brockport’s next matchup on the schedule would be against 2018 tournament finalist, Fredonia, which also happened to be the green and gold’s home opener. 

The special teams on both sides played a major role in the match with three power play goals, two for Fredonia and one for Brockport. The Blue Devils scored in the first after freshman defenseman Corey Tam, was penalized for hooking. Brockport ended the first on a power play and would convert on the opportunity 21 seconds into the second. Freshman forward Jordan Renaud scored his first career collegiate goal after touches from defenseman Ryan Romeo and forward Mitchell Parsons. 

The Golden Eagles ran into penalty trouble again when senior defenseman Bryan Carville was boxed for hooking. Fredonia took just seven seconds to capitalize and retake the lead. 

The game died down but picked back up towards the last half of the third. Just when it seemed like Brockport was turning the heat on, the Blue Devils added another to their lead with three minutes remaining in the period. Fredonia would end up holding on to win the game 3-1.

Brockport heads back on the road to meet two more conference opponents. First will be against the red hot, Potsdam Bears on Friday, Nov. 9 followed by a night game against Plattsburgh the next day.