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Hockey feasts at Catamount Radio Invitational

by Carson Werner - Sports Editor
Wed, Nov 28th 2018 10:00 am
Sophomore goaltender Sean Lincoln (above, left) made his first start between the pipes against Anna Maria and made 17 saves in the 5-1 victory.
Sophomore goaltender Sean Lincoln (above, left) made his first start between the pipes against Anna Maria and made 17 saves in the 5-1 victory.
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The College at Brockport men’s ice hockey team took a traditional post-Thanksgiving trip to Rutland, VT where it took part in the Catamount Radio Invitational at Castleton University. For the past three seasons the team has split both games of the tournament and never cashed in on the championship. However, this season seems to be going in a different direction in comparison to other years. The hockey team currently possesses a record of 7—1—1 which is good enough for the best start in program history.

Following Thanksgiving on Thursday, Nov. 22, the hockey team had returned to Brockport to continue its expedition into Vermont. On Friday, Nov. 23, the Golden Eagles took on the first year hockey program of Anna Maria. 

Sophomore goaltender Sean Lincoln earned his first start in between the pipes for Brockport and did not disappoint. With the high-caliber defensive support in front of him, Lincoln only let one in sneak by him off 17 shots. The offense exploded in this game as nine players walked away with at least one point.

Freshmen forwards Corey Tam, Kyle Collete Mitchell Parsons, sophomore forward Jeremy Solat and senior defenseman Connor Bass all registered a goal in the match. The team’s tape-to-tape passing has allowed the offense to spread out and register shots from all over the ice. This type of dominance is usually presented when Brockport goes on the power play.

Two of Brockport’s five goals came on the powerplay against Anna Maria. Tam and Collete both notched power play tallies with assists coming from Parsons and sophomore defensman Ryan Romeo. With offensive contribution coming from several different weapons, Brockport defeated Anna Maria with ease, 5-1.

The following day, the Golden Eagles returned to Castleton, this time with a chance at claiming the crown. The team’s power play production seemed to transfer directly into this match as the team added another two goals with the man advantage. Head coach Brian Dickinson and team have brought themselves within the top 25 in DIII power play percentage.

“We knew going into the season we’d be real strong defensively and we’re exceeding expectations with our high ranking in goals against average,” Dickinson said. “We didn’t know where our offense was going to come from. Like I said, we graduated practically everybody on the offensive front except for Hutch, so we needed some guys to step up. We expected the guys we recruited heavily like Mitch, Corey Tam and Jordan Renaud to come in and produce, but you never know how  freshman will adapt to the speed of the game. But all three of them have gotten off to great starts, they don’t play like freshman and they don’t turn the puck over.”

Brockport defeated Castleton 3-0 as senior goalie Jake Moore earned his second shutout of the year. Junior forwards Doc Gentzler and Hunter Laslo both registered a goal in the championship game. Parsons also scored on the power play to bring his tournament point total to four with two assists and two goals. With that, he was chosen as the recipient of the MVP award for the Catamount Radio Invitational. Parsons also earned SUNYAC rookie of the week honors because of his stellar performance.

Already, with a tournament win under its belt, the team will look to continue its success into SUNYAC matchups. Brockport will travel to Oswego on Friday, Nov. 30 to take on the DIII sixth ranked Lakers. The squad will return home the following night to battle another conference opponent, Cortland. In preparation for the games that hold the keys to playoff seedings, the Golden Eagles will focus on keeping up the same pace.

“We focus on one game at a time,” Solat said. “We are focusing on playing our game which is a good defensive team with a lot of speed. Another aspect we are focusing on is capitalizing on our chances. SUNY games are another level of hockey and we will need our whole team to be successful.”