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Men's hockey pays tribute to law enforcement

by Carson Werner - Sports Editor
Wed, Dec 5th 2018 01:00 pm
Three police officers drop the puck for Brockport's opening faceoff.
Three police officers drop the puck for Brockport's opening faceoff.
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Coming off a fantastic week of wins, the men’s ice hockey team is the hottest team at The College at Brockport. The Golden Eagles played four SUNYAC games prior to this past weekend against Oswego and Cortland. The team stood with a conference record of 2—1—1 with its only loss coming from Fredonia. Brockport added two more games to its record, both of them stacked in the losing column.

The Golden Eagles kicked off their weekend with a trip to the eighth ranked Oswego, which is known for its premier passing abilities and the way it distributes the puck across the ice. Brockport and Oswego have similar rosters when it comes to point distribution as each roster contains several players with multiple points on the year. The two teams have also had deadly powerplays as of late and that would become a huge factor in the matchup.

Oswego didn’t give Brockport any time to breathe, as the Lakers went up 3-0 in the first period. Two of those goals came on the Oswego man-advantage, only a minute apart from each other. Up to that point in the season, Brockport had only given up three goals in two other games, one resulting in a loss. 

The Golden Eagles would eventually find the scoreboard early in the second off a sophomore forward Danny Rock shot. The only other Brockport goal would be scored two minutes into the third by junior captain, Hunter Laslo. The game would finish 5-2 in favor of Oswego as the team continued its hot streak over Brockport, one of the top teams in the conference.

In hopes to bounce back from a tough loss, the Green and Gold traveled back home to face the Cortland Red Dragons. Cortland currently has a losing record of 4—6 and currently sits within the bottom three spots of the conference.

It didn’t take long for the Red Dragons to find the net after the initial puck drop, forcing the Golden Eagles to have to battle back from the start. Head coach Brian Dickinson expected a difficult Oswego trip, but the home game against Cortland was of a lower caliber.

“We took a penalty in the second shift of the game against Cortland and we didn’t defend it real well,” Dickinson said. “We ran around, we didn’t get sticks in lanes, we let a guy get in on the backside and he beat Moore with a clean shot.” 

Brockport had been the better team all night as it led in shots, faceoffs and powerplay chances. The team’s biggest challenge of the night was getting a puck behind the Red Dragon’s goaltender.

“We out chanced Cortland, we outshot them and we outplayed them through large stretches of the game, we just couldn’t outscore them,” Dickinson said.

Sophomore defenseman Ryan Romeo would be the lone Golden Eagle to score against Cortland. The goal came on the man-advantage in the first half of the second period and shortened Brockport’s deficit to one. Despite the team’s relentless efforts towards the end of the game, Cortland held on for a 2-1 victory.

In just one weekend, Brockport’s winning conference record was turned into a losing one. Now at 2—3—1, the Golden Eagles’ will find it difficult to even up the record with their next conference opponent. The team travels to the 11—1—1 Geneseo Knights in hopes to end its losing skid. 

“It doesn’t get any easier going in and playing one of the top two teams in the country,” Dickinson said. “We just have to get back to work. We addressed them real briefly after the game and said ‘be ready to work on Monday.’ When everybody didn’t really give us much respect for the first three of four weeks, the guys had the ‘us against the world mentality.’ We worked extremely hard and we were rewarded for it on the ice. But then we have a week where everyone is telling us how great we are and justifiably so. I’m not so sure we handled that properly and we have to get that mentality back.”

Brockport will be at Geneseo on Friday, Dec. 7 for a 7:00 p.m. SUNYAC matchup.