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Men's hockey recovers after Oswego slip-up

by Justin Maybach - Contributing Writer
Wed, Feb 13th 2019 02:00 pm
Junior defenseman Chris Pollini gathers the puck from behind his net and moves down the ice as junior goalie Matt Schneider keeps a close eye.
Junior defenseman Chris Pollini gathers the puck from behind his net and moves down the ice as junior goalie Matt Schneider keeps a close eye.
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This past weekend the College at Brockport men’s ice hockey team faced off against two teams of extremely different calibers. Despite the imperfect results, the team put up valiant efforts in both contests.

On Friday, Feb. 8 Brockport hosted the No. 4 Oswego State Lakers in front of a packed crowd of approximately 2,000 fans at the Tuttle North Ice Arena. People came decked out in green and gold, just like both of the teams battling on the ice. The first 150 students were given a special prize courtesy of Jimmy Z’s, which sponsored a new zamboni that was unveiled to the crowd that night. A T-shirt cannon was utilized as an added bonus during the game.

Unfortunately, the Golden Eagles were no match for Oswego and fell by a final score of 3–0, despite outshooting Oswego for the majority of the game. Brockport goalie Matt Schneider made 19 saves and only gave up two goals, the first of which came on a 5-on-3 power play for Oswego. 

Brockport has now lost its last nine games against the Lakers, who always seem to have the Golden Eagles figured out no matter the season. 

Despite the loss, the Golden Eagles officially clinched a SUNYAC playoff berth as the SUNY Potsdam Bears and the SUNY Cortland Red Dragons each lost their games, thereby eliminating all mathematical scenarios. Brockport head coach Brian Dickinson couldn’t be any more proud of this accomplishment. 

“We’re excited to be back in the playoffs especially after the disappointment of not making them last year,” Dickinson said. “We’ve had a great season and we feel we are capable of beating anyone in a single game format.”

Fueled by the playoff berth and disregarding the recent loss to the Lakers, the Brockport hockey team traveled to Cortland and rebounded with a dominant 5–1 victory on Saturday, Feb. 9 over the 9—14 Red Dragons. 

The Golden Eagles were led by a three-point effort from freshman forward Jordan Renaud, who tallied two goals and an assist. It was the first time Brockport defeated Cortland on the road since winning 4–3 in overtime on Jan. 22, 2016. 

“Can’t say much other than our lines have been clicking and that my line has been buzzing as of late and was that whole game,” Renaud said. “I’m pretty lucky to get three points in a game and I owe it to my linemates and the players around me.”

The regular season concludes this Friday night as the Golden Eagles welcome the No. 2 Geneseo Knights, who have been playing on another level and have only suffered one loss all season. 

Currently leading the conference, Geneseo is expected to enter the playoffs as the number one seed and the favorite to snag the championship. As a lower seed in the bracket, Brockport will need to put together a full-team effort to beat the Knights, not just in the playoffs, but in the regular season as well. Dickinson expects the matchup to be another vigorous test.

“We will have to play at our best to give ourselves a chance,” Dickinson said. “We need to be committed to playing great team defense. When we get our chances we have to finish them as they just don’t give up a lot of goals.”

The Golden Eagles have the potential to move up a seed or two with a win over Geneseo while the Knights are looking to maintain its first place position with games against Buffalo State and Brockport this week. Like the Oswego game, another large crowd is anticipated as this could likely be the highest nationally ranked team Brockport will ever host.