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Ice hockey splits weekend with Morrisville State

by Carson Werner - Staff Writer
Tue, Nov 12th 2019 09:00 pm
Sophomore Jordan Renaud fires a shot toward Morrisville State College's goal on Saturday, Nov. 9. Renaud scored Brockport's only goal on Saturday and once in Brockport's on Friday, Nov. 8, which was also against Morrisville State.
Sophomore Jordan Renaud fires a shot toward Morrisville State College's goal on Saturday, Nov. 9. Renaud scored Brockport's only goal on Saturday and once in Brockport's on Friday, Nov. 8, which was also against Morrisville State.

Despite hosting two exhibition matches earlier in October, The College at Brockport ice hockey team played its home opener against Morrisville State College on Friday, Nov. 8. As in years past, the two teams play a pair of games in back-to-back days, settling their annual two-games series right away. 

Entering the matchup on Friday, the Golden Eagles were riding a seven-game win streak against the Mustangs that began in the 2015-2016 season. Over that span, Brockport acquired a goal differential of 41-21 and did not score less than four goals in a game. The first of two games against Morrisville this past weekend followed suit. 

On senior night, Brockport brought awareness to mental health by holding a “Stop the Stigma” green-out at the Tuttle North Ice Arena. The pregame events honored the six seniors on the roster; forward Connor Hutchins, forward Hunter Laslo, forward Doc Gentzler, defenseman Aidan Salerno, defenseman Chris Pollini and goaltender Matt Schneider. With over 2,000 fans in attendance for Brockport’s home opener, the team came out to impress by taking a three goal lead five minutes into the first period.

Freshman defenseman Anthony Hora and Hutchins accounted for Brockport’s first two goals on the power play. The two also earned assists on each other’s tallies. Sophomore forward Jordan Renaud scored the third goal and the score remained 3-0 for the rest of the period. 

In the second frame, sophomore forward Jeremy Solat scored his first goal of the season on the power play, using assists from Hutchins and Gentzler. Freshman forward Zach Norby increased the lead to 5-0 with later in the period. 

Halfway through the third, Hora scored his second goal on the power play advantage to put Brockport ahead 6-0. Hora currently leads the team in scoring with three goals, all coming on the power play. Schneider only needed to stop 11 shots for his first shutout of the year.

Hora has been a revalation for Brockport with his offensive skills out of his defensive position. He has impressed his teammates in his first few collegiate games.

“Hora is phenomenal with the puck as it shows, thinks the game like a pro, and makes great decisions,” Renaud said. “It’s nice to have that offensive talent back there, and he can go a long way in this league if he keeps putting in the work, and wants to get better everyday.”

Saturday’s game against the Mustangs featured a complete turn of events for the Golden Eagles. Three goals were scored in the first period, with two coming from Morrisville. Down 2-0 with less than two minutes left in the first, Renaud cut the deficit in half on the power play. Junior defenseman Ryan Romeo and Hutchins collected assists on Brockport’s only goal of the game.

The Mustangs scored once in each remaining period to win the game 4-1 and handed Brockport its first loss of the year.

“I think as a team we had a lack of focus going into Saturday night against Morrisville, which led us to get away from who we are as a team,” Parsons said. “No game is an easy win in the SUNYAC.”

Of the seven goals Brockport scored this weekend, five of them came on the power play. The Golden Eagles went 5-for-13 on the man advantage and increases their conversion rate to 36% through four games this year.

“The man advantage is a crucial part in winning games day in and day out,” Parsons said. “Our power play was good this weekend, however it can always be better. We will work on improving the power play in practice this week.”

Brockport’s next game will be against Division III’s fifth ranked team, SUNY Oswego, on Friday, Nov. 15. The Golden Eagles will travel to Oswego to take on the 3—0 Lakers and then meet SUNY Cortland on its home ice for another game on Saturday, Nov. 16. 

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