|Teams listed in predicted order of finish|
2014-15 NON-CONFERENCE RECORD
2014-15 NCAA TOURNAMENT RECORD
Oswego State 6-1 W @ Hobart
Oswego State 5-4 L @ Adrian
Plattsburgh State 5-1 L @ Trinity
THEY'RE PLAYING FOR THE TITLE
Heading into the 2015-2016 season, Oswego State and Plattsburgh are the overwhelming favorites to take the top two spots in the SUNYAC. The question remaining to be answered is who will be No. 1 and who will be No. 2. That will be answered by whose dominant class steps up to the plate: Oswego’s juniors or Plattsburgh’s seniors. In the 2014 playoffs, it was Oswego’s rookies, while last year Plattsburgh’s star-studded class finally found some postseason magic of its own. In 2016, will it be Botten, Galati, Neil, Hulshof and Zawadzki or Emmerling, Gorman, Calabrese, Botting and Finney? The answer will determine the conference’s NCAA automatic bid.
THEY'RE PLAYING FOR PRIDE
Potsdam vs. Geneseo on February 19th. This matchup could have huge implications on the SUNYAC playoff push, as a resurgent Potsdam team takes on a Geneseo program that took a tumble a season ago.
In addition, the pair have a little bit of recent history. Last season, Potsdam was a Geneseo loss on the final day of the regular season away from the No. 3 seed in the league playoffs. The surge of then-junior goalie Jon Hall and breakout rookie Dylan Vander Esch helped the Bears upset then-No. 1 in the country Oswego on its Senior Night. Hall went on to be the All-SUNYAC first team goalie and Vander Esch went on to finish third in scoring amongst league freshmen. Despite a few key losses to graduation, Potsdam has the pieces to make a run at the No. 3 seed this season, and maybe even grab a first round bye. Stay tuned and keep your eyes wide because this just might be the year that these Bears take the next step.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Plattsburgh State senior forward Kevin Emmerling. Three seasons ago, the Plattsburgh Class of 2016 came into the SUNYAC with a bang. At the heart of its surge that year was Emmerling with 14 goals and 10 assists en route to an All-SUNYAC third-team selection and SUNYAC Rookie of the Year honors. Now a senior, Emmerling claimed another third-team selection last season after totaling nine goals and 10 assists to bring his career totals to 29 goals and 33 assists. As the leading returning scorer for the Cardinals, a team highly favored to repeat as SUNYAC champions, Emmerling will need to be a leader this season. If he gets that job done, he is the hands down favorite for player of the year.
BREAKOUT PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Geneseo State junior forward Stephen Collins. This is his year and his team. Collins broke onto the Division III scene as a freshman totaling 26 points with 13 goals and 13 assists. He was named All-SUNYAC second team and appeared to be on the rise. Then, last year, the Geneseo offense ran through now-graduated senior Tyler Brickler (13-20-33) and Collins saw a dip in his production (5-13-18). Now, Brickler and Ryan Stanimir (8-10-18) are gone and Collins is the Knights’ leading returner on offense. In one season playing club hockey at now-NCAA Division I Arizona State, Collins put up 42 points with 27 goals and 15 assists. As the focal point of Chris Schultz’s offense this season, he should rise back to those numbers and make a huge impact on the Geneseo offense.