Todd Sheridan has never wavered from his true passion as a hockey player. It wasn’t the four years of playing goaltender at Brockport, or the year as their goaltending coach. His true passion has been the Saves For A Cure charity.
“I have to be active with Saves For A Cure!” Sheridan said. “It is one of the most important things to me.”
The goal for Saves For A Cure remains the same — to raise money to help make the hospital stays of young cancer victims a little more bearable. Last spring, Saves For A Cure replaced the floor in the Child Life Play Deck at the Galisano Childrens Hospital in Rochester, donating $15,000.
The fourth annual Saves For A Cure Brockport game takes place this Saturday, December 3 against Morrisville.
“Even though a lot of people think SFAC is affiliated with Brockport, it is not,” Sheridan said. “They are obviously the biggest supporters of SFAC, and I could not ask for more from the school, but it is independent.”
The format is the same. There will be special jerseys worn and auctioned off. On Sunday there is the second annual Saves For A Cure Benefit Luncheon. It will be held at 58 Main Restaurant, 58 North Main Street, Brockport, N.Y. from 12:00-4:00 p.m., with a Chinese Auction. Items from Buffalo and Rochester sports teams will be available, including a Nathan Gerbe autographed stick.
This year, 12-year-old Phillip Massey will perform the ceremonial puck drop with Sheridan.
“I think I am most excited for him,” Sheridan said. “I hope this is something that inspires him and shows him that other people out there are fighting next to him so that when he goes back to the hospital for treatments, he can be determined to finish his cancer off for good.”
Real life did intervene a bit in Sheridan’s efforts this year. He moved back to his home state, New Jersey, and spent two months job hunting, a successful hunt which landed him at Weichert Realtors as a corporate recruiter.
“This is my first time organizing this from a distance, and it has been a huge learning experience,” he said. “I am most excited to raise more money.”
Therefore, his expansion efforts from last year, which included games at Oswego and Morrisville, were curtailed a bit this season. There will most likely be one other Saves For A Cure game this season at Cortland, thanks to the help of Joey Christiano and Mike Reilly. Details are still to be worked out.
If you can’t make it to this weekend’s activities and still wish to donate, you can send a check to Saves For A Cure, Inc., 304 Hoover Avenue, Edison, NJ 08837.
Pink the Rink
While we’re talking about charity games, here’s an early heads up for Fredonia’s Pink the Rink game. It will take place on Friday, January 27 against, coincidentally, Morrisville.
This is the sixth annual event, and like the recent past, the special pink jerseys can be pre-ordered for $250 and have the last name of a loved one printed on the back of the jersey, which will be worn throughout the warm-up and game. A special ceremony after the game will be held to present each jersey.
SUNYAC Players of the Week (selected by the conference)
Player of the Week: James Cody (Sr.), Brockport. Scored four goals and added three assists on the weekend at the Skidmore College Invitational. Saturday night, Cody scored a power-play goal late in the third period and then picked up a short-handed assist in the final two minutes. On Sunday, Cody netted a hat trick against Nichols College. He reached 50 career-goals and needs two points to reach the 100-point mark. Cody was named to the All-Tournament team.
Rookie of the Week: Patrick Stillar, Morrisville. Posted two goals (one on the power play) in the 4-2 victory over Tufts, and added a goal and assist in the 4-3 loss to Castleton State at the Rutland Herald Invitational. Stillar is second on the team in scoring, netting five goals and six assists for 11 points, and currently leads all freshmen in scoring in the conference. This is Stillar’s second Rookie of the Week honor.
Goalie of the Week: Ryan Malinowski (Jr.), Buffalo State. Helped Buffalo State knock off St. Thomas, 3-2, in his first collegiate start. Malinowski stopped 29 of the 31 shots he faced, including nine in the third period. The win advanced the Bengals to the championship game of the Adrian Bulldogs Thanksgiving Tournament.
For the previous week:
Player of the Week: Adam Place (So.), Potsdam. Scored two goals in each of Potsdam’s victories over Geneseo and Brockport. Place gave Potsdam a 3-2 lead midway through the second period at 10:19, and then added a power-play goal seven minutes later against Geneseo. Saturday night, Place scored two goals in a span of 1:35 to give the Bears a 4-1 advantage over Brockport.
Rookie of the Week: Trevor Cope, Potsdam. Recorded six points in a league weekend sweep of Geneseo and Brockport. Cope scored Potsdam’s second goal Friday night just 3:30 into the game for an early lead over the Knights before picking up an assist on a power play. He finished with a goal and three assists in 5-3 Brockport win. Cope leads all SUNYAC freshman with 1.43 points per game.
Goalie of the Week: Mathieu Cadieux, (So.), Plattsburgh. Earned back-to-back wins for the Cardinals over the weekend. On Friday night, Cadieux allowed just one goal on 26 shots as Plattsburgh defeated Brockport, 6-1. In Saturday’s 2-0 win against Geneseo, Cadieux stopped all 23 shots he faced, earning Plattsburgh’s first shutout of the season. After the weekend, Cadieux led the conference with a .938 save percentage.