January 5, 2009


OT frustration for CHS-Homer

SKANEATELES — It was a tough start to 2009 for a gritty Cortland-Homer Golden Eagles hockey team.
Drake Hill scored the winning goal when his deflection found the back of the net with 2:22 left in overtime to lift Skaneateles to the 2-1 Central New York High School Hockey League Division II West victory over the visiting Golden Eagles Saturday night.
The winning goal came off a pass from Zach Augustine to Jacob Bird, who fired a shot towards the goal that Hill redirected into the back of the net.
The loss dropped Cortland-Homer to 2-3-1 in division play and 4-5-1 overall, snapping a two-game winning streak. Skaneateles improved to 5-1 in the league and 7-3-1 overall.
“The kids played extremely well and very hard throughout the contest. Our first line had a strong game, effectively neutralizing their first line.,” said Golden Eagles coach Don Armstrong, brothers Paul and Carl Zimmerman teaming up with Matt Porter on that unit.
“The second line of Connor Ferrito, Casey Garrison and Sam Ferro also showed improvement by generating several good scoring opportunities, but not yet being able to convert,” Armstrong continued. “Our top defensemen of Nate West, Garrett Ordway, Corey Gibbons and Brett Snyder also played well. Gibbons did especially doing well considering he was not 100 percent from a stomach bug while Ordway playing a very steady game.”
Skaneateles took a 1-0 lead 9:13 into the first period. Patrick Emmer picked up a loose puck behind the Golden Eagles’ goal. Emmer fed the puck to Kyle Christine for the quick flick shot.
Cortland-Homer tied the match 3:31 into second-period play. Gibbons ripped a shot towards the Skaneateles goal that Paul Zimmerman deflected past Laker goalkeeper Trevor Diamond (18 saves).
There was no further scoring until Hill got the game-winner. Both teams has chances, but neither team could convert. Skaneateles even enjoyed a 5-on-3 power-play advantage during a 1:25 span, but the Golden Eagles’ defense stood tall. Skaneateles was o-for-2 on the power play while Cortland-Homer was 0-for-1.
Despite the loss, Cortland-Homer goalkeeper Brett Kash was very solid in goal. Kash stopped 33 of 35 Lakers’ shots, a save-percentage of 94 percent.
Cortland-Homer will return to action Friday at 7 p.m. The Golden Eagles will host Watertown IHC in a key Division II West contest at the Suit-Kote Arena inside the J.M. McDonald Sports Complex.