January 8, 2016
Golden Eagles capture OT win
WHITESBORO — A back-and-forth game ended up swinging the Cortland-Homer hockey team’s way Thursday night as senior right wing Nick Johnson completed a hat trick in overtime to give the visiting Golden Eagles a 4-3 win over Whitesboro.
The winners fell into an early hole as the Warriors, now 1-6 in Section 3’s Division II National Conference and 2-8-1, got goals from sophomore forward Brandon Webb 2:03 into the game and senior forward Mike Foresti with 4:01 gone.
Cortland-Homer then stormed right back to tie the game n the next 4:10. Johnson got the first goal unassisted at 10:11 as he put the puck in front and it went in off a Whitesboro defenseman.
With a power play just expired, sophomore defenseman Jonathon Frederick knotted the score at 6:49 with his fourth goal of the season on a shot from the point off an assist from sophomore left wing Trevor Andrews as sophomore right wing Mike Turck screened Warrior sophomore goalie Jake Domagal.
Johnson gave C-H a 3-2 lead with 59 seconds left from the far slot as Turck toe-dragged a defender and passed it to him for a shot to the top left corner that hit the crossbar and post before going in.
The Warriors pulled Domagal and it paid off as sophomore forward Declan Simmons put a rebound over Golden Eagles freshman goalie Brandon Ludwig with 2.9 seconds left in regulation.
“It felt like the CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt game, when they scored with five seconds left and the game ended in a 3-3 tie,” said C-H coach Chad Totman, whose team is now tied for third in the Division II American Conference at 2-3-1 and is 5-6-1 overall. “Our heads were hanging in between the third period and overtime. I told the boys there was no need to hang their heads because it was going to feel good when we got the win and we wouldn’t have to worry about the last two seconds of the third.”
Johnson made those words come true with 1:24 left in the extra session as he scored the game-winner, his team-high seventh goal of the season, on a power play. Frederick started the play with a shot from the point that senior center Josh Button tipped to the back door, where Johnson was waiting to put it home.
“The team showed some confidence and pride in the overtime and came out pressuring Whitesboro,” Totman said. “We dug down deep and found a little extra energy, even though we were tired. Cooper Swartwout (sophomore defender) hit the post twice in the second period and has improved his play consistently. Jon continues to get points from defense, which has been huge for us.”
Ludwig made 22 saves to 17 for Domagal as Whitesboro had a 25-21 shot advantage.
It was the second overtime game in a row for the Warriors, who beat host Clinton — the ninth-ranked Division II team in the state — 3-2 on Tuesday in an extra period.
The Golden Eagles host New Hartford Tuesday in a 7:30 p.m. start at the J.M. McDonald Sports Complex.
Cortland-Homer 4, Whitesboro 3, OT
Cortland-Homer 2 0 1 1 — 4
Whitesboro 2 0 1 0 — 3
Goals-Assists: Cortland-Homer- Nick Johnson 3-0, Jonathon Frederick 1-0, Trevor Andrews 0-1, Mike Turck 0-1, Josh Button 0-1. Whitesboro- Brandon Webb 1-0, Mike Foresti 1-0, Declan Simmons 1-0, Sean Gaffney 0-2, Louden Johnson 0-1, Nick Welch 0-1.
Shots: Whitesboro 25, Cortland-Homer 21.
Penalties: Cortland-Homer 2 for 3:00, Whitesboro 5 for 7:30.
Power Plays: Cortland-Homer 1-for-5, Whitesboro 0-for-2.
Saves: Brandon Ludwig (C-H) 22, Jake Domagal (W) 17.
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