January 19, 2009


Shaky 1st periods cost Cortland-Homer, twice

Inconsistencies in first-period play cost the Cortland-Homer Golden Eagle in a pair of non-league hockey losses this weekend at the J.M. McDonald Sports Complex.
Mamaronack scored six goals in the first period Saturday and rolled to a 9-1 victory over the Golden Eagles. Rye High followed Sunday with three first-period tallies during a 5-2 victory as Cortland-Homer slipped to 6-7-1 this season.
“Both clubs were very strong,” said Golden Eagles’ coach Don Armstrong. “We were very inconsistent in our play and you can’t get away with a weak first period against teams that have strong forwards who are very capable of finishing their plays.”
Mamaroneck 9, Cortland-Homer 1: “We were outplayed by a very good Division I club in Mamaronack,” said Armstrong. “Although we scored the first goal of the game, they put in six before the end of the first period.”
Carl Zimmerman scored the Golden Eagles’ goal. Paul Zimmerman and Nate West assisted on the goal. as the home team took a 1-0 lead.
After Mamaroneck responded with four goals on six shots, forcing starting goalkeeper Brett Kash from the crease. Corey Broyles stepped between the pipes for the Golden Eagles and gave up two more goal before the first period ended. Broyles allowed three more goals during second-period play, but still finished the game with 27 saves to keep things from getting any worse.
Rye 5, Cortland-Homer 2: It was another poor first period Sunday as Rye scored three times in the first period.
Casey Garrison scored 2:24 into the second period to get the Golden Eagles on the board. Garrison was assisted by Connor Ferrito and Sam Ferro, but Rye answered 1:22 later to regain the three-goal lead. The visitors added their final goal with four minutes remaining in the second to make the score 5-1.
Paul Zimmerman scored an unassisted goal at the 11:43 mark of the final period to pull Cortland/Homer to within 5-2, but the Golden Eagles would get no closer.
Nicolo Baldarotta started the game for Cortland-Homer, allowing four goals on a total of 12 shots. Kash came into the game with just over 11 minutes of play left in the second and he remained in the goal all of the third period. Kash allowed one goal on 13 shots.
“Play was even with each team getting 25 shots on net, but we dug ourselves a hole in the first and were never able to recover,” said Armstrong. “We were able to get through both non-league contests without serious injury and are pointing ahead to this coming week where we have two very important contests against Ontario Bay and Solvay. Both teams are close to us in the current standings and we expect to face well prepared opponents on each night.”
Cortland-Homer will head to Haldane Rink in Pulaski to face Ontario Bay Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The Golden Eagles will host Solvay Friday at 7 p.m. at J.M. McDonald Sports Complex.

Rye 5, Cortland-Homer 2
By periods:
Rye High 3 2 0 — 5
Cortland-Homer 0 1 1 — 2
Goals-Assists: Rye- Taka Katsuta 1-3, Paul Mundinger 1-3, Ellis Beeber 1-0, Rubert Holmes 1-0, Kris Targo 1-0, Matt Moran 0-1, Ryan Rogers 0-1. Cortland/Homer- Casie Garrison 1-0, Paul Zimmerman 1-0, Connor Ferrito 0-1, Sam Ferro 0-1.
Shots: Rye 25, Cortland/Homer 25
Saves: Matt Benincasa (R) 23, Brett Kash (CH) 12, Nicolo Baldarotta (CH) 8

Mamaronack 9, Cortland-Homer 1
By periods:
Mamaronack 6 3 0 — 9
Cortland-Homer 1 0 0 — 1
Goals-Assists: Cortland-Homer- Carl Zimmerman 1-0, Paul Zimmerman 0-1, Nate West 0-1. Mamaronack- Not available
Shots: Mamaroneck 38, Cortland/Homer 25
Saves: Corey Broyles (CH) 27, Brett Kash (CH) 2