January 19, 2011
Golden Eagles slip to another ranked foe
Three home games in four days, all against state-ranked teams, have left the Cortland-Homer hockey team with a modest losing streak.
The Golden Eagles lost their first CNYSHL Division IB game of the season Tuesday night 5-1 to West Genesee, the defending state Division I champion and currently ranked third in the state. That setback came on the heels of weekend losses to a pair of ranked Division II teams, 4-3 to No. 9 Rye on Saturday and 3-1 to No. 8 Pelham on Sunday.
“All-in-all the kids battled well all three periods,” C-H coach Don Armstrong said of Tuesday’s game, which dropped his team to 5-1 in the league and 5-5 overall. “As the shots on goal (33-6 for the visitors) indicate, we had a very difficult time generating offense. West Genesee moves the puck very well and defends its end with good backchecking and discipline.
“Notwithstanding our difficulty in getting to their net, our guys played hard all three periods. These last three games will make us a better club, and we now need to focus on recharging for a very big road contest Friday against Solvay.”
West Genesee (6-0-2, 9-2-2) was deadly on the power play, going 3-for-5 in man-up situations while killing all five of its penalties. The Wildcats scored the first three goals of the game. Shawn Lynch opened the scoring 8:25 in before Nick Holzhauer made it 2-0 on a power play with 3:22 left in the opening stanza. Erik Kurz then made it 3-0 with the only goal during the second period.
Defenseman Casey Bergeron scored the hosts’ only goal 1:34 into the third period on a slap shot from the blue line through traffic in front, sophomore forward Nick Burton with the assist. Lynch scored his second goal of the night on a power play at 4:59 to make it 4-1, and Josh Duquette closed out the scoring with 3:59 left.
Golden Eagles junior goalie Brandon Paquin made 28 saves, while Jacob Pelton was called on to stop just five shots.
After Friday’s contest at the State Fairgrounds, Cortland-Homer hosts Cicero-North Syracuse at 7:30 p.m. this Tuesday and Ontario Bay at 7 p.m. a week from Thursday.
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