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January 22, 2014

 

Golden Eagles streak halted

HockeyBob Ellis/staff photographer
Tyler Stebbins (left) of Auburn, tries getting underneath Victor McCutcheon of the Cortland-Homer Golden Eagles Tuesday night at the McDonald Sports Complex.

The Cortland-Homer hockey team’s hopes of extending its winning streak to three games took what proved to be a decisive blow in a 25-second span against visiting Auburn Tuesday night.
The Maroons got goals from junior forward Danny Entenmann at 6:04 of the first period and senior senior forward Jake Orlando at 6:29 and never looked back en route to a 3-1 Section 3 Division II American Conference win at the J.M. McDonald Sports Complex.
Senior defenseman Billy Farrington and senior forward Nick Netti assisted on the Entenmann opening tally, while Orlando’s helpers were his classmates — forward Sean Lattimore and defenseman Tyler Stebbins.
“On the first goal we were not able to get to the point in time to block the shot,” Golden Eagles coach Don Armstrong said. “Their second score was a result of a nice pass to Orlando, who had beaten us to the slot and was able to get the puck and get a good shot off.”
The visitors scored on a power play at the 5:10 mark of the second period, jubnior forward Brian Franceschelli connecting from short range off assists by Lattimore and sophomore defenseman Casey Komanecky.
Junior forward Matt May got C-H’s only goal, his second of the season, just 31 seconds after that, assisted by senior forward Victor McCutcheon, who now has a team-high 10 points on six goals and four assists.
Auburn, now 7-3 in the league, good for second place, and 10-6 overall, had a 21-19 shot advantage and got 19 saves from senior goalie Mike Currier.
Sophomore Ryan Gabriel made three saves for the Golden Eagles (2-5-1 league, 4-7-1 overall) before being pulled following the third Maroons tally. Junior Tyler Wallace went the rest of the way and stopped all 15 shots he faced.
“This was a disappointing loss coming off two good efforts from last week,” Golden Eagles coach Don Armstrong said, the Golden Eagles with division wins over New Hartford and Cazenovia.
“Once we got down early we seemed not to be able to regain our form and focus as much as we needed to on our play,” he added. “We had a couple of guys out sick so we were a little undermanned, but should have had a bit better performance against a divisional foe. our third line of (sophomore) Josh Button, (junior) Julia Brazo and (freshman) Cole Compagni showed solid effort, and (junior defenseman) Clay Larson played very aggressively all game.”
Cortland-Homer hosts Skaneateles Friday in a 7:30 p.m. start as this same site.

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