February 03, 2007


CHS-Homer fast start goes wasted


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Skaneateles players converge on Cortland-Homer’s Matt Porter (25) in the first period Friday, including Laker Keith Buehler (right). Lakers pulled out 3-2 victory over the Golden Eagles.

The Cortland-Homer hockey team came out strong against visiting Skaneateles Friday night. After scoring two power-play goals in the first 8:13 of the Senior Night game, however, the Golden Eagle offense was shackled the rest of the way as the Lakers scored a 3-2 CNYSHL Division II West victory.
“The kids were pumped up and came out strong because it was Senior Night,” C-H coach Don Armstrong said. “The fact that we had 13 penalties called against us was certainly a factor. We knew we had to stay out of the box. While Skaneateles didn’t have any power-play goals, being a man down that much, and two men down a couple of times, used up a lot of our energy, which showed up in a lack of offensive pressure.
“It was a physical game, and the officials were calling the game tightly both ways,” he noted. “Skaneateles had nine penalties. They have a strong program, and the play physical and hard. A couple of their guys can really go; it’s a battle when you play them. I give or kids a lot of credit for play hard and keeping their cool.”
The Golden Eagles’ first line scored both of the hosts’ goals. Matt Porter opened the scoring on the rebound of a power-play shot by Steve Stowell, Paul Zimmerman also notching an assist. Zimmerman scored the game’s second goal an 8:13, just 13 seconds before a Skaneateles penalty was due to expire, on a backhander from in close, Porter and Stowell assisting.
The Lakers started their comeback with 3:32 left in the first, Patrick Emmer converting a pass from Keith Buehler, before Adam Severance jumped on a loose puck and tied the score with just eight seconds left in the opening period, C-H having just finished killing off a penalty.
Skaneateles, now 9-3 in league play and 13-7 overall, got the game-winner 4:01 into the second as Erik Stevens scored off a faceoff in the right circle, the assist going to Buehler. Armstrong noted that C-H goalie Brian Frankel was partially screened on the play and did get_his stick on the shot, which deflected in.
“We were out-shot 9-2 in the second period, and were fortunate that we were only down one goal when it ended,” Armstrong said. “We took four penalties in that period, and at one point were down two men for 1:05. Brian had a pretty good game and made a couple of tough saves.
“Stowell had a chance off a faceoff with 1:30 left, but their goalie, Alex Richichi, made the save. We also had four penalties in the third period.
“The kids are disappointed; they wanted to win for the seniors in our final home game.” Those seniors are Frankel, defensemen Dan Farris and Ian Gutchess and forwards Matt Edwards and Taylor Brown.
Cortland-Homer is now 8-6-1 in league play (11-10-1 overall) and in fourth place, the final playoff spot, ahead of Ontario Bay, which is 7-5-1 in the league. The Golden Eagles are now idle until a week from today, when they close out the season by visiting Watertown IHC. Ontario Bay, meanwhile, visits Corcoran Monday before visiting Skaneateles Wednesday and hosting Syracuse CBA next Saturday.
“We’ll take the weekend off, work on different things during the week leading up to our last game and see how Ontario Bay does,” said Armstrong, who noted that if the two teams end up tied a qualifying game would be necessary, with Cortland-Homer hosting because it went 1-0-1 head-to-head against the Storm this season.


Cortland, Cincy CA thriving on the road

Long road trips turned into basketball victories for both Cortland Christian Academy and Cincinnatus Christian Academy basketball teams on Friday.
Cortland Christian swept to Empire State Christian Athletic League victories in Oswego over host Port City, the boys staying unbeaten in league play with a 57-21 romp while the girls coasted to a 43-29 victory.
Cincinnatus Christian captured a pair of victories in Penn Yan over Emmanuel Baptist, the boys taking a 54-19 victory after the girls won a low-scoring 24-12 affair.
Cortland Christian girls jumped out to a 22-2 lead and coasted past Port City. Karyn Harding had her second consecutive double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, as the Saints improved to 11-1 in ESCAL play and 13-1 overall. Samantha Fuller added eight points, Leah Sheldon nine rebounds, Leah Sweeney eight rebounds and Courtney Hall five assists to the winner’s balanced attack.
Jordana O’Brien scored 13 of her 15 points for Port City (-8) in the second half.
Cortland Christian boys were 21-2 leaders in the first half and cruised, as Pete Sargent and Aaron Blanchard both scored 13 points. Sargent now has 990 points for his career, while Blanchard topped the Saints in rebounding with eight.
Darren Miller handed out seven assists and John Watson had eight rebounds for the Saints, 12-0 in the league and 15-1 overall. Port City falls to 2-11.
Cortland Christian teams host Baldwinsville Christian on Tuesday.



Crunch capture first AHL shutout

SYRACUSE (AP) — Dan LaCosta posted his first AHL shutout in a 5-0 win for the Syracuse Crunch over the Springfield Falcons Friday in the American Hockey League.
Geoff Platt’s two first-period goals and another by Derrick Walser late in the first gave Syracuse (17-24-1-5) the lead.
LaCosta had very little work in the first two periods stopping five and seven shots. He made 22 total saves.
Olivier Labelle’s goal 21 seconds into the second secured the win and Adam Pineault’s tally with five minutes left in the second sealed it.
Springfield (22-26-0-1) changed goalies at the start of the third as Johathan Boutin replaced Karri Ramo. Ramo made 23 saves on 28 shots, while Boutin stopped all 12 shots he faced in the third.