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February 4, 2009

 

Weary Golden Eagles prevail

Golden Eagles

Dick Reygers/contributing photographer
Cortland-Homer’s Paul Zimmerman heads up ice at the J.M. McDonald Complex Tuesday night, where he scored the third period goal that beat Fulton 2-1.

It hasn’t been the most productive of offensive stretches for the Cortland-Homer hockey team, but Tuesday night at the J.M. McDonald Complex the Golden Eagles finished it by claiming an important CNYSHL Division II West victory, 2-1 over Fulton.
Paul Zimmerman snapped a 1-1 deadlock, scoring the game-winning goal with 4:52 left for the Golden Eagles.
Coach Don Armstrong’s squad, now 8-5-1 league — good for fourth place, the final playoff spot — and 10-10-1 overall, outshot the Red Raiders 25-12 one night after totaling 61 shots in a 3-1 win over host Central Square. Last night’s outing was the fourth game in five nights for C-H, which despite collectively outshooting Syracuse CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt 60-26 in games Friday and Saturday nights lost both, 3-1 on the road Friday and 2-1 at home Saturday.
“In the last four games we’ve taken almost 150 shots and scored seven goals,’” Armstrong said with a laugh. “It’s nice to finish this stretch with a win. The kids were definitely affected by fatigue, as you’d expect. We told them to give as much effort and be as disciplined as they could, and they definitely did pretty well in that regard, only giving Fulton four power plays. They didn’t quit, stuck to our forechecking system and covered the defensive zone well.
“We knew we’d need good goaltending, and got it from Brett Kash. He had three or four real tests in the game,” he added of the senior goalie, who stopped 11 shots in all. “ Everyone played a pretty solid game. In these last four games we outshot our opponents decisively and that’s pretty well reflective of the overall play. The coaching staff is proud of what the kids have done these last five days.”
After a scoreless first period, Golden Eagles junior right wing Carl Zimmerman opened the scoring from the slot on a power-play one-timer, converting a pass from his brother Paul, a senior center, who came from behind the net on the left-wing side after taking a pass from sophomore forward Casie Garrison and found his brother open for his 11th goal of the season.
Fulton (3-10 league, 4-16 overall) tied the game 6:36 into the third with a power-play goal of its own, senior defenseman Chad Smith finding the net off assists from junior forward Trevor Littler and senior forward Trevor Trevato.
Paul Zimmerman got the game-winner, his team-high 21st goal of the season, with 4:52 left as Carl Zimmerman took a shot that Garrison deflected before Paul Zimmerman put it away.
“Then we held on the last 4:52, killing off one penalty along the way,” Armstrong said. “We’ll stay off the ice (today), and do some dry-land training.”
Cortland-Homer returns to action Saturday, hosting Skaneateles in a 7 p.m. start.