February 7, 2014
Golden Eagles score important win
PULASKI — The Cortland-Homer hockey team is still in the post-season playoff picture.
The Golden Eagles got three goals from junior forward Danny Turck -- who now has a team-high 10 on the season -- and beat host Ontario Bay 5-2 Thursday night at Haldane Rink. C-H is now 4-7-1 in the Section 3 Division II American Division, just a point behind Whitesboro 4-6-2 league) for fourth place and the final playoff spot.
Both teams close out their league seasons with games against Division II National leader Oswego (8-3 league, 9-9 overall). The Buccaneers visit the J.M. McDonald Sports Complex for a 7:30 p.m. game tonight and then host Whitesboro Saturday in a 7:30 p.m. start.
“We’re back in the hunt,” Cortland-Homer coach Don Armstrong said. “Oswego is a very, very good team and it will be tough playing on back-to-back nights, but it’s what we have to do. The last regular-season game, with a chance at the playoffs, should be the incentive the kids need to come out strong.
“We’re playing decent hockey, scoring a few goals, and the kids are getting more confident in their play. We came from behind tonight, which is the mark of a solid club.”
The Golden Eagles actually trailed twice in the game. Senior forward Brett Wolfe got the Storm (0-13 Division II National, 0-19 overall) on the board first with 7:51 left in the first period off an assist from classmate/linemate Tom Taplin. With the visitors short-handed, Turck took a pass from junior defenseman John-Morgan Burhans and went virtually end-to-end before putting a backhand shot past Ontario Bay sophomore goalie Daniel Nicholson with 5:31 left in the opening stanza.
Taplin gave the hosts a 2-1 lead with 7:33 left in the second off an assist from junior defenseman Morgan Deleel. Junior defenseman Mike Gibbs scored his first goal of the year from out front with 5:02 left to tie it, junior forward Matt May finding him with a pass from behind the net.
Turck then got the eventual game-winner with 1:11 left in the middle frame off a feed from junior linemate Mike May, who in turn had snagged the rebound of a shot by senior defenseman Victor McCutcheon.
Turck completed his hat trick with a power play goal from 6:56 from the final buzzer, junior defenseman Brian Ordway with the assist. With C-H playing a trapping forecheck, Ordway intercepted a Storm pass and scored unassisted from the slot with 3:27 left to close out the scoring.
Junior goalie Tyler Wallace made 18 saves to 38 for Nicholson, who stopped 17 shots in the third period alone as the winners piled up a 43-20 shot advantage. “Tyler had a solid game, Victor and John-Morgan were strong on defense and our first line -- Danny, Mike May and Brian -- scored four goals,” Armstrong said, his team with a season-high five tallies for the second game in a row off a huge 5-1 win over visiting Whitesboro Tuesday night.
“Kudos to Danny; he’s not at 100 percent and is a bit banged up but works hard at both ends of the rink. It’s good to see him get rewarded for that. Maybe we didn’t get a lot of style points, but we won. It’s hard for us to play there; it’s a cold rink and Ontario Bay plays a run-and-gun style. They get up one goal on you and it’s hard to get your poise and focus back. But we did that.”
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