March 2, 2010


Mites B capture tourney top spot

The Cortland Flames’ UAW 1326 Mite B youth hockey team beat the Rome Grizzlies 4-1 Sunday to win the championship of the Center State Stampede Shootout Tournament at the Morrisville State IcePlex.
Nicholas Kidder, Liam Chase and Kalib Manning had a goal and an assist apiece and Michael Sornberger one goal for the winners, who got nine saves from Brandon Ludwig, the Flames’ Mite C goalie, who stepped in when netminder Izaiah Taylor had a sudden onset of illness.
The Cortland squad opened the tournament on Saturday with a 5-4 loss to the host Stampede, Sornberger scoring all four goals and Taylor stopping 14 shots. Later that day, Cortland beat the Camillus Cougars 16-1 as Sornberger scored seven goals and added two assists to lead the way. Nick Gravel had three goals and an assist, Kevin Gardner two goals, Nicholas Djafari a goal and two assists and Kidder, Drew Bilodeau and Nate Evans a goal and an assist apiece. Taylor made three saves.
Sornberger scored all five goals as the Flames beat the Grizzlies 5-2 in their first game on Sunday, Taylor with nine more saves. That placed Cortland first in the standings, with the Grizzlies second, to set up the title-game rematch.
Dryden’s Zoe Seznec Sweetland scored a goal in the Ithaca Shooting Stars’ 4-1 win over the Rome Grizzlies en route to the championship of the Tier II Central Section Tournament and a berth in the New York State Amateur Hockey Association tournament March 12-14.
The Shooting Stars tied the Camillus Cougars 1-1 in their other game, which gave them the title due to the fact that Camillus and Rome had earlier tied. Other members of the Ithaca squad are Aiya Taylor, Anna Kirkwood, Clara Karastury, Rachel Brock, Marlena Doerr, Camilla Rogers, Alex Stagliano, Caitlyn Whittaker, Jacy Hollander, Anna Kirkwood, Grace Ulinski, Risa Ulinski and Zsofi Szegletes. Joel Brock is the head coach, assisted by Peter Dugan, Ed Pasto and Beth Pasto.
The regular-season champion Cortland Flames Heritage Realty squad lost 1-0 to host New Hartford in the championship game of the Snowbelt League tournament despite a 20-7 shot advantage and six saves from goalie Zack Wilhoit.
The Cortland squad opened the tournament on Friday with a 4-2 win over Elmira as Lars Roos had two goals, Jake Prunier a goal and two assists and Adam Jubran a goal while Wilhoit stopped six shots. In the first of two games on Saturday, Cortland lost to Lysander 3-2 as Adam Jubran and Roos scored the goals and Wilhoit made 10 saves.
Wilhoit earned he shutout with 14 saves in Saturday’s second game, a 2-0 win over Midstate Red in which Prunier and Trevor Jubran were the goal-scorers. The Flames squad earned its berth in the championship game with a 4-1 win over Camillus Sunday morning. Trevor Juban had two goals and an assist, Prunier a goal and an assist and Louis Nardis one goal, while Wilhoit made 13 saves.
Cortland ended its season with a 6-4 win over host Skaneateles Sunday as Ben Gravel had three goals and an assist, Jon Frederick a goal and an assist and Matt Pelowski and Mike Turck a goal apiece. Goalie P.J. Shager stopped 23 shots.
Cortland remained undefeated (no record reported) by beating Ithaca 2-0 on Saturday as Jordan Zehr and Joel Potter scored once each, goalies Zach Randall and Jared Levine with 13 and nine saves, respectively, to share the shutout.