March 13, 2012


Squirt skaters take title at Lake George

The Cortland Flames Squirt Travel youth hockey team won three of its four games over the weekend to claim the championship of the Lake George Tournament.
The local squad opened play with a 3-2 win over Binghamton on Saturday morning as Nicholas Gravel, Adam Buttaccio and Dante Patriarco scored once each and goalie Elisabeth Evans made 11 saves. Liam Chase led the way with four goals Saturday afternoon in an 11-2 romp over Brattleboro (Vt.). Patriarco had three goals and two assists, Kevin Gardner a goal and three assists, Lauren Swartz a goal and two assists, Nate Evans a goal and an assist and Logan Griffen one goal. Madeline Erno was in the nets and stopped nine shots.
Cortland lost to Malone 7-1 on Sunday morning as Chase had the only goal and Elisabeth Evans made seven saves. The same two teams met Sunday afternoon in the championship game, Erno with 11 saves for the shutout as Cortland won 8-0. Gravel and Patriarco had two goals and an assist apiece, while Chase scored twice, Nate Evans had a goal and an assist and Elisabeth Evans scored a goal.
The Ithaca Bears I, including players from Cortland, Homer, Dryden and Groton, won four of its five weekend games en route to the championship at the JAMS Finals at Alexandria Bay. The champs opened with a 3-2 win over the Thousand islands Pirates on Friday as Ben Infante had a goal and an assist, Nathaniel Eckert, from Groton, and Richard Prosser one goal each and goalie Evan Mielbrecht seven saves.
The Bears I beat Bears III by a final score of 3-1 in Saturday’s first game as Prosser, Colin Blakeslee and Ricky Pauldine scored once each and Mielbrecht stopped 10 shots. Later on Saturday, Ithaca #1 lost 3-2 to Whitestown as Prosser and Pauldine each scored a goal and Mielbrecht made nine saves.
The Bears I beat Lysander 5-4 in Sunday’s first game as Cortland’s Nicholas Kidder and Prosser had two goals and two assists each, Blakeslee a goal and Mielbrecht 10 saves.
The Bears I met Bears III later Sunday for the championship and won 4-1 as Prosser had two goals and an assist, Kidder a goal and an assist, Infante one goal and Mielbrecht 16 saves.
Cortland beat host Baldwinsville 5-1 on Sunday as Matt Gombas scored twice, Dylan Cooper and Jayson Wojcinski had a goal and an assist apiece and Cole Compagni one goal. Goalie P.J. Shager stopped 31 shots as the winners were outshot 32-24.


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