December 06, 2008


Bad trend for Golden Eagles


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Connor Ferrito, left, of the Golden Eagles and James Cathers, of Corcoran, chase down a puck behind the Corcoran goal last night. Golden Eagles were beaten, 6-3.

It seems that a negative trend has already developed with the Cortland-Homer hockey team.
The Golden Eagles lost to Corcoran 6-3 Friday night in their home opener and are now 0-2 in the CNYSHL Division II West and overall on the heels of a 4-3 overtime loss at Watertown IHC on Wednesday.
“For a couple of games now we’ve waited until we got don to get going,” C-H coach Don Armstrong said after the latest setback. “That’s not going to lead to success against good teams.
“We didn’t play all that well, and Corcoran has some big, tough, strong players,” he added, the Cougars now 2-0 in the league and 4-1 overall. “Having said that, we’re not satisfied with our level of effort and our ability to challenge for the puck in the first couple of games. We have to get better in every aspect of the game and we don’t have a lot of time, with four games — two of them league games — next week. Overall the kids listening and putting in a decent effort, but no one is satisfied and I think they’ll come ready to practice.”
The first period of Friday’s game was scoreless, but the Cougars opened the scoring just 17 seconds into the second, while short-handed, as Derek Eccles jumped on a misplayed puck, went in alone and scored. Corcoran scored a power-play goal at 8:23 as Jeremy Haring converted off assists from Austin Cavendar and James Cathers, and the visitors led 2-0 heading into the final 15 minutes.
Cathers scored the first of his three goals 1:07 into the third with Corcoran again short-handed, and his brother Edmond made it 4-0 for the Cougars off a Harding assist at 2:45. Senior forward Matt Porter put the Golden Eagles on the board 1:27 later off a feed from junior linemate Carl Zimmerman before Cathers made it 5-1 for the visitors off an assist from Eccles at 7:36.
Sophomore defenseman-forward Cory Gibbons scored on a power play for C-H off a shot from the point, assisted by senior forward Paul Zimmerman, at 9:26. Cathers completed his hat trick 37 seconds later, and Carl Zimmerman closed out the scoring with 56 seconds left, Porter getting a step on a defender and getting the puck to Porter after in turn taking a pass from junior defenseman Garrett Ordway.
Corcoran piled up a 35-16 shot advantage in the contest. Golden Eagles senior goalie Brett Kash got the start and made 25 saves before yielding to classmate Nicolo Baldarotta after Edmond Cathers’ goal. Baldarotta made four saves over the final 12:45. Jason Frier stopped 13 shots for Corcoran.
“Paul Zimmerman is a leader in the locker room and on the ice, and Matt Porter played hard the whole game with a foot injury he got in the IHC game,” Armstrong said. “Brett Snyder (senior defenseman) is steady, too. But we need more players to step up and make big plays.”
Cortland-Homer visits Fulton on Tuesday and entertains Ontario Bay at 7 p.m. Thursday in league games before competing in the Morrisville Tournament this Friday and Saturday. The Golden Eagles will face Rush-Henrietta from Section 5 at 7:45 p.m. Friday and either Cicero-North Syracuse or Utica Proctor at 12:45 or 2:45 p.m. a week from today.
In other Division II outings, Fulton scored four times in the third period to beat Watertown IHC 5-4 in the first round of the Red Raiders tournament. Fulton plays Fayetteville-Manlius in the finals today.