December 12, 2012
Golden Eagles grab first win
Being a man-down proved to be no problem for the Cortland-Homer hockey team against visiting Baldwinsville Tuesday night at the J.M. McDonald Sports Complex.
Being a man-up didn’t hurt, either.
The Golden Eagles scored three goals with a man in the penalty box and also scored twice on power plays to knock off the Bees 5-2 for their first win in three games this season, all in Section 3 Division I West Division play.
“Overall we exhibited a much improved level of play,” C-H coach Don Armstrong said. “We showed some consistent offensive effort with the line of Victor McCutcheon, Danny Turck and Luke van der Veur generating several very good scoring chances. They really performed well at both ends of the ice and in man-up and man-down.
“They were strong in our end defensively, Luke making a real nice block of a shot at the blue line and then drawing a penalty with his hustle. Victor used his speed very well and Danny not only picked up a couple of points but also contributed in ways that don’t show up on the score sheet,” the coach added.
Baldwinsville (1-1-1, 2-2-1) actually opened the scoring just 55 seconds into the game as senior forward Parker Ferrigan put a turnaround shot from the defensive right corner past Golden Eagles sophomore goalie Tyler Wallace. The hosts equalized 3:07 in as junior McCutcheon scored a power-play tally off assists from sophomore Turck and senior forward Mike Lavere.
The game remained deadlocked at 1-1 until senior forward Alex Rosato scored the hosts’ first man-down goal with 2:12 left in the second off the rebound of a shot by McCutcheon. The Bees got a short-handed goal of their own, from senior forward Ronnie May, with 13 seconds left in the stanza, and the two teams entered the third tied 2-2.
McCutcheon’s unassisted short-handed tally 1:51 into the third on a wrist shot from the right side that beat Baldwinsville senior goalie Josh Pinard high on the glove side was the eventual game-winner. Senior defenseman Casey Dailey made it 4-2 just 43 seconds later on a power-play slap shot from the right side, off assists from junior forward Zack Cornish and senior defenseman Nick Burton, who won a faceoff to start the play in motion.
Turck closed out the scoring with 1:07 left, hitting an empty net from two-thirds the length of the ice with the hosts a man-down.
Wallace made 26 saves, Armstrong noting: “He really came up big for us in the third period. We took a couple of penalties and Baldwinsville had some excellent chances; Tyler made two or three point-blank stops.”
Pinard stopped 32 saves for the Bees, as the winners had a 37-28 shot advantage.
“It was certainly a very big win for us,” Armstrong said. “Still, there are many areas we need to work on in order to get ready for another tough league contest at home this Friday night (a 7:30 p.m. start) against Liverpool.”
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