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December 16, 2009

 

Blank Solvay 4-0 for third shutout —

Golden Eagles stay stingy

A familiar pattern played itself out at the J.M. McDonald Sports Complex Tuesday night, and Cortland-Homer hockey coach Don Armstrong isn’t complaining a bit.
The Golden Eagles and sophomore goalie Cory Broyles blanked Solvay 4-0 to stay perfect through four games this season, all in the CNYSHL Division II West. It was the third shutout in those four games for C-H.
“The shutouts are a combination of everything,” Armstrong said. “Obviously the goalie has to play well. Cory had three or four saves that could have been goals, including a breakaway late where the player from Solvay had his stick raised because he thought he’d scored and Cory made a good side-to-side move to make the save. The defense gets credit. They were very solid. And you can’t play team defense without our forwards doing the job in the defensive zone.”
The game was defensive in nature overall, the Golden Eagles not able to score until 1:45 remained in the second period. Freshman forward Nick Burton notched his first varsity goal, assisted by sophomore forwards Casey Bergeron and Zack Daniels, his fellow Blue Line members. After his linemates worked the puck down low, Burton took the puck behind the net and went for a wraparound, the puck instead banking in off the pads of Solvay sophomore goalie Ryan Bonk.
The first line accounted for the next goal, senior Chris Broyles (Cory’s brother) scoring from in close on a power play 47 seconds into the third period off assists from senior Carl Zimmernan and junior Casie Garrison. Zimmerman made it 3-0 on a shot from the slot 4:08 into the final stanza, the assist going to his brother Aaron, a sophomore forward.
Aaron Zimmerman. who Armstrong noted had his best game of the season, also assisted on the final tally, by the Red Line with 2:01 left in the game. He took a pass from sophomore forward Tim Walsh, who also got an assist on the play, heading down the right side and sliding the puck over to junior forward Brad Mitchell, who came down the middle and scored from just outside the left post.
“Offensively we applied good pressure and were able to force their defense into some mistakes,” Armstrong said. “We have a group of young but savvy kids.”
Cory Broyles made 15 saves, one less than Bonk, as the winners had a 20-15 shot advantage, despite taking just three shots in the first period. Cortland successfully killed off all five power plays the Bearcats, now 0-2 in the league and 2-2 overall.
The Golden Eagles, who are tied for first in the league with Skaneateles, visit Syracuse CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt Friday at the Onondaga Nation Arena.
Skaneateles maintained a share of first with a 5-4 victory over Corcoran, while Syracuse CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt nipped Watertown IHC 5-4. In the third one-goal outing in the division, Fulton nipped Ontario Bay 6-5.