December 16, 2013


Happy road trip for CHS-Homer

LAKE PLACID — Spending a little time far away from home paid off in a pair of hockey victories for the Cortland-Homer Golden Eagles, capped by a 3-0 shutout victory over Lake Placid on Saturday afternoon.
The previous evening, Cortland-Homer had posted a 3-1 win over Saranac Lake for its first victory of the season.
“Saturday’s game was in the 1932 Olympic rink and the ice surface was much larger than we are used to, but that didn’t seem to bother our players,” said Cortland-Homer coach Don Armstrong, whose team is now 2-2-1 on the season.
Coach Armstrong singled out the play of goalies Tyler Wallace and Ryan Gabriel on the trip, while Victor McCutcheon had three goals and John Burnhans three assists over the two days of play.
“Really, we saw some consistent effort by most of our players this weekend,” said Armstrong. “We are continuing to juggle players around to find the best combinations and they responded real well. We have a good week of practices ahead of us as we prepare for our next league game this coming Friday at Whitesboro.”
Cortland-Homer 3, Lake Placid 0: Scoring goals in every period, Cortland-Homer capped this successful trip with a shutout victory that featured 21 saves from goalie Gabriel.
The Golden Eagles defense successfully killed off five Lake Placid power play chances, too.
Cole Compagni’s first varsity goal, arriving with just 19 seconds left in the first period, got the visitors going. McCutcheon provided a pass from behind the net that found Compagni in the right place at the right time for the finish.
The lead grew to 2-0 a mere 30 seconds into the second period, as Burnhans scored from a shot taken from the point.
“We had good traffic in front of the net, so when John shot from the point their goaltender was unable to react to the shot,” said Coach Armstrong of the Burnhans goal.
That 2-0 lead lasted until the late going, when Lake Placid pulled goalie Tucker Angelopoulos and gave up a goal to McCutcheon with 53 seconds remaining. McCutcheon had carried the puck up ice and fed Bailey Wood. Though Wood lost possession, McCutcheon picked up the loose puck and scored — with Wood given an assist on the play.
Cortland-Homer 3, Saranac Lake 1: All the scoring arrived in the first period under frigid conditions, with the Golden Eagles never trailing after Danny Turck and McCutcheon scored two minutes apart.
After Saranac Lake scored on a power play goal at the 14:51 mark of the opening period, McCutcheon scored 18 seconds later for what proved to be the final margin. Matt Matt and Burnhans picked up assists on the opening Turck goal and the second McCutcheon tally.
Goalie Wallace came up with 19 saves, allowing just the power play goal.
“It was very interesting to play in the Saranac Lake Civic Center on a night that at game time was 11 below and I don’t think they have much heat in that rink,” noted Coach Armstrong as the Golden Eagles handled the conditions and Saranac Lake.
The Golden Eagles’ trip to Whitesboro on Friday is a 7:30 p.m. start at the Whitesboro Community Center.


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