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December 19, 2009

 

Golden Eagles survival

NEDROW — The Cortland-Homer hockey team overcame a lot to stay undefeated Friday night.
Overcoming a depleted roster, the visiting Golden Eagles were able to shade a tenacious Syracuse CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt squad 2-1 to improve to 5-0 in the CNYSHL Division II West and overall, staying atop the standings alone in the process. The Brothers are now 3-2 in league play and 4-4-1 overall.
“This win was a great achievement for our players,” C-H coach Don Armstrong said. “We were short-handed going in with Zack Daniels (sophomore forward) and Matt Condit (freshman defenseman) out sick and Nick Potter (junior defenseman) unavailable due to a family commitment. Chris Broyles (senior left wing) also suffered an injury in the first shift and was unable to play for the balance of the contest. CBA/J-D is a very hard-hitting squad and several of our players took heavy hits but were able to maintain their composure and play at a very high level.”
The Golden Eagles needed just 28 seconds to open the scoring, junior right wing Casie Garrison deflecting home a shot from the point by senior defenseman Garrett Ordway. Senior center Carl Zimmerman also picked up an assist, finding Ordway open with a pass to start the play.
The Brothers tied the score 4:04 into the game as sophomore forward Brendan Flanagan got credit for the goal on a deflection off a C-H player past sophomore goalie Brandon Paquin. Assists went to junior defenseman Nick Firman and sophomore forward Josh Rathbun.
Zimmerman scored the game-winning goal from the high slot 5:15 into the middle period off a feed from behind the net by Garrison. “Carl does not miss on many of these opportunities and beat the CBA/J-D netminder (junior Dan DiStefano) cleanly on a great wrist shot,” Armstrong said. “The balance of the second period and all of the third saw several quality chances for both squads, with neither team being able to capitalize.
“Brandon had a standout game in goal. Our defense continued their strong play on the blue line, with Nick LaRue (junior) doing a great job filling in for Nick Potter. Our lines were jumbled up due to illness and injury, but all the players adjusted extremely well. CBA/J-D is a solid team, and to be able to keep them off the scoreboard except for the first five minutes of the game is a reflection of how hard our kids have worked, especially in our defensive zone. Of the forwards, Carl and Casie were outstanding not only generating the two scores but also killing penalties and logging a tremendous amount of ice time.”
Paquin made 23 saves to 26 for DiStefano as the Golden Eagles had a 28-24 shot advantage. Both teams went 0-for-4 on the power play in the game.
Cortland-Homer visits Ontario Bay at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Central Square on Wednesday, then hosts its own Holiday Tournament Dec. 28-29. The Golden Eagles will face Frontier Central at 8 p.m. the first night after Cazenovia and Auburn meet at 5:30 p.m. The championship game is at 8 p.m. on the 29th following the 5:30 p.m. consolation contest.