December 21, 2010
Golden Eagles get past Cougars
Team effort paid off again for the Cortland-Homer hockey team Monday night.
The Golden Eagles stayed unbeaten after three games in Division IB of the Central New York Scholastic Hockey League and improved to 3-1 overall with a 3-2 win over Division IA visitor Corcoran. The Cougars lost for the first time in four games this season, falling behind West Genesee in the Division IA standings.
Casie Garrison scored the power-play game-winner with 5:04 left at the J.M. McDonald Sports Complex, taking a pass from Brandon Wood before beating a Cougar defenseman low in the offensive zone. He shifted to his backhand and put the puck past Corcoran goalie Gavin Gretsky.
“Individually we do not seem to match up with the opposition, but collectively these kids work very hard together and their efforts paid off,” C-H coach Don Armstrong said.
“Corcoran is big and physical and can move the puck well. Brandon Paquin made some great saves and we were able to hang on in our end on several series. And after sustained Corcoran pressure, we were able to clear the zone,” the coach added.
Paquin had 28 saves in all, compared to 16 for Gretsky, as the visitors held a 30-19 shot advantage.
“We also capitalized on our scoring opportunities and were able to focus on playing very strong defensively once we got the lead with just over five minutes to go,” said Armstrong. “As a defensive pairing I thought Matt Condit and Nick LaRue played a very solid game. Each of our three lines that received playing time played well but our first line of Tim Walsh, Aaron Zimmerman and Zack Daniels played solid throughout the evening. Casie Garrison was certainly a catalyst on offense, contributing to two of our three scores.”
The visitors opened the scoring 5:26 in as Derek Eccles notched an unassisted tally. The Golden Eagles got the power-play equalizer 48 seconds later as Wood scored from the point off assists from Aaron Zimmerman and Nick Potter.
“We were out-played for much of the first period, being outshot 14-4, and were very fortunate to get out of the period even up,” Armstrong said. “We had real difficulty clearing our zone. Their forecheck kept us bottled up much of the time and Brandon made several saves on very good scoring opportunities”
After a scoreless second period in which C-H had a 9-6 shot advantage, the hosts took a 2-1 lead when Leo Riley converted the rebound of a shot by Matt Condit 6:51 into the third for his first varsity goal, Condit and Garrison each picking up an assist. “Leo has shown some real good play around the net in practice and is starting to show this in game situations,” Armstrong said. “He has good hands and good anticipation to put himself in good position to score.”
Eccles made it a 2-2 tie with his second goal of the night with 5:30 left off an assist from Dan Standford. The visitors took a checking from behind penalty just 12 seconds later, Garrison’s game-winner coming just 14 seconds into the resulting power play.
Cortland-Homer converted two of its six power-play opportunities while Corcoran came up blank in five man-up situations.
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