December 21, 2012


Golden Eagles roll on road

PULASKI — A strong start made for a happier ride home for the Cortland-Homer hockey team Thursday night.
The Golden Eagles scored a pair of short-handed goals 1:23 apart to get things started in the first period and ended up finding the net five times in that stanza alone, setting the tone early for what would end up a 7-2 win over host Ontario Bay at Haldane Rink in Pulaski.
“We got off to a good start, and got some scoring from guys who hadn’t put the puck in the net so far,” said C-H coach Don Armstrong, whose team improved to 2-3 in Section 3’s Division I West and overall with the win. “We’ve shown the ability to score short-handed, which is a good trait to have. We’ve done it four times in five games. And we got a couple of power play goals as well. Ryan Gabriel got his first start in goal as freshman and did a very good job, making some real fine saves. It was great for him to get some playing time.”
Gabriel stopped 23 shots while Thunder junior netminder Phil Cherchio made 29 saves, the visitors with a 36-25 shot advantage.
Sophomore left wing Danny Turck opened the scoring unassisted with his third goal of the season 5:13 in, and junior center Victor McCutcheon made it 2-0 1:23 later with his third. Senior Alex West got the first of his two goals on the game and the season with 5:46 left in the first on the rebound of a shot by sophomore right wing Mike May, who scored his first of the year on a power play off assists from his twin brother Matt, a center, and senior defenseman Alex Rosato at the 3:41 mark. Senior right wing Mike Lavere made it 5-0 with 2:13 left with his second of the season, assisted by his linemates Turck and McCutcheon.
Junior forward Tom Taplin put the Thunder (0-6 Division I East, 1-9 overall) 1:11 before the end of the first period off assists from senior forward Ben Markle and senior defenseman Ben Engelbrekt, and Engelbrekt made it 5-2 with 3:35 left in the second unassisted on another power play.
The Golden Eagles closed out the scoring early in the third. West got his second goal of the game and season on a power play, assisted by senior defenseman Casey Dailey, 2:19 in, and Lavere got his second on the night and third this season 2:19 later, the assists going to senior defenseman Matt Condit and Turck.
“The second period got a little chippy; we had to regain our composure, and did a good job of that to regain the momentum,” Armstrong said. The Mays and Alex West stepped up and played pretty well with our second line shaken up due to injury and illness. Brian Ordway (sophomore left wing), Josh Button (freshman rightwing) and Alex Rosato (center, also saw time on defense) did a good job on the third line.”
The Golden Eagles next meet Fayetteville-Manlius Saturday in a 3:30 p.m. start at the Cicero Twin Rinks.


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