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December 22, 2009

 

Golden Eagles blanked on road

PULASKI — The Cortland-Homer hockey team came into Monday night’s game against host Ontario Bay with a perfect record through five CNYSHL Division II West games, including three shutouts.
Sophomore goalie Justin Geddings and the Storm gave the Golden Eagles a taste of what they’d been dishing out this season, Geddings making 34 saves as the hosts scored a 3-0 victory.
“Ontario Bay is tough to beat at home, especially when they get the lead,” C-H coach Don Armstrong said, his team with a 34-25 shot advantage in the contest. “We’ve been able to come back and do it before, but not this time. Geddings played a very good game. A few times we made him look good, but he also made some very good saves.
“With every save he made he gained more confidence, and after they scored twice (in the second period) we were in a deep hole. They played a good third period, kept themselves out of the penalty box and continuously dumped the puck in deep, making us work hard.”
The first period was scoreless, but the Storm (now 2-2 in the league and 4-2 overall) scored twice in the span of 2:03 in the second period to take control.
Senior center Devin Cone got things started with 7:15 left in the stanza with an unassisted tally, putting home a rebound past Golden eagles sophomore netminder Cory Broyles.
Coon made a nice pass on the hosts’ second tally, passing across ice from the right side to junior forward Eddie Tagliareni for a close-range shot.
Junior defenseman Cal Longley also picked up an assist on the play.
A short-handed tally by Tagliareni off a two-on-one with Coon, who picked up the assist, closed out the scoring with 4:51 left in the game.
“Our power play wasn’t there,” said Armstrong, whose team had six extra-man chances and gave up the short-handed tally. “We moved the puck pretty well, but didn’t finish.
“Overall our effort was good. This team has done well, but we have things we need to work on. We need to pick it up with our puck handling, and are making progress on our stick work.”
Cortland-Homer, which still sits atop the league standings, has one more game before the holiday break, visiting Central Square Wednesday night in Cicero.
In a non-league outing, Corcoran came up with a 4-2 victory over visiting Clinton as James Cathers scored twice.
The Golden Eagles will host their annual holiday tournament this Monday and Tuesday, taking on Frontier Central at 8 p.m. the first night after Auburn and Cazenovia meet at 5:30 p.m.
The consolation game is set for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, with the championship contest at 8 p.m.