December 24, 2007


Golden Eagles thriving away from home

WATERTOWN — Back-to-back road wins provide the perfect present for the Cortland-Homer Golden Eagles heading into the holiday season.
Five different players scored goals and the Golden Eagles never trailed while knocking off host Watertown IHC 5-3 in Saturday’s CNYSHL West Division II hockey match-up.
Goals by Paul Zimmerman, Carl Zimmerman, Steve Stowell and Sam Ferro provided a 4-0 second period lead for the Golden Eagles at the Watertown Fairgrounds, while Sean McSherry also scored in the final period as the Golden Eagles improved to 4-3 in the division and 5-5 overall.
The Golden Eagles were coming off an overtime victory at Ontario Bay on Thursday and have moved up into fourth place in the division. Watertown IHC falls to 3-3 in division play and 5-4 overall.
“These guys got off to a good start, the first period and perhaps the first part of the second period being their best,” said Golden Eagles coach Don Armstrong. “They were focused and took the initiative winning the majority of the battles for the puck which led to a lot of good scoring chances.
“They also did a great job of playing team defense, which really reduced the number of quality scoring chances that our opponent had,” added Armstrong, as goalie Brett Kash picked up his fifth victory of the season while making 22 saves.
Watertown was 0-for-5 on power play scoring chances, too.
Paul Zimmerman got things going 3:17 into the game, breaking in alone on goal off a nice feed from Porter. Stowell also picked up an assist, having started the play with a rink-wide pass to Porter.
The lead was 2-0 at 10:31 of the first period when Carl Zimmerman, Paul’s brother, carried the puck and fired a shot just inside the blue line that tucked in over the shoulder of goalie Calib Rowsam (24 saves), who was partially screened by his own defender.
The lead grew to 3-0 in the second period when Stowell scored off a rebound of a shot taken by Nate West a mere 47 seconds into the period. Ferro came up with a power play goal at 9:38 of the period off assists from Andre Coen and Correy Gibbons for the 4-zip advantage.
“The second line does not skate a lot of power plays, but they showed they are learning and really moved the puck around in the offensive zone which created a point-blank scoring opportunity for Sam,” said Coach Armstrong of the Ferro tally.
Watertown got a goal late in the second period from Mike Madill, but five minutes into the third period the CHS-Homer lead grew to 5-1 when McSherry scored off assists by Gibbons and Paul Zimmerman.
Watertown IHC picked up a pair of late goals from John Lafary and Matt Morgia to finish off the scoring.
“The Zimmerman brothers had a great game skating hard at both ends of the ice,” said Armstrong. “Brett Kash had another steady game and our first four defensemen, (Vic) Marchetti, Gibbons, West and (Jack) Spallone handled the puck well and made very few defensive errors.”
The Golden Eagles host their annual Christmas tournament on Friday and Saturday at the J.M. McDonald Sports Complex, and will face Auburn in a 7:45 p.m. first round game. Canandaigua and and Frontier get things started in the opening around at 5:30 p.m.
The consolation contest is slated for 11:30 a.m. Saturday, with the title game following at 2 o’clock.