December 30, 2011
Golden Eagles keep struggling
F-M facing Frontier in tournament final
The offensive woes continued for the Cortland-Homer hockey team in the first round of its own Holiday Tournament Thursday night at the J.M. McDonald Sports Complex.
Fayetteville-Manlius, meanwhile, demonstrated a flair for opportunism.
It all resulted in a 6-0 first-round win for the Hornets, who scored three power-play tallies in a game that counted in the Section 3 Division I West standings. F-M is now 2-2 in the league and 6-2 overall, while the Golden Eagles fell to 1-4 league and 2-6-1 overall.
F-M, now on a four-game winning streak. meets Frontier — a 5-3 winner over Cazenovia in the opener — in the championship game at 8 p.m. tonight. The consolation contest between Cortland-Homer and Cazenovia is set for 5:30 p.m.
“Scoring continues to be our problem. I guess we’re consistent in that aspect,” C-H coach Don Armstrong said, his team having scored just once in its last five games. That came in a 1-0 win at Corcoran on Wednesday of last week.
“I thought tonight we looked a little better. We had a number of shots that went wide. But we’re having difficulty getting shots off quick enough and on net. part of it is confidence. When you don’t have success, the pendulum swings the other way,” he added.
Fayetteville-Manlius sophomore goalie Ben Napierala came up with 17 saves to keep the Golden Eagles off the scoreboard. Meanwhile, the Hornets scored in all three periods.
“F-M is a club that knows what to do on the power play. They have a couple of big scorers, and they know how to finish,” said Coach Armstrong. “Our penalties didn’t help us. It was just a combination of things. When it was 2-0 (after one period) we knew we had a little bit of an uphill battle, but the kids skated hard.”
The top gun for the Hornets was sophomore center Anthony Angello, who scored three goals and added two assists. Linemate Trevor Chase, a junior left wing, scored twice and assisted on two of Angello’s tallies, while senior forward Alex Ferrara had the other goal.
“We’ve been playing on teams together since we were young,” said Angello, who now has 15 goals and 18 assists on the season, of his connection with Chase. “We’ve had a few power-play goals this season; we could have done better tonight. We got a good scouting report on them. We knew they had a good goalie (senior Cory Broyles) so we had to be smart with our shooting and play good defense. We knew what we had to get done, and we did it.”
“WE KNEW WE HAD to get a lot of shots — they have the top goalie in the league — take quick shots and get rebounds,” F-M coach Sean Brown said. “Shot selection is a big thing for us. Against a good goalie, you have to pick your spots. Anthony, Trevor (11 goals-15 assists) and their right wing, Cooper Holick (14-6) are all in the top 10 in the league in scoring. We also got a good game from our goalie, Ben Napierala, and the defense played well.”
Ironically, the Hornets got the only goal they’d need while short-handed, as Chase fed Angello for a slap shot from the top of the left-wing circle that got by Broyles with 7:01 left in the first period. Then came three straight power play goals, the first from Chase, assisted by Angello and junior defenseman Ryan Amidon, from around the same spot on the ice 4:47 before the first intermission.
Chase scored the only second-period goal from the slot on a power play off a helper from Angello with 6:04 remaining. The final extra-man score for F-M came off the stick of Angello from close range 3:27 into the third period, Amidon and Chase with the assists.
Senior forward Alex Ferrara made it 5-0 with 6:57 left from the left-wing circle, sophomore forward Ryan Daly and senior defenseman Tim Maalouf with the assists. Broyles yielded the goaltending duties to senior Brandon Paquin at that point, and Angello completed his hat trick unassisted with 36.8 seconds left, stealing the puck and going in alone.
Fayetteville-Manlius had a 22-17 shot advantage in the game. Broyles stopped 14 shots and Paquin two for the Golden Eagles.
“This was a huge win for us,” Brown said. “It puts us in contention for the playoffs. It’s exciting to be in the finals of this tournament, but the biggest thing is the league. We haven’t made the playoffs in a couple of years, and now we’re in position to do that.”
C-H was without seniors Tim Walsh — the forward done for the year — and defenseman Brandon Wood (defenseman) due to injury, and sophomore forward Luke van Der Veur was added to the casualty list and will miss tonight’s game, according to Armstrong.
“That was a factor too,” Armstrong said. “We’re trying to go with four defensemen and three lines, and now we’re down a man and will have to do some shuffling. It’s a lot to expect from freshman skaters, but the kids are resilient and will come back. It’s our tournament, and we want to get a split out of the two games.”
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