LOUDONVILLE — The wait was worth it for the Cortland-Homer hockey team.
Sophomore left wing Trevor Jubran scored a power-play goal 2:03 into overtime Friday evening as the Golden Eagles opened the season by beating the hosts 3-2 in the first round of the Shaker-Colonie Thanksgiving Tournament. It was the winners’ second power play goal of the night, with their first goal coming short-handed. The Jets scored on a power play and short-handed as all five goals in the game came in uneven situations.
Cortland-Homer was a man down when it opened the scoring 5:30 into the contest. Senior center Ben Gravel scored from the back door after a cross-ice pass from Jubran, who in turn had been on the receiving end of a pass from junior defenseman Jon Frederick. Shaker-Colonie evened the score short-handed with 2:29 left in the first as senior defenseman Zachary Turnbull scored unassisted with a well-placed shot from the left side, just outside the circle.
After a scoreless second period, the Jets went ahead 4:14 into the third on a power-play goal by junior right wing Tyler Wilson, the assist going to Turnbull. The Golden Eagles equalized with 8:30 left with their own power-play goal as sophomore right wing Josh Cargen took a pass from junior forward Mike Turck and scored on a back-hander from around 10 feet in front of the hosts’ net.
S-C took a penalty 1:13 into the extra session and it took the visitors 40 seconds to get the game-winner. Frederick started the play by keeping a clearing attempt in the zone and got the puck to Turck in the left corner. Turck in turn drew extra attention from the defense and slid the puck all the way across to a wide-open Jubran on the back door for the decisive tally.
Sophomore goalie Brandon Ludwig had 21 saves for C-H to 41 for Shaker-Colonie netminder Dan Malloy, whose team was outshot 44-23.
“I thought Brandon played a steady game and our defense played steady as well,” Golden Eagles coach Chad Totman said. “There were no major lapses and they were pretty solid up and down the ice. Josh came out for his first shift of the game and made a huge hit, setting the tempo of physicality.
“Our third line didn’t score any goals for us but had some quality scoring chances and is going to be really good. Matt Pelowski (senior) alternated between center and right wing on that line, with (freshman) Dante Patriarco also seeing time at center, (freshman) Nate Evans also at right wing and (freshman) Adam Jubran (freshman, Trevor’s brother) at left wing.”
Totman also noted that each coach picked the other team’s Most Valuable player for the game. Gravel earned the honor from S-C coach Scott Rock while Totman chose Wilson as the Jets’ MVP.
The Golden Eagles were slated to meet Bethlehem today at 10 a.m. in the second and final round of the tournament.
Cortland-Homer 3, Shaker-Colonie 2, OT
Cortland-Homer 1 0 1 1 — 3
Shaker-Colonie 1 0 1 0 — 2
Goals-assists: Cortland-Homer- Trevor Jubran 1-1, Ben Gravel 1-0, Josh Cargen 1-0, Jon Frederick 0-2, Mike Turck 0-2. Shaker-Colonie- Zachary Turnbull 1-1, Tyler Wilson 1-0.
Shots: Cortland-Homer 44, Shaker-Colonie 23.
Penalties: Cortland-Homer 5 for 13:30, Shaker-Colonie 6 for 9:00.
Power Plays: Cortland-Homer 2-for-6, Shaker-Colonie 1-for-4.
Saves: Brandon Ludwig (C-H) 21, Dan Malloy (S-C) 41.