Since the previous two wins captured by the Cortland-Homer Golden Eagles came in overtime hockey battles, it was nice to enjoy some stress-free success on Saturday night.
The Golden Eagles skated to a convincing 7-0 non-league victory over Watertown IHC as sophomore goalie Brandon Ludwig posted an 18-save shutout, while five different players scored including senior Ben Gravel’s two-goal, two-assist outing.
“It was nice to get a shutout win. Brandon played very steady in net,” said Cortland-Homer coach Chad Totman, whose team led 3-0 before pulling away with four goals in the final period.
“Mike Turck had a great game, hitting a bunch of posts and creating a lot of scoring opportunities by skating harder than everyone else,” added Coach Totman, as junior Turck finished with a goal and an assist.
Junior Jackson Brazo, freshman Adam Jubran and freshman Nicholas Djafari also scored goals for the Watertown Fairgrounds visitors, while Jake Prunier picked up a pair of assists.
“It was nice to see some of the freshman light the lamp,” said Totman. “Nick Gravel and Mike Jewett played very steady on defense as well. Not taking any penalties really helped conserve energy and didn’t allow them to gain any momentum.”
While Cortland-Homer was penalty-free, winless Watertown IHC (0-3) had four infractions and gave up a power play goal scored by Turck that started the third period pull-away.
The Golden Eagles grabbed a 2-0 first period lead, starting with Brazo poking home a rebound. Ben Gravel had taken a shot off the top of the circle off a Prunier pass that was turned back by Watertown IHC goalie Stefon Lucidi, enabling Brazo to pounce on the free puck. Ben Gravel then tucked away a second goal after circling the net.
Ben Gravel was in front to convert another Prunier assist into a 3-0 second period lead.
Turck beat Lucidi through the five hole to start the third period scoring, cutting across in front of the goal after receiving a Cooper Swartwout pass on the power play.
The lead grew to 5-0 when Adam Jubran skated end-to-end to beat the goalie on the glove side.
Djafari converted a breakaway off a Ben Gravel pass and Josh Cargen beat the goalie following passes provided by Turck and Trevor Jubran to complete the scoring.
Cortland-Homer finished wtih a 41-18 shot advantage, and will take a modest two-game winning streak into Tuesday’s visit to Clinton. That game is a 7 p.m. start at the Clinton Arena.