Visiting CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt broke a 2-2 tie with a pair of third-period goals Tuesday night to score a 4-2 Section 3 Division II American Conference win over host Cortland-Homer.
It was the first of those two goals, the game-winner on a power-play tally, that bothered Golden Eagles coach Chad
“We went into the third period having to kill off 58 seconds of a power play, and I talked between periods about staying out of the penalty box,” he said. “We kill off the penalty, them almost immediately take another one, and they score on the power play.”
Junior forward Zach Eber scored the decisive goal for the Brothers (2-1 league, 3-1 overall) 2:53 into the third off the rebound of a shot from junior defenseman Tanner Coleman, who had in turn taken a pass from senior forward Ben McCreary.
Senior forward Lynch Raby poked home a loose puck after a shot by junior forward Adam Carpenter with 9:01 left to close out the scoring. Eber started the play and also got an assist.
McCreary opened the scoring with 8;13 left in the period, going in one-on-two and scoring unassisted from the top of the circle. The visitors made it 2-0 just 2:53 into the second as senior forward Jack Austin converted a pass from McCreary.
Cortland-Homer scored the next two goals to leave the game deadlocked at 2-2 heading into the third. Junior forward Mike Turk scored his fifth of the season from close range after taking a pass from behind the net by sophomore forward Jake Prunier, with senior defenseman Jared Berry also getting an assist.
Junior forward Jackson Brazo got the game-tying goal, his second, this season, during a 5-on-3 power play with 3:11 left in the middle stanza, deflecting a shot by junior defenseman Jon Frederick out of the air after junior defenseman Cooper Swartwout had gotten the puck to Frederick, earning the second assist on the play.
The winners had a 40-24 shot advantage and got 22 saves from senior goalie Peyton Bowler. Sophomore Brandon Ludwig made 30 saves for the Golden Eagles before junior P.J. Shager came in for the last 9:01 after the visitors’ last tally and made six saves while not allowing any goals.
“We didn’t play well the first half of the opening period but picked it up,” C-H coach Totman said. “We were trying to make the perfect pass instead of getting a shot off and getting to the net. We’d worked on that and were getting better, but we need to work on it some more. We had the better of play in the second, then took the third-period penalty that hurt us.
“We’re dealing with some injuries and sickness. Michael Jewett (sophomore) went from defense to the third line on offense and filled in nicely. He’s aggressive and attacks the puck.”
Cortland-Homer hosts Skaneateles Friday at 7 p.m. at the J.M. McDonald Sports Complex.