January 11, 2013
Big scoring spree lifts Golden Eagles
The Cortland-Homer hockey team found the win column in a big way against visiting Watertown IHC Thursday night, cruising to an 8-1 victory to improve to 3-4-1 in Section 3’s Division I West and 3-6-2 overall.
Junior forward Victor McCutcheon led the way for the Golden Eagles with two goals and an assist at the J.M. McDonald Sports Complex rink, while sophomore forward Danny Turck scored twice. Senior defenseman Matt Condit had his first goal of the season and added two assists while junior forward Zack Cornish also had a goal and two assists. Sophomore defenseman John-Morgan Burhans opened the scoring 1:40 into the game and added an assist later on, while sophomore forward Matt May scored once.
“John-Morgan has had a very consistent season and has shown a lot of improvement,” C-H coach Don Armstrong said of Burhans. “He has done very well making the transition from a part-time player last year to playing half the game with his partner Matt Condit this year. He is always there defensively and his skills are really coming along, so it was nice to see his development payoff for him and the team.’
The hosts forged a 4-0 lead before sophomore forward Jordan Trudeau notched the only goal for the Cavaliers (1-6-1 Division I East, 1-8-1 overall) with 11 seconds left in the second. Condit made it 5-1 when he scored with one second left in that period and the winners scored three more goals in the third for the final margin.
“One of Victor’s goals was a great individual effort, basically taking an IHC defenseman with him as he scored point-blank,” Armstrong said. “He has been skating very hard at both ends of the rink and has been playing some very consistent hockey over the past several games.”
Freshman goalie Ryan Gabriel played the first two periods and made 14 saves, while sophomore Tyler Wallace stopped all five shots he faced in the third. Sophomore Grant Chamberlain made 27 saves as the Golden Eagles had a 35-20 shot advantage.
Cortland-Homer visits Cicero-North Syracuse Monday in a 7:30 p.m. start at the Cicero Twin Rinks before hosting Central Square Thursday both league games set to start at 7:30 p.m.
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