January 18, 2022

Golden Eagles hold off Pelham

Section 3 Division II Hockey

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PELHAM — The Cortland-Homer hockey team had split results at the Pelham Tournament.

The Golden Eagles bounced back from Friday’s 5-4 loss to Rye with a 6-5 win over host Pelham Saturday. Jed Brazo had two goals and four assists as Cortland- Homer improved to 2-4 overall.

“We played much better as a whole today,” Cortland-Homer coach Chad Totman said after Saturday’s win. “We gave up some weak goals, but kept battling 6 and maintained a 5 lot of the pressure rate. Their goalie played well stopping some breakaways and second chance rebound attempts.”

A change in the lines favored the Golden Eagles as Dominic Tutino picked up two goals and one assist. Andrew Partigianoni netted two goals and one assist as well. Nick Gravel handed out three assists for the Cortland-Homer attack.

“We added Dominic to the Brazo-Partigianoni line,” Totman said. “The extra effort from Dominic really put their defense under pressure.”

Tutino got the game winning goal in the third period. Brazo won a faceoff in the Golden Eagles’ zone, sending the puck back to Gravel. He flipped the puck over the Pelham players and into the neutral zone. Tutino beat the defenders to the puck, proceeded to head towards the goal and beat the goalkeeper who came out of the goal to try and play the puck.

Garret Clark made seven saves in the Cortland-Homer goal over the first two periods and allowed four goals. Andrew Kristof stepped into the Golden Eagles goal in the third period and got the win after allowing one goal and making one save.

“Andrew Kristof came in the third period and played well making one really nice save,” Totman said. “Our second line was much better today and had some good quality chances. The third period we started to play like what I thought we would. I am hoping some of our youthful mistakes are in our rearview mirrors as we head into league play Tuesday and the Cortica Cup game Thursday.”

Cortland-Homer will host Clinton in a Section 3 Division II game Tuesday at 7 p.m. It begins a seven game homestand for the Golden Eagles at the J.M. McDonald Sports Complex and is the first home game of the season after six road games. Cortland-Homer will host Ithaca Thursday at 7 p.m.