It has been two weeks since the Cortland-Homer hockey team played a game, but the Golden Eagles looked sharp in their Section 3 Division II Tournament quarterfinal round game.
Jed Brazo had three goals and dished out two assists as fourth-seeded Cortland-Homer posted an easy 8-2 victory over fifth-seeded Oswego Thursday night at the J.M. McDonald Sports Complex.
The Golden Eagles (8-13 overall) await the result of tonight’s quarterfinal game between third-seeded Clinton (10-8-2) and sixth-seeded New Hartford (9-10-1). Cortland-Homer will play its semifinal game either Tuesday at second-seed Whitesboro (15-4-1) if New Hartford wins or Wednesday at top-seed Skaneateles (19-0-1) if Clinton wins.
Andrew Partigianoni added three goals and one assist to the Cortland-Homer attack. Nick Gravel scored one goal and handed out five assists while Tucker Gabriel collected one goal. Jonathan Henry and Nate Evans each provided one assist. Garrett Clark recorded 30 saves for the Golden Eagles.
Brayden Miller and Adam Michalski scored goals for the Buccaneers (11- 10). Carson Colucci was credited with one assist. Branden Demling had 26 saves for Oswego.
“Our first line tonight was stellar,” Golden Eagles coach Chad Totman said. “They were involved in all eight goals. In the first period we came out and scored on our first shift and that set the pace for the rest of the game. We had four or five other really great chances to score in the first period but just missed some breakaways and back door passes. We knew if we kept the pressure on and kept shooting we would be successful. And that’s just what happened in the second period.”
Partigianoni scored 16 seconds into the game with Evans assisting as Cortland-Homer took a 1-0 lead.
Oswego tied the game at 1-1 as Michalski lit the lamp at 1:56. Colucci assisted on the tying goal.
The period remained deadlocked at 1-1 before the Golden Eagles erupted for five goals in the second period.
Brazo got things going at 3:31 with Partigianoni assisting. Gravel found the net at 4:45 as Henry assisted. Partigianoni collected his second goal with assists from Brazo and Gravel at 7:23. Brazo made it 5-1 at 8:39 with Partigianoni assisting. Gabriel closed out the second period scoring at 14:23 off assists from Gravel and Brazo.
“Jed’s shot was on tonight,” Totman said. “Gravel had a beautiful goal where he swatted the puck out of the air off a rebound. I guess baseball cross training paid off from him. Parge (Partigianoni) went to the goal really well tonight and scored off a shot, tip and rebound.”
Cortland-Homer made it 8-1 in the third period before Oswego collected its final goal.
Partigianoni complete his hat trick at 4:38 and Brazo notched his third goal with six minutes remaining in the game. Gravel assisted on both goals.
“Going forward we are going to need our second line to get on the board,” Totman said. “We were playing a little short-handed tonight with a guy out sick and another struggling with an injury, but we had players step up. Our defense in particular played really well tonight and kept the play in front of them. Most of their shots came from the point or dump-ins on net.”
The final Buccaneers’ goal came at 9:22 when Miller netted an unassisted goal.