It was a year of growth for the Cortland-Homer varsity hockey team as the Golden Eagles improve steadily over the season before losing in the Section 3 Division 2 Tournament semifinals to champion Skaneateles. The Golden Eagles were 8-14 overall this season, but won five of their last seven games.
Spearheading the offense was Cortland-Homer sophomore forward Jed Brazo who was named the Section 3 Division 2 Player of the Year. Brazo netted 26 goals and handed out 24 assists for 50 points in league action. His goals scored and total points were tops in Division 2. Brazo finished the season with 29 goals and 26 assists for 55 points.
“Jed has one of the quickest and most accurate shots that I have seen,” Golden Eagles head coach Chad Totman said. “His ability to turn his wrist over and put the puck right where he wants is impressive.”
Joining Brazo on the Division 2 First Team were Skaneateles sophomore forward Garrett Krieger, New Hartford sophomore forward Jack Darby, Whitesboro junior forward Noah Scranton, Clinton junior defenseman Corbin Melie, Skaneateles sophomore defenseman Cam Lowe, Skaneateles sophomore defenseman Jack Henry, Whitesboro junior goalkeeper Cameron Manley and Clinton junior goalkeeper Dan Frank.
Pat Gaffney, and his staff from Whitesboro, was named Coach of the Year while New Hartford won the Team Sportsmanship Award.
The Section 3 Division 2 Second Team all-stars featured Cortland-Homer senior defenseman Nick Gravel. He spent some time on the front line while concentrating on defense which led to Gravel scoring 10 goals and dishing out 16 assists for 26 points.
Rounding out the Division 2 Second Team were Clinton senior forward Antonio Fernia, Skaneateles junior forward Charlie Russell, Skaneateles freshman forward Charlie Major, Skaneateles junior forward Cole Heintz, Whitesboro senior defenseman Andrew Manley and Skaneateles junior goalkeeper Adam Casper.
Honorable mention status went the Golden Eagles quartet of freshman forward Andrew Partigianoni (12 goals-30 assists-42 points), senior forward Nick Djafari (3-2-5), senior forward Nate Evans (2-3-5) and senior forward Dominic Tutino (6-3-9).
Joining them, by team, were:
Auburn: junior forward Ty Hlywa, junior defenseman Austin Black, senior defenseman Ross Burgmaster and senior forward R.J. Szakalski;
Clinton: senior forward Tyler Karuzas, senior forward Ethan Carr, senior forward Nolan Provost and senior goalkeeper Josh Trask;
New Hartford: senior forward Logan Kraft, senior defenseman Robert French and seventh grade goalkeeper Derek Joy;
Oswego: junior forward Adam Michalski; Skaneateles: junior defenseman Drew Henderson, freshman goalkeeper Chad Lowe and sophomore defenseman Luke Renaud;
Whitesboro: senior forward Troy Chamberlain, junior defenseman James Kraeger, sophomore forward Logan Lachacz and senior defenseman Colin Webb.