SKANEATELES — The Cortland-Homer Golden Eagles boys’ hockey team walloped the Auburn Maroons, 9-2, at the Skaneateles YMCA Friday evening.
Ten players registered a point for the Golden Eagles, and six of them had multiple points: Jed Brazo with four goals and two assists; Tanner Douglass with two goals; Mitch Riter and Andrew Partigianoni with a goal and two assists each; and Logan Swartz and Braeden Marsh with two assists each.
Auburn scored first when Jack Pineau collected a puck that bounced off an Eagle and Maroon stick and into his lap in the right circle. He rifled the puck home from the faceoff dot at 9:34 of the first period.
From there, the Golden Eagles scored the next nine goals.
Douglass scored the tying and go-ahead goals in the first period. The go-ahead goal came on a 2-on-1 when he had help on the left side but took the shot himself from the top of the right circle.
“Good teams don’t panic when something bad happens, they have players that raise their performance,” Eagles coach Chad Totman said. “Tonight, it was Tanner Douglass, Braden Marsh and Chris Yang’s line that did that. These two goals really took the wind out of Auburn which allowed some of our other lines to finish off the scoring for the night.”
Brazo scored the eventual game-winning goal at 14:32 of the first period to send the Eagles into the first intermission up 3-1.
The Eagles put the game away with four goals in the second period, including a shorthanded goal by Brazo at 9:54, and his hat-trick-clinching goal with 1:49 left in the period.
Even with the result well in hand, the Eagles weren’t done filling up the net. At 12:25 of the second period, Hunter Everle got his first career goal, and Riter lit the lamp for the first time as an Eagle early in the third period. Yang and Lucas Farris got their first career assists.
Eagles goalie Garrett Clark played the full 45 minutes and stopped 17 of 19 Maroons shots.
The Golden Eagles have two huge matchups next— Monday, a rematch with the Skaneateles Lakers, the only blemish on Cortland’s 3-1 record thus far; and Wednesday against Ithaca for the Cortaca Cup.
All of the Cortaca Cup matchups the last five years have resulted in one-goal games.