November 30, 2021

Golden Eagles cruise behind Brazo, Delage

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SYRACUSE — Jed Brazo had a hat trick and three assists, and Riley Delage stopped all 16 shots he faced as the Cortland Homer Golden Eagles routed the Liverpool Warriors, 8-0, Monday night at Toyota Coliseum at the New York State Fairgrounds.

Briann Tinker and Lucas Farris registered their first varsity goals as part of the effort. Andrew Partigianoni had a goal and two assists. Tanner Douglass and Tucker Gabriel had the other Golden Eagle goals.

It was a spectacular performance by Brazo, but Golden Eagles coach Chad Totman said it wasn’t Brazo at his full power.

“Jed always stands out with his performance, but he didn’t play nearly as well as he can tonight,” Totman said.

Brazo got the first goal of the game with about eight minutes left in the first period when a turnover in front of the benches led to a 2-on-0 rush with him and Patrigianoni. Patrigianoni fed Brazo from right to left and he flipped the puck over the Warriors’ goalie’s right pad.

Gabriel scored the first of two Golden Eagle power play goals with about two minutes left in the first after a prolonged shift allowed him to take advantage of some tired Warrior legs.

Farris scored his goal with 26 seconds left in the first when the Warriors goalie was out of position, leaving the net wide open for Farris to poke the puck home.

Brazo scored his second goal 30 seconds into the second period after forcing a turnover from two Warrior skaters trying to get the puck out of the zone in transition, then snapping the puck into the net from a tough angle almost along the goal line.

He completed his hat trick midway through the third period when, after his inital wraparound sweep attempt was denied, he stayed with the play until Mitch Riter found him in the low slot from against the wall on his knees, leading to an easy score.

Tinker scored his goal with 33 seconds left in the game, taking a feed from Partigianoni and rifling the puck home from the left faceoff dot.

The final shot totals were Cortland-Homer 58, Liverpool 16.

Delage’s performance earned praise from Totman.

“Riley and Garrett [Clark] have been switching games back and forth all year and both have played better each game we have,” Totman said.

The Golden Eagles are back in action tonight at 7:15 p.m. at the Skaneateles YMCA against Cazenovia.