January 20, 2022

Cortland/Homer drops season opener

Matt Czeitner/sports reporter

Cortland/Homer’s Andrew Partigianoni, right, looks to make a play as he is defended by Garrett Krieger of Skaneateles. Skaneateles won 5-2 in Cortland/Homer’s season opener.

The Cortland/Homer hockey team dropped its season and home opener to Skaneateles 5-2 Tuesday evening at J.M. McDonald Sports Complex.

It was a game of momentum Tuesday night and Skaneateles held control of the momentum over Cortland/Homer right from the start, with the Golden Eagles digging themselves into a hole that they could not get out of by giving up three first-period goals.

The first goal was scored by Henry Major with seven minutes remaining in the frame. Just two minutes later, Andrew Gaglione found the back of the net on a rebound shot. Garrett Krieger then made it 3-0 with two minutes remaining in the first with a power-play goal.

The Golden Eagles bounced back with a much stronger second period as they finally got on the board with a short-handed goal from Logan Goodman to make it 3-1. They had several more opportunities throughout the second period, but could not convert. The Lakers took advantage of that as a Luke Reanaud shot from far out barely found its way past Golden Eagles goalie Garret Clark to make it 4-1.

The momentum always stuck with the Lakers, who, anytime Cortland/Homer looked to make a comeback, they stopped them. The momentum was key in the game, according to Cortland/Homer head coach Matt Caron.

“We had some momentum shifts in this game, in the second period we were all over them,” Caron said. “We are just still trying to build team chemistry. We needed to have three periods of momentum tonight. Their goaltender played well and they have some very talented players. We feel we have just as much talent, but it is just about more momentum and pressure and we did not sustain that for the full 45 minutes tonight.”
The Lakers also scored two power-play goals, including Krieger’s second one of the night, early in the third period to make it 5-1.

The Golden Eagles finished with seven penalties on the night, but that can simply be attributed to the way they play, according to Caron.

“Our offense is predicated on pressure and when you add pressure you are going to draw penalties,” Caron said. “Hopefully not bad penalties, but, if they are hardworking penalties we can live with that. We set up to play a penalty kill that is very aggressive. We’d rather give one up being aggressive than give one up being soft. When we are down, we are trying to play aggressive; we don’t want to play passive. That is a philosophy we have here; sometimes it works and sometimes it does not.”

The Golden Eagles got their second goal from Mitchell Riter late in the third period, but the game was out of reach by then.

There were a lot of emotions heading into this game for the Golden Eagles, but the emotions may have gotten the better of them as it was the first game at home and in front of fans in a very long time.

“It was our first league game in our barn since COVID started so there were a lot of expectations here tonight,” Caron said. “We were fired up to face Skan in our home opener.”

The Golden Eagles will look to bounce back this Friday as they head to Ogdensburg Free Academy for a game at 7:15 p.m. against Thousand Islands.


Quintin Burdick scored 24 points as the Eagles pulled away from Newark Valley late Monday night. McGraw led 42-33 entering the fourth quarter, but a 20-6 score over the final eight minutes gave the Eagles a comfortable win.

Burdick made four free throws and two threes en route to his game-high scoring effort. Nolan Knickerbocker and Krysthin Whibble both scored eight points, while Caleb Epp and Nick Sutton both added in seven for McGraw. Cameron Nitti (4), Matthew Heath (2) and Nate Stiles (1) rounded out the Eagles’ scoring.

Gavin Richardson scored 10 of DeRuyter’s 19 fourth-quarter points as the Rockets got a comeback win in their season opener. Richardson finished with a team-best 24 points and added in five rebounds, three assists and three blocks.

Justin Foster provided Richardson with support in the fourth quarter, scoring seven of his 13 points in the final eight minutes. Foster also had three rebounds and three assists. Ryder Forrest also added a bucket in the fourth for DeRuyter.

Marathon led 38-28 heading into then fourth, but lost the final frame 19-6. The Olympians built their lead thanks to 20 third-quarter points from Connor Holland. He had a game-high 31 points, including four made threes.

Forrest (6) and Cam Barnes (4) also contributed points in the Rockets’ winning effort. Forrest also chipped in five rebounds. Leland Seamons had four rebounds and three steals and Colton Roberts added in two steals.

Xavier Scott’s 16 points led Dryden in a losing effort. Colton Dow pitched in seven points, while Armando Gonzalez (5), Ryan Wiser (3) and Brendan McDaniels (3) also got on the board.


Tully dominated the sets 25-16, 25-13, 25-15 en route to a sweep.

Emma Byrne led the Black Knights with 15 kills, followed by Katelyn Lamoureaux with four and Catherine Lund, Samantha Garback and Keagan Usherwood, who all had three. Veronica Kowalewski added 11 digs, while Byrne had nine and Usherwood chipped in eight. Alexa Shay had all of Tully’s 25 assists and notched four aces. Byrne had a teambest five aces.

Abriana Whitt and Olivia Lidell both led DeRuyter with 10 digs. Keely Worlock and Kelsey Brown contributed five digs apiece. Lidell had all four assists for the Rockets and Worlock got all five aces.


HOMER 7, A-P-W 0
Michael Grant bowled a 748 series for Homer as the Trojans pulled off a clean sweep. Grant threw games of 249, 244 and 255.

Homer’s total score over the three-game series was 3,280, while A-P-W’s was just 1,412.

Kyrius Townsend also added in a 603 series for Homer that included games of 208 and 203. Nate McMullin also rolled a 222 game and finished with a 532 series. Brenton Hapgood (530), Tanner Vogel (466), Caleb Hamilton (267, two games) and Aaron Platt (134, one game) also contributed to Homer’s winning effort.


HOMER 7, A-P-W 0
Ashlynn Holcomb’s 478 series paced Homer’s shutout effort. Her best game was a 186.

Homer’s total team score for the match was 2,310. A-P-W only had two bowlers and took a score of 80 for the games that went unaccounted for.

Kimberli Proctor threw a 429 series and Nicolette Biviano added in a 424. Caitlyn Vieou (388), Morgan Brown (349), Olivia Hamilton (242, two games) and Arielez Moralez (116, one game) also aided the Trojans’ winning effort.