The Cortland/Homer ice hockey team scored all three of its goals in the second period and held off CBA/J-D in the third period on its way to a 3-2 victory Monday night at the J.M. McDonald Sports Complex.
Cortland/Homer went into the second period trailing 1-0 after CBA/J-D got a powerplay goal with 55.8 seconds remaining in the first on a slap shot from James Stanton.
The score remained 1-0 until 5:40 remained in the second period when Ryan Spaulding put a shot on goal that was initially saved by goalie Ben Lovell. The rebound found the stick of the Golden Eagles’ Braden Marsh, who barely tapped the puck past the goal line to tie the game at one.
With 1:37 left in the second, Chris Yang gave Cortland/Homer the lead on a stellar wrist shot from the right side. Yang credited Marsh and his teammates for the set up on the goal.
“I got it because my line worked hard,” Yang said. “It was a good play by Braden, so, thanks to him for the assist.”
Just over a minute later, the Golden Eagles’ Spaulding once again put a shot on goal that rebounded and found Tanner Douglass, who finished the job to make it 3-1.
“I got lucky it bounced right out to me and I put it up under the bar and buried it,” Douglass said. “That was big for us.”
Cortland/Homer continuously got looks in the first period, but the shots were not going in. The Golden Eagles came into the second period with the same mindset, but turned the pressure up even more.
“Hockey is a funny game,” Cortland/ Homer head coach Matt Caron said. “The first period we thought we played really well. In fact, we thought we played some of our best hockey of the year, but nothing dropped for us. We had plenty of looks here tonight. The coaching staff was not worried. It was consistent hockey. In the second period we kind of stepped it up a notch and played a little simpler hockey getting the puck to the net.”
Yang also credited the first goal as a big turning “We got the first goal, then we got all the momentum and never looked back,” Yang said.
In the third period, CBA/J-D made things interesting with another power-play goal with 3:31 left. This time it was Joe Dotterer who found the back of the net. Cortland/Homer still led, however, and fended off the CBA/J-D comeback.
The win also moved the Golden Eagles into sole possession of second place in the Section III Division II standings with a record of 7-3. They only trail Skaneateles, who is 10-1. It was a complete game from the Golden Eagles, who kept the same energy and solid play through all three periods.
“We played a real solid, consistent three periods of hockey so we are very happy about that,” Caron said. Next up for Cortland/Homer is a tough matchup at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Skaneateles. The Golden Eagles lost 5-2 to the Lakers at home on Nov. 30.
GROTON 37, DRYDEN 34
Groton overcame an 11-8 deficit after one quarter to beat Dryden and extend their win streak to three games. The Indians ended up holding a 20-19 lead at halftime then never trailed in the second half.
Abby Dykeman led Groton with 10 points, including two made free throws with 10 seconds left to put the Indians up three. Matty Lucey added eight points and both Kate Allen and Ellie Dykeman scored six points. Maddie Perkins (4), Elisa Allen (4) and Jill Lucey (1) also scored for Groton.
Kahlen Cornell led Dryden with 14 points, followed by Lauren Gulini, who scored eight points. Sidni Pinkney (4), Abigail Spano (4), Mikayla Hisey (2) and Laci Prignon (2) also scored for the Lions.
TULLY 3, MANLIUS PEBBLE HILL 0
Emma Byrne had 11 kills, 11 digs and three aces for Tully as the Black Knights stomped Manlius Pebble Hill to win their 24th straight match dating back to last season. Tully is 13-0 this year and won the three sets, 25-4, 25-9, 25-16.
Alexa Shay led the Black Knights with 22 assists to go with five aces, three kills and two digs. Keagan Usherwood contributed nine aces, three digs, a kill and a block. Veronica Kowalewski added in nine digs. Maria Altman (three digs, two aces, one assist), Katelyn Lamoreux (three kills, two blocks, one ace, one dig), Katelyn Browell (two blocks, one ace, one kill, one dig), Catherine Lund (two digs, one ace), Josie Chapman (one ace, one kill, one dig) and Ava Maley (one kill, one assist) all added to Tully’s big day.
Central Square at Cortland, 6:45 p.m.
A-P-W at Homer, 6:30 p.m.
Dryden at Groton, 7:15 p.m.
Cortland at Central Square, 6:45 p.m.
Stockbridge Valley at McGraw, 6 p.m.
Madison at Cincinnatus, 6 p.m.
Cato-Meridian at Tully, 7 p.m.
Homer at A-P-W, 6 p.m.
Moravia at Marathon, 6 p.m.
Fabius-Pompey at DeRuyter, 7 p.m.
Tully at Port Byron, 7 p.m.
Marathon at Tioga Valley, 4 p.m.
Elmira Heights at Groton, 4 p.m.
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Dryden (Boys only), 5 p.m. at Ithaca College Field House
BOYS SWIMMING & DIVING
Southern Cayuga at Dryden, 4:30 p.m.