Monday, December 14, 2009

Pre-Season: Feasterville, PA October 10th and 11th, 2009

Preseason was a good starting point for Cortland. Their first game pitted them against the defending DIII ECRHA champions, Scranton Royals. Cortland finished 0-2 against the Royals last season. The first goal was scored shorthanded by Bob Motto 1:47 into the contest. Another shorthanded goal was scored by Chris Poplarski 6 minutes later. The first period ended in Cortland's favor 3-1. Scranton scored 3 goals in 3 minutes to start the second period. The Red Dragons battled back with goals by Bob Motto and Harris Barton. A hard fought third period by Cortland saw 2 more goals by Poplarski, 1 goal from Barton, and 1 by Lou Vetri. A late goal scored by the Royals left for an exciting finish. Goalie Ross Midgen faced a flurry of hard shots and made some spectacular saves to preserve the win for Cortland. The Red Dragons ended the game with an 8-7 victory. Cortland's stars of the game: #1- Chris Poplarski, #3- Harris Barton

The second game of the day for the Red Dragons was against the newly formed Ramapo College Roadrunners. Cortland came out lazy and allowed the first goal of the game 3 minutes into the contest. However, that was enough for Cortland to realize they needed to play shut down defense. Allowing only 10 shots the entire game on goaltender Bryan Buchalski. Goals were scored by Tommy Farr (3), Sean Glynn (3), Poplarski (2), Miguel Valle (1), Barton (1), and Lou Vetri (2). Stellar defense was played by the pairings of Barton and Barbariantz, Dan Rocklein and Vetri, and Motto and Dan Titterton. The Red Dragons ended the game with a 12-4 victory. Cortland's stars of the game: #1- Tommy Farr, #2 Sean Glynn, #3 Chris Poplarski

The third and final game of the weekend proved to be a struggle for a very winded Cortland team. They were up against the Temple University Owls "B" team. The game started slowly for the Red Dragons. They were down 2-1 at the end of the first period with the only goal being scored on the power play by Poplarski from Glynn. The second period saw 2 goals scored by Tommy Farr which knotted up the game 3-3 at the end of the 2nd period. The tie lasted until 3:07 left in the game when a goal was scored by Temple to put the game away. Netminder Lou Vetri played great allowing only 4 goals on 40 shots. A lackluster game was played by Cortland Sunday morning at 11A.M. 4-3 loss. Cortland's stars of the game: #1- Tommy Farr

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