On Saturday October 22nd, the Red Dragons will travel to Glastonbury, CT to begin their regular season campaign. The first test of the season will come against the Syracuse Orange. Cortland has a lifetime record of 2-1 against the Orange with the loss coming in the Red Dragons first year of existence. The last time the two teams played, Cortland skated to a 9-1 victory in Old Bethpage, NY last November. That game saw netminder Lou Vetri stop 15 out of 16 Syracuse shots, Tommy Farr notched a 4 point game (3 G, 1 A), and Gary Krupa had a 3 point day (1 G, 2 A). The new look Dragons will look to continue the trend this time around in the first of three match-ups with the Orange.
The second and last game of the weekend will come against the Oswego Lakers. The SUNY match-up will be one of three feature games of the weekend. Cortland has a lifetime record of 1-2 against the Lakers with the one win coming two weeks ago in preseason. Previously, Mike Weber had the only two goals scored against the Lakers. In Cortland's preseason win they had four different goal scorers (Gould, Gilcrist, Hughes, and Fidotta). Cortland will look to even up the lifetime series against Oswego at 2PM on Saturday.
Cortland roster notes for the weekend: Mike Weber is still recovering from internal bruising and Adam Gould will miss the weekend series due to a personal issue. Cortland will get their first look at rookie netminder Jay Sartoruis as he will start the game against Oswego. Veteran Lou Vetri will get the nod against Syracuse. Cortland will welcome back Brendan Joyce from an illness as he will skate along side Tommy Farr for the weekend series. The forward lines will be rounded out with Max Stern skating with CJ Gilcrist, the freshman pairing of Chris Fidotta and Tom Hughes will look to continue their domination as they each had 6 points in the preseason. Look for the defensive pairings of Mike Barbariantz and Bob Motto, and Gary Krupa and Sean Glynn to continue their shutdown performance from the preseason as they only allowed 44 shots in three games. Cortland forwards will look to shoot at will as they fired off 104 shots in just three preseason games.
Be sure to follow the gamecast of each game on www.ecrha.net, also be on the lookout for game highlights from the Cortland vs Oswego "Feature Game" after the weekend is over.