Flyers Fall to Connecticut in Home Tournament By Stephen Siracusa

Updated: March 15, 2017
 The third annual Central New York Flyers sled hockey home tournament was March 9-11, 2017 at the Skaneateles YMCA. Four teams came to compete; Albany, Fort Drum, Connecticut, and the CNY Flyers.  The first game the Flyers played was Friday night against Ft. Drum.  The Flyers tied the game, 1 all.  Troy Kingsbury #0 scored the first goal of the tourney for the Flyers.
The second game of the tournament for the Flyers was against Connecticut and started the day at 8am.  The Flyers couldn’t match up to them and lost 3-0.   Even though the Flyers lost to them, they were the closest team to hold a strong defense while playing against Connecticut all weekend.
Game three for the Flyers was against Albany. The Flyers pulled it off and won 5-0. This was a much-needed win for the Flyers to play in the Championship game on Sunday morning. Jakob Kingsbury #00 had 2 goals, Cody Arnold#2 had 2 goals as well, and Jack Zyra #26 had 1 goal.
The Championship game was at 9:30 Sunday morning.  The CNY Flyers and the Connecticut Wolf Pack were the two finalists.  The Flyers were ready for revenge after being beat on Saturday by the Wolf Pack.  During the first period the Flyers held strong, 0-0.  The second period CT scored 2-0.  It was the third period and the Flyers were down 2-0, but made the choice to unleash Colin Gooley #1.  Gooley was held back all weekend from shooting because he is a member the USA Sled Hockey development team, one step under the USA Olympic Sled Hockey Team.  Coach Chuck Gridley wanted to keep the tournament fair and therefore Gooley was not played much during the tourney.  Connecticut’s goalie blocked all shots from all teams all weekend. It was a united team decision by the Flyers to bring Gooley into the game with the hopes that he may be able to score at least one goal. With 13.7 seconds left in the game, Gooley broke through the goalie’s defense and finally scored for the Flyers.  Despite the Flyers best efforts to get one more goal with the hopes of getting a shootout, the final score of the game was 2-1.
The final standings of the weekend’s tournament are as follows:
1st Place – Connecticut Wolfpack, 2nd Place – CNY Flyers, 3rd Place – Ft. Drum, 4th Place – Albany