SKANEATELES — Skaneateles stuck to its game plan after a slow start.
Despite being tied 1-1 after the first period, the Lakers came out strong in the second period. The Skaneateles girls hockey team netted four goals in the middle frame and cruised to a 6-3 victory over Oswego at the Skaneateles YMCA and Community Center Monday night.
"We just made sure to stick with our game plan and not panic," Lakers coach Andy Rozak said. "We wanted to pick up our intensity. I thought we came out a little sluggish in the first seven minutes. The second half of the first period we played a lot better and generated more chances, and once the second started we came out at a higher level, started moving our feet more and creating more quality chances in close."
Skaneateles was carried by their usual top scorers. Megan Teachout recorded three goals and two assists, while Sophia Burns finished with a pair of goals and a helper.
"They scored on their opportunities, and they've been doing that all year to be honest," Rozak said.
Campbell Torrey rounded out the scoring for the Lakers, Ioanna Christou and Heather Tanzella each chipped in an assist and Jessica Smith 15 saves for the victory.
"Jess played well," Rozak said. "She did a great job on a couple 5-on-3s in there in the second period. She made some big saves."
The game was physical from the get-go with three bodychecking penalties called in the first six minutes. Skaneateles received two of those power plays, but it was Oswego who cashed in first with a shorthanded marker.
The Lakers fired back when Teachout scored from the top of the right wing circle less than five minutes later and the teams went to their dressing rooms tied 1-1 after the first 15 minutes.
"We wanted to get more pucks to the net and get to the net more — get more bodies in front," Rozak said. "We were staying in the perimeter in the first period too much, and we had to get to the crease to get rebounds and not let the goalie see the puck."
Skaneateles took firm control with three goals in a 4:31 span in the second. Torrey chipped in a loose puck in the slot, Teachout scored her second of the night and then made a backdoor pass to Burns for the third goal.
The Buccaneers scored with 2:44 left in the middle stanza, but Burns netted her second of the night in the final minute to give the Lakers a 5-2 lead heading into the third.
Teachout completed her hat trick with 8:07 left in regulation, and although the Buccaneers scored with 3:21 left, their comeback fell well short.
Skaneateles (9-1) continues a busy schedule with a trip to Ithaca Wednesday, a game against Clinton on Friday and then a home game against Ithaca next Monday.
"With so many games, there's not much time for practice, so we want to make sure we're working on things that we need to improve on in practice and getting better each and every day," Rozak said.