The Skaneateles boys hockey team will play Webster Thomas Saturday morning for a spot in the state championship game. Here is a look back on the Lakers' 2018-19 season:
Skaneateles hockey stamps ticket to state semifinal with win over Grand Island
SKANEATELES — Months ago when the season started, the Lakers wanted to associate with two words: unselfishness and moxie.
Both characteristics were on display as the team punched its ticket to the state semifinal.
Skaneateles hockey knocked off Section VI champion Grand Island 4-0 in the NYSPHSAA Division II regional Saturday at the Skaneateles YMCA. The Lakers will face Section V champion Webster Thomas Saturday at the HarborCenter in Buffalo.
"The guys are just buying in right now. They're playing unselfish and playing with moxie, and those were our two words from Day 1," Skaneateles coach Mitch Major said. "They're just believing in each other, and you see can it shift-in and shift-out no matter who is out there. Their goal is to just outwork the other team, and they did that tonight."
Skaneateles returns to the state's biggest hockey stage after a two-year absence; the Lakers' last trip to Buffalo resulted in an overtime loss in the state championship to Kenmore East in 2016. Few players of the current group were on the team then and none were regulars in the lineup.
Now they've paved their own road.
"I was on the team sophomore year when we lost (in the state quarterfinal) and there's a couple other kids," said Ryan Gick. "Having this win means everything to be back there, especially with the young group of guys that have really matured since last year when we lost."
A breakneck first period that featured few whistles worked to Skaneateles' advantage. With under four minutes to go before intermission, the Lakers had an offensive zone draw and dialed up a favorite play. Center Luke Lynn went forward with the puck off the faceoff, leaving it loose for Gick, and Gick snapped a shot off the post and in for a 1-0 lead.
"When the defense isn't behind, (Lynn) calls 'Eichel' (named after the Buffalo Sabres' Jack Eichel) and I just go to the net and he usually gets it there," Gick said. "He's a big Eichel fan. He usually walks around the guy and throws it across and I find it."
Skaneateles went ahead by two on the power play with 10 minutes remaining in the second when Jack Henry's seeing-eye shot from the blueline found its way to the back of the net, set up by a screen from Owen Van Holtz.
The Lakers had a chance to dig an even deeper hole for Grand Island at the end of the second period when the Vikings' Ryan Jellinick was handed a four-minute major penalty when he checked defenseman Drew Henderson from behind into the boards. Despite a bunch of glorious chances, Skaneateles failed to convert and left the door open for Grand Island in the third period.
While cliche' suggests two goals is the worst lead in hockey, this time it wasn't. Less than three minutes into the third, the Lakers perfectly executed a 3-on-2 rush when Charlie Major dropped a pass for Garrett Krieger, who fired a low shot in for a 3-0 advantage.
Charlie Russell scored the fourth and final goal for the Lakers with five minutes remaining in regulation, deflecting a shot by Henry. That goal was yet another example of Skaneateles using traffic to make life difficult for opposing goaltenders.
"One of our major focuses of the last few weeks was getting more traffic in front of the net," Major said. "I can't be more proud of these guys that they're taking what we're asking them to do and they're doing it. You can see over the last few weeks that that's been a focus of ours."
Goalie Adam Casper received his second straight start and was steady with 17 saves in the shutout. While he wasn't tested often, Casper came up big when he needed to. When the Lakers were ahead by two in the third, Grand Island had an opportunity on a 2-on-1 that resulted in a redirect by Josh Conta, but Casper deflected the chance aside to keep the Vikings off the scoreboard.
Now Skaneateles has a week to prepare for a Webster Thomas team fresh off an impressive state quarterfinal win of its own. The Titans beat Section X's Norwood-Norfolk 4-1 Saturday in Norfolk.
Looking ahead, Major has a message for his team: Soak it in.
"Enjoy it, because the journey is a lot of fun," Major said. "At the end of it you want to look back and say, 'I did everything I could to be the best I can be,' just like John Wooden once said. That's our focus. Let's try to be the best we can be every day in practice and see what we can do in Buffalo."
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Skaneateles hockey overwhelms Cortland-Homer to rein in third title in four years
SYRACUSE — Those hoping for dramatics likely left disappointed.
Skaneateles hockey snuffed out any chance of that in what felt like the blink of an eye.
Behind three goals in the first five minutes, the Lakers proved too much for Cortland-Homer in a 4-1 win in the Section III, Division II championship Monday at the Onondaga County War Memorial.
It's Skaneateles' third section title in four years, affirming the Lakers' status as Division II's team to beat after an early upset a year ago.
"It feels great, especially since getting upset in the first round last year," said captain Luke Lynn. "Just to be back here from two years ago is a great feeling. I think a lot of the young guys matured over the summer and that's why they've been able to step up for us so much this year."
Cortland-Homer, which was on Skaneateles' heels in the league standings and state rankings the entire season, was a step behind almost from the opening puck drop. Defenseman Bauer Morrissey opened the scoring on a shot from the top of the zone only 2:25 into the game; a minute later, Ryan Gick cruised down the right wing and fired a shot that slipped through Cortland-Homer goalie Brandon Ludwig's legs for a 2-0 lead; then Charlie Major increased the lead to three when his shot from the slot in a scrum found the back of the net.
Three goals in less than three minutes.
"Cortland-Homer is a very good team, so I was a little bit surprised," Skaneateles coach Mitch Major said, "but we were certainly ready, and the guys responded. Our bench is so positive and the culture these guys have going right now — they support each other. Once things get going the right way everyone just jumps on board."
Afforded a power play chance late in the first period, Cortland-Homer's Trevor Jubran scored on a shot from the top of the circle, but that would serve as the Golden Eagles' lone moment of triumph. Gick nabbed his second six minutes into the second period when he chipped the puck over Ludwig's shoulder off a pass from Cole Heintz for a 4-1 score.
Even with the lead, Skaneateles continued to dominate the shot attempts. The Lakers had 13 shots after the first, 29 after the second and finished with 37 overall.
Cortland-Homer was awarded a 5-on-3 power play for over a minute in the late stages of the third period but didn't capitalize on the opportunity. Skaneateles killed off both penalties with relative ease, and when Cortland-Homer took a penalty of its own with 1:51 to go, it effectively sealed the Lakers' title win.
"If we get scored on, we come right back at them. If we kill it off, that's just going to get us more on a roll," Mitch Major said. "Whatever happens, be prepared for it and come back hard the next shift."
In net, sophomore Adam Casper was steady with 20 saves, stepping in for senior Chris Falso as the pair continue to alternate starts. Casper was also in net when Skaneateles defeated Cortland-Homer in the regular season finale on Feb. 8.
Goals from Gick, Morrissey and Charlie Major were set up on assists from Heintz, Garrett Krieger and Cam Lowe. Once again, production from different lines showed why the Lakers are so dangerous.
"It shows any guy can produce on any given night, and you need that to win championships," Lynn said.
Next up for Skaneateles is the New York State Public High School Athletic Association regionals, which the Lakers will host on Saturday against Section VI champion Grand Island.
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Skaneateles' defense a youthful group that's tough to crack
SYRACUSE — It seems that since blue and red lines were first painted on ice, "defense wins championships" has been a favorite moniker for hockey teams that tend to thrive in the postseason.
Two games into its Section III, Division II playoff run, Skaneateles is backing up that time-tested belief.
Bauer Morrissey, a swift-skating junior, already has four points in sectionals and scored the opening goal in the Lakers' win over Cortland-Homer Monday in the title game at the Onondaga County War Memorial. His partner, freshman Jack Henry, scored a hat trick in the semifinals to propel Skaneateles to a win over Auburn.
The second-pairing features two more freshmen, Cam Lowe and Drew Henderson, that more than hold their own when Morrissey and Henry need a rare breather.
A scary thought for the rest of the section: this defensive group isn't going anywhere.
"All of us are really solid and can play offense," Morrissey said. "We all do the little things right and improve in practice. Jack Henry is amazing and he's gotten so much better since last year. So has Cam, and Drew came in this year and was a big help to our team."
Morrissey and Henry, both first team all-league, ranked second and third in league scoring among defensemen entering Monday's game against Cortland-Homer, and Lowe, another league all-star, isn't far behind.
Facing a Cortland-Homer team that ranked second in the league in goals for, Skaneateles' defense showed the well-roundedness that makes it such a weapon. Though he scored once against the Golden Eagles, Morrissey could've just as easily scored three; one shot from the top of the circle caught the post, while a chance on a 2-on-1 needed a highlight reel save from goalie Brandon Ludwig to stay out of the net.
Lowe had a spectacular save of his own with Skaneateles trying to protect the lead in the third period. Cortland-Homer's Josh Cargen had a wide-open net and tried to stuff a shot in from just outside the crease, but Lowe slid, stuck his skate to the post and blocked multiple attempts, allowing time for goalie Adam Casper to wiggle over and freeze the puck.
Cortland-Homer was held to a total of 21 shots and had no answer to the tandems of Morrissey and Henry or Lowe and Henderson. Morrissey in particular never seemed to leave the ice.
"We grind through it," Morrissey said. "It's all worth it in the end."
Facing them every day in practice, forward Luke Lynn is well aware of the type of skills Skaneateles possesses on its back end.
"They're a really talented group," Lynn said. "They could be forwards. They play just as good on offense as they do defense, and that's huge."
Grudge match on ice: Skaneateles, Cortland-Homer vie for Section III, Division II title
It's hard to believe, but one New York state high school hockey Goliath will conclude its season this upcoming Monday.
In one corner is Skaneateles, a three-time state champion that has won two section titles in the last three years; in the opposite corner is Cortland-Homer, who finally leaped over the proverbial hump into the title game after two straight years of semifinal disappointment.
Section III's two best will meet in the Division II title game Monday at the Onondaga County War Memorial at 5 p.m. to decide who will skate away with the championship belt.
Despite the Lakers' greater history of success, this is no Apollo Creed vs. Rocky Balboa fight that pits the champ against an unknown underdog. Both teams have frequented the top of the state rankings this year — Skaneateles has held on to the No. 1 spot in Division II from when the first list was released in early December to now, while Cortland-Homer has been either No. 2 or No. 3 every week of the year, other than the brief time earlier this month when the Golden Eagles shared the top spot with the Lakers.
Skaneateles isn't taking its opponent lightly.
"I don't know what scares me the most, but I know they have more than one tool per se," Skaneateles coach Mitch Major said. "They have a great offense, a solid defense and a really good goalie. All three combined make for a very good team."
In two meetings with Cortland-Homer this year, Skaneateles earned one win and one tie. In the first game, at Cortland-Homer, the Lakers battled back from a 4-2 deficit in the third period to earn the draw. In the second game at home in the regular season finale, Skaneateles scored the first four goals of the game and coasted to a 4-2 win.
That second game featured some intense moments in the final minutes, as the two teams combined for a pair of 10-minute misconducts and a bunch of minor penalties.
Will there be a continuation of the late-game fireworks? To be determined.
"There could be, but I think that was mostly because we're both good hockey teams playing competitively, and emotions get high sometimes," Lakers captain Luke Lynn said. "I know we have nothing but respect for them. We've had two great games so far. If tensions get high it's playoff hockey, but we've just got to go out there and play."
In preparation, Skaneateles' practices have been a blend of intensity and calm. The Lakers are skating hard, but with a goal of making sure everyone stays healthy for the game. Still, as Lynn puts it, "When we're shooting, we're shooting to score."
Off the ice, it's a little more light-hearted. A good portion of the team either bleached their hair blonde or styled the hair into a mullet. Some went for both. Some haircuts are better than others — Major complimented Cole Heintz and Bauer Morrissey for their flow, while Lynn playfully critiqued teammate Drew Henderson "because his hair turned brown at one point."
"I'll tell you what, if I could do it and I still had hair, I would do it," Major said. "I think they're all A-plus. It takes a lot of courage to do that."
An A-plus performance on the ice could lead to another banner hanging at the Skaneateles YMCA, but Major is more focused on how his team represents itself on central New York's biggest stage for high school hockey.
"It's nice to win banners and win championships, but if that was our main focus I don't think we'd be a successful program," Major said. "We focus on a culture here of just working hard every day, and if that means another banner up there that's great.
"It's really important that we present ourselves here in this town as a team that works hard, competes every day and is a team that our village is going to be proud of."
Skaneateles hockey knocks off defending section champ Auburn to return to finals
SKANEATELES — Though it wasn't always pretty, Skaneateles hockey ensured that there will be a new section champion this year.
The top-seeded Lakers broke a tie game with two third-period goals to defeat Auburn 4-3 Tuesday at the Skaneateles YMCA in the Section III, Division II semifinals.
Skaneateles moves on to the section final for the fourth time in five years and will play Cortland-Homer, the tournament's second seed.
Against Auburn, the Lakers cleared an important hurdle. Most of the current core of players either weren't on the team or were rarely-used role players when Skaneateles last won the section title in 2017. In their first real taste of sectional play last season, the Lakers were upset in the section quarterfinals by New Hartford.
"Every experience you can have under pressure is in your favor," Skaneateles coach Mitch Major said. "It's only going to help you for the next opportunity. For some of these older guys, they haven't been in a big game like this. They were too young, and now it's their turn. This experience tonight is just one more to help them with the next experience."
Coming off a first-round bye, Skaneateles was put through the ringer by rival Auburn. The two familiar opponents were tied 2-2 entering the third period and the Lakers had to survive a handful of glorious Maroons chances to keep the game locked in a tie.
That tie was broken almost nine minutes into the third when Garrett Krieger's turn-around shot from the slot slipped through Auburn goalie Aaron Kowal for a Skaneateles lead. Less than five minutes later, Jack Henry's power-play goal, his third goal of the game, put the Lakers ahead 4-2.
The never-say-die Maroons put Skaneateles back on its heels shortly after when Johnny Malandruccolo completed a hat trick on a power-play tally with 3:20 remaining.
Much like its loss at Skaneateles in January, Auburn had its chances in the final minutes but could not solve Lakers goalie Chris Falso for the equalizer.
"They're a great team. They've got a lot of depth, a lot of talent," Auburn coach Mike Lowe said of Skaneateles. "Our team played real hard. We have nothing to hang our heads about. It should sting, and I hope it stings, but they shouldn't be disappointed in their effort."
The win allows Skaneateles a momentary sigh of relief, as the Lakers no longer have to worry about an Auburn team that has played them tight twice in the span of a month. The benefit and the curse of two teams that are very familiar was on display, and Skaneateles did just enough to pull through.
"We knew it was going to be a tight game. It always is. These games are not making me younger, that's for sure," Major said. "It's always been like this in sports, hasn't it? You have that rival, that team that you're always going to have that one-goal game. Both teams want it so badly that there's just not a lot of ice out there. Both teams know each other very well, so it's going to be close."
Auburn, a state semifinalist last year, can take pride in nearly pulling off an upset over the No. 1 team in New York state. It was an impressive turnaround for a team that lost seven games in a row from Jan. 4 to Feb. 5 before taking down Oswego in the quarterfinals last week.
"We're real proud of our team," Lowe said. "It's a tricky thing for coaches — a lucky thing — if you can get your team playing the best at the end of the year. That's the goal, to be peaking at the end of the year. Our team worked extremely hard at the end of the year into playoffs. Great practices, great work ethics, tremendous attitudes, and to go on the road against the No. 1 team in the state and be right there with a chance to win it or tie it, we couldn't be more proud of our group."
Next up for Skaneateles is Cortland-Homer, the No. 2 seed in the tournament and a team that the Lakers defeated and tied in two meetings during the regular season. That game is slated for Monday at the Onondaga County War Memorial.
"We're going to break down this video for a few days and see what we can do better, and then we'll focus on Cortland-Homer," Major said. "We'll get ready to play our game. Cortland-Homer is an excellent team and it should be a fun game to watch."
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Skaneateles hockey beats Cortland-Homer in meeting of Division II titans
SKANEATELES — If Friday's game between the Lakers and Golden Eagles is any indication, the Section III, Division II playoffs is going to be a rough ride.
In a battle of the two top-ranked teams in New York state in Division II, Skaneateles hockey clinched the No. 1 seed and a league title with a 4-2 win over Cortland-Homer at the Skaneateles YMCA.
While hockey teams often focus on taking everything one game at a time and not letting outside noise affect what happens on the ice, the Lakers took a different approach to facing the Golden Eagles, instead embracing the moment.
"I took a little different stance. I said, 'Guys, this is for the league championship and you don't always get these opportunities, so leave it all out there,'" Skaneateles coach Mitch Major said. "Let's call it what it is. It's going to be a big game and there's going to be a lot of pressure. I thought the guys played great. The guys are buying in right now and every guy on the team is playing with a high level of intensity."
The meeting between the league's two best squads was originally scheduled to be played on Jan. 9, but school closures that day forced a postponement to the end of the season. If everything happens for a reason, in this instance the reason was to serve as a perfect tune-up for both teams heading into sectionals.
"I talked to (Cortland-Homer coach Chad Totman) before the game and we both agreed that we couldn't have a better game going into sectionals," Major said. "We both knew we had a bye and this is exactly what both teams needed."
Skaneateles quickly separated itself in the first period with three goals in the opening 12 minutes. Luke Lynn scored the game's first goal, converting a costly Cortland-Homer turnover when the Golden Eagles were on the power play; the Lakers would score again minutes later while shorthanded when Charlie Russell followed up on a rebound opportunity after a shot by Bauer Morrissey.
Cole Heintz joined the scoring with five minutes left in the first when he buried another loose puck in front of the goal to give Skaneateles the 3-0 advantage. Cortland-Homer answered shortly after the third Lakers goal to trim the deficit to 3-1.
After a wild first, both defenses settled in during the second, but Skaneateles again cracked the code when a nice move by Garrett Krieger in the Cortland-Homer zone that led to a Jimmy Liberatore goal and a 4-1 Lakers advantage.
While Cortland-Homer would again cut Skaneateles' lead to two, its chances of a comeback were halted by a plague of penalties. Tempers from both teams flared in the final minutes, with each club being assessed a handful of minor penalties along with a pair of misconducts.
If there wasn't a history between them, there is now.
Under the new Section III, Division II playoff format, six of the seven teams in the league qualify for the postseason, and the two top seeds — Skaneateles and Cortland-Homer in this instance — earn a first-round bye. The Lakers will then host the lowest seed remaining next week in the section semifinals.
Before Skaneateles can worry about its next opponent, a decision will need to be made in net, where goalies Chris Falso and Adam Casper have shared time this year, and both offer strong statistics among the league leaders in goals against and save percentage. Casper stated his case to start sectionals with 25 saves against the Golden Eagles, but the Lakers will continue to evaluate the position moving forward.
"We're going to take it game by game," Major said. "We'll have a good week of practice next week and decide on a starter, go from there and take it one game at a time."
Local Roundup: Russell's hat trick leads Lakers
Charlie Russell notched a hat trick and added an assist as the Skaneateles hockey team defeated Clinton 4-1 on Wednesday night.
Luke Lynn scored the Lakers' other goal. Garrett Krieger and Bauer Morrissey each contributed an assist.
Goalie Adam Casper came up with 18 saves.
Corning 56, Cayuga 40: Erica Helzer (Port Byron) paced the Spartans with 13 points, six rebounds, six assists and six steals. Loren Clifford also scored 13 points and hauled in nine rebounds. Hannah Keysor (Cato-Meridian) chipped in with 10 points and eight rebounds.
CCC faces Corning again Monday at home.
Bishop Ludden 58, Skaneateles 51: Olivia Navaroli scored a team-high 12 points for the Lakers.
Olivia Dobrovosky and Maeve Canty each added 10 points, while Chloe Metz finished with eight points.
Auburn surges late, but Skaneateles survives in win
SKANEATELES — The final two minutes were all about survival.
Ahead by a goal, it was on the Lakers' penalty kill unit to protect that lead and prevent the Maroons from forcing overtime.
Despite some generous chances against, mission accomplished.
Skaneateles held on to defeat Auburn 4-3 Tuesday at the Skaneateles YMCA, and in the process earned a season sweep over the Maroons after winning at Casey Park in December.
The Lakers had a busy night on the penalty kill but held the Maroons scoreless with the man-advantage in six tries. That Skaneateles special teams unit was called upon four times in the second period alone, including once on a five-minute major penalty.
Instead of letting what was a 2-1 lead entering the middle frame slip away, the Lakers increased their lead behind one shorthanded goal by Garrett Krieger and another in their brief time at even-strength from Jack Henry.
"I thought the penalty kill was aggressive where they needed to be," Skaneateles coach Mitch Major said. "We were able to keep them to the outside and jump on loose pucks. We did penalty kill well, obviously we don't want to be on the penalty kill that much, but the guys did a nice job."
Auburn didn't go away in the third, despite its 4-1 deficit. Johnny Malandruccolo fired one in from the slot on a pass from Ty Hlywa with under 11 minutes left in regulation to make it a two-goal game, and then the Maroons cut it to one after Brendan Williams tipped in a shot by Austin Black with 3:15 to go.
The Maroons had a chance to negate their power play struggles on one final chance with 1:54 to go; the opportunities were there, but Auburn couldn't manage to put one more past Skaneateles goalie Chris Falso.
"Very happy with how we played in the third period," Auburn coach Mike Lowe said. "You're playing the No. 1 team in the state in their barn, down 4-1 going into the third, it would've been real easy to pack up and mail it in. We didn't, we fought, worked hard, showed a lot of life and a lot of energy, and there's a lot of positives for us going forward."
Skaneateles' Henry finished with two goals, including the eventual game-winner in the second period, while Owen Van Holtz and Krieger were the other scorers. Falso picked up 24 saves in net.
Malandruccolo (two assists), Hlywa (assist) and Williams all netted one goal for Auburn, with Black chipping in with an assist. Goalie Aaron Kowal was credited with 34 saves between the pipes.
Oftentimes, rivals can bring out the best in one another. While that might've been the case more so for Auburn than Skaneateles this time around in the Route 20 rivalry, Major views a hard-fought win as a chance for his team to reassess areas to improve.
"I think there's a lot of things that Auburn did to us to make it difficult on us," Major said. "When we play a quality team like that that's well coached, we can learn a lot from watching video and get better at some things we need to get better at right now."
For Auburn, this meeting with Skaneateles should improve confidence that the Maroons can go into a tough place to play and compete come sectional time, provided they play a full 51 minutes.
"We've played like this all year at times. We've played the best teams in the state, played Victor, played a second time against Skaneateles, and when we've played up to our capabilities we've shown we can play with anybody," Lowe said. "The tough part now is doing that for 51 minutes. I'm not surprised in the least because I know we have the potential and the ability to play with any team."
Both teams return to action Thursday, as Skaneateles (11-1-1) hosts New Hartford while Auburn (7-8) faces Oswego.
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Local Roundup: Skaneateles hockey beats Baldwinsville to win Duke Schneider tourney
At the annual Duke Schneider Tournament, Skaneateles protected home ice with a win over Baldwinsville 4-2 Saturday.
The Lakers were up 2-1 after two periods and then scored twice in the third to close out the win.
Cam Lowe recorded a hat trick, while Jack Henry rounded out the scoring with one goal. Garrett Krieger and Charlie Russell both posted a pair of assists, while Charlie Major added one assist. Chris Falso made 26 saves in net.
On Friday, Skaneateles opened the tournament with a 7-0 win over Pelham. Major scored a pair of goals, while Russell (two assists), Jim Liberatore (assist), Luke Lynn, Bauer Morrissey and Owen Van Holtz all picked up one goal. Krieger had two assists, and Drew Henderson, Cole Heintz and Ryan Gick chipped in with one assist each. Adam Casper earned the win with 18 saves between the pipes.
Lowe and Morrissey were both named to the all-tournament team, while Lowe was named the tournament's most valuable player.
Weedsport 82, Oriskany 60: The Warriors earned their 10th win of the year with a huge second half.
Weedsport outscored Oriskany 47-24 after halftime. Joel Blumer paced Weedsport with 20 points, Josh O'Connor scored 14, Aidan Mabbett added 13 and Jake Brown rounded out double-digit scorers with 11.
Weedsport (10-1) is home against Manlius Pebble Hill on Wednesday.
Christian Brothers Academy 55, Auburn 42: Grace Baranick recorded 13 points, and Marlee Solomon and Jania Freeman both registered nine.
Auburn drops to 6-3 this season.
Fall Heroes Tournament: Cato-Meridian had five wrestlers place Saturday at Canastota.
Hunter White (126) and Ethan Scanlon (170) both finished as runner-ups, Santana Salvador (285) came in fourth, Jordan Greene (120) placed fifth, and Chad Thompson (138) came in sixth.
Port Byron 69, Fabius Pompey 36: Grace Ford (three steals, four assists) and Ava Mills (three steals) both scored 14 for the Panthers. Jenna Mapley added nine points and six rebounds, while Skyler White (eight rebounds) and Brianna Debois (five rebounds) both scored eight points.
Skaneateles hockey rides special teams to win over Auburn in Route 20 rivalry
AUBURN — In the latest edition of the Route 20 rivalry, special teams ruled the day.
Skaneateles hockey broke a tie with three goals in the third period to defeat Auburn 6-3 Tuesday at Casey Park Ice Rink. The Lakers, who trailed at one point in the second period, scored the game's final four goals to secure the win.
The winning goal was credited to Skaneateles' Charlie Major, who converted a power-play tally 1:40 into the final frame.
"He's one of many kids on our team, and you never know who is going to be the guy to put the goal in that really matters," said Lakers coach Mitch Major, Charlie's father. "Against an Auburn team that worked their butts off tonight, each one of them had to count tonight. You look at our stats tonight and they're all spread out."
Auburn, which had won two of its last three at home against Skaneateles, opened the first period with a purpose, establishing the physical play to keep the Lakers in check. Despite that, Skaneateles opened the scoring on Charlie Major's first in the final minute of the first, and then Owen Van Holtz put the Lakers ahead 2-0 1:26 into the second.
The Maroons roared back after Skaneateles' second goal, scoring three times in less than four minutes to take a 3-2 lead. Two of those came from Johnny Malandruccolo, who scored once from the wall and again, about 15 seconds later, on a breakaway. The other was by Nick Pipher, who beat Skaneateles goalie Chris Falso on a high shot from the dot.
For Auburn, it was just the position it had hoped for.
"I thought we did what we wanted to do," Auburn coach Mike Lowe said. "We played very well as a team tonight. I was very happy with how we played. It was another step in the right direction as far as how we want to play and how we can be successful doing what we need to."
Auburn's time with the lead lasted about five minutes — Bauer Morrissey's shot from the blue line snuck through bodies to the back of the net to tie the score 3-3.
The stage was set for third period dramatics, but instead it was a parade to the penalty box. Auburn and Skaneateles combined for 20 minutes in penalties in the third, allowing the Lakers to score once on the power play, once shorthanded and once at even-strength for a 6-3 lead.
Multiple times the Maroons had power plays that were cut off by ill-timed penalties.
"We have to be smarter," Lowe said. "There are a lot of emotions in a game like this and we lost our composure. We played with our emotions at times and you can't do that against a good team."
Charlie Major and Van Holtz both finished with two goals an one assist for Skaneateles, with Morrissey (five assists) and Jack Henry (two assists) rounding out the scoring. Garrett Krieger, Charlie Russell and Colin Weeks all posted one assist, and the goalie Falso recorded 19 saves.
RJ Szakalski and Jude Diffin picked up assists on the two goals from Malandruccolo and single tally from Pipher. Maroons goalie Aaron Kowal had a season-high 27 saves in net.
For Mitch Major, the latest episode of Auburn vs. Skaneateles was par for the course.
"Auburn threw it all on the table," Mitch Major said. "We just happened to have a little more gas at the end, but I know by the next time we play them they'll just get better and better. It's a great rivalry and it's a lot of fun."
Skaneateles (5-0-1) is at Syracuse on Friday, while Auburn (3-3) hits the road for Oswego Thursday.
Local Roundup: Skaneateles hockey rallies to edge McQuaid
The Skaneateles boys ice hockey team edged McQuaid 6-5 as Ryan Gick scored the winner with 56 seconds remaining in overtime, on assists from Luke Lynn and Charlie Russell, for the Lakers.
Gick finished with two goals, while Garrett Krieger recorded a hat trick. Cole Heintz posted one goal and one assist, Bauer Morrissey dished out three assists, Jack Henry, Charlie Major and Russell all had two assists each, and Cam Lowe chipped in with one assist.
Goalie Adam Casper had 30 saves for the victory.
Pulaski 55, Port Byron 47: The Panthers led by four at the half and trailed by four with 30 seconds left but couldn't rally.
Nick Jefferds led Port Byron with 16 points and Brandon Relfe added seven points. The Panthers (1-2) play at Cato-Meridian on Wednesday.
Marathon 54, Union Springs 47: Zach Nickerson was the Wolves' high scorer with 13 points on three 3s. Chris Daum added 10 points and Ryan Bailey scored nine.
Union Springs (0-2) is home Tuesday against Groton.
Baldwinsville 102, Auburn 46: Joshua Whiting had the Maroons' lone individual first-place finish as he won the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:22.94.
The Maroons' 400 freestyle relay of Connor McMillan, Sam Carbonaro, Michael Villano and Ethan Hickman won in a time of 4:01.31.
Villano took second in the 200 freestyle, Carbonaro was second in the 200 individual medley and McMillan finished second in the 50 freestyle.
Chittenango 3, Cato-Meridian 0: The Blue Devils lost by scores of 25-7, 25-7 and 25-16. Monica Bell had three kills and an ace and Sydney Stevens had three digs and an assist.
Meghan McCarthy added a pair of digs and a kill, Marissa Teska had a kill and a dig and Makayla Soutar chipped in with a kill.
Skaneateles hockey continues hot start by knocking off Whitesboro
SKANEATELES — Only three games into their season, the Lakers are again proving to be a serious threat in the section.
Skaneateles hockey continued its strong start to the year with an 8-2 victory over Whitesboro Thursday at the Skaneateles YMCA and Community Center. The win pushes the Lakers to 3-0 so far.
Through three games, Skaneateles has outscored opponents 24-2. Following two shutouts, 9-0 and 7-0, the Warriors were the first team to score a goal against the Lakers.
"We have a lot of guys buying into the process right now," Skaneateles coach Mitch Major said. "Although our habits were not what we expected tonight, we still got the job done because they're really working hard around the net. When you do that good things happen."
Owen Van Holtz scored three times and dished out two assists to lead Skaneateles offensively. The Lakers' remaining five goals were put in by Cole Heintz, Luke Lynn, Jack Henry, Cam Lowe and Jacob French. Charlie Major and Garrett Krieger were credited with two assists, while Bauer Morrissey and Colin Morrissey picked up one assist each.
Chris Falso made 23 saves in net.
Skaneateles held a slim 2-1 lead after the first, despite outshooting the Warriors by a 15-7 margin. Those shots continued to pour in for the second period, but this time resulted in goals; the Lakers built their advantage to 6-2 after two frames and then tacked on two more scores in the third.
In the offensive zone, the Lakers' pressure was simply too much for Whitesboro to handle. That relentlessness has become a trademark of Skaneateles when the Lakers are at their best.
"We recover well when things aren't going well, and tonight we were very opportunistic," Major said. "Our habits weren't great, but when we had our opportunities we made the most of them. I think that's a sign of good things to come."
While Van Holtz's five points were a team-high, Major believes his team has enough contributors so that it could be a different star every game.
"We just talked in the locker room about the next guy up," Major said. "It's going to be a different guy every tonight. If you look at the games, there's a lot of different guys on the scoresheet. Obviously Owen Van Holtz is playing really well right now, our captain Luke Lynn is kind of our anchor and he does a lot of things for us, but the list goes on and on.
"I can't tell you who is going to be the hero on any given night."
Skaneateles travels to Cortland-Homer on Tuesday for a league matchup.
Local Roundup: Skaneateles boys hockey beats Cazenovia
Ryan Gick scored a hat trick and added an assist as the Skaneateles boys ice hockey team started its season with a 9-0 win over Cazenovia on Wednesday afternoon.
Skaneateles led 1-0 after the first period and put it away by scoring four goals in each of the second and third periods.
Cole Heintz added a pair of goals for the Lakers. Charlie Russell contributed a goal and a pair of assists. Jacob French, Drew Henderson and Bauer Morrissey each scored a goal.
Brendan Powers, Luke Lynn and Garrett Krieger each added a pair of assists. Cam Lowe and Charlie Major each chipped in with an assist.
Goalie Chris Falso played two periods and made 11 saves and Adam Casper made three saves in a period.