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Lakers crowned Section III hockey champs

Skaneateles grabbed an early lead and dominated play to defeat Whitesboro and become the Section III Division II Champions Saturday at the Utica Auditorium.

Over 1500 fans were in attendance at the game, including a sizeable crowd making the long drive from Skaneateles.

"Obviously there were a lot of fans from Whitesboro, but I was impressed with the turnout from Skaneateles. It just shows what type of hockey town we are. We aren't just doing this for our school and for the players, but for our town." Skaneateles head coach Mitch Major said.

The game did not disappoint them as Skaneateles stayed on top for most of the game.

It didn't start out that way as just two and a half minutes in, Whitesboro was fighting for the puck near the right post and it trickled in between the post and Laker Alex Richichi's pads.

Although Whitesboro got that first goal, it was all Skaneateles after that, outshooting their opponent 11-3 for the remainder of the first period.

Skaneateles responded to the early Warrior goal in just three minutes, working off momentum from a Whitesboro penalty. Skaneateles kept control in their own zone and Keith Buehler made the pass across the front of the net to Kay-Beck Anderson who hit the puck top shelf to tie it up.

Just a minute later, Beuhler again earned his Section III Player-of-the-Year award when he stole the puck from a Whitesboro defender at the blue line, bringing the puck in the zone and passing to Sean Morley who was waiting in front of the net for the put-in.

The Lakers stayed in control for the rest of the period, keeping Warrior goalie Jack Lambe busy by keeping possession of the puck for most of the first.

The second period began with the Lakers continuing to dominate as a hit after the whistle in the closing seconds of the first gave Skaneateles a power-play to begin the stanza. They kept the Warriors at bay in the beginning, not allowing a single shot in the first five minutes.

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