For all the defeats it had picked up outside the Division II West realm, the Skaneateles ice hockey team still has a chance to climb up to the top.
That will require beating Corcoran Friday night just nine days after their Jan. 14 clash at Meachem Rink, a 4-2 decision in the Cougars' favor.
Skaneateles went to Onondaga Nation Arena Tuesday night and needed a late surge to get past CBA/J-D 3-1.
It was only 1-0 until the third period, the two sides locked in a fierce, physical battle until the Lakers scored two times down the stretch to get clear.
Packy Jones, the Lakers' hottest offensive player at this point in the season, earned two goals, while Noah Allyn also scored. Dylan VanHoltz picked up two assists as Seth Weiss, Lex Johnson and Kyle Christine earned assists, too. Trevor Diamond had an exceptional night in the net, turning away 26 of the 27 shots he faced.