Hockey Lakers open, shut out Whitesboro

Everyone playing Section III ice hockey in 2010-11 faces a new landscape - including the Skaneateles Lakers, who might just flourish.

At the very least, the Lakers proved dominant in Friday night's season opener against Whitesboro at Allyn Arena, where it took more than five times as many shots as the Warriors in the course of a 5-0 shutout.

A massive off-season realignment reduced Division II from two divisions to one as combined programs from Hamilton, Solvay, Cortland/Homer, Watertown IHC and Ontario Bay all were moved up to Division I.

The Lakers stayed, though, and are joined in Division II by defending state champion New Hartford, plus Whitesboro, Auburn, Oswego, Cazenovia (who beat Skaneateles in last year's sectional semifinals), Fulton and CBA/J-D. And they'll play each other twice during the regular season in true home-and-home series.

It all began for Skaneateles against Whitesboro, and the Lakers were eager to get going after seeing much of the week's practices wiped out by the massive winter snowstorm.

Leading 1-0 after one period, Skaneateles put things away with four unanswered tallies in the second period. And it maintained pressure throughout the contest, taking a total of 34 shots while limiting Whitesboro to just six.

Dan Tarolli, with two goals, and Jim Rodgers, with one goal and one assist, led the way as Jon Rogalia and Mitchell Jones also put in goals. Brendan Major, Mike Benson, Tyler Stanton and Matt Clymer got one assist apiece. Trevor Diamond, fresh off his work in goal for the Skaneateles boys soccer team that won the state Class B championship, started in the net and earned the shutout.

Weather permitting, the Lakers stay at home next week, playing CBA/J-D on Wednesday and Cortland/Homer on Saturday night.

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