A season ago, the Skaneateles girls ice hockey team reached a new peak, advancing to a state final four that it hosted in front of huge crowds at Allyn Arena.
Now a new campaign has begun for the Lakers- and though some stars, like Maddy Morrissey, have moved on, the bulk of the team is back to make another run at glory.
It sure started well, as Skaneateles swept back-to-back games in the north country, none more exciting than Saturday's 2-1 overtime conquest of Salmon River.
In the Upstate Girls Hockey League opener, Skaneateles trailed, 1-0, when in the second period it tied things up as Britanny Powless scored off a feed from Michelle Bronk.
Through the third period, it remained 1-1, Salmon River getting all kinds of chances to move in front, only to get stymied by the Lakers' top-notch goaltender, Alex Brown, who would finish with 38 saves on the game.
They went into overtime, and most of the extra period remained scoreless. But with just 48.4 seconds left, Bronk again fired a deft pass, and this time it was Madison Singler the beneficiary as she put home the winning goal.
A day earlier, in a non-league game against Massena, the Lakers blanked the Red Raiders 2-0. With Brown resting, Amanda Lupo got a turn in goal and stopped all 25 shots she faced. Kalie Pidgeon and Brittany Williams earned the goals, with Powless earning an assist.
Skaneateles would play Tuesday at Oswego, then come home for a weekend set against Massena and Albany Academy.