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Skaneateles boys hockey beats Cortland-Homer

Even the vast winter snowstorms that have wiped out both practices and games have not stopped the Skaneateles boys ice hockey team - not yet, anyway.

The Lakers, who saw last Wednesday's home game against CBA/J-D postponed, returned to action Saturday at Allyn Arena and worked hard for a 5-3 victory over the Cortland-Homer Golden Eagles.

Cortland-Homer is one of the many teams that moved from Division II to I in the off-season realignment, but it had given Skaneateles all kinds of fits when they played in the same league in recent years.

So it figured that the Golden Eagles would give the Lakers a hard time here, only trailing 3-2 after two periods before Skaneateles built itself a cushion in the late going.

Five different players - Brendan Major, Jon Rogalia, Tyler Stanton, Tom Jones and Mike Benson - earned the five Skaneateles goals. Jim Rodgers and Scott Longtin joined Jones in the assist column as Trevor Diamond and Josh Lotkowicz, splitting the duties in goal, made 14 saves between them.

This leads to a big Tuesday trip to the Morrisville State IcePlex and a showdown with Cazenovia, the team that knocked Skaneateles out of the Division II semifinals a season ago. The Lakers also face Oswego Thursday night at Allyn Arena.

In girls hockey action, Skaneateles went 1-0-1 over the weekend, tying Massena 2-2 and edging past Albany Academy 1-0 on Saturday.

Right now, the Lakers are tied with Canton for third place in the Upstate Girls Hockey League, only trailing Ithaca and Lake Placid as it plays at Alexandria Bay on Wednesday night.

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