Brown almost pulled off another shutout -- but Potsdam's Abbie Adams broke it up, scoring with just 27 seconds left in regulation. In the brief remaining time, the Sandstoners could not pull even, and the Lakers were off to the Frozen Four.
With that win, the Lakers moved on to meet Oswego in Friday's state semifinal round, to take place at 5 p.m. at the Allyn Arena inside the Skaneateles Community Center. The other semifinal, at 7 p.m., pits Chazy against Alexandria Bay. All the teams will play again on Saturday, with the consolation game starting at noon and the championshp game at 2 p.m.
Every side got there through a close contest. On Thursday night, Oswego edged Ithaca 4-3 and, as Skaneateles was beating Potsdam, Alex Bay needed two overtimes to fight past Canton 3-2 and Chazy held off Saranac Lake in another 2-1 decision.