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Skaneateles to host 'Frozen Four'

The Skaneateles Community Center will be the site of the 2010 New York State Girls' High School Hockey Championships -- the Frozen Four.

On Friday and Saturday Feb. 12 and 13, the state's top four teams will begin play at the William G. Allyn Ice Arena to determine the eventual state champion.

Semi-final games will be played on Friday evening, Feb. 12. The consolation game, to determine third and fourth place, will be played early Saturday afternoon, followed by the championship game. Exact game times are still to be determined.

All are welcome to attend and help make this an event Skaneateles can be proud of. Skaneateles has a long and storied hockey history, including being the grand prize winner of USA Hockey's Inaugural "Hockey Weekend Across America" two years ago. Our community can rightly be called Hockey-Town USA.

A close eye should be kept on the Skaneateles Laker girls varsity team over the next two weeks as they strive to make the Frozen Four. The team is in the home stretch of their 18-game regular season schedule and likely will make the first round of playoffs, to be contested on Saturday Feb. 6.

If the Lakers finish the regular season in first through fourth place they will host their playoff game. If they finish in fifth through eighth place, they will travel to their opponent's rink. A first round playoff win will qualify the Lakers for a berth in the Frozen Four.

Skaneateles High School boasts one of only 13 girls' varsity teams in New York, with most of the other teams being located in the North Country. However, locally, both Ithaca and Oswego have varsity teams. The state's other 10 teams are Potsdam, Canton, Massena, Alexandria Bay, St. Lawrence Central, Saranac Lake, Lake Placid, Chazy, Albany Academy and Salmon River.

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