Ahead 1-0 at the break, the Lakers could not hang on to that lead, as Ilion forced a 2-2 tie. There it would stay until OT, when Skaneateles moved back ahead, then held on behind the work of Buck, who had seven saves overall.
Continuing her hot play, Vitkus had one goal and one assist, leading a balanced attack where Carly Davis and Katie Baldwin also converted. Bridget Field added an assist.
Now the Lakers are in the Class B semifinals against Marcellus (16-1), who beat Lowville 4-2 to get this far. In their regular-season encounters, the Mustangs prevailed 2-1 in overtime on Sept. 9, then won the rematch 3-1 on Oct. 6.
Given how close those games were, Skaneateles has some reason to think it could claim the third and most meaningful encounter and reach the Class B final against Westhill (who upset top seed and defending champ Watertown IHC) or Mount Markham.