At just the wrong time, the Skaneateles ice hockey team saw its offense go into a prolonged drought over the first weekend of February.
It began last Friday night, at Allyn Arena, as the Lakers took on Clinton and saw its chance to move up the Division II standings slip away in a frustrating 1-0 defeat to the Warriors.
Skaneateles had lost the first encounter with the Warriors 3-2 back on Jan. 4 at Clinton Arena. Exactly a month later, the rematch proved just as close, with even more defense to showcase.
Through a scoreless first period, neither side budged. Then, in the second period, Clinton's Peter Hameline took a pass from Tucker Franz and pushed the puck past Trevor Diamond to put the visitors in front.
Diamond turned away everything else and finished with 27 saves. But his Laker teammates did not decrease the pressure, managing just 13 shots all night, with Clinton goalie Cory Harris turning them all away for the shutout.
This bad feeling lingered into Saturday's trip to Canandaigua, where the Lakers lost 3-0 to the Braves, again unable to put it in the net in 22 shots against Braves goalie Max Lucchesi.
Canandaigua's Mark Greer scored once in the first period, then twice more in the third period to earn a hat trick and personally negate Diamond's 25 saves.
Skaneateles (10-6-1, 7-5-1 league) still has three games left in the regular season, against New Hartford, Auburn and Oswego, with only next Saturday's clash with the Buccaneers at home as the Lakers have clinched a Division II playoff spot.