Major hat trick leads Lakers past Auburn

Skaneateles completes season sweep of Maroons

— Remarkably, the Lakers and Brothers would again finish on even terms, this time a 1-1 decision. Scott Longtin, off a feed from Cooney, scored to put Skaneateles in front 1-0 during the second period, but Nick Papayanakos countered in the third period to tie it. Diamond stopped 20 of 21 shots he faced.

It was the Lakers’ sixth tie of the season as, at 12-2-6, it now settled in for a 10-day break, a chance to recuperate, heal injuries and practice plenty before the Feb. 21 Section III Division II semifinal at Allyn Arena against Cazenovia or Clinton. The winner there gets a ticket to Utica Memorial Auditorium for the Feb. 25 sectional final.

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