But the combined work of defenders Jack Fabrizio, Tyler Strods, Gunnar Beck-Andersen, Josh Kuhns and Tyler Stanton kept Oswego frustrated, as did frequent stops from Diamond, who was on his way to a school-record 57th career win.
The Bucs did pull back within one on Sova's rebound goal with 2:23 left, but the Lakers won all the ensuing face-offs and killed a vast majority of the remaining clock, though Diamond had to make a point-blank stop, his 27th save of the night, as the horn sounded.
One thing that the Lakers made sure of was not looking ahead to Oswego – as it proved last Tuesday at Allyn Arena by dismantling Fulton 8-1.
After allowing a rare goal in the first period, Skaneateles took a 2-1 game and pulled away by notching three goals in each of the next two periods, resting key players where necessary for the bigger battle with the Bucs.
Major and Cooney were tough to stop, as Major got two goals and three assists and Cooney contributed two goals and two assists. Rodgers put up a goal and two assists, with Strods, Fabrizio and Matt Clymer. Haberstock and Mitchell Jones joined Fabrizio in the assist column.
Skaneateles (11-1-5) has three games left in the regular season, including next Wednesday's visit to Clinton, and it closes with home dates against Auburn Feb. 8 and CBA/J-D on Feb. 11. Oswego also has three games left, against New Hartford, Auburn and Fulton.