Skaneateles Recent years have produced all sorts of memorable ice hockey encounters between Skaneateles and Oswego, and Wednesday night's clash at Allyn Arena added to that ledger.
Trailing by two goals, the Lakers came back to tie it and appeared ready to go in front - but instead, the Buccaneers used a well-timed breakaway goal late in regulation to move back in front for good, eventually beating Skaneateles 4-2.
Since the Lakers and Bucs now play in separate Division II leagues (Skaneateles in the American Conference, Oswego in the National Conference), this marked the only regular-season encounter between the traditional ice powers.
And it was also the Bucs' season opener, while Skaneateles came into the game riding the momentum of its first-place finish in the Queensbury Tournament during Thanksgiving weekend.
Yet after the Lakers controlled the early flow of play, the first period settled into a stalemate where both sides made lots of runs up and down the ice, but produced few real scoring chances.
Then, in a span of 16 seconds, everything changed.
At the 10:54 mark, Sean Mooney, off feeds from Zach Zerrahn and Jake Oleyourryk, beat Lakers sophomore goalie Kyle Oschner to put the Bucs up 1-0.
Before Skaneateles could regroup, Oswego zoomed into the defensive zone again, and Josh Wallace, taking a quick pass from Anthony Donabella, put in a second goal at the 11:10 mark.
That sudden burst left the Lakers trailing, 2-0, and the shock from it lingered deep into the second period as Skaneateles struggled for a long time to organize any sort of attack.
But the Lakers, perhaps remembering that it erased an early deficit to beat Glens Falls in the first round of the Queensbury Tournament, started to find its rhythm just as the second period ended, and Patrick Major found the net with 47.4 seconds as Sam Clymer earned the assist.