CBA/J-D stuns Skaneateles in 3-OT hockey semifinal

Durkin goal sends Brothers to championship game

— Cooney had the best chance in the first overtime, but shot wide from close range. The Brothers generated the better scoring chances the rest of overtime, outshooting the Lakers, 10-7.

Decker was especially sharp in the first and third periods, stopping 26 of the 39 shots he faced. Skaneateles goalie Ethan Kupp made 23 saves.

That the Brothers are playing in Saturday’s Section III title game at Utica Memorial Auditorium against Oswego (who won its own double-OT game over New Hartford 5-4 in the semifinals) has to be considered a surprise considering the way CBA/J-D got out of the gate. At one point the Brothers were 1-6 overall, and 1-4 in league play.

“We’ve been playing so well the second half of the season I just knew we were going to be a tough out,” McKie said. “The team believes in itself. The way we started out our season and how we turned it around...we just became a team.”

The loss put a damper on the Lakers' excellent season. Skaneateles finished 14-2-5, and won the Division II regular season title. Two of those wins were 3-1 triumphs over CBA/J-D, though a third win would prove elusive.

“It’s tough to beat any team three times in one season,” Lakers coach Mitch Major said. “I thought CBA played a great game. I wish them all the best.”

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