Jan 04, 2013 Kris Russell Uncategorized
Against the other top contenders in Division II, the Skaneateles ice hockey team has yet to win, but it’s getting closer.
The Lakers and Auburn battled to a 2-2 tie Wednesday night in a Division II hockey game played in front of a big crowd at Allyn Arena.
“It was a typical Auburn-Skaneateles game,” Lakers coach Mitch Major said. “It was a good old rivalry game.”
A near capacity crowd inside the Skaneateles Community Center added to an electric atmosphere.
After a scoreless first period, Auburn got in front midway through the second period. A long range Maroon shot went wide but bounced back to the opposite side of the Lakers goal. Jake Orlando was the first to it, and slotted home a shot to an unguarded net at the 7:10 mark.
Skaneateles wasted little time getting even. Barely a minute later, Josh Kuhns took a pass from Mitchell Jones and zipped a shot past Maroon goalie Jeff Gardner, and it was 1-1.
Just two minutes later, the hosts held a 2-1 lead. Jones won a draw in the Auburn zone and flicked the puck to Connor Hill, who redirected the puck to Tyler Stanton, and Stanton blasted a slap shot through a crowd, and past Gardner.
Skaneateles couldn’t add to the lead and the Maroons took advantage midway through the third period. Orlando worked his way around the Lakers net, sent a pass in front, and watched teammate Mike Foltz score from close range with 7:01 left in regulation.
From there Gardner and Skaneateles goalie Ethan Kupp took over, especially Gardner. The Maroons’ junior stopped eight third-period shots and four more in the overtime period. Overall, the Lakers out-shot Auburn, 30-18.
“I thought we finished strong,” Major said. “Anytime you get a point you’ll take it. When you’re at home you’d like to take two points. You’re not going to win them all. I liked the effort from the players. They came prepared and so did Auburn.”
Maroons coach Mike Lowe liked earning a point, too.
“As usual it was a great game,” Lowe said. “It was a hard fought battle (with) a lot of emotion. I knew we had to work hard defensively to keep (Skaneateles) at bay.”
The Lakers return to the ice Friday afternoon to host Cortland-Homer at 5 p.m. The game is the opener of the Duke Schneider Memorial Tournament. Canandaigua and Williamsville South play the nightcap. The consolation and championship games are scheduled for Saturday afternoon.