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Skaneateles hockey wins Schneider Tournament

Lakers top Cortland-Homer, Cananadaigua for crown

— Now the Lakers had to turn its attention to Canandaigua, who had beaten Williamsville South 4-1 in the other half of the opening round.

The Braves, like Cortland-Homer, would score first, going ahead 1-0 on Luke MacNeil's power-play goal. From that point forward, though, the Lakers completely controlled the flow of play, eventually taking 30 shots to Canandaigua's 10.

Owen Kuhns tied it, 1-1, scoring on the power play 9:08 into the first period as Hill and Jake Cooney earned assists. Then, 4:48 into the second periods, Kuhns, off a pass from Patrick Major, flung a wrist shot from the left side that flew through a screen and into the net for the go-ahead goal.

Staying on the attack, Skaneateles still nearly saw its 2-1 lead disappear. Midway through the third period, Canandaigua got another power play, and Danny Phelps struck a slap shot from the point that clanged hard off the left post and went 20 feet in the air.

The Braves never got that close again, and Cooney added an empty-net goal with 3.6 seconds left. Strods' clutch goal earned him tournament MVP honors, with Kuhns joining him on the All-Tournament team.

Skaneateles, one point behind Oswego in the Division II standings, takes a 9-1-2 record into Tuesday's game at Fulton and is back home Friday to face Whitesboro.

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