Lakers edge Penn Yan in tense state semifinal

Cazenovia holds off late Mustangs rally, wins 8-7

Just as in other instances where Cannizzaro was targeted, Cook flourished. He flashed open in a man-up situation and converted on a high shot to get the Lakers on the board, and P.J. Brown's goal late in the period gave Cazenovia a 2-1 lead, but Austin Fingar answered in the last minute of the period, pulling the Mustangs even 2-2.

Voigt's behind-the-back goal early in the second quarter pushed Penn Yan back in front 3-2, but a hard defensive hit set up an easy answer from Cook on the fast break and a 3-3 tie.

Midway through the period, the Lakers tried to break clear. Henry Mann put Cazenovia in front with a strong move from the left side, and Cannizzaro did the same thing exactly one minute later to make it 5-3.

As this went on, Joe Colligan, Jay Hahn, Eli Mitchell and the Lakers' back line forced the Mustangs into turnovers and didn't let them respond. When Cook made a superb move near the net and poured in his third goal less than a minute before the half, the margin grew to 6-3, where it stood at the break.

With a man-up situation to start the third quarter, Penn Yan immediately turned it over again, and two minutes later Cannizzaro, finally with some space to operate, ripped in a shot from the point for his second goal, extending the lead to 7-3.

Penn Yan went more than 15 minutes without a goal before Rion Davison converted in a man-up situation that cut the margin to 7-4. But its propensity for turnovers continued to help the Lakers nurse its lead through most of the period.

Cook struck for his fourth goal and made it 8-4, but that would be Cazenovia's last tally of the night. Maciejewski answered a minute later, and early in the fourth quarter Andrew Perl's goal made it 8-6, proving that Penn Yan was far from done.

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