Just before Marcellus, the Lakers nearly got upended in last Wednesday’s home game against Chittenango, needing to go to the last minute of regulation to beat the Bears 11-10.
Right away, Chittenango found out that it could go toe-to-toe with Skaneateles, only trailing 2-1 after one period and pulling even during an active second quarter as it went to the break tied at 6-6.
Again, it slowed down in the third quarter, the Lakers inching in front 8-7, and again Chittenango fought back, getting four goals from Aaron Jones for the night as it forged a 10-10 tie with regulation time winding down.
Bears goalie Connor Shea had made 17 saves, but he could not stop Strods from putting in the go-ahead goal late n regulation. Despite a hard push, the Bears were unable to get the tally it needed to force OT.
Strods, who also had two assists, joined three other Lakers (Haberstock, Brownlee and Connor Hill) scoring twice in a deep, well-balanced attack. Fabrizio, Bright and Ryan Higman had the other goals, with Kuhns and Sam Duggan picking up assists. Smith finished with 10 saves.
Just three games remained for Skaneateles in the regular season, none of them easy ones, as it hosted Cazenovia in a big Tuesday-night showdown at Hyatt Stadium before closing out at Westhill on Thursday and CBA on May 14.