continued Then Zerrillo capitalized on a wild cross-field pass by a Skaneateles defender deep in his own zone, picked up the loose ball and took care of the rest with no one to beat but goalie Max Smith. Braedon Gait also put in his first of five goals on the night.
“The silent five guy right there,” Beardsley said of Gait. “The greatest thing I learned about Braedon over this year so far has been that he's wanted the ball.”
The Lakers kept pace with CBA through the first half of the third quarter, allowing the hosts to go up by five but cutting the lead back to three at 13-10 with 6:20 to play in the period.
Skaneateles would not score another goal before the game’s final buzzer. Gait and Radziewicz threw in a pair of goals each before the end of the quarter to extend the advantage to 17-10.
The fourth quarter was all CBA. Gait and Radziewicz opened the period with a goal apiece. Senior defenseman Joey Pascarella - heading to SUNY Cortland - even got in on the scoring action as he slotted home a tough solo effort after splitting a double team with pure strength.
“We did a good job getting up and down,” Beardsley said. “We moved on offense. Skaneateles is a very good team and we were very fortunate to come away with a victory today.”
For Beardsley, the key to the game’s result was in the center circle.
“We picked up a lot of groundballs on the face-offs, they didn't have possession a lot," he said. And when they did have possession we were fortunate enough to be able to play decent enough defense to cause a turnover.”
Sure enough, he admitted that scoring has not been the issue for his squad this season, but stopping them. And goalie Andrew Koscs turned in a solid performance with 22 saves versus nine goals allowed for a .710 save percentage.
Romagnoli finished with three goals and six assists, while Zerrillo had four goals and three assists.
Though their playoff fate is unknown as yet, Radziewicz expressed confidence in his team’s momentum.
“I think we're going to do very well if we play like we did tonight, keep our heads high and just feel like we can't be beat by anybody else on the field,” Radziewicz said.