That commenced a wild, back-and-forth opening period, where every time the Warriors produced something (like goals from Suddaby 28 seconds apart), the Lakers would respond, as Ryan Higman and Alex Brownlee converted in a six-second span.
After all that, the Warriors trailed, 6-4, going to the second quarter, but it settled down on the defensive end during that period. Pete Valenti, Franco Tangredi and Brandon Devendorf started to disrupt the Lakers' offensive patterns, and Jack Sweeney produced seven of his 13 saves.
Meanwhile, goals by Ryan Zimmerman and Mark Purcell tied it, 6-6, and Suddaby's tally 1:17 before halftime gave Westhill its first lead of the day, 7-6, where it stood at the break.
But after Suddaby hit for the fourth time early in the third quarter, Westhill went cold, and Skaneateles took full advantage with goals from Higman and Strods to tie it 8-8, setting up the critical sequence at the end of that period.
Just to get there, Skaneateles first had to withstand the challenge of no. 10 seed General Brown in last Thursday night’s opening round at Hyatt Stadium. Thanks to a strong mid-game push, the Lakers got away from the Lions and prevailed by a score of 13-4.
Home fans were a bit concerned when Skaneateles only could grab a 2-1 first-quarter lead. But the Lakers started to solve GB’s defensive riddle in the second period, also tightening up its defense as it did not allow a goal.
That 4-0 spurt gave Skaneateles a 6-1 halftime advantage, and it gradually pulled away during the second half, capping its effort with a 5-1 fourth-quarter outburst.
Strods again served as the anchor of the Lakers’ attack, scoring three times for a hat trick and adding three assists. Owens Kuhns had two goals and two assists. Brownlee added two goals and one assist.
Steve Bright, with one goal and one assist, added further depth as Duggan, Higman, Jack Fabrizio and Mark Goetzmann had one goal apiece. Josh Kuhns added an assist in what turned out to be the Lakers’ last victory in 2013.