continued When Skaneateles was unable to convert on a second power play, Auburn again made them pay for it. At the 10:45 mark, amid a battle in front of the Lakers' net, Sean Lattimore powered the loose puck past Jarrett McDonald, making it 2-0.
This was, of course, the exact same scenario as the first meeting, so the Lakers weren't too discouraged. But that feeling changed with 1:41 left in the second period as Danny Entenmann returned to deliver a second goal amid a scramble similar to Lattimore's tally.
Now trailing 3-0 going to the third period, the Lakers saw a third power-play attempt go dry, and the Maroons sealed it when Nick Netti found the net with an unassisted goal. None of the Lakers' 28 shots got past Brendan Entenmann, while McDonald made 23 saves.
What made the result more difficult to take for Skaneateles was that, even if it beat Clinton Sunday to tie Auburn for the league title, the Maroons have the tie-breaker to get the top seed for the Section III Division II playoffs. Thus, the Lakers would finish second and only be guaranteed one home sectional playoff game late next week.
But at least it went into that Clinton game feeling good following Friday night’s tense 2-1 victory over the Division I Syracuse Cougars at Allyn Arena.
Neither team could score in the first two periods. Then, in the final period, Skaneateles broke through as Patrick Major and Raymond Falso each scored, with assists from Reece Eddy, Briggs Carter, Tyler Strods and Trey Wirth.
That negated a goal by the Cougars’ Sean Eccles, which was all that a stingy Laker defense would allow as Kyle Oschner, taking his turn in the net, recorded 21 saves.
When the game at Clinton did get played on Sunday afternoon, Skaneateles was ready for it – especially Major, who took a central role as the Lakers rolled to a 4-1 victory over the Warriors to earn a share of the league title with Auburn.