The Skaneateles girls ice hockey team earned a share of the state championship on Saturday at Clayton Recreation Park Arena, playing Potsdam to a 1-1, four-overtime tie, after which the Lakers and Sandstoners were declared co-champions.
It only figured for the Skaneateles girls ice hockey team that its quest to win the Upstate New York championship would involve multiple overtimes.
That was, after all, the exact same scenario that had unfolded in 2012 and 2013 for the Lakers, who both times lost double-OT decisions to Alexandria Bay that kept them from advancing beyond the Section III tournament.
Now, with the ultimate prize at stake Saturday afternoon at Clayton Recretaion Park Arena, Skaneateles and Section X champion Potsdam would go well beyond regulation – or even two extra periods - in Saturday’s state title game at Clayton.
In fact, the drama played out over four overtimes, and three hours on the ice. And it ended up resolving nothing, the Lakers and Sandstoners finishing in a 2-2 tie and, having given everything on the ice, they walked away as deserving state co-champions.
They played through a scoreless first period before the Lakers went in front, 1-0, on Sarah Sauda’s goal early in the second, a hard shot that Sandstoners goalie Sydney Molnar could not react to until it was past her. Sophie Kush got credit for the assist.
Potsdam tied it, 1-1, late in that period, but this was just the beginning. Working on the power play late in the third period, Skaneateles got victimized when the Sandstoners broke in and scored, short-handed, to take a 2-1 lead. Kallie Grant and Ally Miller scored for Potsdam.
But the Sandstoners' lead didn’t last long as Claire Michel, picking up a rebound of Sauda's shot, beat Molnar for the tying goal with 4:19 left. And there it would stay, through the end of regulation, leading to the overtimes.
Late in the first OT, Skaneateles picked up a power-play chance, but could not convert it as the game moved into the second extra frame, and would remain unresolved.