Without any rest, the Cougars faced Skaneateles (who had just lost 4-0 to Auburn the night before) at Allyn Arena Friday night to close out its regular season, and took another defeat to the Lakers, this one by a score of 2-1.
For two periods, neither side could convert. Then, in the third period, Eccles found the net for Syracuse (12-5-3), only to have Raymond Falso and Patrick Major score goals for Skaneateles, and that proved enough. Ben Wilson, taking his turn in goal, stopped 14 of the 16 shots he faced.
Despite this, the Cougars are still at home this Thursday to face Liverpool in the first round of the Division I playoffs, a night before West Genesee hosts Mohawk Valley at Shove Park. Winners advance to the semifinals early next week, with the title game Feb. 22 at Utica Memorial Auditorium.