Just as important was the work of the Lakers’ defense, which again proved quite stingy in the post-season cauldron. Back-line players constantly put their bodies in front of pucks to prevent the Bucs from scoring opportunities, and goalie Kyle Oschner only had to make 17 saves.
While all this was going on, Auburn went through a tense semifinal at Casey Rink, requiring two overtimes before Nick Orlando's goal pushed the Maroons past defending state champion CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt 3-2 and into its first title game in 25 years.
Way back in 1989, Auburn lost that sectional final to Rome Free Academy 8-1. Now Skaneateles hopes to make its long-awaited return just as unpleasant.