continued Somehow, Skaneateles kept its patience in the third period, even as it got two more power-play opportunities and could not convert either of them. By this point, the Lakers had 25 shots to the Lakers' 10, and still trailed by one, unable to get anything past Canandaigua goalie Bryce Guay.
But the Lakers kept pushing - and with 1:52 left in regulation, Raymond Falso, working his way to the front of the Braves' net, took a pass from Major and poked home the tying goal. Owen Kuhns also earned an assist.
Before Canandaigua could even recover, Skaneateles, with its top line on the ice, attacked off the ensuing face-off and, 22 seconds later, Kuhns, taking a feed from Major, banged a wrish shot past Guay for what proved to be the winning goal.
Skaneateles returned on Sunday to face Clarence, and the game turned into a long standoff, uninterrupted by any goals in regulation or overtime and ending 0-0, the Lakers surviving the Red Devils' challenge to finish on top of the tournament field.
Defenses would rule the day. Neither side started fast, and the Lakers were unable to capitalize on its lone power-play opportunity in the first period.
Worse yet, Skaneateles missed out on a five-on-three chance early in the second period, and saw Kuhns take a hard hit right in front of his own bench, forcing him to leave the game.
Through a tense third period, it remained 0-0, and so Skaneateles and Clarence went to overtime. During the five-minute extra period, freshman goalie Kyle Oschner made a big point-blank save to keep it tied, and it would end that way.
Even though he missed the final stages of the tournament, Kuhns still picked up MVP honors, while Tyler Strods joined him on the All-Tournament team.