Back on Dec. 21, the Lakers beat Beekmantown by that same 3-2 margin, which proved a big boost of confidence for Skaneateles, as the subsequent win streak would show.
Here, though, Beekmantown kept Skaneateles off the board in the first period, and then matched goals in the second frame before finding the net twice in the final period, something the Lakers could not equal.
Kush notched one goal and assisted on the other, by Allison Weiss. Claire Michel and Sarah Sauda also picked up assists as Lupo put together a 30-save effort that wasn’t quite enough.
Less than 24 hours later, Skaneateles was on the ice again, facing Salmon River, and quickly bent back to its winning ways, rolling past the Shamrocks 6-2.
Attacking quite well, the Lakers grabbed a 3-0 lead by the end of the first period, and then made it 6-1 by the time they reached the third period, quickly learning the lesson of how important it was to establish control early before an opponent got confidence and momentum.
Grace Schnorr stepped up, with two goals and one assist, as Michel had a goal and two assists to lead a deep and versatile attack. Lauren Jones also had a pair of assists as Kush managed one goal and one assist. Kuhns and Weiss also found the net as Sauda and Paige Postalwait got one assist apiece.
Now comes the Section III playoffs, with semifinals and finals this week at Austin Ice Pavilion and the winner advancing to next weekend’s state final four at Alexandria Bay.