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Skaneateles claims the Section III, Division 2 Boys Hockey title

Credit: Scott Thomas

The Skaneateles Lakers put in a dominating performance in defeating the CBA-JD Brothers 8-1 for the Section III, Division 2 title on Monday night. The Lakers entered the game as overwhelming favorites with a 19-1 regular season record and a 121-15 goal differential. CBA-JD was 11-8-1 in the regular season and had a goal differential of 73-56.

Six Lakers had multi-point games, led by Cole Palmer (two goals and two assists) and Sean Kerwick (four assists). Danny Angelina made 13 saves to pick up the victory in net.

Skaneateles started the scoring early, netting two goals in the first eight minutes. They went on the power play 40 seconds after the opening faceoff, and made CBA-JD pay. Kaden Rutledge sent a pass from the point to Trevor Jensen, who roofed a shot into the top of the net from the bottom of the left circle. Six and a half minutes later, Cole Palmer blasted an errant CBA-JD clearing attempt past goaltender Ben Lovell for the first of his two goals on the evening.

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The first period ended with the defending champions leading 2-0 and outshooting the Brothers 12-4.

The Lakers blew the game open with three second-period goals. The first two came at four on four play under two minutes after the period started. At the 1:10 mark, Jack Torrey marched in from the right circle and wired a shot past Lovell to make the score 3-0. 15 seconds later, Kerwick set Rutledge up for a tap-in goal from the right edge of the crease putting Skaneateles up by four.

The Rutledge goal ended Lovell’s night, as CBA-JD head coach Mike McKie replaced him with Justin Buffum.

The shots barrage continued, as the Lakers pressed for more goals. In the closing minute of the frame, they got it. Palmer notched his second goal of the night when he skated in from the right circle and beat Buffum with a wrist shot to the blocker side. As the buzzer sounded to end the second period, Skaneateles took a 5-0 lead and a 24-9 shots advantage to the locker room.

Like they did in the first and second, the Lakers started the third period with an early goal. Luke Mizro scored his first of two goals in the period with a power play marker 1:07 after the opening faceoff. Jack Marquardt rifled a shot from the right circle into the top of the net four and a half minutes later to make the score 6-0.

The CBA-JD Brothers finally had a reason to celebrate when Jack Dement scored a shorthanded goal in the latter half of the period. The Lakers answered back with one more goal in the closing minutes when Mizro scored from the low slot to cap the scoring and the victory.

Skaneateles will now begin the defense of their NYS championship when they host Webster Thomas on Saturday afternoon. The Lakers are ranked number one in New York State, while Webster Thomas is ranked 13th.

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