Whitesboro’s Kirk Chevrier (16), catches air in the Skaneateles crease.
Jeff Pexton-MHTS/PGI Photo
The Skaneateles Lakers and the Whitesboro Warriors hooked up for a Division II – American Conference hockey game this evening at the Whitestown Community Center. It was the Lakers who skated home with a 3-1 win.
Skaneateles’ goals were scored by Patrick Major, Devin Callahan and James Motyl, to improve to (2-1) in the American Conference and (4-1-1) overall.
Whitesboro’s lone goal came off the stick of senior center, Mike Welch.
The loss leaves Whitesboro searching for its first win of the season, as the Warriors dropped to (0-1-2) in the division and (0-4-2) overall.
Both clubs hit the ice with great intensity this evening. The goalies in each net were up to the task early. Jarrett McDonald was solid for the Lakers, steering aside 3 early shots from Whitesboro.
Lakers forward, Patrick Major, who is just a freshman, netted his third goal of the season with 1:56 remaining in the first period, putting Skaneateles up 1-0 right before the first intermission.
Major is off to a hot start, with 15 points on the young season.
The visitors entered play trying to make it two in a row, following a 3-1 win over Cortland-Homer on Tuesday night.
Warrior’s first year, head coach, Todd Manley, had to be proud of his club’s effort in the opening period, despite being down by a goal.
Whitesboro and Skaneateles each had five shots on goal. The only difference on the scoreboard came on Major’s late goal, which found its way in after a big scrum in front of the Warrior’s net.
Whitesboro fell victim to some flat legs and a drop in intensity in the second period and the Lakers pounced on the opportunities.
Skaneateles made it 3-0, a couple of minutes later, when Devin Callahan hit pay dirt with a sharp wrister from the blue line, which Evans may have not seen at all.
Whitesboro, loaded with nine seniors this season, got a huge goal from one of them, with just twenty seconds remaining in the second period. Mike Welch tipped home a slap shot from Ryan Suwek, to pull the Warriors to within 3-1.
The Laker’s advantage in shots on goal went up to 19-7, after the first two periods, but Welch’s late goal made it a game again.
The third period saw Whitesboro ratchet the intensity back up to its first period level, but so too did the Lakers. However, neither team was able to net another goal.
Both teams were bitten by the penalty bug in the final 15 minutes, limiting scoring opportunities for both sides. When the final horn sounded, the Lakers took home the 3-1 win.
Tim Evans finished with 25 saves between the pipes for Whitesboro and Jarrett McDonald Made 14 saves for the Lakers.
Whitesboro returns to action on Sunday, when they visit Mohawk Valley at Kennedy Arena in Rome, for a non-league matchup.
Skaneateles next faces first place Auburn in a key division game next Tuesday.
Skaneateles 3 Whitesboro 1
1 2 3 Total
Skaneateles 1 2 0 3
Whitesboro 0 1 0 1