BUFFALO, NY — The Lakers are right at home on frozen ponds.
Luke Lynn scored twice among five different goal-scorers, Bauer Morrissey had three assists while Adam Casper and Chris Falso combined for 15 saves as the Skaneateles Lakers defeated Queensbury, 6-1, in the final of the NYSPHSAA Division-II Ice Hockey Championships at HarborCenter on March 10 in Buffalo.
Ryan Gick, Cole Heintz, Garrett Krieger and Jack Henry also scored for Skaneateles, marking the Central New York school’s fourth state title and first since 2015.
“It’s unbelievable,” Lynn said. “Just being young on that team gave me the tools I needed for today. Some of these guys I didn’t really know before the season started. Besides winning the championship, the relationships I’ve built, I’ll cherish forever.”
“We’ve had different heroes every night,” Skaneateles coach Mitch Major said. “That’s the unselfish word we’ve been talking about. It really just came together today.”
After a scoreless opening frame, Gick, Heintz and Lynn connected in the second period to give the Lakers a 3-0 lead after two periods of play.
Skaneateles (22-1-2), which fell in overtime to Kenmore East in the 2016 state final, ensured the lead would remain theirs with three more goals from Lynn, Krieger and Henry in the third period en route to victory.
Morrissey was named the tournament’s most valuable player.
“There’s been the ups and downs to it, but we fought through them,” Morrissey said. “Coach has a saying that there’s a storm and we have to embrace it and go over it. I think we did that really well this year.”
Brendan Duffy scored for Queensbury (15-7-1), which received a combined 28 saves from Owen Smith and Blake Powers in between the pipes. The 13-time sectional champions fall to 0-2 in state-finals, also skating for the New York State title in 2010. Trevor Vogel and Jack Randall picked up assists.
“It’s sad to be over, because I’m a senior, and I don’t want to see it end,” Queensbury forward Casey Moulthrop said, “but I’m excited for the underclassmen and the juniors that come back next year, and hopefully do it all again.”
“We worked hard,” Queensbury coach Dean Williams said. “A lot of skill on the team. They gave us something to look forward to next year. There’s a lot of returning players and a lot of talented hockey players and hard workers. Not to take away from the seniors, but we have a really good, talented group coming back and I know they’ll keep this in mind and want to get back here.”
The Lakers’ line of Lynn, Gick and Heintz was a formidable one for Skaneateles, combining for eight goals over their last two games including a 5-2 victory over Webster Thomas in the state semifinals.
“At the beginning of the year, coach said we’re not good enough, and all year he kept saying it,” Gick said. “With 30 seconds left I looked up and said, ‘Coach are we good enough?’ and he said no, and threw me out there for the last 15 seconds.
“I was actually playing defense which I never play. When the puck came to me I took a slap shot in panic, and I looked over at coach and yelled, ‘Are we good enough?’ — ‘Yes, yes we are.’”
— NYSPHSAA (@NYSPHSAA) March 10, 2019
Written by John Christian Hageny / @JCCSPORTS
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