Lockport almost clawed its way back from a three-goal deficit, but Skylands managed to pull out a 4-2 win in the end.
Skylands led by three goals at one point and ended with the victory. The largest advantage in the game came when Skylands\’ Tim Vant scored at 2:10 in the second period to put Skylands up 3-0.
Skylands forced Lockport goalie Sal Stalteri to work between the pipes, taking 31 shots.
Skylands was helped by Ernest Komarnitskii, who registered one goal. Komarnitskii scored 19:54 into the third period to make the score 4-2 Skylands. Matt Sinatra provided the assist. Skylands additionally got points from Cole Skelly, who also tallied one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Cory Decosta also scored for Skylands. More assists for Skylands came via Mike King, who had one.
Lockport was held below its usual level of production. Lockport averages 4.2 goals per game. Lockport\’s offense rang up 39 shots on Skylands\’ net.
Lockport was helped by Mark Friol, who racked up one goal. Friol scored on the power play 13:07 into the second period to make the score 3-2 Skylands. A hooking penalty on Alex Linquito had put Lockport on the power play. Ryan Logar picked up the assist. Lockport also got a goal from Kurt Villani as well. In addition, Lockport received assists from Jordan Pocobello, Brendan McFall, and Christopher Gasiewicz, who each chipped in one.
Mathias Yttereng recorded 37 saves for Skylands. Skylands incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors. Lockport\’s Stalteri stopped 27 shots out of the 30 that he faced. Lockport incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors.