SKANEATELES — If it weren’t for the Skaneateles Lakers — and Luke Renaud in particular — the CortlandHomer Golden Eagles could be undefeated right now.
Instead, the Golden Eagles suffered their second loss of the season to the Lakers Tuesday night, an 8-0 shellacking at the Skaneateles YMCA.
Renaud scored a hat trick his second against the Eagles and Charlie Major backed him up with two goals and two assists. Goalie Adam Casper only needed to stop 10 Golden Eagle shots for the shutout, while the Lakers peppered the Eagles’ netminder duo of Riley Delage and Garret Clark with 44 shots.
Both teams were called for six penalties apiece. Three Golden Eagle penalties led to power play goals for the Lakers, and two simultaneous penalties expired just before Renaud stuffed home a goal up close as the two Golden Eagles players were rushing to get back in the play.
It was vindication for Renaud’s efforts on the 5-on-3 he took two shots from the left point, one of which rang off the pipe and and another that made an audible thump on Delage’s chest before he was able to secure the puck and get a face-off.
Renaud’s tally wasn’t the first time the Lakers scored just after a penalty kill — Major scored his second goal of the game minutes beforehand off an assist from his brother Henry.
Renaud scored his first goal on the power play midway through the first period on a blast from the right side that rang off the pipe and into the net. Major made it 2-0 four minutes later after forcing a turnover in the neutral zone and skating in unassisted to score.
Colin Morissey scored the third Lakers goal again on the power play in the first period by forcing home a shot on the doorstep after two attempts at the famous Mike Legg wraparound goal were denied.
Renaud completed his hat trick to make it 7-0 with four minutes left in the game on a wrister from the left circle. His ensuing celebration didn’t sit well with the Golden Eagles bench, and Renaud was sent to the box for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Carter Corbett and Garrett Krieger also scored for the Lakers.
“We did not come out moving our feet, panicked and threw the puck away,” Golden Eagles coach Chad Totman said. “We also had way too many penalties which resulted in four of their goals. Our goalies both played well despite the score.”
Delage played the first two periods in net and stopped 32 shots. Clark played the third period between the pipes and stopped 12 shots.
The Golden Eagles (3-2) don’t have much time to recover as they are back in action at 5 p.m. tonight at the Skaneateles YMCA to play Ithaca for the Cortaca Cup.