Frontier/Lake Shore/Orchard Park is only one victory away from a state championship.
FLOP defeated Beekmantown, 5-1, in the semifinal round of the state playoff, which took place in Canton on Friday night. Five different players tallied for the winners.
“Our depth once again was the key to the team,” coach Bob Klimowicz said. “Our top two lines dominated play. Our defense was solid. We outshot them, 26-15.”
Brooke Becker set the tone with an opening goal, followed by a tally by Frangelica Bautz. Bailey Carter interrupted the run by scoring for Beekmantown, but it was all FLOP after that. Meghan Roche, Emily Kromer and Riley Johnson completed the scoring.
“In the third period, we were able to get everyone in and get them a little rest,” Klimowicz said.
It’s a short turnaround for FLOP. It plays Skaneateles – 5-1 winners over Potsdam – at 1 this afternoon for the New York State title. Not only is there little rest time, but the opponents are unfamiliar.
“You have to try to figure out what the other team will do, and you only have 24 hours to figure it out,” Klimowicz said. “You can talk to people up north that you know who might have seen the team.
“Skeaneateles has two really solid players. They’re like Monsignor Martin in our league. It will be a good game.”