Awakened by Homer’s early surge, the Lakers inched back within 4-3 by the middle of the second period before unleashing the first of two decisive flourishes.
Cannizzaro’s second goal tied it, 4-4, at the 6:02 mark. Brad Nardella, off a feed from Cook, hit the go-ahead goal 48 seconds later, and just nine seconds after that, Cannizzaro took the ensuing face-off and beat Cottrell for the third goal in less than a minute.
By halftime, the Lakers led 7-4, and nursed the margin throughout the third quarter. Still, Homer would not go away, and early in the final period closed within 10-6.
So the Lakers put together another quick outburst. Cannizzaro’s fourth goal, with 5:53 left, ignited a rush where Matt Donovan and Nardella also converted within the next 30 seconds, putting the game out of reach.
All told, Cannizzaro had five goals, with Nardella getting four goals and one assist. Cook led in points, backing up his three-goal hat trick with four assists, as Donovan managed two goals and two assists. Alan Baldwin contributed an assist, too.
With the early scare from Homer and the OT drama at Marcellus behind them, the Lakers took a 3-0 mark into road games at Bishop Ludden and Onondaga this week.