Friday, January 8, 2016
Pioneer High School
Skyline High School
The Eagles beat Pioneer High in the first game of the Dan Jilek Ann Arbor cup tournament on Friday night at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube. Skyline played an inspired game as everybody worked hard to beat their cross town rivals.
Ryan Van Diepen opened the scoring for the eagles in the first period at 3:07, assisted by Noah Bradburn and defenseman Hank McMillan. The Pioneers quickly answered with their own goal 46 seconds later, beating goalie Hector Clarke on a quick shot from right in front of the crease. Ryan Wilson scored for Skyline at the 6:06 mark as he and Eric Kadar bore down on the Pioneer goal, ending with a goal and a spectacular crash that sent the Pioneer goalie sprawling.
The second period was quiet on the scoring front as each team took turns going to the penalty box as 7 penalties were called. Freshman winger Jacob Rothenberg scored the lone goal of the period by netting a short handed goal with 34 seconds left in the period on a nice assist from blue liner Henry Vandermark. Vandermark made a great pass up the middle to the streaking Rothenberg, who beat the defense and went in on a breakaway. He moved the puck quickly from right to left and tucked the puck in behind the helpless Pioneer goaler.
Third period action was a bit more frenzied as each team fought for their tournament lives. Erik Kadar was rewarded for his hard work as he scored at 3:13, assisted by defenseman Sam Lippert. Captain Cooper Schmunk followed up 36 seconds later on a laser shot from just above the left faceoff dot that found the upper right corner of the net. It looked like the Eagles had the game well in hand with the score at 5-1, but Pioneer pushed back and got two goals of their own at the 5:01 mark and the 5:18 mark, making the game a bit more exciting at 5-3. Skyline coach Jake Stripp called a time out to settle his team down, and afterwards they really shut things down. Clarke had to make some key saves coming down the stretch, and Vandermark helped out with a save of his own when he blocked a shot that was going into a wide open net that would have made it 5-4. Van Diepen finally put the icing on the win at 14:09 as he received a beautiful pass from Bradburn just over the red line that sprung him for a breakaway. He made a filthy move on the goalie and slammed the puck into the net with authority. The final score was 6-3.
Skyline plays the winner of the Gabriel Richard/Huron game at 5:00 tomorrow (Saturday 1/9) in the championship game.