Boys Varsity Hockey, Girls Varsity Hockey · Skyline High School Boys Varsity Hockey falls to Father Gabriel Richard High School 1-8

Saturday, January 9, 2016

12:00 AM

Father Gabriel Richard High School
Skyline High School

Game Recap

Skyline lost in the championship game of the Dan Jilek Cup tournament on Saturday night before a raucous crowd at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube. Gabriel Richard drew first blood on their third shift of the game, and didn’t look back as they pummeled the Eagles with a relentless offensive attack all night.

First period action featured a 5 on 3 Gabriel Richard power play that lasted 1:04. Skyline was able to kill off the power play thanks in large part to stellar goal tending by Hector Clarke. GR was looking to add to their lead later in the period when the Eagles got lucky as a shot that beat Clarke hit the inside of the far post and bounced out. With 1:40 left in the first, Clarke stoned a GR player on a break away. Skyline escaped the period only down by 1.

The 2nd period was a rough one for the Eagles as GR scored in the first minute and last minute of the period, book ending two other ones as they pumped in four for the period. Freshman winger Noah Bradburn scored on the power play on an unassuming back hander that found its way to the back of the net after Cooper Schmunk had won the draw back to him. Fellow Freshman Jacob Rothenberg nearly added another one for the Eagles a few shifts later as his shot from just above the left faceoff circle hit the post behind the GR goaler and bounced out. The score at the end of two was 5-1, but it could have been much worse if not for the exceptional play of Clarke.

The 3rd period saw GR stick to their offensive mindset and continue to keep Skyline pinned in their own zone. GR scored a short handed goal at 4:52 to make it 6-1 as the Skyline defense made an ill advised cross ice pass that was picked off at center ice and turned into a breakaway that ended with the puck in the back the net. Ryan Van Diepen batted in a rebound from a shot by Bradburn a while later, but the ref ruled that the net was off the moorings before the puck crossed the line. Skyline got their own 5 on 3 power play during the period, but were unable to do anything with it. With 1:33 left in the game GR made it 7-1, then scored number 8 with 45 seconds left. The Eagles showed some spunk and grit near the end of the game, but it was the proverbial “too little too late” as the outcome was pretty well sealed early on.

Clarke played outstanding, stopping 30 of 38 shots, which earned him MVP accolades from the Jilek Cup committee. But too many turn overs and mistakes at mid ice and in their own zone cost Skyline the game.

Overall, the Skyline icers played great all weekend, giving their fans a great ride.

Skyline’s next game is Monday night (1-11) against Pinckney at 6:30 at the Arctic a Coliseum in Chelsea.

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