Friday, January 15, 2016
Skyline High School
Shrine Catholic High School
The eagles overcame a case of the I-275 duldrums on Friday night as they drubbed the Shrine Catholic Knights 5-2. Due to inclement weather and Friday night rush hour traffic, many of the Skyline players arrived for pregame warm ups late. It was evident in the first period that the Eagles’ skating legs were affected by the long car ride as they found themselves in a 1-0 hole in the first minute of play against the Knights. It remained a 1-0 game for much of the first, until Senior Eric Kadar scored on a Skyline power play with 3:59 left in the period to tie the game. Kadar’s goal was assisted by Sam Lippert and CJ Bahr. The Eagles escaped the slow start and skated out of the first tied at 1 all.
The second period saw the Eagles arise from their slumber as they pumped in four goals to put the game out of reach of the out gunned Knights. Schmunk (from Lucas Lippert and Kyle Clavier) scored at 14:51 to give Skyline their first lead of the night. The Eagles held on to their narrow lead for much of the period, but eventually wore down the Knights with their dogged play. The second line consisting of Kadar, Bahr and Ryan Wilson really tired the opponent out by continuously cycling the puck down low for long stretches. Finally at the 4:54 mark Ryan Van Diepen (from Schmunk & L Lippert) connected with a quick shot in the slot to give Skyline a two goal cushion at 3-1. Then at 1:34 Senior Alex Rudelich (from Jacob Rothenberg & Zach Roberts), scored his first of the season on a pretty passing play that ended with him putting a nice shot in on the blocker side past the Knights’ goalie to make it 4-2 Skyline. Freshman Noah Bradburn (from L Lippert and Sam Greenberg) scored a highlight reel goal as he used his dirty mitts to put some Datsukian-like moves on two Knights defenders, then put a rising backhander past their helpless goalie to complete Skyline’s scoring with 41 seconds left in the 2nd period.
The Knights mounted a meager comeback in the third by scoring the period’s only goal, but it was too little too late as the Eagles had the game well in hand. The final period saw a lot of physical play and a number of penalties taken as both teams exchanged unpleasantries with each other for the remainder of the game.
Overall Skyline played a good solid game to make up for the disappointing loss to Pinckney on Monday night. Their next game is against division leader Cheslea Bulldogs next Saturday 1/23.