Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Skyline High School
Pioneer High School
Skyline dropped their first game of the high school hockey playoffs to cross town rival Pioneer at the Arctic Coliseum on a snowy Tuesday night. The Eagles played a solid game, but too many missed opportunities resulted in allowing the scrappy Pioneer squad to hang around, and eventually drive a stake through the heart of our beloved Eagles in overtime.
Pioneer drew first blood about midway through the first period. Skyline’s Ryan Wilson evened it up three minutes later on a goal assisted by Jacob Rothenberg and senior Eric Kadar. The first ended with the teams knotted 1-1.
The second period saw Rothenberg scores off a nice draw by Kadar from the right faceoff circle, giving Skyline a 2-1 lead just two minutes in. The Eagles lead was short lived as Pioneer scored thirty seconds later to tie it up 2-2.
In the third period, Skyline once again took the lead on a goal by Noah Bradburn, assisted by Cooper Schmunk. But less than a minute later, Pioneer again came back quickly to tie it up 3-3.
Thanks to spectacular goaltending by Hector Clarke (39 saves on the night), the Eagles were able to hold of the relentless attack by the Pioneers, and end regulation in a tie.
The ensuing overtime saw both teams get quality scoring chances, but nobody could put the puck past either goaltender. Finally, with less than two minutes to play in the five minute overtime, Pioneer took a long shot from just inside the blue line that was screened. The puck seemed to deflect off of something and somehow found its way into the upper left corner of the Skyline net.
The Eagles finished 7-15-1 on the year.