The Eagles came into Wednesday nightâs game against Dexter feeling pretty good about their chances of putting a check in the âWinâ column. However, it seems the Dreadnaughts did not get the memo that told them that they were just supposed to roll over and allow Skyline to waltz their way to victory. With Dexterâs regular goalie out with an illness, the stage was set for a scoring bonanza by the high-flying Eagles to make short work of the lowly Dreadnaughts. Alas, the game was a much tighter affair than what the boys from Skyline were expecting.
The Eagles drew first blood early in the first period when sophomore winger Noah Bradburn scored 45 seconds into the game on Skylineâs second shift with a quick, low shot on net. Linemates Josh Ernst and Ryan Van Diepen assisted on the play. It looked like it would be a steady stream of pucks getting in behind the Dexter goalie, but the Dreadnaughts played some stingy defense and kept the Eagle attackers from getting many quality scoring chances. Five minutes after Bradburnâs goal, freshman center Isaac Lippert expanded the Skyline lead to 2-0 with a quick shot that beat the novice goaltender. C.J. Bahr assisted on the Lippert goal. A few shifts later, sophomore defensemen Luke Lippert hit a streaking VanDiepen with a nice pass up the middle to break him away behind the Dreadnaught defense to face a hapless goaltender one-on-one. VanDiepen picked the upper left corner and sent a laser beam shot into the net, bringing the score to 3-0. Dexter was able to keep the Eagles from getting any more goals for the remaining 7:51 of the period, and Skyline went into the first intermission with a 3-0 lead.
The second period started with a Skyline powerplay, but they were unable to get any sustained pressure and looked bad, struggling to control the puck and unable to set up in the Dexter zone. The uninspired play persisted after the powerplay was over, and resulted in Dexter getting some momentum going. At the 12:18 mark, the Dreadnaughts scored to shrink the Skyline lead, and give their fans something to cheer about. At 3-1, the score seemed much closer as one could feel Dexter gaining confidence while Skyline was content to sit back a watch. Finally, a little over five minutes into the period, Bradburn scored again on a play set up by Luke Lippert and VanDiepen. That appeared to energize the Skyline bench, as 1-1/2 minutes later captain Ryan Wilson completed a nice tick-tack-toe play from Bahr and I Lippert to 5-1. But still, the Dreadnaughts played tough and didnât make things easy for Skyline. With just over two minutes remaining in the period, Dexter once again pushed through and found the back of the net as they willed their way to fight back the Eagles. The period ended with Skyline up 5-2, and nothing seemed certain, even with a 3 goal lead.
The third period saw a lot of action in the penalty box as things got a little chippy. In total, 32 minutes of penalties were called in the period as Dexter and Skyline exchanged unpleasantries, and things seemed to get personal between the two teams. Skyline saw their lead get smaller when Dexter scored with 11:31 left in the game, making it 5-3. The Eagles seemed to be clinging for dear life and hoping the clock would run out before Dexter could complete their unlikely comeback. Great saves were made at both ends of the ice as play went back and forth with neither team being able to spend much time in each otherâs zone. Then with 4:12 left in the game, Bahr gave the Eagles another 3 goal lead as he buried the puck in behind the Dreadnaught goalie while burying Dexterâs hopes of an upset. Time ran out, and the score was Skyline 6, Dexter 3.
Senior goalie Khegan Harvey had to be sharp all night as he backstopped the Eagles to their third victory of the young season. With Dexter looking desperately for a win, they brought a lot of pressure. Harvey was instrumental in the win â another goal at an inopportune time could have shifted the momentum for the Dreadnaughts in a heartbeat.
Skyline remains undefeated, and is now 3-0-1 on the year. The Eagles play again next this Monday 11/28 at the Coliseum vs Notre Dame Prep at 7:00. Come show your support as they look to keep their winning streak going.