Boys Varsity Hockey, Girls Varsity Hockey · Skyline High School Boys Varsity Hockey falls to Notre Dame Preparatory 3-2


Monday, November 28, 2016

7:00 PM

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Game Recap

Skyline ran into a hot goaltender Monday night at the Coliseum as they suffered their first loss against the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame Preparatory in a 3-2 game. The Eagles outshot Notre Dame 39-22, but were only able to solve the stingy net minder a couple of times in the first period.

Sophomore winger Noah Bradburn scored on a bang, bang play less than one minute into the first period when the Fighting Irish goalie made a rare bad play as he skated out to play the puck behind his net. Junior captain Ryan VanDiepen capitalized on the miscue as he swept in behind the net to intercept the attempted clearing pass. Once he had the puck, he quickly passed it up to Bradburn who had snuck into the slot and made no mistake as he buried it just before the goalie could get back into position. The Eagles went up 2-0 at the 8:24 mark of the period when Junior center Josh Ernst put one in behind the Notre Dame net minder. Again, VanDiepen used his speed to make this play happen. As the Irish attempted to clear their zone, defenseman Jacob Rothenberg stepped up and kept the puck in as he got it to Bradburn. Bradburn was able to tie up his man as they both battled for the puck and tumbled to the ice, at which point VanDiepen cruised in and took the puck wide left. As the defender chased him, he sent a laser beam pass back over to Ernst who was wide open on the far right side of the net. Ernst blasted it into the open net with a nice one-timer. That was all of the scoring Skyline would do the rest of the game. Less than a minute later, The Irish got their first goal as they maintained sustained pressure and Skyline failed to clear their zone. Then with 2:56 left, Notre Dame tied it up 2-2 as their senior captain rushed the puck up the ice by himself and finished with a beautiful backhand shot that beat senior goal tender Hector Clarke over his left shoulder – it was a shot few net minders would have been able to stop.

The second period saw only one goal, and that was from the Fighting Irish as they scored a power play goal on Skyline’s only penalty of the night, a weak cross-checking call against Van Diepen at the 10:21 mark of the period.

The rest of the night was a goal tenders’ battle as both net minders played stellar and stopped everything else that was sent their way. Skyline had three power plays on the night, and came up empty on all three, but not for lack of good efforts; they had a lot of great scoring chances, but the senior net minder for the Irish was equal to the task. He had to make quite a number of stops on re-directions and bouncing pucks as the Eagles threw everything they had at him. Eagle goalie Hector Clarke also had to come up big as he made numerous saves on the speedy Irishmen.

At the end of the third with approximately 1:20 left in the game, Skyline was able to get Clarke to the bench so they could put out an extra attacker to try to get the equalizing goal. The Eagles really brought a lot of pressure at the end, but they just couldn’t get one in past the Notre Dame goalie. The buzzer sounded and the Eagles found themselves on the short end of the stick, 3-2. Although they came up just shy on the scoreboard, overall they put in a great effort.

The Eagles’ next game is next Wednesday 12/7 at the Coliseum against Milford at 6:30. Come cheer on your team as they look to get back to their winning ways.

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