Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Chelsea High School
Skyline High School
The Eagles looked good all night, but they lost a hard fought battle with the Bulldogs from Chelsea in overtime on Wednesday 4-3.
The first period was a back-and-forth affair as the two teams traded time in each othersâ zones with nothing to show for it. The puck seemed to be taking bad bounces at both ends, and neither team could convert on some nice chances. But Chelsea drew first blood with less than a minute left in the period as they pressured the Skyline D â a weird shot from just outside the right post glanced off of Senior goaltender Khegan âSergeiâ Harveyâs skate and found the back of the net, giving the Bulldogs the lead 1-0 heading into the first intermission.
Second period action was intense as the Eagles ramped up their offense and scored 3 goals. But before they got going, Chelsea added another tally to make the score 2-0 six minutes in when they scored a short-handed goal during a 5 minute Skyline power play. Fortunately, just 45 seconds later, the Eagles cashed in on their power play to make it 2-1. Junior winger CJ Bahr converted on a cross ice pass from senior captain Ryan Wilson, and the Eagles were finally rolling. A little over 2 minutes later, sophomore winger Noah Bradburn banged home a nice one-timer as junior assistant captain Ryan VanDiepen fed him a nice pass in the slot from behind the Chelsea net to even the score at 2-2. Just as the Eagles were getting some momentum going, the Bulldogs scored with 1:06 left in the period on an innocent looking shot from the top of the left circle that hand cuffed Harvey, trickling in to give them the lead back at 3-2. But the Eagles werenât done yet. With just 24 seconds remaining in the middle period, Bradburn returned the favor to VanDiepen as he sent a sharp pass across to his linemate that was streaking in on the goal. VanDiepen made no mistake as he slammed in the tying goal. At the end of two, it was Skyline 3, Chelsea 3.
The third period saw Chelsea pressing hard to try to get a lead back, and Skyline was equally as determined to beat their conference rival. 15 minutes of play later, Chelsea had 13 shots on net and Skyline had mustered only 3, but they found themselves still tied at 3-3 and headed into overtime.
The 8 minute overtime didnât last long as Chelsea scored on a controversial play just 1:28 into the extra period. As Skyline attempted to clear their zone with Chelsea making a change, the puck hit the skate of a Bulldog that had already been replaced by another skater, which should have resulted in a âToo Many Menâ penalty. However, no call was made as play continued deep in the Skyline zone, and the Bulldogs converted on a shot that found the short side up over Harveyâs shoulder.
Harvey stopped 30 shots on net for the Eagles, and his teammates were able to get 27 shots on the Chelsea goalie in the evenly matched tilt.
Skylineâs record is now 5-2-1. Their next games will be over the break at the Cube as they play in the city wide Dan Jilik Tournament against Pioneer, Huron & Gabriel Richard on Wednesday 1/4 & Thursday 1/5. Come join in the festivities and cheer your Eagle icers on to victory.