Boys Varsity Hockey, Girls Varsity Hockey · Skyline High School Boys Varsity Hockey falls to Fr. Gabriel Richard High School 6-5

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

5:00 PM

Skyline High School

Fr. Gabriel Richard High School

Game Recap

Once again, the Eagles came up just a tad short as they lost a well-played game against the Irishmen from Gabriel Richard 6-5 in the semi-finals of the Dan Jilek Memorial Hockey Tournament on Wednesday night.

Skyline drew first blood when Sophomore winger Noah Bradburn scored an unassisted goal just over two minutes into the game. The Eagles held that 1-0 lead for much of the first period until Gabriel Richard scored with less than four minutes remaining in the period to even things up 1-1. But Skyline took the lead back just 13 seconds later when Junior winger C.J. Bahr scored a goal that was set up by fellow linemate Ryan Wilson and defenseman Hank McMillan. Then with 1:22 left in the first, the Irish scored their second goal of the night to even the game at 2 apiece.

The second period was owned by Gabriel Richard as the Skyline icers found themselves on their heels for much of the period. The Irish scored during their first shift of the period – just 17 seconds after the puck dropped. Less than two minutes later, GR made it 4-2. It looked like the Eagles would get out of the period down by just 2, but then with 37 seconds left in the period GR scored again to make it 5-2.

The third period saw a steady stream of players from both teams heading to the penalty box as things got a bit chippy. About midway through the period Junior Captain Ryan VanDiepen was viciously taken down behind the net during a scrum. He lay motionless on the ice for several minutes while the medical trainer assessed his condition. Fortunately he made it off the ice under his own power, but he would miss the remainder of the game. This seemed to fire up the Eagles as they came out with a vengeance for the rest of the game. Senior Captain Ryan Wilson scored a short handed goal on a nice assist from Freshman center Isaac Lippert to make it 3-5 with 10:24 left to play. Then about 1-1/2 minutes later Bahr and Wilson assisted on Sophomore defenseman Luke Lippert’s goal as he made it a game at 4-5. Just 20 seconds later Bradburn scored his second of the night (assisted by McMillan and Josh Ernst) on a mad scramble around the night to knot the score at 5-5. It looked like the game might be headed to overtime as both teams tried in vain to get the next goal. Unfortunately with 3:41 left it was the Irish who found the back of the net as they blasted in a shot from the point that beat Senior net minder Hector Clarke who had taken over duties from fellow goalie Khegan Harvey at the start of the third period. Skyline was able to mount an inspired attack during the waning minutes of the game as they pulled Clarke for an extra attacker. They came close to getting the equalizer a couple of times in the final seconds, but it wasn’t to be; the final buzzer sounded and the boys in Columbia Blue found themselves 1 goal short.

Overall, it was an exciting game and the Eagles showed incredible grit to claw their way back into the game after being down by 3 goals. Starting goalie Harvey stopped 20 shots in the first two periods, and backup goalie Clarke made 9 saves in the final period.

The Eagles lace them up again tomorrow night (Thursday 1/5) at 5:00 at the Cube in the consolation game against either Huron or Pioneer.

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Fr. Gabriel Richard