Saturday, February 11, 2017
Skyline High School
Bedford High School
Ryan Wilson got his second hat-trick in as many games, and Josh Ernst continued his torrid point streak with a 4-point night that included a goal and 3 assists as Skyline powered past a scrappy Bedford team on Saturday night in Toledo.
As seems to have been the case lately, the Eagles got off to an uninspired start during first period play. The Kicking Mules drew first blood at the 11:44 mark as they were able to send in an uncontested shot against senior goalie Hector Clarke. Skyline quickly answered with their own goal in the next shift as Wilson scored his first of the night, assisted by linemates Ryan VanDiepen and Josh Ernst to make it 1-1. At the 10:37 mark, Isaac Lippert took a slashing penalty, then 36 seconds into the penalty kill, Sam Lippert took a cross checking penalty to put the Eagles down by 2 skaters. Bedford was able to maintain good pressure on the subsequent 2-man advantage which resulted in a scrum around the net. In an attempt to keep the puck out of the net, a Skyline player apparently covered up the puck in the crease with his hand, which gave the Kicking Mules an automatic penalty shot. The ensuing penalty shot resulted in a Bedford goal, which put them up 2-1. Skyline was able to kill off the rest of the penalty and nearly made it out of the period with not much damage, but with 1:09 Josh Ernst got a 5-minute major penalty that would carry into the next period.
With Skyline on the penalty kill to start the second, Bedford was able to get another goal less than 2 minutes in to put Skyline in a deeper hole 3-1. It was beginning to look like the Eagles were giving away their bid to be division champions against a weaker team, thereby making their big game in Chelsea next week irrelevant. But as been true all year long, the Eagles owned the second period as they went on to score 4 goals in the middle round. Wilson and Ernst connected again as Wilson got his second goal of the night at 8:07. Just 10 seconds later, freshman Henry Hescheles sent a gorgeous pass from behind the net to defenseman Jacob Rothenberg as he moved in from the blue line to bury the puck in the back of the twine to tie the score at 3-3, and we had a game. A bit over 2 minutes later, Ernst put one behind the Bedford goalie (assisted by VanDiepen and Hank McMillan) to give Skyline their first lead of the game 4-3 at the 5:51 mark. However, Bedford were not about to lay down. They got a goal with only 1:51 left in the period to take away the Skyline momentum and tie the game once again. Then, with only seconds left in the period, the Eagles really pressed hard getting some quality time in the Beford zone. Luke Lippert was able to get a shot away, which the Bedford netminder bobbled, and followed up on his own rebound to score with only 5 second left on the clock to put Skyline back on top 5-4 heading into the final period.
The final period was a back and forth affair as each team had their chances to notch another goal, but the defenses of both teams did a good job of containing second chances. With 7:51 left in the game, Bedford took a tripping penalty. The ensuing power play resulted in a Skyline goal as Wilson completed his hat-trick on a nice redirection of a shot by Hank McMillan (who had received a pass from Ernst), and gave the Eagles some breathing room 6-4. Skyline’s final goal came with 3:53 left in the game as Isaac Lippert (assisted by Luke Lippert) put in a quick snapper past the Bedford keeper. The final score was 7-4.
Goalie Hector Clarke finished with 21 saves on 25 shots on goal. Skyline had 41 shots on goal.
The Eagles’ next game is 7:00 this Wednesday against Chelsea that will decide who wins the SEC White championship. This will be the biggest challenge of the season for this team, so come out to the Coliseum to support your Skyline icers.