Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Skyline High School
Chelsea High School
The Skyline icers’ bid for their first championship ended in a bitter loss against Chelsea on Wednesday night at the Coliseum as the Bulldogs dug in a beat them 5-4.
In the first period both teams came out of the gate ready to play. The Eagles ha some good early chances and Senior goalie Sergei Harvey had to make some point blank saves early on in order to keep his team in the game. Skyline netted the first goal of the game when Ryan VanDiepen cleaned up a rebound on a shot by Ryan Wilson seven minutes into the game. The momentum was short lived as Chelsea scored on a power play about 1-1/2 minutes later to tie things up at 1-1. Chelsea scored their second goal of the period with only 2:34 left as Skyline got a bit lax in their own end. The period ended with Chelsea up 2-1.
The second period got off to a rough start when Chelsea scored their third goal of the game just 1:14 into the period, which prompted coach Jake Stripp to pull starting goalie Harvey to try to wake the Eagles up and get them going again. Things went from bad to worse just 1:46 later when Chelsea put another goal past reliever Hector Clarke, and Skyline found themselves down 4-1. But the Eagles decided that they weren’t going to just roll over and play dead – the team stepped up as a whole and kept plugging away trying to claw their way back into the game. Clarke had to make a number of tough saves to give the Eagles hope of getting back into the game. Finally their persistence paid off when C.J. Bahr buried a shot from the high slot on a nice pass from the stick of Noah Bradburn to cut into the Bulldogs’ lead 4-2. Later in the period, with 2:44 left, Luke Lippert put the puck past Chelsea goalie Aidan Boote (assisted by his younger brother Isaac Lippert) to get the Eagles within striking distance once again 4-3.
The Bulldogs scored once again early in the third to get their 2-goal lead back 5-3. No other scoring occurred until just 5:04 was left in the game and Casey Ketola (assisted by Isaac Lippert) took a shot from the blue line that found its way into the upper left corner of the net to make it 5-4. Then with 1:53 left in the game, Chelsea took a high sticking penalty to give the Eagles a power play the rest of the game. With the puck down in the Chelsea zone, the Eagles were able to pull their goalie for a 2-man advantage, but they weren’t able to get the tying goal to go in. The game ended 5-4 as the Chelsea players celebrated their division championship in front of an adoring home crowd.
Skyline’s season is not over. Even though they weren’t able to win the division title, there are still two games left on the regular season schedule, then the state playoffs are right around the corner. It’s been a very successful year for the Eagles, and they hope to still have some winning nights coming up. They play next this coming Saturday 2-18 versus the Eastside Stars at Optimist Arena in Jackson, then Monday 2-20 against Pinckney at the Coliseum.