Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Skyline High School
Ann Arbor Huron High School
The Eagles started their Division 2 Regional playoff run against cross town rival Huron on Tuesday night at the Arctic Coliseum, and skated to an expected victory – Skyline beat Huron in both of their regular season meetings quite handlily.
Once again, the Eagles relied on a strong second period effort to put their opponent away, as they outscored them 3-0 in the middle session to put the game out of reach as they cruised to a 6-3 victory.
First period action featured the Eagles dominating play, but Huron goalie Ethan St. Pierre answered the call and stoned a number of quality scoring chances. Despite being outplayed, Huron scored first with just 3:30 left in the period to energize their fans and make it look like an upset may be in the works. CJ Bahr answered for the Eagles as he cleaned up a little garbage around the net set there with help by Josh Ernst and Casey Ketola to tie it up just a little over a minute later. The first period ended with the score knotted a 1-1.
All season, the Eagles have owned the second period, and this night was no different. At the 7:40 mark, Ernst scored his first goal ofthe night (assisted by Ryan VanDiepen) to give Skyline their first lead of the game. 1-1/2 minutes later, CJ Bahr scored his second of the night on a nifty wrap around (assisted by Isaac Lippert) to make it 3-1. Then with 4:46 left, Luke Lippert scored an unassisted goal as he sniped the top left corner to give Skyline some major breathing room at 4-1.
The third period saw both teams tally two goals as Huron tried to make it a game. Skyline scored their 5th unanswered goal when Ryan Van Diepen, assisted by Noah Bradburn and Josh Ernst, was able to break through the defense using his speed and slip another one past St. Pierre to make it 5-1. Huron was able to take advantage of some sloppy Skyline play in the waning minutes of the game to make it 5-2 and make it more of a game heading down to the wire. However, Skyline was able to get their 4 goal lead back just 1-1./2 minutes later as Ernst scored his second of the night (assisted by Luke Lippert) to make it 6-2. Huron wasn’t done as they snuck in one more goal with 2:22 left to gie them a chance to make a late run at tying the game. The Eagles’ defense along with goalie Sergei Harvey, were able to shut the door on the Huron offense the rest of the way, and the game ended with the score at 6-3.
Harvey made 15 saves on 18 shots for the night, playing all 51 minutes. Skyline had 35 shots on net.
The Eagles’ next game is against Pioneer, who got a bye in the first round, this Thursday at 7:00 at the Coliseum. If the Eagles win, they will advance to the regional championship on Saturday at 7:00 at the Cube versus likely opponent Saline.