The Eagles faced their toughest opponent of the season on Thursday night at the Coliseum. The Canton Chiefs came in feeling pretty good about their chances against the boys in Columbia Blue, but they were surprised to find a worthy opponent this far west off of I-94.
Canton took the early lead 1-0 in the first period, and were able to hold the Eagles scoreless through the first frame, despite being outplayed. Junior net minder Brenden Cobb kept the Eagles in the game as he came up with some great saves to keep the game within reach for Skyline.
Skyline finally notched a tally in the second period as they tied it up 1-1 when senior assistant captain Noah Bradburn scored his sixth power play goal of the season on a nice set up by junior Isaac Lippert. The Chiefs went back ahead 2-1 later in the period when they scored a power play goal of their own.
The third period saw Skyline dominate play in the Canton end, but getting the tying goal was not so easy. With 5:31 left in the game, Canton took a 5 minute major penalty when they ran over Cobb on a mad rush toward the Skyline goal. The ensuing Skyline power play struck pay dirt when Lippert took a pass from fellow junior Shea O’Brien and let a low slapper go from the point that beat the Canton goaler. The game ended with the teams knotted 2-2 going into sudden death overtime.
Just 38 seconds into overtime, sophomore center Sei Nakamura’s quick one-timer off of a pass from junior assistant captain Ryan Schmunk found the back of the net, and the Skyline team celebrated with their fans against the glass.
Skyline is now 4-0 on the season. Brendan Cobb recorded 19 saves on 21 shots for the win.
Skyline plays next on December 6th against South Lyon at the Kensington Valley Ice House at 8:00.
Sei Nakamura earned the game puck with his overtime goal.