Lead by Jacob Rothenberg’s 4 assists , the Eagles snapped a two-game losing streak as they beat the Bedford Kicking Mules on Wednesday night in Toledo 6-1. After losing a tough match to the formidable Hornets of Saline the night before, the Skyline skaters were back at it again in Buckeye country.
First period action was a bit sluggish as the Eagles’ tired legs were evident. The Kicking Mules, despite being the perennial underdogs, are always a tough team to play against because of their speed and physicality – they were almost more than the Eagles could handle early on. Skyline was fortunate to get out of the period with the score tied 0-0.
Second period action saw the Eagles get a little pep back in their steps, and back to their scoring ways. Jamie Newton scored his first of the night when he grabbed a rebound from a Jacob Rothenberg shot and put it past the Bedford netminder to make it 1-0 with 9:21 to play in the period. Newton scored again a little over 3 minutes later cleaning up an Isaac Lippert rebound in front of the net to give the Eagles a 2-0 advantage. Noah Bradburn finished the third period, scoring less than a minute later when the goalie kicked a juicy rebound off to the side of the net from a Zane Myler shot. Bradburn made it 3-0 when he threaded the needle as the goaler tried in vain to seal off the short side.
Jack Bazzani kept things rolling early in the third when he scored his first of two as Jacob Rothenberg and Sei Nakamura combined to give him a semi-breakaway that he buried, giving Skyline a comfortable 4-0 lead. Bedford notched a power play goal while Shea O’Brien was off serving a 2-minute penalty for interference, chipping into the Eagle lead 4-1. But O’Brien atoned for himself 2-1/2 minutes later when he finished a pretty passing play from Bradburn and Rothenberg to get the 4-goal lead back 5-1. Bazzani capped the scoring with less than a minute remaining with his second of the night, with help from Nakamura and Rothenberg again, for a final score of 6-1.
Brendan Cobb got the win as he stopped 24 of 25 shots. Skyline had 43 shots on net.
Skyline plays Pioneer on Saturday at the Arctic Coliseum at 5:30 in an SEC Red matchup.
Sei Nakamura earned the game puck for his relentless pursuit of the puck and for taking several elbows to the chops.