In a game that was closer than the 6-3 score indicates, Tommy Letke came up big when the outcome of the game was still in doubt. Working with the man advantage midway through the second period with the score 2-0 in their favor, the Eagles coughed the puck up right in front of the sophomore netminder. Letke had to make a mad scramble out of the net to poke the puck away, then come up with the biggest save of the game nearly 6 feet outside of the crease. Had Pioneer gotten that short-handed goal, the game would have been 2-1 and taken on a totally different feel. As it was, Skyline maintained the momentum and scored later in the period on a Ryan Schmunk goal, when Sei Nakamura made a nifty move on a Pioneer defenseman and sent a pass that found Schmunk right out in front.
Freshman forward Jack Bazzani scored his third goal in two games when he opened the scoring for Skyline in the first period on a nice feed from Jake McDevitt from behind the net to make it 1-0. Play was back and forth the rest of the period, but senior assistant captain Noah Bradburn was able to score on a buzzer beater when his shot from the goal line in the far right corner caromed off of a Pioneer defender who was in front of the net, and snuck past the Pioneer goaler to give Skyline a 2-0 lead going into the first intermission.
The third period started with Skyline only up 3-1 due to Pioneer scoring a goal late power play goal in the second period, making things still a bit dicey. Bradburn scored his second of the night when Zane Myler popped the puck to him past a Pioneer defenseman as he came streaking across the neutral zone with only one defender back. Bradburn made a lateral move in the zone to evade the defender and easily found the back of the net from the high slot with his signature snapper to get the 3-goal lead back 4-1. Sophomore forward Jamie Newton scored his third goal in two games when Schmunk sent a centering pass to him in front of the net. Newton, deadly from that position, made no mistake as he went top right corner to easily beat the hapless purple tender and make the score 5-1 Skyline. Pioneer still had a bit of fight left in them, and they were able to score their second goal of the night to make it 5-2. Skyline scored to make it 6-2 shortly thereafter when sophomore center Sei Nakamura battled through the Pioneer defense and scored a goal from his knees, lifting the puck into the far upper corner. Pioneer got the last goal of the game, but it was too little too late. Final score was 6-3, Skyline.
Letke earned the win with 19 saves on 22 shots. Skyline had 38 shots on goal.
Next game is against Saline this Friday 12/21 at the Arctic Coliseum. Warmups start at 7:30, puck drop will be around 7:40.
Jacob Rothenberg earned the game puck for his yeoman’s work back on the blue line.
Skyline goal #1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSzjB20ohBs
Skyline goal #2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpB9pcMIOTQ
Skyline goal #3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GpUuN-GJj8
Skyline goal #4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37wsYLVyiFw
Skyline goal #5 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBBLbwknMdU
Skyline goal #6 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkOyIozUqjY