In a rematch between SEC Red juggernauts on Friday night at the Coliseum, Saline’s 4-goal second period was too much for the Eagles to overcome. Skyline dropped their second game to Saline in as many weeks, putting them at 3-2 in the SEC Red division, in a distant second behind Saline (5-0).
The Eagles got behind early again as Saline scored about 3 minutes into the game for the 1-0 lead. Despite play being in the Skyline zone for much of the period, sophomore goalie Tommy Letke was able to limit the Hornets to just the one goal in the first. Skyline couldn’t muster much offense as Saline had them pushed back on their heels playing defense most of the time. The period ended with Skyline only 1 goal down and plenty of game left.
The second period is generally a good period for the high-powered Eagles, but the Hornets had their own ideas of how the period was going to go as they pumped in 3 more goals in the first five minutes of the period to put the hapless Eagles in a 4-0 hole. Coach Jake Stripp called a timeout to calm his team down and get their heads back together. The re-set seemed to work as the Eagles scored two consecutive goals immediately following the timeout. Jamie Newton scored Skyline’s first goal as he stretched out just enough to re-direct a Ryan Schmunk pass into the net past the Hornet goaltender to make it 4-1. Two shifts later saw Jacob Rothenberg take a pass from Schmunk at the blue line and bomb a shot in as Ryan Garrett screened the goalie to get within two goals, 4-2. The momentum was short-lived when Saline scored on a two-man advantage to make it 5-2 going into the second intermission.
Third period play saw both teams play great defense. Skyline had to kill off a 5-minute major penalty early in the period to keep within striking distance, which they did despite being their own zone most of the time. The third period ended in a draw, but the damage was already done, and the final buzzer showed 5-2 in the Hornets favor.
Matt Bahr earned the game puck in Friday night’s loss to Saline for his tough, determined play in the defensive zone.
Dan Jilek Tournament winners – January 2018
Skyline’s next game is Friday January 4, 2019 at 5:00 against Pioneer at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube as the Eagles look to defend their Dan Jilek championship title from last year. The Dan Jilek tournament features all four Ann Arbor high schools competing in a Friday-Saturday GLI-style tournament. Gabriel Richard will play Huron at 5:00, and Skyline will play Pioneer at 7:30 on Friday night. On Saturday, the losers of the Friday games will play each at 5:00, and the winners will play for the championship at 7:30.