In a night set aside for the memory of Miles Roberts and to raise awareness for suicide prevention, the Eagles defeated the Chelsea Bulldogs 5-1. It was Skyline’s first win against Chelsea since February of 2015. The win improves Skyline’s record to 12-7 on the season.
Jamie Newton got the first period’s only goal early on, a little over 5 minutes into the game, to put the Eagles up 1-0. Even though on paper the Eagles are a superior team this year, the Bulldogs were not going to just roll over and play dead. They were strong on the puck, and kept the Eagles from getting any serious momentum going into the second period.
The Bulldog’s tenacity paid off when they got the tying goal during the first 3 minutes of the period. This got the Eagles motivated, and Shea O’Brien netted a nice wrap around goal 30 seconds later to make it 2-1 after destroying a Bulldog behind the net as they both raced for the puck. The Eagles seemed to loosen up as they dominated puck possession and had a lot of good scoring opportunities for much of the period as Chelsea had a steady stream of players heading to the penalty box. Noah Bradburn made it 3-1 with his deadly snap shot from the top of the circle on one such power play when Isaac Lippert cleanly won the faceoff to set him up.
The third period saw Skyline put it in cruise as they exerted their dominance against the Bulldogs. However, goalie Brendan Cobb (who shared game duties with Tommy Letke) had to come up with some spectacular saves to keep Chelsea off the board as they were still sniffing around the net to try to generate some offense. With 6 minutes left in the game, Jacob Rothenberg netted Skyline’s 4th goal of the game on a beautiful feed from O’Brien from behind the goal line to really put things out of reach for the Dawgs. With 32 seconds left, freshman Jack Brady, as he was being knocked to the ice in the high slot, got his first career goal when he redirected a pass from O’Brien to seal the deal at 5-1.
The Eagles play an away game on Monday at 6:00 against Milford.