It was the Lions who were the victims at the Coliseum this balmy night in January, as Skyline cruised to a 7-3 victory, improving their record to 12-2. Lead by junior winger Noah Bradburn, who had a hat trick and 2 assists, the Eagles started a bit slow, but finished strong in an all around solid team effort to beat the visitors from South Lyon.
Bradburn got the scoring started early in the first when he sent a pass from Shea O’Brien past the Lion net keeper to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead. Unfortunately, a mere 14 seconds later, the Lions knotted the score at 1-1 as they bagged a goal of their own right off of the ensuing face off following Bradburn’s goal. Neither team could score with the remaining 13:47 of the period, so first intermission came with the teams tied at 1-1.
Freshman goalie Tommy Letke was forced to make a number of tough saves, but the Lions finally solved him midway through the second period to get their first lead of the night 2-1. The Eagles spent a lot of time in the Lions’ zone, however finding the back of the net wasn’t so easy as they sent shots wide or the South Lyon keeper would make a save despite the pressure the Eagles were putting on him. Isaac Lippert (assisted by CJ Bahr & Noah Bradburn) eventually was able to cash in on the Eagles’ relentlessness when he put in a rebound from just outside of the crease to knot the score at 2-2 heading into the second intermission.
The third period proved to be too much for the visiting team as the Eagles outscored them 5-1. Isaac Lippert out skated two South Lyon defensemen to get the puck to a wide open Bradburn in the high slot, who promptly deposited the puck over the hapless Lion goalie’s shoulder to get the Eagle lead back at 3-2. Isaac’s older brother Luke converted a pass from Ryan Schmunk a little less than 3 minutes later to make it 4-2, Skyline. Another 3 minutes later, right off of a face off, Bradburn (assisted by Shea O’Brien) netted his second hat trick of the season as he sniped the same corner of the net to widen the Skyline lead to 5-2. But South Lyon wasn’t ready to go home yet, and they scored another goal to make things a bit more interesting at 5-3. Just over a minute later Ryan Schmunk scored on a breakaway when Sam Begosso gave him a nice stretch pass right down the middle of the ice to get the 3 goal lead back 6-3. Isaac Lippert (assisted by Jacob Rothenberg and Bradburn) capped the scoring at 7-3 with his second goal of the night with just 2 minutes remaining in the game to seal the Eagle win.
Skyline’s next game is at 7:30 this Friday at the Kensington Valley Icehouse against Walled Lake Western.