Skyline lost a heart breaker on Monday night at the Coliseum when Chelsea scored on a short-handed breakaway with just 0:02 left on the clock to topple the Eagles 4-3 in a hotly contested SEC match up.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first period, then added 2 more early in the second period to make it 3-0. It looked like the Eagles’ night was going to be a long one, but then senior captain Ryan VanDiepen (assited by Luke Lippert & Matt Bahr) got the Eagles on the board midway through the second to start an unlikely comeback. Ryan Schmunk (unassisted) got the Eagles to within 1 with just 0:14 left in the second when he roofed a backhand as the Eagles generated a lot of pressure around the Chelsea goal keeper.
With the Eagles down by a goal 3-2 going into the third period, both teams had golden opportunities to put the puck in the net. Skyline goalie Tommy Letke made quite a number of tough saves to keep his team in the game, and at the other end the Chelsea goalie did his part to keep the high-scoring Eagles’ pucks out of his net. Finally the Eagles scored their third unanswered goal when Noah Bradburn found Isaac Lippert with a nice pass out of the corner while the Eagles were on the power play. Lippert finished the play with a quick shot that finally beat the Bulldog goalie, and the score was tied at 3-3. Then with 1:54 left in the game, Chelsea took another penalty and the Eagles were on the man advantage for the remainder of the game. Despite some great pressure and good puck possession, the Eagles mishandled at the blue line, and one of the Chelsea Bulldogs was able to push the puck past the remaining defender. He was able to beat three eagles on the breakaway and put a nifty move on Letke as he send the puck in through the five-hole to dash the Eagles’ hopes of beating this tough Chelsea team. It was the Eagles’ third loss of the season.
Skyline plays away against Lakeland on Wednesday night in a bid to get back into the winning column again.