Skyline’s playoff hopes were short lived as Pioneer brought the Eagles season to an end on Monday night at the Chelsea Arctic Coliseum as the Pioneers skate into the next round following a 6-2 win over their city rival.
The Eagles scored first when Isaac Lippert converted a rebound from older brother Luke’s shot to make it 1-0.
But it was Pioneer’s game the rest of the way.
Freshman goalie Tommy Letke made three huge saves in a row to keep his team in it, but Pioneer was clearly the more fired up team of the night as they kept the pressure up.
Their tenacity paid off when they finally scored with less than a minute in the period to tie it up 1-1.
Pioneer scored two unanswered goals in the second period. Their second of the two was scored again with less than a minute remaining in the period to make it 3-1 Pioneer.
But Skyline had been down in games before and came back, so there was still hope as the third period got underway. But this was not the Eagles’ night.
The Pioneers scored in the first 10 seconds of the third to make it 4-1, and the Eagles were all but done. Luke Lippert was able to narrow Pioneer’s lead to two when he scored on a low shot from the point to make it 4-2, but it was too little too late.
Skyline tried to press, but the Pioneers were not to be denied, scoring two more goals, the final one being an empty netter as Letke had been pulled for the extra attacker near the end of the game.
Skyline’s final record for the 2017-18 season was a very good 18-6-0.
By Tim Bradburn