In a historic run, the Skyline Boys Hockey Team beat both Huron and Pioneer to face off against a good Saline team in the State Regional Championship. This was the first ever trip for the Eagles to the State Regional Championship. 

Skyline jumped to a quick lead, scoring in under thirty seconds on a shot taken by Hank McMillin and redirected by Ryan VanDiepen. Directly after the goal, both teams locked in defensively and there were very few good chances on goal for either side. However, later in the first period Saline matched the score by hitting a loose puck in a scrum around Skyline’s net. The first period ended with the score knotted at one.

The second period was a very tough one for the Eagles, who had four goals scored against them while playing most of the period shorthanded. Saline capitalized on a powerplay after Casey Ketola committed a slashing penalty. Immediately after the goal, Cal Ernst, the Eagles’ leading scorer, was called for a controversial boarding penalty, a five minute major. Saline took advantage of the penalty by scoring two goals past Skyline goaltender Sergei Harvey. Skyline desperately defended through the rest of the penalty, but were scored on once more just before the period ended, with the score 5-1.

Skyline played a competitive third period, proving that they were unwilling to give up on the game. The Eagles countered an early period goal by Saline with one of their own at around the two minute mark. Unfortunately, this third period effort did not make up for the nearly insurmountable lead Saline had taken in the second period.

Overall, Skyline had a successful season, finishing with a final record of 13-9-2. Skyline proved they can match up with solid teams such as Saline, and will look to improve next year with a promising group of incoming freshmen.