November 22, 2013

Soo Eagles vs. Coulee Region Chill (weekend preview)



Article and Photos by: Chelsea Zalewski

Last night the Eagles not only snapped their 6 game losing streak but they also snapped the Michigan Warriors’ 13 game win streak in a close 5-4 win at Pullar.  The Eagles scored the same amount of points in one win as they had in the previous 6 losses.  The Warriors scored first, but the goal was answered by Derek Lodermeier. The Eagles went on to score three goals, one short handed, until Zack Szajner came alive and scored back to back goals in the third. Thankfully for the Eagles it was not enough and they went on to score another goal before Michigan put on past Skoog and ended the game with just one goal difference.

I noticed that one of the articles on the NAHL website included Colin Brennan’s name as getting the win and being credited for his saves. Upon further investigation I found that Brennan was on the score sheet as well, instead of Paige Skoog.  Since I was there and witnessed how hard Skoog worked last night to keep the team above water, I can attest that he was in fact the talent in net.  Furthermore, he had a great game despite the physicality around the net.

Several times last night Warrior players ran into Skoog and each time it ended in a scrum in or around the net.  The first fight came late in the first period when a Warriors player went head first into the net onto Skoog.  Captain Ryan Urso took matters into his own hands, delivering a few punches to make a statement.  Another fight emerged at the same time between Dante Suffredini and Cody Lichtenvoort.  Lichtenvoort pulled Suffredini away from the pile that was caused from Urso and they each delivered a few punches. Late in the second period Warriors’ Colin Larkin ran square into Skoog sending him to the ice and caused Eagles defensemen Bradley Mueller to take matters into his own hands.  After the two were separated fans were concern with Skoog who hadn’t made much movement but did get up and continued to play through the rest of the game. 

Stars for the evening were Bruno Birzitis (3rd), Zack Szajner (2nd), and Dever Pierce (1st).  In my opinion Skoog deserved a star for his performance and perseverance last night. There were other outstanding players in the game but I suppose you cannot give everyone a star.

The Eagles are headed off to Coulee Region for a two game series against the Chill.  I have no doubt in my mind that with last night’s win they have received a boost in their confidence, no matter how small.  The Chill have a record of 11-8-0 with 22 points which puts them tied in 4th in the Midwest division.  The Eagles are just one point back from 4th place with a record of 8-11-4. The Eagles have done a little shaking up their lines, I noticed.  It seems to have helped.  The games this weekend should be good ones.  I believe that as long as the boys get to the net and start putting shots up and the defense remains strong (and healthy) they can be successful out in Coulee.

Soo Eagles Lead Scorers

Player
G
A
PTS
+/-
Ryan Urso
4
11
15
+5
Jacob McDowell
9
4
13
+1
Mike Sabatini
7
6
13
-4
AJ Jarosz
3
10
13
+2
Brad Pung
4
6
10
+2

 

Coulee Region Lead Scorers

Player
G
A
PTS
+/-
Mac Jansen
13
4
17
0
Jesse Tredinnick
7
8
15
+6
Richard Zehnal
6
9
15
-9
Adam Lovick
3
9
12
-4
Sean Kalbak
2
10
12
+2

 

Soo Eagles Goaltending

Player
W
L
OTL
SOL
SV%
GAA
Colin Brennan
4
4
1
2
.915
2.76
Paige Skoog
4
7
0
1
.919
2.72

 

Coulee Region Goaltending

Player
W
L
OTL
SOL
SV%
GAA
Adam Carlson          
6
1
0
0
.928
2.25
Blake Cates
5
7
0
0
.918
2.75
 




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