Skyline's 3rd Quarter Topple Puyallup
Skyline exploded for 8 goals in the third quarter to pull away from the Panthers; momentum swung to the Spartans when they tallied 5 goals in a 3:03 to start the second half and once the train got rolling, there was no stopping it.
The game started with Puyallup jumping out with two quick goals. Senior Brian Carlson got things going for the Panthers with a nice finish and teammate Kiel Morris scored moments later to make it 2-0 early on. Skyline’s Charlie Engel hit the back of the net late in the first to bring the Spartans within one and it was 2-1 at the end of the opening quarter.
Puyallup continued to roll in the second quarter. Jeff Tungsvik extended the lead to 3-1 and his goal was followed quickly by Morris’s second goal. After hitting the post four times in less than six minutes, Skyline finally got one inside the 6X6 when Daniel Christianson scored, but Morris got his hat trick goal for the Panthers and Puyallup led 5-2 at the half.
After 24 minutes of frustration that included 7 shots off the post, Skyline found their game in the second half. Engel got the first of eight goals for the Spartans in the quarter, followed by Christianson, Sophomore Jack Pruitt, Senior captain Connor Brandt and another by Christianson to cap off a run of five goals in the first four minutes of the half, forcing the Panthers to burn both their timeouts early in the third. Just like that, it was 7-5 Spartans.
Engel, Christianson kept things rolling for Skyline to make it 9-5 before Sophomore Robert Abbott slowed the bleeding for the Panthers. The teams then traded goals to end the quarter as Max Saffle got the tenth goal for the Spartans and Tungsvik netted his second of the game. At the end of three, Skyline was up 10-7.
The Spartans shattered any hopes of a Viking comeback by adding a couple more from Engel and Christianson to make it 12-7. Each team had opportunities on fast breaks over the next several minutes, but neither was able to capitalize. Pruitt ended the drought and Christianson got his sixth of the game for Skyline while Tungsvik added two late goals for Puyallup to bring us to the 14-9 final.
While on the scoreboard this was the tale of two halves, Skyline controlled the pace throughout the game, but was hindered by hitting seven posts in the first two quarters. Puyallup did a nice job of burying the opportunities they created and the keepers played well on both sides, making for a very entertaining game.
Daniel Christianson 6G
Charlie Engel 4G
Jack Pruitt 2G 1A
Connor Brandt 1G 2A
Max Saffle 1G 2A
Austin Burke 1A
Cory Larson 8 Saves
Dan Seil 9 Saves
Jeff Tungsvik 4G 3A
Kiel Morris 3G
Robert Abbott 1G 1A
Brian Carlson 1G 1A
Zach Steedman 19 Saves