From setting records and leading a new college program to ranking among the top 10 goal scorers in the SPHL, Skelly has been a leader everywhere he goes.
In Skelly, an Augusta RiverHawks team that has struggled to score has found a consistent force. The team has scored 2.37 goals per game, which is eighth in the nine-team league.
“Our team is playing a lot better systems wise,” Skelly said. “We’re only a couple goals away. We just have to get that extra scoring, and we should be fine going down the last half of the season.”
The 5-foot-10 right winger began the season with four goals in five games for the Mississippi Surge. He was traded to Augusta Nov. 14 for Branden Kosolofsky, who was with the RiverHawks the previous two seasons.
After the trade, it took Skelly nine games to score his first goal for Augusta. He has nine goals and 10 assists in 22 RiverHawks games and is tied for seventh in the league with 13 goals. His total of 23 points is tied for 11th.
“He’s a goal scorer at this level,” interim coach Mark Richards said. “He has certainly contributed a lot to scoring.”
Skelly excelled at Adrian College in Michigan from 2007-2011. He first visited the school when the program was just starting and had yet to secure a place to play.
Four years later, he held almost every scoring record for the program. He was 11th in Division III history with 38 power-play goals, and ranked first in Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association history in goals and power-play goals. Adrian reached the Division III national championship game during Skelly’s senior year.
“It was probably the best four years of my life,” he said. “To get that far as a program in four years is pretty much unheard of. It’s something I’ll never forget.”