Landon 5 StA 2—IAC trophy #12

L IAC #11

High school hockey is a game of 51 minutes. Most of the Bears’ games for the 2015-2016 season have not pushed Landon for all three periods. The exceptions were the Gonzaga, MSJ and StA contests earlier this year. Yes the Bulldogs lost 2-4 in an earlier game, but the St. Albans team recently beat the Purple Eagles 2-1. It would make the season for the boys from the National Cathedral grounds. Their netminder has a 1.01 GAA and .954 save percentage. This IAC Championship portended to be a thriller. Coaches Farnstrom, Anas and Wiess brought home the 11th consecutive IAC hockey championship with a 5-2 victory.

One of the keys to this tradition of excellence is the leadership; this year there were eight seniors led by Captain Mike Soraci, Assistant Captain Brian Jordan and Assistant Captain Ben Gilbert . They have led this young squad throughout this 18-2 season. Drennan Greene , a future West Point Cadet, spoke to his Bear brothers before the StA game. Here is some of what #18 said to the team:



Today we may play a team that’s talented and has a good goalie. He’s a good goalie, so what? They’re feeling good from some wins they’ve had. Don’t get me wrong, they’re feeling great and confident. Today we end this. We respect them but we beat them. We have more passion and pride than any of our other competitors

Everyday I get up and think about how thankful I am that I get to play hockey and go to Landon. I have every supporter I need in this room to make each and every day successful. You, you guys make the difference. That difference meaning the long legacy that Landon Hockey has instilled over the years (Success, championships, passion, unity).

None of us individually can take down this team today. We play together until it’s over. I want everyone to put their arm on the guy next to him. That guy right there, he’s your brother. You have his back no matter what. Today we’re making a pact. By this end of this game, you’re agreeing that there wasn’t one more thing you could have done. That you pushed yourself to the absolute limit. That you didn’t quit and persevered for every single minute.


Boys I’m telling you, if we go all in with this, we’ll be singing Marky Marky and be happy as can be. No one is stopping us. Today we answer all questions. We are the best team in the IAC and the best team in the state. Today we put it all on the line. You have a little pain? Suck it up. We skate and play the entire game until the last whistle. Everyone here is about to have the best game they’ve had leading up to this point. Put your game face on. All in.


The perspective of watching these boys for as many as four years and of following the program for more seasons confirms that these well spoken words reflect the thoughts of the preceding captains and coaches. Drennan’ s use of the term “legacy” captured that sense of pride, tradition and most importantly determination.


The home team came on the ice with much energy and their classmates filled the stands physically and emotionally. The first seven minutes were controlled by Landon; the Bulldogs did not put a shot on goal until after the Bears scored. The strong skating of the White Sweaters forced a penalty against the visitors at 15:40. It took 0:13 to move the puck from Patrick Gilles to Brian Rogers and then Drennan who was positioned at a sharp angle to the StA goalie’s right and had a tough angle. His shot found the back of the net @ 10:27.

Landon was called for a penalty, but Patrick completed three 360° skates from the StA end to the L D zone and back killing important seconds on the Bull dog powerplay. That killed the powerplay, but with the 1st period clock expiring, StA scored at 0:19.1



(L SAVES 8, L SoGs 16)

The second section started off well—22 seconds into this period, a pass from Mike moved to Patrick who in turn found Brian who beat the highly regarded goalie @ 16:20.

Much to the credit of the Bulldogs, they showed the strength and stamina which obviously had powered their victory over Gonzaga. Much of this seventeen minute segment was spent in the L D Zone and Jack Concannon earned his “Hotlby” moniker by stopping 15 shots and eventually yielding a score to the opponents at 2:11.


(L SAVES 15/23, L SoGs 8/24)


The Rockville Ice Arena Zamboni’ed the ice between the periods and the rest/brilliant coaching during this intermission worked. The Bear D (Cullen Stout, Chase Blazer, Henry Chiperfield, Brian and Ben Gilbert plus all of the two way forwards [all of the Fs]) asserted their presence. They reversed the momentum of period #2.The StA 15 SoGs of the middle period were limited to 7 over this last 17 minutes.

The go ahead goal was scored @ 6:58 on a sweet pass from Ben and a conversion by the Argentinian Assassin Nico Kenary. Two minutes later the tall Messi on Ice completely deked an StA defender to create a breakaway and to score his second and team goal #4 @ 4:58. To create symmetry to this game, a long pass from Brian created a breakaway for Drennan for the final and fifth goal @ 1:58.

Great video of the closing seconds of the game and the celebration of the players with their Bear Brothers



(L SAVES 7/30, L SoGs 9/22)


Onto the MAPHL tournament next week; first game may be Tuesday.



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Landon Hockey 5 StA 2

From the Bears’ Den
More glorious detail once home.

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Landon 3 SSSA 2

Head Coach Christopher Miller has done an excellent job of leading his Saints in their first season in the MAPHL AA league. Without a single senior on his roster, the team won six games (including two wins against Bullis). He has a couple of first rate skaters, but the keystone to his success is Goalie Alec Coakley ’17 was named to Team Easton for the 2015 North American Prospects Hockey League All-Star Game. In the Saints home game against the Bears, they employed a defensive strategy of icing the puck almost every time they possessed the puck, It worked for a while, but the Bears eventually defeated the strategy and won 4-2.

Tonight after an overtime win over Bullis, the Saints were very disciplined in their play. During the first period alone, SSSA iced the puck 8 times. Their D formed a triangle around their goalie and dropped two skates the instant the Bears gained possession.

Patrick Gilles broke the ice with a one-man attack of the SSSA goal scoring @8:35. The rest of the period involved Bear excursions into the SSSA O zone where the Saints’ D collapsed to protect their goalie.



(L SAVES 5, L SOGs 25)


The second period started off at the face-off where Patrick controlled the puck, skating through all of the SSSA defenders and scored @15:53. Later in the period, the Saints enjoyed a PP and deposited the puck in the L goal at 2:27.



(L SAVES 6/11, L SOGs 13/38)


The next goal was tallied by the visitors at 7:24 to tie the score. The play was primarily thrusts by the Bears only to be stifled by the SSSA triangle and their exceptional goalie.

In the waning moments, Landon stepped up the pressure, pelting the Saints’ goalie repeatedly. Finally, Brian Jordan moved the puck to Ben Gilbert whose slapshot caught the corner of the opposing goal @ 0:54.3 FOR THE WIN!

The last face-off was initially controlled by Landon, but SSSA moved the puck into the Bear D zone. The puck was frozen on the boards and the home team held onto an important victory.



(L SAVES 4/151, L SOGs 23/61)






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Landon Hockey 3 SSSA 2

From the Bears Den

The Saints used their icing tactic,again, almost to a victory, but the Bears pulled out an all too exciting 3-2 victory at the last second.

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BearSportsNews—Sunday Edition 02/08/16

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  • Current Bears
  • Hockey enters IAC and MAPHL
    • Profile of Coach Weiss.
  • JV Hockey gains momentum and revenge
  • Mark Ebo, Joe Gagnon and Jacob Wright add their football commitments to make a total of 4 Bears off to the next level.
  • All MD Prep Team (HM)—all purpose– Griffin Brown and TE Mark Ebo
  • Bear Trax
  • BLTF is back—thanks John Nichols
  • News on three Lax Bears, IL write-up of Patrick KeenaTHAT’S A BEAR!!!
  • JMac contributes to BIG GWU win over VCU
  • Sam Anas and #1 QU on a 10 game undefeated streak

NOTE : Testament to the skills and leadership leaning inside the White Rocks, THREE BEARS in very different sports lead their teams at the next level.

Current Bears


The Bears lost to StA 53-64 and then Bullis 55-61.


Mark Ebo commits to play for Holy Cross.

Jake Wright commits to Ohio Wesleyan

Joe Gagnon commits to W&L

2015 Private School All-State Honorable Mention – TE Mark Ebo, All Purpose—Griffin Brown



The Bears are 16-3 at the end of the regular season, wins over Spalding 7-3 and them St. John’s 8-1. Off to the IAC Championships next week and then MAPHL the next week. They hold #1 in IACs and #2 in MAPHL. Very tough competition expected in both.

In addition to Head Coach Farnstrom and Goalie/Defense Coach Anas, the Bears rely on a very knowledgeable and skillful Coach Kim Weiss. Here is some interesting background information which internet research discovered:


She’s a Potomac native, a Georgetown Visitation alumnae, a 3 time 1st team NESCAC All-star , Trinity scoring record-holder (season goals-22, career goals—63, career points 111career game-winning goals 13) and two time Captain of the Bantams. Kim was a finalist for the Laura Hurd Award as the top player in all of NCAA Division III Women’s Ice Hockey.  She was honored with the Trinity Club of Hartford Trophy as the school’s senior female athlete of the year.

Her Mom comes from Trois-Rivières, Quebec and he Dad comes from serious hockey territory in CT; so her love of ice is inherited. Coach is also in her 4th year coaching Pride and also coaching her own camp (Weiss Hockey Academy). Perhaps her accomplishment, which causes greatest envy among her Bear students, is this picture of her playing in some outdoor winter classic –


JV Hockey by Steve Davidson (thanks, Steve)


JV hockey continued its hot streak on Friday night in the Bear Den against the Potomac School’s varsity, scoring five, third period goals to rally for a 7-4 win.  With the win, the Bears stretched their winning streak to seven and secured a second place finish in the MAPHL Varsity 2 division.  They also revenged an early season loss to Potomac at Kettler.

Against Potomac, although the Bears had dominated puck possession, they found themselves facing a 2-goal deficit (4-2) at the beginning of the third period.  Freshman Jake Davidson scored on a power play early in the period to trim the deficit to one, then fellow freshman Will Jarrett scored twice (both on feeds from Davidson) to take the lead. Freshman Nick Khramtsov tallied his second goal of the game to extend the lead, and then Sophomore Jack Graham scored on a wrist shot following a nifty feed from sophomore Teddy Witt to complete the scoring.  Freshman Will Sears also scored for the Bears and Davidson had four assists to go with his goal.  With the third period rally, the Bears ended up outshooting Potomac, 37-14.

The streak began with a rout over Georgetown Prep and the Bears followed that up with a tight victory over DeMatha (for the second time this year), then one-sided wins over Georgetown Prep (again), Spalding School, St. John’s and Spaulding (again).  The Bears’ record now sits at 8-3.

Excellent puck possession, timely scoring, tight defense and stellar goaltending have paved the‎ way. The young Bears are clearly playing with increased confidence and sharpness, following two early season, lopsided loses to Gonzaga’s Varsity 2 squad and Potomac’s Varsity.

In the taught win over DeMatha, the Bears twice rallied from one-goal deficits on goals by Davidson. Freshman defenseman Jelani Morgan broke the tie with a power play goal with three and a half minutes to play.  Khramtsov clinched the 4-2 victory with a late empty net goal.

In the team’ recent win ‎over Spalding, the Bears dominated in cruising to a 6-1 victory. They outshot their opponents 37-13 and didn’t yield a shot on goal until 3 minutes were gone in the second period.   Sears tallied 2 goals, Davidson had a goal and three assists. Gus Andrews (’19), Brendan Mclenaghan (’18) and Zander Raul (’17) completed the scoring.  In the team’s first victory over Georgetown Prep, freshman Cameron Pirko tallied a hat trick.

Throughout the streak, steady defensive play from the team’s blueliners, including Jack Jarrett (’17), Morgan, Ethan Fine (’19), Nick Haller (’17), Ed Powell (’17) and goalies Will Powell (’17) and John Montgomery (’19) has paced the Bears.


Lost to West Springfield 1012-1128 at the Frank T. Parsons range


Beat BCC 4-3.


No news posted at


Nothing on schedule


from Coach Katz—


Two Landon wrestlers earn All-IAC honors over the weekend.  Senior Captains Ben Goodfriend and Brian Gelb were honored by the coaches of the IAC for their hard work and dedication to the sport.

Brian has worked hard in the off season to become one of the toughest 182 pound wrestlers in the area.  Currently ranked 19th in the state of Maryland and with a record of 25-11, Brian hopes to qualify for the National Prep tournament at the end of February.

Ben has been the heart and soul of this team.  He recently broke the 100 win mark and continues to climb the ladder of the all-time most winningest wrestler in Landon history.  He is sitting at #11 on the list and with the competition set for next weekend; he will most likely jump up to the number 5 spot.  Ben is currently ranked #18 in the state of Maryland and number 6 in the private schools.

At the IAC tournament, the Bears placed a strong 3rd place, behind Champions Prep and 2nd place Bullis.  While we did not have any champions, but we had 10 wrestlers out of 12 place in the top 4.

106 Thomas Johnson 3rd

126 Luc Schermer 4th

138 Brendon Gallagher 2nd

145 Ben Goodfriend 2nd

152 Brett Gallagher 3rd

160 Justin Conner 3rd

170 Griffin Brown 3rd

182 Brian Gelb 2nd

220 Josh Hunter 2nd

285 Terrance Bridgers 3rd

Next weekend, the Bears compete in the Melee on the Metro at Trinity University.  It is a 16 team tournament of local private schools newly created to replace the traditional St Albans tournament.  The following weekend they will compete at the Maryland Private School State tournament where the top 6 place winners qualify for Prep Nationals. We are hoping to have more qualifiers for Nationals since the mid 90’s.  This team has been wonderful group. They have worked hard and have created pride in Landon wrestling.


Go Bears!

Varsity B results


106-113               Ian Tabor BUL 1st

Armin Dubert LAN 2nd

Alex Ghorbani STA 3rd


138-145               Kevin Quigley STA 1st

Shoun Shi LAN 2nd

Archer Staunton 3rd


140-145               Parker Swensrud LAN 1st

Sam Ward STA 2nd

Henry Baker LAN 3rd


160                       Tyler McTague LAN 1st

Coles Manning EHS 2nd

Cameron Sweet SSSA 3rd


160-170               Luke Peterson LAN 1st

Cameron Accardi BUL 2nd

John Wang BUL 3rd


170-184               Richard Oh STA 1st

Jed Rosenberg LAN 2nd

Soloman Barahara STA 3rd


195-220               Peter Mathews EHS 1st

Josh Chapman LAN 2nd

Brian Falatko Prep 3rd


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Bear Lax Trax Fax—by JOHN NICHOLS


For the last few seasons, John has devoted a lot of time, effort and enthusiasm to the researching and writing about Bears’ playing at the next level. Many thanks and here is his “preseason review” (although a couple of games have been played:


BLTF-2016 Preseason

The snow is gone (for now) and as much as it seems like winter is here to stay, the first day of spring is this coming Saturday. NCAA lax starts on February 6! And it gets off to a great start with the inaugural Bears vs. Bears contest as the Delaware Blue Hens (Taylor Valencia and Phil Pena) travel to Bucknell (Sean O’Brien and Jarret Witzal). Also, Navy (Patrick Keena, Captain) hosts Air Force. On Tuesday (2/9) we get the second Bears vs. Bears game of the year as the Blue Jays of Johns Hopkins (Sam Lynch and Hunter Sells) travel to Annapolis to play Navy (Patrick Keena, Captain). This game used to cap the regular season for both schools, but with the pressures of conference schedule now affecting Hopkins’ scheduling, it is now a quick second for Navy and first for JHU.

This year we will track 167 NCAA D-I games, including 26 Bears Vs. Bears contests.

Here are the teams and players you will be reading about:

Bucknell: Sean O’Brien, Jarret Witzal
Colgate: Robby Dunnigan,
Cornell: Marshall Peters, Colton Rupp, Jack Bolen
Dartmouth: Landon McKenzie,
Delaware: Taylor Valencia, Phil Pena
Drexel: Hank Brown
Fairfield: Charlie Schnider
Hobart: Koko Avedisian, Riley McTague
Hopkins: Hunter Sells, Sam Lynch
Navy: Patrick Keena
Penn: Garrett Fellows, Peter Laco
Princeton: Mark Strabo
Vermont: Coach Ryan Curtis
Virginia: Jack Falk, Michael Rhoads, Jason Murphy


Here’s how the pre-season rankings settle out:

Inside Lacrosse USLIA
Johns Hopkins 6 5
Virginia 7 8
Cornell 15 17
Navy 18 18
Princeton 20 NR


D-III gets going a bit later, particularly for the colleges in New England. The Hamilton Continentals (Sellers Garrett) won’t hear their first face-off whistle for another month.

If you know of other Bears who will be playing at the D-I, D-II or D-III level this year, please don’t hesitate to send the information to me ( or Sandy.


Bucknell 13 Delaware 5Sean O’Brien had a goal (nailed a corner) and Jarrett Witzal was 15/21 @ X with 3 GBs. Phil Pena had a shot for the Blue Hens.


USNA 10 USAF 6Captain Patrick Keena –anytime an academy plays another, it’s a a GIG game:  3 Gs (on 3 Shots), 3 As, 4GBs, but here is IL’s write-up of his performance:


            Navy senior co-captain Patrick Keena is the leader on and off  the field

            As Keena made his way back to the locker room following postgame          interviews on Saturday, a Naval officer stopped him to congratulate him on      the victory. “I liked how you played,” the officer told him. “But I liked what                        you said in the locker room afterwards even more.”

            It wasn’t immediately apparent what Keena said after the game. But his     performance during it spoke volumes; he finished with three goals and         three assists, with all but one assist coming in the second half.

            His performance helped the Midshipmen rebound from a 5-2 halftime        deficit.

    “Our spacing in the first half was not great,” Navy coach Rick Sowell said.“We took a couple off-hand shots. We hadn’t been [trailing] in any of our scrimmages and that may have played into it. We just needed to relax. … Pat especially plays fast. He plays the way we want to play and I wish everybody played like him.”

 Keena has service selected special warfare, one of the most rigorous and  elite disciplines at the academy. He also was voted to wear the cherished      jersey No. 40 in honor for former Navy lacrosse player and Navy SEAL   Brendan Looney, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.



  • Pro

Darion Atkins (’11), Westchester Knicks (NYC Knicks D-League team), is in 2nd place with a 18-13 record. #5 has played in all games and has averaged 30.6 minutes, 10.3 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.7 spg and 1.7 bpg.

Danny Rubin (‘10 ) Bnei Hertzeliyya,10-8, has played in 15 games, averaging 15.3 minutes, 4.3 points and 1.7 rebounds.


  • College

Joe McDonald (’12), GWU Colonials are now 18-5. The team beat VCU, 73-69, on the Rams’ home court for the first time in 12 games. Joe was frequently heralded by the TV commentators as the best rebounding guard in the A-10. In the crunch time, he had a key 3 pt bucket, a big rebound and great D. What was most impressive, as it was evident for 4 years at Riddleberger Gym, was his calm decision-making under pressure. THAT’S A BEAR!! Joe played 35 minutes, 11 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steal and 1 blocked shot.

Earlier in the week, G Dub beat last year’s nemesis, Davidson, at home 79-69; Joe’s line read 29 minutes, 9 points and 10 rebounds.


Chris Hudnut (‘11), Colby Mules 13-8, lost to Middlebury 65-67; Chris had 18 points. In a 71-70 win over University of Southern Maine, Chris had 17 points.

Aaron Byrd (’15), Augusta University, 12-9, the Jags had two one point losses UNC Pembroke 72-73 and then Francis Marion 74-75. Aaron played double digit minutes in both.

Ice Hockey

  • College


Sam Anas (’11) Quinnipiac Bobcats, the #1 team 21-1-1contunued on a ten game undefeated streak since taking over the top spot. Against the Big Red Bears of Cornell, Sam had a goal and an assist in the 2-2 tie. Against the Red Raiders of Colgate, the Bobcats dominated 6-3 with Sam’s two Gs and one A.


Max Greenwald (’12) assistant captain, Middlebury Panthers 6-8-6) With Max on the injury list (soon to return) tied Wesleyan 3-3 and lost to Wesleyan 1-4.

Connor Meike, Williams Ephman (15-4-1), but Connor has not been medically cleared to play yet

  • Juniors


Jack Barton , Northern Junior Cyclones,23-12-0 (Commit Skidmore) 5 G 19 A

Chris Javens,Portland Jr. Pirates, 10-26-0 (Commit Skidmore) has played 12 games with 1G and 1A.

Christian Meike, now with the Waterloo Black Hawks (Michigan commit), has played in 23 games (with two teams) and has 2 Gs and 7 As.

Alex Norwinski (’15) and Trevor Wolf (’15) Sugarland Imperials, both Bears wear an A on their sweaters; the team has a 28-18-1 record with a 9 game streak. Not much detail on the team’s website but from Facebook: “WOW. What a game tonight. Sugar Land down 3-4 in 3rd period. Alex scores to tie the score up 4-4. Overtime ends with no goals so they go into a Shoot Out. Alex scores the WINNING Goal for Sugar Land!!! The team is on an 8-game winning streak. And did I mention that he got the “Star Player of the Game”. They said he was Red Hot tonight.” One Tweet indicated that Trevor contributed an assist in a recent Imperials’ win.

  • Club College


Orlando Arevalo, MIT Engineers Club, no news.

Mike Anderson, Princeton Club, has played 3 of the team’s games.

Matt Coster,Cornell Hockey Club

Matt Potolicchio, Richmond Hockey Club

Michael Potolicchio, GWU Hockey Club

Jacob Ruttenberg (’15), Tufts Club, no news


Jordan Marshall (L’13) Davidson Track, has some upcoming meets.


Miles Franklin, UMBC Wrestling Club, team has its own tournament in 2 weeks.

Please forward links to teams where any other Bears are playing any Winter Sport at the college level, including club teams.



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Landon 8 St. Mary’s Ryken 1

On Seniors’ Night and in its final regular season and MAPHL game, the Bears earned their 20th point in the league against the Knights by a 8-1 score at the Bears’ Den. The home team scored early and often (the standard voting mantra in Chicago) showing control of the puck at both ends of the rink.

What was impressive in this game and a string of recent matches is that—the ability of Landon to grab loose pucks. If memory is accurate (a BIG assumption), it seems that when there is scrum for the spheroid, the Bears emerge with it on their stick. Most of their opponents play a lot of hockey, but it may be that many of our boys play multiple sports.

They have great tenacity and confidence, but playing soccer teaches a lot about using your feet. Much of the lax field is played in the air and attacking balls of the ground; those skills are directly applicable to the rink. Football may be a very different sport, but the value of determination translates well to the ice. Cross country and track involve a lot of endurance and recognition that only you can make you better. There’s a lot of that in hockey. Obviously, the perfecting a golf swing has obvious parallels with a slap shot, plus on the course you test your will. Those skills are evident when the play moves to the boards and involves the range of possibilities when the puck is in the midst of many competing sticks.

The Bears have seen funny bounces in numerous contexts and understand that if you won’t be beat, you can’t be beat.

Hayes Cusick got the Bears on the board first with a sweet goal @ 9:13. SMR earned a penalty and during the PP, Cole Gibson assisted on a goal by Brian Rogers @ 4:05. A third goal was scored @ 0:06.2 with a play starting with a pass from Hayes to Owen Concannon and resulting in a goal by Peter Gilbert @ 0:06.2.



( L Saves 7–L SoGs 8)


The next 17 minutes saw a lot of good passing and smart defense by the Bears, but the home team scored @1:38 with a feed from Mike Soraci to Spencer Davis for goal #4. It looked like Landon may have relaxed a bit and the Knights scored at 0:48.2



(L Saves 5/12 –L SoGs 16/24)


The home team was given a one player advantage for 2:00, 37 seconds later they concerted the opportunity on a close-in pass from Drennan Greene to Mike@ 13:28. Nico started the next goal with a cross-crease pass to Drennan @ 8:21. Hayes earned another point with an assist to Brian @ 7:39. A little later Drennan earned his 3rd point on an assist, Hayes recorded his 4th point and Brian got his hat trick @ 6:02. For this goal, the defenseman hit the corner (upper right?) as opposed to his roofing goal against Spalding.

Thanks to the Class of 2016—Tom Mottur, Mike Soraci (C) , Aditya Krishnan, Drennan Greene, Brian Jordan (A), Ben Gilbert (A), Logan Giles and Jack Concannon. Great group of players and even better leaders.



(L Saves 6/18 –L SoGs 12/35)


Next week is the IAC playoffs. Crowd support requested.


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Landon hockey 8 St. Mary’s Ryken 1

From the Bears’ Den

More later.

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The Landon hosted the Cavaliers at the Bears’ Den in a crucial MAPHL game. AS came to Rockville with a respectable loss to Gonzaga and ties against StA and GP. Beating the home team would move the Severn school up in the standings and a win for the Bears would reinforce their position in the league standings as they head for the playoffs. The home team earned a convincing win.

For the first five minutes, the Red Clad team was flying over the rink, keeping the Bears in their D zone. Either the Coach Farnstrom reminded his charges of the breakout play or revised the pattern to avoid the AS checkers. The next few minutes the home team was able to control the puck in their O zone.

The change in possession time inured to the Bears’ benefit. With 6:36 remaining in the 1st period, the puck moved from Cole Gibson who in turn got it to Spencer Davis and he cleverly got it to Patrick Giles who buried it for the Bears #1 goal.

What was truly impressive in this period was that after the Cavaliers put a few shots on goal in from 17:00 to 14:00, the Bear D kept their opponents from putting an SoG for the time down to 0:00.

With less than a minute remaining, Patrick shot the puck, Spencer controlled it and Mike Soraci made the best of the opportunity with a goal @ 0:52.6.



(L SoGs 18, L SAVES 3)


AS asserted itself at the beginning of the period as it had in the initial stanza and scored at 14:17.

A Cavalier violated the rules and was sent to the penalty box. The Bears’ PP team worked its magic. The puck moved D (Patrick) to D (Brian Jordan; the senior D made a pass worthy of Evgeny Kuznetsov, threaded the AS defense and put the puck on the tape of Mike for a goal @ 9:16. Soon afterwards, Henry Chiperfield moved the puck to Brian who sent it goalward where the Argentinian Assassin Nico Kenary made a spectacular tip right past the helpless AS goalie @ 8:01.

A major penalty was called against the Cavaliers giving the home team a 5 minute powerplay. Another impressive goal was recorded @ 4:51; this one was a return favor from Mike to Brian. The D-man roofed the puck.

Jordan and Soraci (1 of 1)


The Kuznetsov Konnection worked again with the same two seniors. Number 21 made another incredible pass to Number 6 through the phalanx of AS defenders FOR GOAL #6 @ 3:24. Mike should have been showered with chapeaux in celebration of his 3rd goal of the night.



(L SoGs 18/36, L SAVES 3/6)


Coach Farnstrom used the last 17 minutes to add to the experience of the roster. Against the Cavaliers’ top lines, younger Bears skated to test their speed, skills and physical abilities. Another penalty against Spaulding brought some of the regulars back on the ice. Patrick (his 3rd assist and 4th point) passed the biscuit to Brian who registered his 2nd goal and 5th point) @ 5:15.


The visitors scored 2 PP goals (at 4:35 and 0:29.3)during a Landon 5 minute penalty.


(L SoGs 5/41, L SAVES 3/9)


The brothers Giles on the ice against the Cavaliers

Giles Brothers (1 of 1)

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Landon hockey 7 Archbishop Spaulding 3

From the Bears’ Den

More once home

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Landon Hockey 7 St. John’s College High School 3

SJCHS moved up to the AA division of MAPHL this year. Its roster has NO seniors and 18 freshmen all wearing the Patron Saint of the Cadets’ Kevin Plank’s Under Armour sweaters. St. John’s once was a military prep school; so its nickname is the Cadets. The young home team played well (look out future?), but the depleted Bears used their depth to beat the opponents 7-3.

The first period was scoreless, but the Bears outshot SJCHS 11 to 5. A lot of the play was up and down the ice, but neither team was able to finish.

The 2nd 17 minute segment started off inauspiciously with the Cadets scoring at 14:07 on a powerplay. That abrupt score brought the Bears to life. Ben Gilbert initiated a play by moving the puck towards the SJCHS goal and Cole Gibson buried it @ 13:54. Unlike the junior’s previous scores in which his excellent hands tipped a shot from the point, this time he controlled and shot the puck. The faceoff at center ice immediately went to the visitors and Ben moved the puck to Chris Morris and eventually Drennan Greene buried his 1st goal @13:24 (only ½ a minute after the tying goal).

SJCHS incurred it 1st penalty, but the L powerplay was unable to convert this opportunity. Bear goal #3 came @ 5:24 when Mike Soraci got the puck to Drennan for his second goal.


(L SoGs 17/28, L Saves 5/11)


A game like this offers Coach Farnstrom an opportunity to test the depth of his roster. Throughout the game, Cullen Stout, Own Concannon, Chris Morris, Henry Chiperfield, ole Gibson, Peter Greene and Logan Giles played significant minutes against the opponents, even PK time.

Only a minute into this last stanza, Nico Kenary, Spencer Davis and Mike connected for the Bears’ 5th tally @ 15:49. Soon thereafter , Drennan completed a hat trick with assists to Spencer and Cole @ 11:53. This triplet may have some symbolic significance since Drennan, who will become a USMA Cadet this June, accomplished this scoring mark against the Cadets of DC.



Twenty seconds later (@ 11:33) Drennan passed the black rock to Chris Morris whose blast was too strong for the home goalie and the spheroid crossed the SJCHS goal line for Bears’ 6th tally.

The Cadets fought back, with the aid of two consecutive penalty calls against the Bears, and scored two PP goals at 9:04 and then 8:23. The four goal margin was restored when the slap shot of Brian Jordan was directed at and found the bottom corner of the home team’s net @4:54.



(L SoGs 13/41, L Saves 2/13)


BEARS next game tomorrow against Spaulding, a key MAPHL match at home at 4:45pm.

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