LANDON BEATS DeMATHA in Hockey and FLINT HILL in hoops

The Bears’ scheduling department made this Friday a conflict for its sports fans. The Bears’ Den was the site of rematch of the 20111 MAPHL championship and the home team beat DeMatha. An hour after the puck was dropped, the tip off occurred at Riddleburger Gym; so the results are reported by @LandonSports as a defeat of Flint Hill, 62-58.

The Stags, according to the WaPo article, have shifted their strategy from a big physical game to a speed oriented squad. The coach’s quote suggested that the MAPHL competition [read BEARS?] exhibited skating and passing skills and the DM roster did not include any 200# players. The first period was a test of the Bears’ 4 lines of forwards and 3 sets of D against the new Stag emphasis. At 9:42, in the midst of a Bear power play, Matt Potolicchio but his team ahead 1-0. With less than 2 minutes in the 1st period remaining, the Bears’ captain scored again, 2-0, with assists to Max Greenwald and Conor Meike (assistant captain to assistant captain to captain goal—talk about leadership).

END OF 1ST PERIOD SCORE: LANDON2 DeMATHA 0; SOGs L 11 DM 14

In a game that was not bereft of penalty minutes, Landon incurred the wrath of the referees and were short for 2 minutes. Short handed, Will Buckingham moved the puck to Chris Javens who found Matt Potolicchio for a natural hat trick and a LANDON 3  DeMATHA 0 @ 9:42

The Landon fans, in great number and even greater voice, encouraged their buddies and the white sweatered Bears responded with 17 shots on goal during this period and 12 penalty minutes. These two trends compelled the DM goalie Stephan Fernandez and the Bear netminder Alex Joyce to make some skillful saves or the score would have been much higher.

END OF 2nd  PERIOD SCORE: LANDON 3  DeMATHA 0; SOGs L 11 DM 22

The last period was more of the same, Bears putting pucks on the DM crease and Landon spending time in the penalty box. After successfully shutting off the DM power play for a 5 minute penalty plus a second simultaneous 2 minute foul, they shut out was ended when Pat Tanski’s slap shot found the back of the nets @ 5:41 LANDON 3 DeMATHA 1. Another Bear penalty resulted in a DeMatha score Garrett Haskins from Grant Grieco and Chris Ordoobadi @ 3:40 LANDON 3 DeMATHA 2

The game got VERY EXCITING when it appeared that the Stags had tied up the score, but the referees immediately negated the non-goal by ruling that the DM skater had kicked the puck in.  Soon thereafter, the DM pulled his goalie and the Stags skated 6 players versus the Bears’ set of 5. Fortunately, Landon won some key face offs, made some nice slow clears and even forced a face-off in the Stags D zone.

It was a tenacious win that hopefully reminded the Bears that they have to play a full 3 periods. Yes, their skill and speed allowed them to set a good lead, but even 3-0 does not justify sloppy passes, rushes from the D to O zones without support and silly penalties do accumulate, tire out your teammates and give the opponents opportunities for changing momentum.

END OF 3rd   PERIOD SCORE: LANDON 3  DeMATHA 2; SOGs L 35 DM 34

THAT’S A BEAR AWARD : #1 ALEX JOYCE and #2 MATT POTOLICCHIO- if the above text did not explain why their performance justifies, I may have to take a journalism course [my first].

NEXT GAMES

HOOPS V. EHS 1/10 6PM AWAY

HOCKEY v. LANGLEY 1/11 4:30PM @ BEARS’ DEN

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