BEARS HOCKEY BEAT HUN AND THEN BEARS HOOPS OVER STA ; A TALE OF TWO VICTORIES

Separated by a 45 minute down Rockville Pike, the Bears’ Den was the site for a Landon 9-1 hockey victory over the Hun School and Riddleberger Gym was the location for the Bears Hoops team to eke out a 59-57 victory over IAC rival StA.

Landon Bears Hockey 9 Hun Raiders 1

Landon has played this team from Princeton, NJ for a number of years; recently, as the Bears’ skill has increased, the margin over the Raiders has taken the same trajectory. Cursory review of the Hun roster suggested that their program was improving in 2012; names like  Alex Vukasin and Anton Salienko were indicia that players from Eastern Europe may now be part of the Hun family. A new coach from Canada and reported wins over powerhouses Hill and Lawrenceville, as reported inthe Princeton Packet also pointed to an improving program. A pregame conversation with the Raiders’ coach clarified that all of his players were natives of the Garden State and that the “impressive” wins were actually against those schools’ B teams. This is a good 5-3 team from NJ, but not terrifying Huns  from the North.

The Bears established some level of superiority at 13:47 of the 1st period when Sellers Garrett made a long lead pass to Captain Matt Potolicchio, who scored, BEARS 1 RAIDERS 0. D Mike Anderson made a similar pass to frosh Satchel Clendenin to advance the margin to Bears 2 Raiders 1, which was the score at the end of the 1st period; SOGs Bears 14, Raiders 2

There is an emerging pattern for the Bears—the 2nd period is their’s; maybe they get their rhythm then or the depth of their talent begins to impact the play or whatever—but for the last several games, Landon has outshot and outscored their opponents in minutes 15:01 to 30:00. To start the second stanza, the Bears were assessed a penalty, but based on the zooming around of ISAAC PORTER, JOHNNY COBB and JACK SEARS , a casual observer would have thought that the Bears had the extra skater on the ice. After Landon completed its two minutes of penance, MR. POTOLICCHIO cut to the net, received a short, difficult pass from the back hand of WILL BUCKINGHAM who obtained the puck from MR. ANDERSON—the result was GGOOAALL #3 for the Bears @ 7:54. The same line took the next face-off and this time the CAPTAIN passed to his winger, JOEL ROSENZWEIG for another sweet goal @ 7:27, BEARS 4 RAIDERS 0. A minute later, Soph JACK BARTON continued the assault on the visiting Huns @ 6:02. To finish off this period, the young Mr. BARTON passed the puck over to his buddy DAVID LACKNER, who saw his fellow senior, assistant captain MAX GREENWALD wide open on the right. #22 showed why Middlebury wants him to play in NESAC competition for the 2012-2013 season, by one-timing a slap shot that almost took the glove off of the Huns’ goalie @ 1:16. BEARS 6- RAIDERS O was the score at the end of the 2nd period and the home team had a 30-16 SOG advantage at the end of 30 minutes!

COACH GAMMILL decided that SAM KROLL, who had made 16 nice saves in the first two periods and had yielded no Hun goals, should rest on his laurels. ORLANDO AREVALO moved between the pipes for the final 15 minutes; the Raiders made a similar change, putting a new G into the game, whose # was not on the roster. JOEL  AGAIN got into the scorecard with a goal early in the 3rd period; the assist came from his line mate, Matt P @ 13:27, BEARS 7 RAIDERS 0. The referees sat a Bear and then two Raiders, giving the home team a powerplay for almost two minutes, the Landon boys converted their opportunity with a Potolicchio to Greenwald to Lackner PP goal @8:53, BEARS 8 RAIDERS O. The 9th tally started from D and expert painter MIKE ANDERSON, who passed to senior JOEL, who found frosh, JACK SEARS, for a nice goal @7:35, BEARS 9 RAIDERS O. The Huns from the North finally dented the Bears’ nets with a goal @ 3:17 of the 3rd, scored by the Raiders’ Peter Nawn.

 

FINAL SCORE BEARS 9 RAIDERS 0; final SOGs BEARS 39 RAIDERS 9

THAT’S A BEAR AWARDin a high scoring game, the obvious nominee would be one of the flying forwards who zoomed up the ice and dangled their opponents, but instead, the focus goes to the six protectors of the Bears’ goal and in particular, to the all IAC LB and lax defender who discouraged the Huns from venturing into the Bears’ D zone and many times kept the puck in the Landon O zone or prohibited a Raider break out effort. As an exemplar to all the burly Bear Ds, but in recognition for his all around sound D play for the night, the THAT’S A BEAR AWARD goes to Sellers Garrett. It is also consistent  with past TAB awards to recognize that his grandparents travelled all the way to Rockville to see #16 play; please also note that this Bear comes from good athletic stock, his grandmother, Helen, holds many, many national championship trophies for her paddle  tennis play (a goal that daddy, A. Garrett will be pursuing for many years!)

 

MOUNT ST. JOE’S @ Laurel on Monday 1/21 at 6pm; followed by the pious Purple Eagles at Ft. DuPont on 1/23 @ 4:30pm. BE THERE!!!

BEARS HOOPS—at the buzzer wins over StA 59-57

A review of the rosters would indicate that the Saint Albans team would be a formidable team; they have 5 hoopsters who are 6’5” to 6’8” whilst the Landon team has two 6’4” and one 6’6” Bears (our tallest starter is 6’4”). The Bulldogs, however, have a 1-2 IAC and 6-10 record and the home team was 1-2 and 10-4.

What those numbers do not incorporate and what the 1st 16 minutes evidenced are the Bears’ speed, athleticism and energy.  Landon forced 9 turn overs, drew eleven fouls and held the Bulldogs to 3 buckets in the 1st half. The home team shut out the visitors for one 5.5 minute span and another 3 minute period in the first half.

At the end of the 1st quarter, the Bears led 15-6 and at half time the margin grew to 34—15. One key to the home advantage was Coach Luther played all but one of his available 12 players; whereas the StA team had fewer players on the court.

The tale of the 2nd half was the reverse of the first 16 minutes. The Bulldogs played with more intensity, physicality and confidence. The shots,  that missed the StA basket earlier, were getting points in the 3rd and 4th quarters. Their defense kept the Bears off the scoreboard for 2 minutes. From a 19 point lead at half, the Bears’ margin was reduced to LANDON 42 StA 30 at the end of the 3rd quarter. The Bulldogs scored 4 consecutive points to start the last period and the Bears’ effective big man. Tumi Onaghise, fouled out at the end of that run. This trend of diminishing Bear advantage continued down to 1:15 when the Bulldogs tied the home team on dramatic 3 pointer. Isaiah Colclough scored at 0:52.4 to give the Bears a 57-55 lead and an apparent steal by Deion Wellington with 27.8 seconds seemed to seal a victory, but the referees saw that the Bear defender had fouled his StA opponent, Matt Sniezek. The junior guard sank both free throws to again equal the Bears, 57-57. After a home time out, Landon brought the ball up court and as a surprise to no one (especially the StA defenders), the ball was in the hands of Joe McDonald, who drove into the lane and got a shot off. It did not hit the mark, but Deion Wellington anticipated the rebound and touched it back for a basket AS TIME EXPIRED.

The very supportive home crowd rushed the court celebrating this tough victory. As noted earlier, the Bulldogs record did not portend such a tough match, but StA ALWAYS and in every sport regards the Bears as their top rival.

LANDON 59 ST. ALBANS 57

LANDON SCORING

McDONALD                  28

WELLINGTON               11

SARTER                            9

COLCLOUGH                  5

ONAGHISE                    2

RANDOLPH                   2

BRADFORD                   2

NEXT GAME SSSA 1/24 HOME

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