It might be interesting to spike the Landon water bottles with 5 Hour Energy or Red Bull; for it appears that the Bears do not get started until the second period. If my notes are correct, our guys do not seem to reach their full potential for the last 4 games and tonight’s skate at Ft. DuPont followed the same pattern. LANDON 4 GONZAGA 3

The visitors put a +1 on their side of the scoreboard at 13:48 of the 1st period. MATT POTOLICCHIO scored on a rebound from a SATCHEL CLENDENIN shot(no assist was awarded by the referees; one of a number of discernible flaws of the officials in this game!). [Under my understanding of hockey (Section 5 Article 2of the Official Ice Hockey Statistic; see also ). Unfortunately, the Purple Eagles responded soon thereafter (13:22)(Jack Slater from Chris Meloni). The Bears were called for a high stick (which was invisible) and  Jack Slater returned the favor of the first Gonzaga goal by passing the puck to Chris Meloni whose slap shot crossed the goal line at 4:40. With 1:11 left in the 1st period, Mr. Slater passed to Vance Walter for the Purple Eagles 3rd and final goal of the game.

END OF THE 1ST PERIOD GONZAGA 3 LANDON 1; SOGs Purple Eagles 10 Bears 4

Early in the next 15 minute segment, the referees found fault with the home team’s play and the Bears jumped on the opportunity with GRAHAM SHUE scoring on a rebound (the officials did not assign, nor did I notice who took the forcing shot) at 11:18. Less than a minute later GRAHAM netted another goal to make it Bears 3 Eagles 3. Then at 8:32, big CONNOR MEIKE skated the puck up the ice and as he flew by the blue line, put a wrist shot past the home goalie to put the Bears ahead 4-3

END OF 2ND PERIOD LANDON 4 GONZAGA 3; SOGs Purple Bears 28 Eagles 16

The Bears were using 4 lines of forwards while their opponents had 3 and double shifted a few of them. SAM KROLL made some key saves; the Landon D all 3 pairs, aided by their swarming forwards limited the Purple Eagles to 7 SOGs in the last stanza; in fact, the visitors shut out the home team (averaging 4 goals @ game in MAPHL) for the final 31:25 minutes of the game.

 FINAL SCORE LANDON 4 GONZAGA 3; SOGs Purple Bears 44 Eagles 23

THAT’S A BEAR AWARD—the defense sealed this victory as noted above; so this recognition could easily go to any of the following names: Christian Meike, Chris Javens, Sellers Garrett, Nick Malone or Michael Anderson. In light of his many crushing checks in the Bear D zone, his movement of the puck up the ice with passes and the occasional rush and most relevantly his slap shot that put the Bears ahead, the recipient is CONNOR MEIKE.


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