Friday night game, stands filled with Bear fans (boisterous males and supportive females, enthusiastic parents, appreciative aunts/uncles and cheering grandparents), new sharp uniforms and an opponent from Annapolis with almost 2,000 students (and a well-known lax team)  = formula for excitement. Add a 6’2” goalie with a 1.5 Goals Against Average and the atmosphere become edgy, but the home team pulled out a 2-1 victory over the Falcons. Maybe a little too exciting!

Landon skated three lines and backed them with a rotation of five defensemen; the only players not making it to the ice were an injured defenseman, the backup goalie and an absent forward. The rotation moved throughout the game; even if a Landon boy was occupying the penalty box, the next set of forwards and the next pair of D took the ice. Everyone had a chance under fire or with an advantage.

From the opening faceoff and throughout the 36 minutes of play, the Bears had a substantial advantage in shots on goal (final tally Bears 46 Falcons 12 and the home team may have had a few more shots on net than the scorekeepers were able to record). Travis Danko, the visitors net minder, was not only tall, but wide, always well positioned and on top of his game. While not as under fire, Sam Kroll was equally stalwart between his pipes; when a big save was needed, #30 left little open for the Falcons (who had averaged 8 goals in their 3 previous games) {their leading scorer, with a Caps familiar name “Bondra” [1st name Nick; father = Peter] was not in the line-up}.

At the end of the 1st period, the score was 0-0, but early in the second period (10:01) a shot from Jacob Ruttenberg bounced off of the opposing goalie. The rebound went to Brian Jordan, whose shot was also denied and finally Jones Lindner buried it. LANDON 1 SEVERNA PARK 0.

The Bears spent 6 minutes of the remainder of the 2nd period with at least one white sweatered skater conversing with Steve Kroll in the penalty box, and even included a two man Falcon advantage for 30 seconds. The visitors did not use their advantages to put points on the board.

In the course of this action, while the Bears were short-handed, Graham Shue broke for the goal. As he passed the last defender by a stride, that Falcon hooked him to the ice. The referee called a penalty shot (he commented at the scorers’ table later; a penalty shot against Danko was not that much of an advantage. Graham snaked his way toward the goal, got the sole Falcon on the ice off of his skates, but was not able to elude him.

The last period started poorly as the Falcons benefitted from an odd man rush and multiple whacks at the net. End result was a visitors’ goal at 9:12. SEVERNA PARK 1 LANDON 1

The situation did not brighten when the Bears were called for a penalty at 7:36. The Falcons skated five-on-four, but the Landon penalty killing team converted a turnover into a rush. Jack Barton fed Will Buckingham for a sweet short-handed goal at 6:35. LANDON 2 SEVERNA PARK 1.

The Falcons played hard trying to tie the match up, but the Bears played solid two end hockey—covering forwards as they entered the Landon D zone and taking the puck deep into the home team’s O zone. With less than 2 minutes left the SP goalie left the ice to allow a 6th attacker to charge the Bears’ goal to no avail. In these intense moments, San Kroll made several critical saves. The home team was able to repulse several Falcon rushes.


The Bears head off to examinations and will resume their schedule on 12/28 in the Westchester Holiday Tournament.

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