The home team arrived at Ft. DuPont full of anticipation. They had a 7W 2L 2T total record, but were undefeated in IAC play. The Bears have a tie in that league’s schedule. A win or tie by the Bulldogs would earn them the #1 seed in that tournament. The home team’s fans provide vocal support to StA. After 30 minutes, it appeared as though success was in their grasp with a 2-1 lead. At the last horn, the scoreboard read Bears 5 Bulldogs 2

Landon played with three new lines and two defensive pairings. An early misconduct penalty by one of the Bulldogs gave the visitors a five minute advantage, but in spite of many shots on goal, the visitors did not score. The Bears played an up tempo game which characterized their recent pace and outshot StA 14-9 at the end of the first period. With 1:58 remaining in the 1st period, Captain Graham Shue converted a nice pass from Freshman Brian Jordan to take a 1 goal lead. 


The early portion of the next period was dominated by the referees calling one and then a second penalty against the visitors. The Bears were able to defend against a 5 on 3 for 1:06 and the remainder of the next penalty. StA then was whistled for a penalty and killed that two minute assessment. Late in the period, the home team had two breakaways at 2:00 and 0:58 to take a one goal lead. 


After the ice was resurfaced between the periods, the visitors came out with greater energy. A sustained fore checking attack led to a pass by Assistant Captain Will Buckingham to Sophomore Colton Rupp for a goal at 13:29. This line added to the scorebook again at 9:23; this play was started by Freshman Michael Soraci who passed to Will and the senior moved the puck to Colton for his second consecutive score. That pair of goals put the Bears ahead 3-2. 

The Bulldogs did not acquiesce and attempted to respond. Proof of the Bear D’s (Jack Barton, Jack Sears, Alex Norwinski and Brian Jordan) effectiveness was that they limited the home team to 2 shots on goal in the last 15 minutes, both of those pucks (and 21 previous StA efforts) were stopped by senior Sam Kroll. 

With 4:33 left, Freshman JunMo Kim had a breakaway; the desperate StA defenseman pulled him down from behind, thus drawing a penalty shot. JonMo waited for the chance to shoot in his defensive zone; the Bear G came out from his crease to give him a pointer or two. Whatever  Senior Sam’s advice was it worked. A deke right and one to the left caused the StA goalie to sprawl. JonMo lifted the puck over the Bulldog giving the Bears a comfortable 4-2 lead. 

The home skaters drew another penalty at 3:25. The Bears controlled the puck for most of the 120 seconds. The Bulldogs pulled their goalie and with an empty net, Sophomore Tommy Crittenberger passed to his line mate, Campbell Blue who made a super goal at 0:33.9. 

After a rough second period, the Bears scored four consecutive goals and blanked their opponents! 


The dates, times, places and opponents for the IAC tournament , February 12-15, will be announced soon.



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  1. Sandy,
    Another wonderfully insightful recap to a highly contested hockey game against the St. Albans Bulldogs who demonstrated spirited play and fan support commensurate with their school’s mascot.
    The world of sports is most compelling in being a platform of skillful dexterity combined with the demand for good judgment as well as strong passionate play while fulfilling both individual and team responsibilities.
    Last night I was most impressed with senior Sam Kroll, who just experienced his beloved grandmother’s passing the day before. Many emotions were at strong demand with Sam and he responded with maturity and skilfully executed athleticism combined with keen awareness to continue to position himself effectively. This he did without flash yet when his teammate was making his final preparation before launching forth at the the StA’s goal for a penalty shot, Sam skated with vigor in his movement and strongly beckoned to his teammate to successfully finish his scoring attempt to secure a Bear victory.
    Well done Sam and his fellow Bear teammates!
    Yesterday’s victory banked a needed win for Landon in both the IAC and MAPHL leagues to end the regular season and start both champion tournament play in the best position possible.
    Dan Buckingham ’75
    PS Thanks Sandy for ALL you do for our sons in effectively memorializing their seasons!

  2. Thanks and you are right about the Bears’ senior net minder.

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