The Bears ended the MAPHL season in a 3 way tie with Archbishop Spaulding and Gonzaga. The league tie-breaker rules look to the team with the fewest penalty minutes. The Landon boys were, not surprisingly, the best behaved. Their prize for being seeded 1st? Another encounter with the boys from Rockville Pike, a team which had been beaten twice by their Brown and White rivals during the 2012-2013 season! 

Though 10 points separated the two teams, the competitors know each other all too well from IAC, MAPHL and outside hockey competition as well as other athletic fields. IT IS EXTREMELY TOUGH TO BEAT AN ARCH RIVAL THREE TIMES IN A ROW IN A SINGLE SEASON! Tonight, the Bears did exactly that in a game that mattered much to both teams, LANDON 4 RP 2 

How did Coaches Gammill, Farnstrom, Lubin and Anas overcome this competitive disadvantage? By inserting a goalie, Orlando Arevalo, into the nets; the senior goalie had not faced the little Hoyas this or last season. The RP scouting book, supplemented by the little Hoyas’ visual observations at the Bears’ Den during a recent practice, analyzed the tendencies of Sam Kroll—how quick did he move right-to-left, how was his glove hand, where to shoot- high or #5 hole, how good of a passer was #30 and more. All for naught on Tuesday night! A new number, a new mask and a new unknown #1 in the nets for the Bears.

The Landon lines were three deep and the Defensemen rotated 5 Bears. The teams were equal in strength and energy for most of the 1st five minutes, but much of the time was spent to the Landon O zone. At 10:37 Alex Norwinski slapped the puck from the blue line, as it moved toward the RP goal, Colton Rupp redirected it and Will Buckingham drove over the goal line L 1 RP 0 

RP’s Michael Roche scored on a power play @ 7:35 L 1 RP 1 

END OF 1ST PERIOD L 1 RP 1 [Shots on goal: RP 10 L 6] 

The next period saw more offense and the advantage went to the Bears.  After RP fought off two consecutive penalties, Jacob Ruttenberg, back on his blue line, hit a slap shot from his point; with bodies crowding the RP crease. Tommy Crittenberger got his stick on the sphere and redirected it and linemate Campbell Blue , who buried it in the back of the net @ 7:48 L 2 RP 1 

The next goal started with a pass from Campbell Blue back to Defenseman Brian Jordan who blasted a shot by the RP goalie @ 4:13 L 3 RP 1 

An RP player was whistled for a slash and the Bear powerplay worked well. The offense was initiated by Colton Rupp and his shot bounced towards the RP goal by Jack Barton and Will netted his 2nd goal of the night @1:58 L 4 RP 1 of the 2nd period. 

END OF 2ND PERIOD L 4 RP 1 [SoGs in this period: L 25 RP 22] 

As with past meetings of these two teams, the RP boys did not fold. They drove to the Bears’ goal and placed many shots on Orlando, who is going to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In fact one RP forward tested #1 with a wicked shot; Mr. Arevalo calmly snatched the puck out of the air with a piece of equipment normally labeled as a Catching Glove, but in honor of his future academic choice, it was denominated THE MIT. The Bears’ D, all forwards but in particular, the five Ds—Jack Sears, Jack Barton, Alex Norwinski, Jacob Ruttenberg and Brian Jordan. The forwards who did not score, but who played hard at both ends–Graham Shue, Jones Lindner, John Wellington, Jack Sears, Michael Soraci and JunMo Kim. 

At 9:51 Jun Kim scored and that inspired a torrent of output  from the little Hoyas. L 4 RP 2 They had the advantage of a short 5-3 and a longer 5-4 powerplay, but were unsuccessful in their efforts score. They pulled their goalie, but the clock expired. 

END OF GAME L 4 RP 2 [SoGs in this period: L 10 RP 18] 



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