LANDON HOCKEY 4 WALT WHITMAN 3

For a long time Landon’s hockey teams have had incredibly superior talent on the ice; the Bears could skate faster, pass and catch better, shoot, defend and man the nets better than their opponents. There are college rosters which include these Bear alumni which are proof of this thesis. The 2013-2014 version of the Landon hockey team is good (there are more than a few hockey studs) but no longer do the opponents quake when they stride unto the Bears’ Den home ice. This year’s team will have to work harder than their opponents in every game. While in the past the Bears could coast against some opponents and preserve their energy for the BIG games, this year every opponent is shooting for Landon and the boys in Brown and White will have to tighten their laces and push their edges in every shift against every team.

 

Tonight’s competition against the Vikings of Walt Whitman High School was a case in point. The neighboring school stepped on the ice with expectations that they had a shot at the prep school down the street. In the warm ups it was clear that the Black and Blue clad visitors were ready.

 

Forty five seconds into the 1st period, sophomore Drennan Greene attempted to dispel the visions of the visiting Vikings when he scored after nice assist from Jones Linder and Trevor Wolf. Bears 1 Vikings 1.

 

The home team incurred the first of seven penalties, but successfully defeated the power play. WWHS received its first penalty and 20 seconds into the Bears’ PP, Tommy Crittenberger pushed the puck past the visitors’ goalie @ 7:00 with assists to Campbell Blue and Drennan (the outlet passes were textbook headmanning of the puck!) . Bears 2 Vikings 0.

 

Unintimidated, the Vikings scored 15 seconds later Marr from Torrey and Hughes Bears 2 Vikings 1 @ 6:45. The period saw the Bears put 9 Shots on Goal and Landon Goalie Sean O’Brien made 7 saves.

 

The second period saw equal efforts from both teams, but the Vikings take a lead with two goals (Torrey from Hughes @ 12:52 a PP goal and Dexter, S from Dexter, A and Bruchalski @8:32). Vikings 3 Bears 2.

 

Landon was unable to stop a 5-3 PP (WWHS goal #3), but did successfully defend a later 5 on 2, but the time spent shorthanded taxed their energy. The Bears successfully converted their 5 on 3 with a Jones Lindner goal from Alex Norwinski and Brian Jordan @ 7:01 Bears 3 Vikings 3 The second period saw the Bears post 7 SoGs and 7 O’Brien saves.

 

The last stanza was a Zero-Zero tie for all of  minutes until the Bears goal @0:45 when the home team scored on a PP goal. Passes from Jones and Jack Barton found the stick of Colton Rupp who buried the puck for the game-winning goal BEARS 4 VIKINGS 3. The final tally included 19 saves by Sean and 26 SoGs by the Bears.

 

A hard fought victory and some indication of how future games must be won by superior effort and scrapping, which can be done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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