Landon Hockey 4 Mount St Joe’s 2

Out at the Laurel Ice Gardens, the Bears took on an always tough Mount Saint Joe’s team. Bigger physically and with some depth, the Gaels portended to give the visitors a hard time. Final score Bears 4 Gaels 2

The difference between the two competitors was Landon’s superior hand/eye coordination. Many times a loose puck would be controlled by one of our players or a MSJ breakout pass looked like a threat, but a Bear would intercept the puck off of the boards to retain possession. This team has a lot of skaters who play other sports—football, soccer, golf, baseball and lacrosse, to name a few. That “cross training” helps to improve those instantaneous, instinctive reactions that matter in those moments.

The game did not start well. After a gale of shots at Sean O’Brien, the Gaels scored midway through the 1st period when a forward took a long shot which caught the far corner of the goal. Gaels 1 Bears 0 @ 7:47.

The visitors then were challenged to defend a 5 minute penalty; during that time, the home skaters might score multiple times with the man advantage. None was scored and the Bear defenders were able to frustrate their opponents for the 300 seconds.The successful penalty kill gave the Landon boys some momentum.  At the end of the first fifteen minutes, the Shots on Goal were Gaels 8 Bears 8. The Bear D pairs (Jack Barton-Trevor Wolf, Brian Jordon-Jacob Ruttenberg) worked very effectively throughout the game.

The second period was a different story. Obviously the Bears had practiced creating traffic in front of the crease and that work paid off at the beginning of this segment. Walker Hague threw the puck toward the Gael goal and the stick of Campbell Blue skillfully redirected past the opponent’s netminder @ 11:05 Bears 1 Gaels 1.  Soon thereafter, the Bears broke out from their D end and Jones Linder moved the puck to Jack Barton who blasted the puck into the back of the opponents’ net @ 9:56 Bears took a 2-1lead. The redirect drill contributed to  the 3rd goal @ 5:33 as Brian Jordan moved the puck into the danger zone where Tommy Crittenberger  converted for a 3-1score advantage.

The Bears’ offensive domination is demonstrated by a 16-5 SoG differential for the 15:01-30:00 period on the clock.

Early into the last stanza, the Gaels narrowed the score to 3-2  12:34. The Bears responded with a tic-tac-toe power play goal @ 10:34 Colton Rupp pass to Jones Linder who transferred the disk to Jack Barton who returned the score differential to +2 Bears 4 Gaels 2.

The last few seconds were dramatic as one (@0:30.5) and then another (0:14.3) Bear were confined to the penalty box plus the MSJ goalie was pulled to make it a six-on-four advantage. The Bears were successful in keeping the puck against the board to the frustration of the Gaels.

Final SoGs Bears 40 Gaels 17

NEXT GAME IS 01/15/2015 against the 2-0-1 Stags of DeMatha, a perennial MAPHL powerhouse @ the Bears’ Den.  FANS WOULD BE APPRECIATED!!!!

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  1. Thank you – must have been a really good game. Cant wait to hear!

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