L v AS1

Suffice it to say there is some history between these teams , a physical 2-2 tie. Whatever the expectations about a second game, the Bears do not accept such limitations. The home team (a benefit from a higher MAPHL points total) played smart, aggressive, physical hockey. They didn’t expend a lot of energy crashing opponents into the boards or playing the body without regard to the puck.

The Landon boys applied consistent pressure in both ends, exerted constant forechecking, threw well timed stick checks on the D end of the rink; at the other end of the rink, there was always one or more of the White Sweaters hanging out on the crease (absorbing hits from the AS players), repelling blows against the boards to retain possession of the puck and driving through a phalanx of hostile sticks on the way to the net. Against a team that tries to intimidate their opponents, these rebuffs frustrated the Cavaliers.

Following these basic tactics which Coaches Gammill, Farnstrom and Anas have repeatedly inculcated into their charges, the Bears played their game. At 11:36Tommy Crittenberger wacked at the puck and then Colton Rupp tried to jam the puck into the goal and finally Campbell Blue was able to score. All three of these players made these efforts with opposing players confronting them.

The Cavaliers responded with a goal at 6:29.

Landon was playing without a senior Defenseman, Trevor Wolf; so had to rely on Ben Gilbert, Jack Barton, Alex Norwinski and   Brian Jordan who played solid positional hockey, who stick- and body- checked effectively and who broke out of their D zone with good passing and skating. Sean O’Brien continued his solid play in front of the nets, stopping a total of 31 Cavalier shots.


The referees hit AS with two consecutive penalties giving Landon a 5 on 3 powerplay for 1:10 and the Bears scored 15 ticks into that advantage. Brian passed the puck to Jones Lindner  who moved the disc to Alex Norwinski whose wrist shot netted the goal @12:33. AS responded with their second goal at 7:59.

What was remarkable during this 15 minute segment was the pressure which the Bears put on the AS goalie. Many times Landon crashed the Baltimore school’s nets with short range shots, 22 times the AS goalie stopped the Bear shots.

END OF 2nd PERIOD BEARS 2 CAVALIERS 2 ( Shots on Goal for this period—L 23 AS 12)

The last period started auspiciously for the home team. After thwarting a brief, but intense AS attack, the Bears retaliated. Colton started the mayhem in front of the Cavaliers’ net and then Tommy tried to convert, but it was Campbell who got the credit for his second goal @ 11:41.

The referees found fault with the Bears consecutively twice. The home team was able to stop the first AS powerplay with several “icing” of the puck keeping the Cavaliers away from the home goal. The second penalty was successful for the visitors at 4:15.

Obviously such effrontery infuriated the Bears for 0:13 later they responded. Campbell’s 3rd goal was assisted by Colton @ 4:02. While the scorecard gave the #5/#4 combination credit for the goal, the reason why they were able to gain the offensive zone for a goal was due to excellent breakout by teammates whose names were not recorded by the referees.

The Cavaliers charged the Landon goal repeatedly during the remaining 180 seconds and pulled their goalie with 0:59 remaining. That pressure was alleviated when an AS D was called for a hand pass, bringing the faceoff to the other end of the rink for the remaining quarter of a minute.

The AS coach evidentially found some fault with the referees and expressed his displeasure in an unsuitable fashion, drawing a game misconduct.  The above picture is of the Landon team enjoying a moment of once again beating expectations.



 Onto Calvert Hall tomorrow at Laurel 4pm.

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