Landon Hockey 4 loses to Tri-Cities U18 5

The Bears’ 2014 season was a masterpiece in coaching; losing early, but growing the team’s competence and confidence to capture both the IAC and MAPHL trophies. The 2015-2016 campaign starts without 7 graduating seniors including the 2014-2015 WaPo MVP. This year’s roster includes 7 seniors, 4 juniors, 7 sophomores and 1 freshman. That is a standard learning opportunity for Coach Farnstrom; he has shown tremendous ability to grow the team as a unit.

Friday’s contest was against a club team, the Tri-City U-18 team which is composed of players from the region around Olney, MD and has played 20 games already. Landon has about 6 practices; the chemistry of a Farnstrom team was not yet evident. Passes just missed; coverage in the D zone was just off; shots seemed destined to hit the Eagles’ goalie in his chest or his pads.

The 1st period was heavily in favor of the visitors; the Bears were outshot 12 to 5 resulting in two goals for the All Star team. Jack Concannon stopped 10 of the Tri-Cities shots. The Bears were able to put 5 SoGs for the first stanza.




The refs found their whistles in the next 20 minute stanza, finding fault with 3 Bears and 2 Eagles with penalties, but neither power play was successful. The home team hit the back of the Tri-Cities net at 8:53 when Drennan Greene (’16) beat the opposing goalie when he could not control the Bear shot by Nico Kenary (’18) (for an assist). About three minutes later, Hayes Cusick (’17), absorbing some heavy hitting on the crease, stuffed the shot of Owen Concannon (’18) @ 5:42 to even up the score at 2-2.

Having worked so hard to tie the score, the Bears did not sustain their effort and over the remaining minutes the Eagles put two biscuits in the basket at 3:27 and 2:20.

Jack Concannon made ten saves during minutes 20-40,but the Bear O put 16 SoGs during this period.




The Eagles tallied their last and 5th goal at 16:16 and then the referees called four consecutive penalties against Tri-Cities, but Landon was unable to take advantage of those powerplays.

The Bears did not relent; @ 2:33 Henry Chiperfield (’18)scored on an unassisted basis. Then, Aditya Krishnan (’16) tallied the Bears’ 4th goal on an assist from Michael Soraci (’16) @ 0:03.8 to narrow the margin to the final score of 5-4.

Jack made six big saves in this last period and the O put 18 SoGs.



This was a tough opponent for the season inaugural, but the game was a teachable moment. While the Bears fell behind, they did not give up. There is a lot of young talent and some solid/able leadership. It should be an interesting season.

Next game is against traditionally tough MAPHL opponent, Calvert Hall on 12/9 at the Bears’ Den, 4:30pm.

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