Landon Hockey 7 Walt Whitman 4

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ESPN Insider (ranks DMV as the #11 area on its Hockey Town ratings) and the Washington Post don’t get it; this area is a hotbed of talent. Comparing last year’s game against the Vikings with the 2015 match with Landon shows that the quality of play here is rising. The 2014 game between these neighbors was not close; the score was not even recorded. This Tuesday might match made it clear that there are a lot of good players at WWHS. The Vikings have a 10-3-2 record and are #3 in the MSHL Montgomery 2A league.

There were a couple of Bears not available for this game. Coach Farnstrom tried some new pairings (tripling on the forwards?) and played all of the 18 of the boys ready to go. A couple of players were given an opportunity to show their talents as an F instead of D and vice versa. Those proven substitutions can be used for the marathon of the Westchester tournament, the IAC/MAPHL championship gauntlet or just over the long season. Those options are now tested.

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The 1st period was a real battle with the score knotted up until the last minutes of the 17 minute period. The Bears scored 1st @ 15:41 on a feed from Henry Chiperfield to Drennan Greene (USMA ’20 lax) and then a Cole Gibson score. Goalie Jack Concannon (ND ’20) made a couple of Holtby-like saves early saves; one block rebounded to an uncovered Viking who converted at 13:00. The Bear G was recorded with 29 saves over the 3 periods.

A minute later, the home team regained the lead. This time, Chris Morris assisted on an Owen Concannon goal @ 12:29. Given the benefit of a man advantage, WWHS recorded a PP goal at 12:29.

The scoring settled down and the next/last register of the 1st period was @2:36. A D à F, Ben Gilbert (WF ’20) converted a feed from Michael Soraci for the 3rd goal.

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END OF 1ST PERIOD BEARS 3 VIKINGS 2 [L SOG 11 L; SAVES 8]

 

The 2nd period began inauspiciously with the neighboring HS scoring at 16:13 to tie the score at 3-3.

The next 8 minutes saw the respective penalty boxes occupied by Bears (1) and Vikings (3) for minor penalties. The succession of WWHS players found guilty of penalties resulted on a Bear 5 0n 3 advantage for 1:17.The first conversion of that advantage (+2) was a pass by Henry, followed by a patient Nico Kenary (a/k/a the Argentinian Assassin) who received the puck, moved to the WWHS’ goalie’s left and then put the puck past the out-of-position Viking netminder. Very mature for a Sophomore! The 2nd PP goal was a classic blast from the point by Ben, followed by a scramble on the crease in which Brian Jordan (Duke ’20) controlled the puck , and then the coup de grâce, a score by Michael Soraci @ 2:16. The Captain’s goal was an exhibition of superior stick-handling and shooting skills—he walked in, controlling the puck with staccato puck movement back and forth and then picked the 3” gap on the goalie’s near side corner. Molto dolce, Soraci!

Note: two consecutive PP goals are rare for the Bears!

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END OF 2ND PERIOD BEARS 5 VIKINGS 3 [L SOG 18/29; L SAVES 11/19]

The Bear D started to command the ice during this last 17 minute stanza. The Landon skaters seemed to dominate the blue line to blue line territory– a combination of speed, aggressiveness and excellent positioning. For almost 10 minutes, the Viking O was unable to put an SOG, but at 9:51, a nice 2 on 1 breakaway resulted in a goal to narrow the Bear margin to +1.

In the opinion of officials, WWHS was too physical and as a result of the judgement, a penalty was assessed on the Vikings. Before Landon’s O could get its powerplay going, the referees excused a Bear for a 2 minute rest period in the penalty box Skating 4 on 4, Nico passed to Hayes Cusick @ 8:09.

The black-and-white jerseyed skaters with whistles took exception to the black-and-white sweatered, no whistles, but with sticks, skaters’ observance of the rules and sent two of the WWHS players to the “sin bin.” The result of these transgressions was a Michael to Drennan Greene goal @ 2:31.

One more penalty was assessed against the Bears, but the Landon D prevented another Whitman goal.

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FINAL SCORE BEARS 7 VIKINGS 4 [ L SOG 15/37; L SAVES 3/29]

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL; THE NEXT REPORTS WILL BE FROM THE WESTCHESTER TOURNAMENT 12/28-30 from an able reporter.

 

 

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