Landon 8 St. Mary’s Ryken 1

On Seniors’ Night and in its final regular season and MAPHL game, the Bears earned their 20th point in the league against the Knights by a 8-1 score at the Bears’ Den. The home team scored early and often (the standard voting mantra in Chicago) showing control of the puck at both ends of the rink.

What was impressive in this game and a string of recent matches is that—the ability of Landon to grab loose pucks. If memory is accurate (a BIG assumption), it seems that when there is scrum for the spheroid, the Bears emerge with it on their stick. Most of their opponents play a lot of hockey, but it may be that many of our boys play multiple sports.

They have great tenacity and confidence, but playing soccer teaches a lot about using your feet. Much of the lax field is played in the air and attacking balls of the ground; those skills are directly applicable to the rink. Football may be a very different sport, but the value of determination translates well to the ice. Cross country and track involve a lot of endurance and recognition that only you can make you better. There’s a lot of that in hockey. Obviously, the perfecting a golf swing has obvious parallels with a slap shot, plus on the course you test your will. Those skills are evident when the play moves to the boards and involves the range of possibilities when the puck is in the midst of many competing sticks.

The Bears have seen funny bounces in numerous contexts and understand that if you won’t be beat, you can’t be beat.

Hayes Cusick got the Bears on the board first with a sweet goal @ 9:13. SMR earned a penalty and during the PP, Cole Gibson assisted on a goal by Brian Rogers @ 4:05. A third goal was scored @ 0:06.2 with a play starting with a pass from Hayes to Owen Concannon and resulting in a goal by Peter Gilbert @ 0:06.2.



( L Saves 7–L SoGs 8)


The next 17 minutes saw a lot of good passing and smart defense by the Bears, but the home team scored @1:38 with a feed from Mike Soraci to Spencer Davis for goal #4. It looked like Landon may have relaxed a bit and the Knights scored at 0:48.2



(L Saves 5/12 –L SoGs 16/24)


The home team was given a one player advantage for 2:00, 37 seconds later they concerted the opportunity on a close-in pass from Drennan Greene to Mike@ 13:28. Nico started the next goal with a cross-crease pass to Drennan @ 8:21. Hayes earned another point with an assist to Brian @ 7:39. A little later Drennan earned his 3rd point on an assist, Hayes recorded his 4th point and Brian got his hat trick @ 6:02. For this goal, the defenseman hit the corner (upper right?) as opposed to his roofing goal against Spalding.

Thanks to the Class of 2016—Tom Mottur, Mike Soraci (C) , Aditya Krishnan, Drennan Greene, Brian Jordan (A), Ben Gilbert (A), Logan Giles and Jack Concannon. Great group of players and even better leaders.



(L Saves 6/18 –L SoGs 12/35)


Next week is the IAC playoffs. Crowd support requested.


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  1. […] Bears are 15-3 at the end of the regular season, wins over Spalding 7-3 and them St. John’s 8-1. Off to the IAC Championships next week and then MAPHL the next week. They hold #1 in IACs and #2 […]

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