Landon Hockey 1 Archbishop Spaulding 0

The Bears’ 2nd game evidenced the growth and learning from which this young team will benefit.  It’s part of an evolutionary process which Coach Farnstrom and his staff have employed with success over the past seasons. During the most recent campaigns (2015-2016- 2014-2015…), the boys’ growth has been visible and much of that maturation was measured in their senior and junior years. The 2016-2017 squad is younger than previous teams; so the mentoring will be a bit more age-challenged.

The lessons of Piney Orchard:

  • How to play with 8 forwards and 7 defensemen without losing chemistry
  • How to score and hold that advantage for the 3rd period plus the last minute when the opponent pulled the goalie for the pressure of a 6th skater
  • How to play against a physical team (the Cavaliers drew 10 minutes of penalties)
  • How to deal with an adverse and vociferous crowd (the AS stands were filled and most vocal)
  • How to win

The last may be the most important.

Much like the 1st period of the Whitman game, the visiting Landon team controlled the puck for much of the initial seventeen minutes. A solid Cavalier goalie blocked all 7 of the shots on goal and the AS skaters were adept at blocking the puck with their bodies. The home team was called for two penalties, both of which were successfully defended. In addition to those infractions, the Cavaliers were called for tripping a Bear (Spencer Davis) on a breakaway (i.e. #4 was at least ahead of any Cavalier). The stout AS goal defended his goalline against the penalty shot

Ty Morton stopped all 7 of the opponents’ efforts to score.



For most this next trimester, the Cavaliers spent more time in their offensive zone (Ty had 10 saves), but gave the Bears two PP opportunities (no tallies by the visitors). VERY late in this segment, Jake Davidson got possession in his D zone, mover the puck to fellow soph Will “the Badger” Jarrett, and a great breakout pass to Drew Wellington, who now saw open ice between himself and the AS goal. He solved the mystery of the opposing netminder for a goal @ 0:26.9












After the ice was resurfaced, one would have expected that the home team would be fired up and the cheers of the student body were good incitement.  As oft is heard in sports, “the best defense is a good offense” was the apt aphorism and the Bears followed that strategy—getting the puck in deep in their O zone, fighting for the puck along the boards and aggressively back checking. Coincidentally, Landon put 15 SOGs.

The home coach called a time out at 1:56 and as soon as the puck moved to his O zone, the AS goalie sprinted to his bench. The 6th Cavalier skater created major pressure on the Bear D. At 0:51.5 a moment of test occurred; that added skater had an open shot from within the circle. Ty Morton’s quick glove snatched the puck out of the air preserving the Landon victory (his 24th save of the game).











All of the Bears (numbers 2 through 35) played good, smart hockey for 51 minutes against a team with more experience and games played. Virtute et non Vi




NEXT GAME: 12/6 CALVERT HALL (2-2; wins over Good Counsel and Mt. St. Joe; losses to DeMatha and St. Mary’s Ryken) 3:20 @ Mt. Pleasant


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  1. […] Hockey lost to a very good Walt Whitman High School (3-4) and beat Archbishop Spalding (1-0). (links to full reports) Tuesday @ Calvert Hall […]

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