Landon Hockey 6 Mt. St. Joe’s 3

The Gaels of Baltimore arrived at the Bears’ Den fresh off a win over Georgetown Prep and brought a level of physical play & energy similar to Landon’s last opponent. In fact, an early heavy check at their own blue line resulted in an early goal (after 0:16 of the game) by MSJ.

Soon afterwards, the referees determined that a visitor’s check to be an illegal hit to the head. The Bears’ PP was foreshortened by a penalty against one of the white-sweatered skaters. Though it was not retaliatory, it could be implied that the collision was intended to show the Gaels that the home team would not be intimidated.

The younger Bears seemed inspired by this demonstration by an upper classman. They skated with greater confidence and were smarter with their passes.

The result of that leadership   was a Cullen Stout to Will Jarrett to Owen Concannon goal @7:59. About three minutes later @4:38 Jake Davidson passed to classmate Will Jarrett who put another puck into the MSJ goal.

For the 1st period the Bears had tallied 11 SoGs and Ty Morton made 9 saves

END OF 1ST PERIOD BEARS 2 GAELS 1

Once again, the visitors scored quickly; this time with only 0:41 expired.

This did not phase the Bears for the next two goals were for the Bears @ 11:44 and this one again began with a pass from Cullen and this time Owen scored the goal.

A break out from the Bears D zone headed for the MSJ goal. First Ryan Giles fed the biscuit to Captain Cole Gibson who scored @7:29

Landon put 18 SOGs during this 17minute period and Ty stopped 10 of the Gaels’ pucks.

 

END OF 2ND PERIOD BEARS 4 GAELS 2

A lead is difficult to hold and hockey lore holds that a +2 margin is the toughest. Landon was able to hold its margin with good skating, smart passing and not being passive. The Bears executed a difficult forechecking pattern—when the home team lost possession in its offensive zone, the Bear skaters aggressively skated at Gaels who were trying to skate out towards Ty’s crease.

For much of this final stanza while MSJ was desperate to reduce the margin, Owen Concannon, Drew Wellington, Chris Morris, Jake Davidson and Will Jarrett (in order of their numbers) frustrated the opponents by checking the Gaels in the corners, intercepting passes, lifting sticks to prevent an MSJ player from catching passes, etc. It’s strenuous work, frequently requiring sprints board-to-board and anticipating the next movement. These and other Bears were very successful in performing this important strategy.

Chase Blazer made a nice interception of a Gael pass and drove directly to the purple goalie to score the 5th Bear goal @5:38.

With less 2:00 remaining, the referees escorted a Bear to the penalty box. The Gaels coach took a time out and pulled his netminder. With a 6-on-4 advantage, the visitors scored at 1:44. The dreaded +2goal advantage once again.

After the face-off, the purple Gael Goalie left his crease. Soon thereafter Drew gained possession, passed it to Spencer Davis and he transferred the puck to Jake who scored an empty net goal @ 0:26.3.

Thus, effectively ending the contest.

Game totals—Bears SoGs 42; Ty saves 27

FINAL SCORE BEARS 6 GAELS 4

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