Prep vs. Landon-1st Battle

The squad started up a busy week of three games this Tuesday with a classic game of good ol’ rock-em sock-em hockey against the Bears of Landon. Hoyas packed the stands in support, each one of them trying to catch a glimpse of their brothers giving it all to beat our arch-nemesis. Although the game did end in 4-4 tie, this was no doubt a win for Prep.
After a chippy start to the first period, Captain Ryan Holman netted the first goal of the game, slapping in a quick assist from sophomore MacDowell Johnston. The Hoyas held this advantage into the second, but the bears had a few tricks up their sleeves. Somehow they managed to rack up four goals, and at the end of the second period, all did not seem well. But as the student section knew, Hoyas never give up hope. Early in the third on a power play, junior defenseman Blaine Green gave his brothers what they came out to see, burying the puck right past a bear and into the net. Blaine set off what might be one of the best comebacks in Hoyas Hockey history. With 7:40 to go Jake Neeb gracefully zoomed across the ice and tallied up another goal all by himself. The next six-and-a-half minutes raced by pretty uneventfully, aside from a successful Hoyas penalty kill, and before we all knew it, the announcer chimmed in, “One minute left in regulation.” Unwilling to accept defeat, the boys gave every last bit of what they had left. As their brothers in the stands watched in agony, fearing defeat, and bears watched in anticipation of victory, Blaine and Neeb teamed up and netted the Hoyas’ fourth and final goal, evening the score at 4-4. The Prep side of the stands erupted in complete joy as time expired and the Hoyas, although not victorious, emerged unbeaten.
Next up the Hoyas face the Bullis Bulldogs on Wednesday before taking on MAPHL foe Gonzaga on Friday at Cabin John.

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