St. Joe Purple comes up short in semifinal, 3-2 Ice hockey

February 26, 1993|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

Mount St. Joseph Purple picked a bad time to give up its first short-handed goals of the season.

Tod Johnson and Webb Hayes of Landon scored short-handed goals 1:04 apart on the same third-period penalty to give the Bears a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over St. Joe in a Maryland Scholastic Hockey League semifinal at Piney Orchard Ice Arena yesterday.

Landon (10-1) advanced to the championship game Sunday against DeMatha at the Capital Centre after the Washington Capitals-Pittsburgh Penguins' NHL game.

Landon was the runner-up in the Southern Division behind DeMatha. The Stags defeated Landon, 7-1, during the season. This is Landon's first season of competitive hockey.

St. Joe (11-3) appeared in control when Mike Maher scored with 6:16 left in the second period off assists from Thomas Weyermann and Zach Adams for a 2-0 lead.

That's when penalties began to hurt the Gaels. Landon, on a power play, cut the lead to 2-1 when Rob Johnston scored from the doorstep with assists from Hayes and Coddy Johnson with (( 4:12 left in the period.

Kevin Lancaster of St. Joe was called for tripping with 13:24 left in the game. Then, with 12:55 left, Tod Johnson grabbed a loose puck at center ice and broke in alone on goalie Spike Mastromarino.

Mastromarino missed on a poke-check, and Johnson went right and flipped a back-hander past him to tie the game at 2.

Moments later, it happened again. Hayes grabbed a loose puck near his own blue line, got past a St. Joe player and broke in alone on Mastromarino. In a move similar to Johnson's, he went right and slid a back-hander past the goalie for the game-winner with 11:51 left.

"I saw he was far out from the cage," said Hayes. "I took the opportunity to slide it in."

The two short-handed goals on the same penalty left people shaking their heads.

"I've never seen that before," said Landon coach Ned Hengerer.

St. Joe coach Brother Robert Flaherty, whose team outshot Landon 33-22, was shaking his head, too, but in frustration.

His defensemen had been caught up ice a couple of times earlier in the game, but Landon didn't capitalize. The next two times, the Bears did.

"By being a little over-aggressive, they caught us in that over-aggressiveness," said Flaherty. "We got into a bad habit of skating the puck in. We should have [played] dump and chase."

The Gaels outshot Landon 10-4 in the opening period and controlled play. St. Joe appeared to tighten its grip on things when Maher scored.

Adams started that play by digging the puck out of the corner and feeding Weyermann. He then slid the puck to Maher right in front, and he beat Bears goalie Sean Winter.

After that, however, it was all Landon. And St. Joe couldn't believe it.

"We should never have lost that game," said Mastromarino. "We should have had the win."

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