As Landon senior Brian Adams took the ice yesterday at Arc Arena in Rockville, he knew the ensuing showdown against Churchill was more than just another high school hockey game.
"Playing Churchill means more, since I play with a lot of their players in club hockey and have known them for a long time," Adams said. "This game was personal."
Adams went out and personally picked apart the Bulldogs' defense, scoring two goals and assisting on four--including three by freshman Peter Lamade--to lead the Bethesda private school to a 7-1 victory.
"Beating Churchill is always a big victory since they are such a big rival," said Landon Coach Hans Farnstrom, whose team won its fourth straight to improve to 9-1-1.
The Bears set the tone early against the sluggish Bulldogs, who had not played in more than a month. Just 26 seconds into the game, Adams took a pass from Lamade near the Churchill goal, made a quick move to his right and slid a shot past goalie Michael Friedman to give Landon a 1-0 lead.
Churchill (3-2) outshot Landon 14-5 in the first period but could not find a way to get the puck past sophomore goalie Dan Garmat, who made 40 saves overall.
"Dan was phenomenal today, especially early on. He made some unbelievable saves to keep us in the game," Farnstrom said. "I thought he really frustrated Churchill."
Landon broke open the game in the second period, as Lamade scored off assists from Adams and senior Robert Fogarty less than two minutes into the period to give the Bears a 2-0 advantage. Two minutes later, junior Christian Sears scored off a pass from sophomore Alex Staffier. Lamade scored his second goal off a rebound from a shot by Adams with 3 minutes 57 seconds remaining in the period to increase the lead to 4-0.
Brian Markowitz put the Bulldogs on the board in the third period, cutting Landon's lead to 4-1. But with 6:26 remaining, Adams and Lamade combined to strike again, with Lamade wristing a shot past Friedman to complete his hat trick.
"It's a whole different game when Brian is out there with the puck because as soon as you are open, the puck is already at your stick," said Lamade, who leads the Bears with 14 goals, including five in the last two games. "He makes it very easy."