Calvert Hall keeps falling behind to opponents because of slow starts. The Cardinals did it against DeMatha, Archbishop Spalding, Hun School, of New Jersey, and Beth Page, of New York.
It happened again Friday versus Landon, of Bethesda, at Ice World in Abington, but Calvert Hall couldn't recover this time.
The Bears jumped out to a three-goal lead en route to a 3-1 victory.
"We were a little off today," Calvert Hall coach Mike Shramek said. "We weren't consistent. We expected to play better. We think it could have been 3-1 us."
The Cardinals wasted the solid performance of sophomore goalie Michael Finn, who finished 28 saves.
Junior forward John Raimondi scored for Calvert Hall (3-2-2).
In the middle of the third period, Landon (3-0-1) went on the power play after Kurt Barsotti was called for hooking.
The Bears capitalized. Colton Rupp scored on his team's third shot of the extra-man advantage.
Things got much worse for the Cardinals early in the third period.
Landon scored twice within 23 seconds, getting goals from Alex Norwinski and Satchel Clendenin.
"Our goal was to be the first one to the puck and win every free puck," Landon coach Chandler Gammill said. "I think we did that. That allowed us to fore-check, get the puck deep and keep it deep."
Calvert Hall trimmed the lead to 3-1 with 2:14 remaining in the second period.
Goalie Sam Kroll stopped Jack Finn's shot from the right side, but Raimondi knocked in the rebound.
"We have a resilient bunch and we have battled back in the past," Shramek said. "We thought we could do it again, but we have to get off to a better start."Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun