Calvert Hall senior goalie Matthew Schaab talk about his team's win over Landon. (Tom Worgo / BSMG)
Calvert Hall ice hockey coach Ryan Woodward had been waiting for his team to play a full game this season.
It finally happened against visiting Landon, of Bethesda, at Mount Pleasant Ice Arena.
The Cardinals meshed solid goaltending and defense and got some explosive offense in a 4-0 victory over Landon in a mid-Atlantic Prep Hockey League game.
"It's the most complete game we've had," said Woodward, whose team's season started in early November. "We played as a team and within our system. We executed properly. We have a really young team. The nice thing about the new faces is that they are buying into the system, which is helping us come together."
Mitchell Bozhko, Pierce Coffman, Jacob Johnson and Brennan O'Brien scored for the winners and Calvert Hall goalie Matthew Schaab made 15 saves to record his second shutout of the season.
The Cardinals (4-6-1) dominated the first period, outshooting Landon, 9-2.
They scored three goals in less than a span of eight minutes.
Johnson got Calvert Hall rolling and scored on a feed from Coby Smith only 1:47 into play.
About seven minutes later, O'Brien made it 2-0 when he beat sophomore goalie Ty Mortan with a shot to the upper right corner on a 2-on-0 breakaway.
"We didn't start well today and that really hurt us," Landon coach Hans Farnstrom said. "I thought we played well in the second period, but it was a little too late. "We are still trying to figure out who we are at this point. We have only been on the ice for a couple of weeks. We are seeing who plays well with whom."
Calvert Hall boosted its lead to 3-0 with 7:36 remaining. Coffman put a back-handed shot though the legs of Mortan.
Landon (1-2) picked up its play in the second period and had one of its five power plays early, but Schaab made three saves during it.
Landon went 0-for-5 on the power play.
"The penalty kill actually has been something that has plagued us," said Woodward, praising the play of defensemen Nick Schiavone, Bozhko, Justin Brown and Evan Fitzgerald. "As far as Xs and Os, we have been doing a lot of the right things.
"We just haven't been executing on the little things like making sure when we break a play up, we get the puck all the way down the ice," he added. "Today, we were able to do that."