Ice Hockey: Landry stars as Radnor ties Unionville

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Goaltender Tessa Landry made an astonishing 63 saves for Radnor in a 2-2 tie with Unionville Wednesday night. (Candice Monhollan)

Goaltender Tessa Landry made an astonishing 63 saves for Radnor in a 2-2 tie with Unionville Wednesday night. (Candice Monhollan)

WEST GOSHEN — It was hard to tell if Radnor was playing goaltender Tessa Landry or if, somehow, NHL legend Patrick Roy had taken her spot in net.

The freshman made an astounding 63 saves en route to a 2-2 tie against Unionville in a girls varsity game Wednesday night at Ice Line.

“Holy smokes,” said Unionville coach Dave Elvin. “If you look at the number of shots, it’s phenomenal. We had a lot of offense going to the net. We had some plays the players executed, but we just could not solve the riddle of the Radnor goaltender tonight.”

It wasn’t one of those games where Landry saw every shot either. There were several instances where she was drawn out of position and left Unionville (8-1-2) with a gaping side of the net to shoot out, only to have a leg pad flash out of nowhere to stop the puck from crossing the goal line.

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Facing that much rubber has to be tough, even on a seasoned veteran goaltender in the league.
“It’s very, very stressful (facing Unionville), especially with the amount of shots that you get,” Landry said. “I just really hoped I got good defense and tried my hardest in the game.”

But how did she keep from mentally breaking down under all that pressure?

“I don’t know,” she said. “You get in the zone sometimes in the game and it gets to be fun.”

From the get-go, Unionville threw everything short of a kitchen sink at the Radnor (4-5-2) goaltender and, as one parent in the stands cried during the game, couldn’t buy a goal if they tried.

“That’s the highest offensive total I think we have ever put up in a single game,” Elvin said. “When you have a few teams that were the core of the league in past years, other teams are circling those games on their schedules and are going to be ready for you.

“They’re going to give you their absolute best on those nights and we will too, but tonight, (Landry) stood on her head.”

For Landry and Radnor, though it wasn’t a win, they still came away with a great feeling of satisfaction in tying one of the top teams in the division, especially in the rematch game.

“It’s amazing, especially since last time they beat us 10-2,” Landry said. “So to tie them this time was really, really good. I’m really glad.”

After allowing a goal late in the first from Radnor’s Sophie Samaha, Unionville bounced back to score twice — once in the closing minutes of the first from Hannah Close and early in the second from Allie Ward.

But with the Indians facing a 5-on-3, Radnor seized the chance to pounce and help Landry out.

Unionville successfully killed off the first penalty, but couldn’t keep the puck out of its net on the second as Lindsey Coffey scored with 4:22 left in the game and sent the Radnor bench into a frenzy.

“This was a huge season game for them and they are thrilled with the tie and we’re happy for them for that,” Elvin said. “I’m happy to see a program like Radnor, from a team that was probably wondering if they were going to have a program this year, field a complete, full team. Hats off to them.

“They’re excited and they have a lot of young players and I know they’re going to be a strong opponent in the league for years to come. I’m glad they’re doing so well. It only makes the league better.”

Though the Indians finished in a tie, Elvin knows his team will easily put this game behind them and look forward to their last three games of the regular season.

“At the end of the day, we were real happy with the effort our team put forth, but our season continues right now,” he said. “We have a big game Friday night that we’re going to focus on and we’ll be ready for Downingtown East.”




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