The Navy hockey (13-18-4) players are currently going through six week examinations at school and also preparing for three important games in four days. First, they travel to Newark, Delaware on Thursday February 12th at 7 PM to face the #5 University of Delaware Blue Hens. Then, Navy will host the 32nd Annual Crab Pot Tournament on Saturday and Sunday. Navy will play the University of Maryland (5-19-2) on Saturday at 7:30 PM. The opponent for Sunday will either be Towson University (17-11-2) or UMBC (21-6-1).
Navy will become real familiar with the Blue Hens as they face them three times in the next ten days. When they last met back on January 22nd, the Blue Hens won 5 to 1 on the strength of four unanswered first period goals. The Blue Hens have been on a tear winning eight of their last ten with their losses coming against #2 Penn State and #10 Liberty. They are led by #25 Mike Gardner with 55 points (24 goals, 31 assists and 55 points), #9 Andre Menard (17-25-42), and #12 Kevin Miller (13-29-42). Looking over Delaware’s roster you will see many players who played American Tier III Junior "A" ice hockey (AJHL or EJHL) prior to their arrival at Delaware.
The Crab Pot Schedule is:
Feb 14 Sat 4:00 PM Towson vs. UMBC
Feb 14 Sat 7:30 PM Navy vs. Maryland
Feb 15 Sun 12:00 PM Consolation Game
Feb 15 Sun 3:30 PM Championship Game
The University of Maryland Terps are not a team to be taken lightly. They have won two out of their last three games and feature some dangerous scorers in #19 TC Costello (15-8-23), #9 John McDade (12-9-21), and #18 Augie Gardner (8-13-21). The Terps appear to use all three goaltenders as #34 Matt Mitchell (10 games), #33 Brian Barr (9 games) and #30 Chris Rij (6 games) have all seen significant playing time.
The Towson University Tigers enter the Crab Pot as the defending champions from last season. They have won their last five games, which includes two wins against #20 West Virginia. Towson is led by #10 Michael Emmet (27-14-41), #7 Michael Pompa (10-21-31), and #21 Brian Furlong (12-12-24). This Towson team is very dangerous on the power play as they have netted 31 power play goals (28.44% of their total goals). They mostly rely on #1 Darren Delullo (4.82 GAA in 25 games) between the pipes. They have played UMBC twice this season and they split the season series. The home team won each game and the score of each was 4 to 2. Towson will be the home team against UMBC on Saturday.
The UMBC Retrievers have some players who can really put up some points. They have three players with more than 50 points in #13 Drew Harcharik (36-32-68), #17 Alex Post (18-41-59), and #24 John Fetscher (23-28-51). In addition, #11 Justin Friestat has 22 goals and #29 Jason Sartorius has 19. It appears that Sartorius was converted from a goaltender to a forward. For their goaltending, the Retrievers rely on #35 PJ Carmack (3.66 GAA in 17 games) and #1 Casey Davis (3.41 in 7).