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Blue Edges Gold In Navy Hockey Scrimmage


ANNAPOLIS, MD (September 13, 2009) - The Blue squad rallied from an early 3-1 deficit to outscore the Gold team, 5-4, in the Navy hockey team's annual Blue-Gold intrasquad scrimmage Sunday afternoon at the McMullen Hockey Arena in the Hooper Brigade Sports Complex.

The Midshipmen will officially launch their 2009-2010 season this weekend when they host Lehigh University at 7:30 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday nights (September 18-19).

Sophomore Kevin Frederick (Minneapolis, MN) scored the game winner for the Blue on Sunday, beating freshman netminder Michael Thorsen (Naples, FL) with 1:55 remaining in the third period.

Sophomores Tom Fick (Marine, MN) and Jim Tumolo (Turnersville, NJ) both recorded hat tricks for the Mids.

Navy's Gold team jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead thanks to a pair of tallies from Fick at 11:51 and 15:36.  The Blue squad cut its deficit in half with Tumolo's first goal of the day at 1:45 of the second stanza, but the Gold regained their two-goal margin a short time later with a Mitch Pulver (Chippawa Falls, WI) tally at 3:26.  The Blue team pulled within one, 3-2, with Frederick's first goal of the game with just 37.9 seconds remaining in the middle period.

The Blue squad continued to dominate early in the third period, getting goals just 29 seconds apart from Tumolo at 1:17 and 1:46 to take a 4-3 lead, but Gold tied the score at 4-4 when Fick recorded his third tally of the contest at 12:57.  Frederick's goal at 18:05, his second of the day, completed the scoring.

Navy's coaches got a good look at all six goaltenders during the scrimmage.  Seniors Jeremey Estevez (Grand Rapids, MI) and Eric Anderson (Sartell, MN) registered nine and 10 saves, respectively, in their 20-minute appearances for the Blue squad.  Sophomore Jameson Marshall (Barrington, RI) stopped all six shots he faced in 13:15 of work for the Gold team.

Of the three freshmen netminders, Christian Sandroni (Granger, IN) stopped 16 of 17 shots he faced in 21:11 of action; he did not yield a goal during a five-on-three Blue power play.  Fellow freshman Ryan Dendler (Tinley Park, IL) stopped 10 of 12 shots for the Blue team in 20 minutes of work, while classmate Thorsen made 12 saves on 16 shots in his 25:34.

"Today was helpful for the coaches in that we could assess our our strengths and our weaknesses before Lehigh comes in here next weekend," said head coach Mike Fox.  "We saw some things today that we liked, and we saw some things that need work. Playing under game conditions is different than practice, so we learned some things about our guys, especially the newcomers."

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