West Chester, PA (Saturday, October 31, 2009) -- Navy's ice hockey team put quite a scare into host West Chester for more than 60 minutes on Halloween night, but it was the Golden Rams who managed to escape with the treat: a 3-2 overtime win over the Mids.
With the tough loss, Navy fell to 4-9-1 overall and 0-5-1 in the Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League (ESCHL). West Chester improved to 6-5 and 3-3.
Navy scoring sensation Sam Carlson scored both of Navy's goals Saturday night, just as he had done the night before in the Mids' 5-2 loss to the Golden Rams in Annapolis. The Richfield, Minnesota native got Navy off to a good start Saturday night with a power play goal that put the blue-and-gold clad visitors ahead, 1-0 after the first period.
In the second stanza, West Chester evened the count at 1-1 before Carlson tallied a second time, again on a Navy power play, to give the Midshipmen a slim 2-1 advantage. It was Carlson's team-leading 11th goal of the season. But the Golden Rams scored before the middle period ended to send the teams into the final stanza deadlocked at 2-2.
Neither team scored in the hard-fought third period, but West Chester took advantage of a "too many men on the ice" Navy minor penalty to register the game-winning power play goal in overtime.
Senior goaltender Eric Anderson finished with 40 saves in a stellar effort for the Mids. His Golden Ram counterpart, Matt Murnane, had 26 stops.
Despite the disappointing defeat, it was in many ways a positive weekend for the youthful Navy squad. The Mids essentially battled the Golden Rams -- who were ranked 14th in the most recent American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) national poll -- evenly for five of the six periods over the two nights. That bodes well for Navy over the course of the rest of the season.
That "rest of the season" begins next Friday and Saturday nights, November 6-7, when 6th ranked Penn State visits McMullen Hockey Arena for a pair of ESCHL contests. The opening face-off for both games will be at 7:30 p.m.
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