PHILADELPHIA, PA (Saturday, January 9, 2010) -- Navy's ice hockey team gave Drexel's Dragons all they could handle, but a Drexel power play goal early in the third period proved to be the difference as the Dragons edged the Midshipmen, 3-2, Saturday night at the Class of '23 Arena in downtown Philadelphia.
With the tough loss Navy dropped to 7-15-2 overall and 0-11-1 in the Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League (ESCHL), while Drexel improved to 8-14-0 overall and 2-11-0 in the league.
The Midshipmen will be back in action next Friday, 15 January, when they visit West Chester in an ESCHL clash at 9:15 p.m. at the Ice Line Arena in West Chester, PA. Navy will then host West Chrester next Saturday night, 16 January, at 7:30 p.m. at the McMullen Hockey Arena.
The Mids took the early lead Saturday night when sophomore Jim Tumolo scored a power play goal at 12:28 of the first period. It was Tumolo's fourth tally of the season.
Drexel evened the count at 1-1 with a Bruno Petrillo power play goal at 15:29, then took a 2-1 advantage thanks to a Ross Denczi even strength tally in the final minute of the opening stanza.
Following a scoreless second period, the Dragons stretched their lead to 3-1 with a Scott Wallace power play goal at the 7:14 mark of the third period. But the Mids, who admirably fought hard throughout the entire game, narrowed the deficit to 3-2 when sophomore Mitch Pulver tipped a Patrick Heitman shot past Drexel goaltender Daniel Pyne at 10:29. It was Pulver's 11th goal of the season.
Navy controlled much of the play over the game's final 9 1/2 minutes. The Mids pulled senior goaltender Eric Anderson for an extra attacker with 1:22 remaining in the third period, then enjoyed a 6-on-4 man advantage when the Dragons were whistled for their ninth penalty of the night with 57 seconds showing on the Class of '23 arena scoreboard clock. Although they came close on several occasions, the Mids were unable to get the equalizer before the final buzzer sounded.
Anderson finished with 31 saves for Navy, while his counterpart Pyne was credited with 39 stops, as the Midshipmen outshot Drexel for the second night in a row, 41-34.
Navy was able to convert just one of its nine power play opportunities.
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