Hershey Proves Bitter for Navy2011-01-28
HERSHEY, PA (Friday, January 28, 2011) Despite the heavy outpouring of support from local military members and the civilian population alike, Navy was unable to earn the victory against Lebanon Valley College, falling to the Flying Dutchmen in a Friday night contest, 6-1.
Friday's game marked Lebanon Valley's first annual Wounded Warriors event. The Dutchmen wore special military-themed jerseys and alll proceeds from the game were donated to a Wounded Warrior organization.
In the game, Navy had a tough time getting things going from the very start. The Dutchmen drew blood first, grabbing a goal midway through the first period on two on one rush. Their second goal came shortly after on a bouncing puck in the low slot. There was some deliberation amongst the referees over whether or not the puck had been kicked in, but it was ultimately ruled a goal.
It looked as though the Mids might be able to mount a comeback, when Sammy Carlson scored a goal less than two minutes later, cutting the lead down to one. Carlson's goal was a blistering slapshot that beat the LVC goalie highon the glove-side, off of passes from Mitch Pulver and Jon Wheeler. However, after that goal, the Midshipmen were unable to mount an effective offensive campaign, despite outshootong LVC 29-23. Though the Mids never lessened their effort, there was a certain disjointedness to their offense and they were never able to capitalize on their scoring chances. In contrast, Lebanon Valley was sharp on offense and they slowly built their lead as the game progressed, eventually walking away with a 6-1 win over the Midshipmen.
Navy, now 16-9-1 (7-3-1 in conference), looks to bounce back Saturday afternoon as they complete their final regular season road trip of the season. In an critical conference game, they take on Scranton University at 1:00 PM.