ANNAPOLIS, MD (Friday, February 04, 2011) It would take more than 60 minutes, but 2 minutes and 47 seconds into the overtime, Tom Krysil finished the game with a breakaway goal as Navy defeats West Chester 4-3.
Navy came out tonight mixing things up, shifting Jim Tumolo from his line with Doug Dietrich and Steven Csutoros to one with Sammy Carlson and Mitch Pulver. Although he certainly wasn't struggling on his old line, the change of scenery seemed to light a spark for Tumolo as he dominated the ice tonight, scoring the first three goals for Navy, including a huge goal with 7 minutes left in the third to tie the game and send it into overtime. Already the team leader in the overall points category, his three goals put him at a whopping 43 points this year (19 goals and 24 assists) in only 28 games. Though no longer a line-mate, Steven Csuturos was there, as usual, in support of Tumolo, grabbing one of the assists on Tumolo's second goal along with Wheeler.
While Tumolo's efforts were what created the overtime opportunity, Tom Krysil's addition of the overtime winner was most certainly notable. After Navy fended off a couple of West Chester opportunities in the Midshipmen's defensive zone, West Chester turned it over to Navy defenseman Aaron Fleming who was able to feed it to Krysil. Krysil then took it down wide and cut across to the near-side post and finessed the puck over the goalie's outstretched pad.
Of course, no Navy victory comes complete these days without phenomenal goaltending, provided in tonight's game by Jameson Marshall. After scoring two early goals on Marshall on defensive breakdowns by Navy, West Chester was consistently turned away from otherwise sure goals. In one critical save, a West Chester forward sitting back door seemed to have the entire net until Marshall came out of nowhere and threw a blocker on the puck in a fantastic showcase of goaltending prowess. The game would be chalked full of much of the same by both goaltenders as the Mids outshot West Chester 48-25 on the night.
The Mids look for some revenge as they square off once more against Lebanon Valley, after having dropped one last weekend in Hershey. The game will be Saturday night, February 5, at 7:30 at McMullen Ice Arena.
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