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Win Over Lehigh Seals Second Place

2011-02-12

ANNAPOLIS, MD (Saturday, February 12, 2011) After getting off to a slow start on Saturday night, the Midshipmen effectively got things going in the second period, dominating play against Lehigh University and winning by a score of 6-2.

ANNAPOLIS, MD (Saturday, February 12, 2011) After getting off to a slow start on Saturday night, the Midshipmen effectively got things going in the second period, dominating play against Lehigh University and winning by a score of 6-2.

The stakes were high for both Navy and Lehigh on Saturday night as both teams were playing for second place in the conference and a resulting bye into the semifinals of next weekend's ECHA playoffs. Entering the game, both team's had 17 points on the season. Conference opponent Drexel had already finished the regular season with 18 points, so the winner of last night's ECHA matchup would earn two points and stand alone in 2nd place, while the loser would drop to 4th place.

With the win, the Mids secured the second place spot, finishing 9-4-1 in the conference and 20-10-1 in regular season play.  The game itself was fairly even throughout most of the first period. Tommy Reed broke the stalemate nine and half minutes into the first period, scoring on a centering pass into the slot from Tom Krysil.  In the second period, the Midshipmen would open up the game substantially. Tom Krysil and Mitch Pulver grabbed the first two goals of the period.  Both goals came on hard snapshots that caught the Lehigh goaltender by surprise.  Tom Fick scored the third goal on of the period on a low wrist shot from the point. Lehigh put in a goal of their own between Pulver's and Fick's goals, but the Mids still maintained the lead going into the third, 4-1.

Lehigh looked as though they might be mounting a comeback, striking quickly in the third; but Navy answered right back less than a minute later as Krysil netted his second of the game. Captain Sam Carlson sealed the deal with the sixth goal, with Cameron Harrigan and Gary Beier getting credited with the assists. Other players of note in tonight's game include Matt Lutch, who was credited with three assists, and Jim Tumolo and Gary Beier who each had two assists. 

Of course, no Navy post game analysis would be complete without mentioning the phenomenal play of the Navy goaltender. It was Andrew Mills' turn to shine tonight, and he did not disappoint. Faced with a seemingly endless barrage of shots in the early minutes, he demonstrated significant prowess with the glove, flashing leather time and again to rob Lehigh offensmen of great opportunities. Mills stopped 30 of 32 tonight, which included repeated demonstrations on why not to shoot for Mills' glove side.  Obviously, Navy feels fairly confident with their goaltending as they head into the playoffs. 

Navy will have to wait for the results of next Friday's first round to know their opponent, but they will take on the highest remaining seeded opponent from the first batch of games on Saturday night at 8:00 PM in West Chester, PA.




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