ANNAPOLIS, MD (Saturday, February 26, 2011) Navy moved on to the championship game of the Crabpot Tournament where they will face the Towson University Tigers for the second year in a row after blowing out their first round opponent, Lehigh, 10-1.
The Class of 2011 certainly made Senior Night memorable, as the seniors put on one of the more dominant displays of offensive production on the season in front of a packed-house. Senior Captain Sam Carlson made his own Senior Night exceptionally special, as he was involved in five of the ten Navy goals. With his two goals and three assists, Carlson broke the 100 career points marker, entering the record books as one of Navy Hockey's top producers. Still, Carlson's value hardly lies in his indivudual numbers alone. The team captain earns his teammates' respect more from an indelible work ethic and an unbelievably positive style of leadership, truly leading by example and pouring his heart and soul into this team. Nevertheless, breaking the century mark for career points is an excellent legacy Carlson will leave behind in the record books.
A number of Navy's other hot handed forwards were able to earn a spot on the scoresheet tonight as well. Jim Tumolo scored two and racked up three assists. Doug Dietrich, who opened things up for Navy with the team's first goal of the night with just over 15 seconds left in the first period, ended up netting a pair in the game. Steve Csutoros, Tom Krysil, and Tom Reed also scored one goal each.
Andrew Mills was in net for Navy and played exceptionally well in the early goings, stopping 31 shots in all. In truth, he played a key role in the Navy victory, as the flood gates would not open up until the third period. For much of the first two periods, Mills' strong play would keep the Midshipmen in the lead and allow for the third period domination.
Navy looks to hoist the Crabpot on Sunday afternoon as they take on Towson at 3:30 PM in the Championship Game at McMullen Ice Arena.