That game will be followed by an away game at PSU Berks on Saturday, October 29th before the Mids return home to face league opponent Towson University on Friday, November 4th.
With just over one third of the regular season complete, the Mids are 7-4-1 overall and 1-1 in league play. "This young team is continuing to mature and we are learning from some early season mistakes" according to Head Coach Mike Fox. Although the team is ranked #22 nationally in Division 1 of the American Collegiate Hockey Association, the team experienced some costly setbacks that led to losses in a few very close games. "Because of our recent experiences, we are a better team now than we were even after starting the season 5-0", according to Fox.
The Mids experienced their first losses of the season when they travelled to play #10 Rhode Island on the 7th and 8th of October. The first game against URI ended in a 5-3 URI win despite 2 goals from freshman Dustin Oberlander who had just returned from a rib injury that kept him out for three games. Rhode Island native Cameron Harrigan added a goal to make it close and Navy senior goalie Jameson Marshall, who also played in front of his home state fans, recorded 27 saves. In the second contest against the Rams, Navy dropped another close battle, losing 3-1. Sophmore Thomas Krysil scored Navy's only goal and Sophmore Andrew Mills kicked away 36 shots. The Mids capped off their northeast swing against Notheastern University's Club Team on Sunday, October 9th at Matthews Arena in Boston with a 3-3 tie, giving up a shorthanded goal in the waning seconds of the game with Northeastern's goaltender pulled. Senior captain Jim Tumolo recorded 2 goals with sophmore Thomas Krysil netting the 3rd in the afternoon affair. No overtime was played and Mills recorded 27 saves in regulation play.
On Friday, October 14th, the Mids returned home to host West Chester University in a game that also ended in a tie after regulation. After 60 minutes, the scoreboard read 4-4, but West Chester would answer the call with 1:24 left in OT to escape McMullen with a 5-4 OT win. Krysil lead the way with 2 goals, and Tommy Reed and Travis Franklin also found the net. Marshall ended the game with 50 saves. The following night, Navy hosted Penn State-Berks for its first of 14 ECHA league games, coming away with a 7-3 win after 2 goals each from Krysil and Tumolo. Oberlander, Reed and Freshman Daniel O'Hair each added a goal against Berks and Andrew Mills made 30 saves to secure the "W".
On Friday, October 21st, the Midshipmen welcomed Canisius College to McMullen arena , winning in convincing fashion 7-1 against the visiting Griffs. Thomas Krysil picked up his first hat trick of the season with Jim Tumolo adding 2 more of his own. Senior Mitch Pulver and Freshman Dustin Oberlander added the final goals, and Jamison Marshall was credited with the win after making 13 saves. The Midshipmen then hit the road again for a trip to Bethlehem, PA to face Lehigh University in another ECHA league game. The game was not decided until the clock read 1:55 left in the 3rd when Lehigh snuck one by Sophmore goalie Andrew Mills to secure a 3-2 win over the Mids. Third period goals by Pulver and Oberlander were not enough as the Mids battled back after being down 2-0 after two periods of play. Mills ended the game with 21 saves.
After starting the season 5-0 before suffering some setbacks in some very close games, the Mids know they have some work to do if they intend to move up in the national rankings. Coach Fox and his players know the next few games are "must-wins", but according to Coach Fox, " we are focusing on one game at a time starting, with LVC".