Expect to Win
At 15-7-1, the Mids look to continue their winning ways when they return to the ice to face Youngstown State on January 13th and 14th at McMullen Arena. With 9 of 10 remaining regular season games at home, Navy is well positioned to eclipse last year's impressive mark of 22 victories.
Currently ranked 24th nationally in Division 1 of the American Hockey Association (ACHA), the Mids are involved in a tight league battle with Drexel University and Penn State University Berks for the top spot in the Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association (ECHA). The league winner will receive an automatic bid to the 20-team ACHA National Championships to be held in early March in Cleveland, OH.
Strong on the Ice and in the Classroom.
Highlighted by several successes, the team's chemistry and overall quality of play has improved during the first two-thirds of the season. Although Navy has benefited from a balanced offensive attack, the bulk of the scoring has been done by Tom Krysil (So., Leominster, MA) who is second in the nation with 46 points in 23 games. Dustin Oberlander (Fr, Lewiston, ME) - 31 points, Captain Jim Tumolo (Turnersville, NJ) - 26 points, Tommy Reed (So, St. James, NY) – 26 points and Assistant Captain Mitch Pulver (Chippewa Falls, WI) – 22 points, have also been key contributors on offense.
The outstanding goaltending tandem of Assistant Captain Jamie Marshall (Sr. Barrington, RI) and Andrew Mills (So., Williamsburg, MI) has been a major part of Navy's success this season. Playing behind a talented set of blue-liners led by Curtis Bolinger (Jr., Lancaster, PA), the remainder of the defensive corps is primarily made up of freshmen and sophomore players. On the season, the team has not been beaten by more than two goals, and 4 of the team's 7 losses have been by one goal (two in overtime). This is largely due to Navy’s superb goaltending and solid team defense.
The Midshipmen have not only excelled on the ice this season. Academically, the Navy Hockey team posted a 3.11 cumulative grade point average during the first semester and an even more impressive average of 93.7% on the Physical Readiness Test that all midshipmen are required to take.
Catch the excitement as the Midshipmen make their final bid for a trip to nationals.
Navy's next home game is at 7:30pm on Friday, January 13th at McMullen Arena in Brigade Sports Complex. If you can't make the game, you can always watch Navy's home games live or on-demand at www.FastHockey.net