ANNAPOLIS, MD (Friday, November 12, 2010) A slow start left the Midshipmen fighting an uphill battle against conference opponent Scranton, as Navy suffered only its second loss in the last nine games.
Although holding their opponents to a scoreless first period, the Mids went in to the first intermission similairly lacking in goals. In the 2nd period Scranton drew blood first, scoring just before the midway mark in the period. Navy responded with a goal from Tom Krysil just over five minutes later. Doug Dietrich and Jim Tumolo were credited with assists. But Scranton did not wait long to retake the lead as they grabbed a late period goal and headed into the locker room for the second intermission ahead by one.
Navy tied things up at two early in the 3rd on a goal from Rob VanWinter, assisted by Krysil and Tommy Reed. Unfortunately for the Mids, Scranton picked up two late period goals, with the latter being scored on late game Navy penalty for goaltender interference. The infraction came on a play in which Navy appeared to tie the game at three but the goal was disallowed and Scranton quickly scored on their power play to ice the game.
True to their reputation, the Midshipmen put up a spirited fight in the concluding minutes of the game and never showed any intention of letting Scranton walk away with an easy win. With 9 seconds left in the game Tommy Reed scored on a goal from Krysil and VanWinter but there just wasn't enough time for Navy to capitilize on the late swing of momentum. In the end Scranton walked away with the win by a score of 4-3.
Now 10-6 overall and 5-3 in conference play, the Mids will be off for a week before taking on Drexel University on Friday night at 7:30 PM at McMullen Ice Arena in another pivotal conference match up.