Navy edged in Crab Pot

February 01, 1993|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

After a furious second period that featured five goals -- three in 1 minute, 16 seconds -- Eastern Michigan University's defense tightened up in the third period and held on to beat Navy, 5-4, in the championship game of the 16th annual Crab Pot Ice Hockey Club Tournament at Dahlgren Hall in Annapolis.

Making its first appearance at the Naval Academy, the Eagles (15-10) got a goal from junior forward Scott Ruffing with 14:29 left in the game and it held up.

Navy coach Jim Barry, whose Mids (9-4-2) were attempting to win their second Crab Pot in three years, shouldered the blame for the game-winning goal, but his team got off just two shots in the last 10 minutes.

"I scored the last goal," said Barry. "I yelled for our wing to get the back-checker and we didn't have a wing out there. It confused the kid I yelled to, and as he looked over at me, their guy went right past him."

Ruffing deked the final Navy defender and beat Navy goalie Dave Salmons.

From that point, Eastern Michigan's defense turned it up a notch with Matt Surowiec and Jason Shaberly manning the blue line. Surowiec and Shaberly skillfully froze the puck on Navy charges into the Eagles' zone and held the Mids' offense at bay in the last period.

"We got into our defensive mode with two in deep and three across the blue line and stopped them," said winning coach Mike Donnelly.

"Surowiec and Shaberly were tough in that last period. It was a most enjoyable experience and I don't mean that just because we won. I've always wanted to visit the Academy and Annapolis because of my dad," said Donnelly, whose father served in the Navy during World War II.

Ranked No. 5 by the American Collegiate Hockey Association, Eastern Michigan is headed to the National Club Hockey Tournament at North Dakota University, March 3-6. No. 11 Navy did not qualify.

Navy will host the Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs Feb. 20-21 at Dahlgren.

Worcester (Mass.) State (9-5) beat Maryland (11-9), 9-4, in yesterday's Crab Pot consolation.

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