E. Mich. makes off with Crab Pot

February 07, 1994|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Staff Writer

Powerful Eastern Michigan University repeated as champion of Navy's 17th annual Crab Pot Ice Hockey Tournament in Annapolis yesterday, skating to an 8-4 victory over Towson State University.

Host Navy was shut out in the two-day event, losing its opener and yesterday's consolation.

Ranked No. 5 this week by the American Collegiate Hockey Association, Eastern Michigan was appearing for the second time in as many years under coach Mike Donnelly.

For years, Donnelly had harbored thoughts of visiting the Academy in Annapolis and he takes pleasant memories home. His father served in the Navy in World War II, and last January was the first time the coach had visited Annapolis.

Eleventh-ranked Towson State spoiled the Crab Pot for Navy fans by outlasting the Middies, 4-3 in overtime, Saturday in the first round on the Dahlgren Hall ice rink.

Eastern Michigan's Eagles took the other opener by 10-3 over College Militaire Royal of St. Jean, Quebec, to earn another shot at taking the 25-gallon Crab Pot Trophy on Sunday.

Navy (11-5-1) lost, 4-2, in the consolation to CMR.

"It just wasn't our weekend, but we will recover and go on," said Navy coach Jim Barry.

Navy still has a chance to win its league, the Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association. The Middies are 8-1 in the ECHA, a half game behind 9-1 Delaware.

The Crab Pot is patterned after the prestigious Beanpot, held annually in Boston among Boston University, Boston College, Northeastern University and Harvard.

Navy last won the Crab Pot in 1991, and was expected to advance to this year's final. The Middies had beaten Towson State earlier this season by 4-1, but fell behind Towson 2-0 in the first period Saturday.

Before the first period ended, Navy had tied the score on goals by Mike Murnane and Bill Murphy. Murnane's second goal gave the Mids a 3-2 lead in the second period.

Towson State got its first two goals from Roger Levering and Matt Hunter and the game-tying goal by Andy Poirier with six minutes left in the game. The Tigers' Chris Cinquanto ended it with a goal five minutes into overtime.

The winners outshot Navy, 32-29.

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