American Collegiate Hockey Assocaition Men’s Division I Vice-President, Bill Shannon announced today that the second annual Army-Navy Game will be the final Game of the Week for the 2013-14 season.
One of the most storied rivalries in collegiate sports, Army and Navy put their rivalry on display last year for the first time with Navy taking a 6-4 win. While the rivalry dates back to 1890, no formal hockey games had been staged. With Army’s ACHA squad joining the ACHA ranks last year, the opportunity to add hockey to the rivalry that’s already a national spectacle on the football field.
Last year’s game featured a number of special guests, including the Secretary of the Navy, along with over 700 Midshipmen. The stunning success of the game ensured that the DI and DII matchup would continue for seasons to come.
Saturday’s game was rescheduled due to one of the many winter storms that crippled the east coast throughout the winter. The new date, while very close to the National Tournament, was necessary to ensure that the game would still be played.
Army has played an abbreviated 12-game schedule this year compared to the full slate that has put them at 13th in the nation with a first round matchup with West Virginia in the National Tournament.
One of the nation’s most prolific scorers will be on display on Saturday night as Navy’s Thomas Krysil will look to add to his 33 goals on the season. Entering the weekend, he was fourth in the nation in goal scoring behind Andrew Zona, Mark Zeszut and Ryan Cotcamp.
The action starts at 8:00 pm on Saturday, March 1 with the game streaming for free on www.fasthockey.com