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Men's Division 1 National Championships Day 2 recap

2014-03-08


Navy served up a major upset while Robert Morris (IL), Oklahoma and Arizona State all hit the five-goal plateau on Friday.

A day after squeaking by West Virginia, Navy scored the biggest upset of the 2014 National Championship thus far as they knocked off #4 Liberty 4-3 in overtime.

Thomas Krysil’s second of the game gave Navy the victory 6:13 into the extra frame. Krysil entered the tournament third in the nation in goals scored and has picked up a pair in each of Navy’s contests in the tournament.

It was a penalty-filled affair, but the Midshipmen and Flames turned in the most thrilling game of the tournament; trading goals in each period and saving the highest drama for the final minutes. Krysil scored a power play goal with just over five minutes remaining to stake Navy to a 3-2 lead and with little time for Liberty to answer. However, with Cameron Harrigan in the box for delay of game, Jackson Kuhn brought the game back to level terms with just 3:56 left.

The pair of goals capped a four-goal period between the two teams as Andrew McCombe scored 13 seconds into the period for the Flames but Travis Franklin and Krysil’s goals came just 1:17 apart to put Navy back in front. There were four total lead changes in the game and 13 combined penalties.

Navy’s victory gives them a berth in the third round where they will face the winner of #5 Stony Brook and #12 Davenport.

Robert Morris (IL) 6 – Oakland 0

Three powerplay tallies powered Robert Morris (IL) to a swift and decisive victory over Oakland in their second round matchup on Friday.

RMU’s special teams proved to be the difference, going 3/6 on the power play and killing off all five opportunities for Oakland on the man advantage. The Eagles were led by Nick Ernst’s four point (1+3) effort and received goals from six different scorers.

After opening a 2-0 lead through the first 20 minutes, Ryan O’Connell’s power play tally just 1:44 into the second period served as the final knell for Oakland, putting them in a 3-0 hole that grew to 5-0 before the end of the second.

RMU advances to face the winner of #6 Adrian and #11 Central Oklahoma.

Oklahoma 6 – Illinois 1

Illinois almost came away from the first period with a 0-0 tie but Oklahoma’s Darrell Boldon put one past Nick Clarke with 1:49 remaining to draw first blood for the Sooners.

Boldon’s goal would serve as a spark for Oklahoma as they scored twice more in the opening five minutes of the second period before Mike Evans scored for Illinois to bring the score to 3-1. That would be the only tally for the Illini as Kevin Zehnder, Brandon Dennis and Boldon would each add goals to see the Sooner roll 6-1.

The game wasn’t drama free for Oklahoma as they lost Bryce Johnson to a five-minute boarding major early in the first and had to weather the storm before returning to even strength. Nick Holmes played a major role, turning aside 30 shots on the afternoon.

Oklahoma’s win sets them up to face the winner of #7 Ohio and #10 Iowa State.

Arizona State 5 – Rhode Island 0

A three-goal first period would be all Arizona State needed in what devolved into an ugly contest against Rhode Island in the final game of Friday’s action.

Ryan Ostertag scored just 58 seconds into the contest and would get credit for the game winning tally as Jordan Young and Jarrod Levos would each score before the game was 10 minutes old. The opening five minutes of the second period wouldn’t be any less friendly to URI as Colin Hekle and the nation’s leading scorer, Kale Dolinski scored ASU’s final two goals.

Roughly 10 minutes after Dolinski’s tally a scrum broke out resulting in 43 penalty minutes, two game misconducts and one disqualification. Seven more minors were called in the final period as the two teams combined for 91 total minutes of penalties.

ASU will face off with either Delaware or Minot State as the eight vs. nine matchup pits the last two National Champions against each other.   


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