Navy wins the battle against Army, 9-4. For the 101st time, The #16 Navy Midshipmen (5-2, 3-2 Patriot) battled the #10 Army Black Knights (6-3, 4-2 Patriot). Navy holds a 62-36-3 in the rivalry and added to to the record with a 9-4 victory.
The defense was the key in this one with the Middlies only surrendering a pair of goals in the first and duplicating the feat in the concurrent half. Joe deLyra (3g) kicked off his career day with 7:14 left in the first that would be the only net bender in the quarter and Navy was in front, 1-0. Aidan Byrnes (2g) evened the score for Army at 14:27. Max Hewitt (2g) followed by Dane Swanson (1g) would boost the Middies to a 3-1 lead at the half.
“What a privilege to be able to coach in this game,” said Navy’s Joe Amplo, who was coaching in his first Army-Navy game after last year’s contest was canceled due to COVID. “The emotion of it, the pageantry, all the stuff that goes into it. It’s just an honor for me and my staff to be a part of it.
“I thought we played our best game start to finish. Every possession defensively felt really important until the game kind of started to sway our way towards the end of the fourth quarter. It was a one-goal game for most of it. We just made more plays than they did at the end. That’s really what it came down to.”
Jon Jarosz (1g,1a) hit net behind Army goaltender Wyatt Schupler to make it 4-1. After a nearly 25:00 drought, Danny Kielbasa set up Byrnes for his 16th to make it interesting. DeLyra countered with second of the game with James Flannery (2g) notching his first of two to get it to a 6-2 Navy lead. Nickolas Edinger(1g) with 3:44 remaining, ended the third with Army trailing, 6-3.
DeLyra posted his third at the 5:19 mark before Flannery scored his second to put it out of reach at 9-3. With :38 to play, Danny Kielbasa (1g,1a) shut down the score sheet on the 9-4 Navy victory. Navy wins the battle but the war is far from over.
Both teams came in 811 wins in their history with Navy being 811-368-14 and the Knights posting 811-395-7. This marked the 6th Consecutive Middies victory over Army. Navy held Army to their fewest goals in a game since 2017. Shots were 41-39 the Army way and on goal also leaned to Army, 23-19. Turnovers had Navy with 18 to the Knights 16 and Navy controlled the loose balls with a 38-27 edge. Jacob Jarosz not only got a goal and a helper but also went 10 of 17 from the “X” for the Middies. Schlupler had 10 stops for Army with Spencer Rees knocking away 19 for Navy.