Army 4 1 0 – 5
Navy 2 4 1 – 7
Shots on goal – Army, 50; Navy, 34. Goalie saves – Army 26; Navy, 44. Penalty minutes – Army, 16; Navy, 22.
A – Jake Riihmaa (Steven Wardynski assist), 5:00
N – Carolyn Ross (Ryan Azar, Adam Pettit assist), 5:26
A – Clint Carlisle (Riihmaa, Eduardo Cid assist), 12:44
N – Pettit (Spencer Alvarez, Sean Woodring assist), 17:42
A – Brandyn Kaufman (unassisted), 18:25
A – Maurice Alvarez (unassisted), 19:44
N – Nicholas Morin (Kenny Harris assist), 3:53
A – M. Alvarez (Steven Breault assist), 5:44
N – Killian Ferrel (Harris assist), 6:27
N – Rex Hartung (Eric Bowen assist), 8:24
N – Ferrel (unassisted), 9:49
N – Woodring (unassisted), 0:53
EVERETT - After a group of Joint Base Lewis-McChord service members and veterans were strong in 2016 and 2017, the third time was the charm for Navy Region Northwest in the 2018 Pacific Northwest Army vs. Navy Hockey Game March 3.
Both teams took the ice at the Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett — the home of the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League. Navy took the trophy for the first time with a 7-5 win.
After entering the second period ahead 4-2, JBLM was outscored 5-1 in the second and third periods. Navy’s Nicholas Morin made it a one-goal game after Kenny Harris’ shot rebounded off of Army goalkeeper Matthew Parker. After JBLM’s Maurice Alvarez scored about two minutes later, Navy’s Killian Ferrel tallied his first of two second-period goals, off another rebound originally from a Harris shot.
“(JBLM made) the initial stop, but they had more second chances before our (defensive) guys could come back,” Alvarez said.
Navy tied the game at 5-5 after Rex Hartung continued the offensive run at 8:24 in the second. JBLM caught what seemed like a break with a tripping call on Navy’s Sean Woodring. Unfortunately, Ferrel scored on an unassisted breakaway to give Navy its first lead in the rivalry.
Woodring scored the lone goal of the third at 55 seconds into the period. JBLM had 18 shots on goal near the end and had a number of great scoring opportunities — all stopped by Navy goalie Nic Haupt. Some shots toward the goal were stopped via Navy defensemen laying out, taking pucks off their body to preserve their lead.
“If someone falls on a puck, you have to do a slapshot and hope they go with (the puck),” said JBLM team captain James Schuyler.
JBLM’s Jake Riihmaa was the first player on the board with a goal assisted by Steven Wardynski, which was quickly followed up by a Navy goal from Carolyn Ross 26 seconds later. Army’s Clint Carlisle and Navy’s Adam Pettit exchanged goals in the middle of the first.
Army did pull away with Brandyn Kaufman scoring an unassisted goal with less than two minutes left. Alvarez had a highlight goal with 15.9 seconds left in the opening period with a shot in the top left corner of Navy’s goal while falling down.
It wasn’t the type of game the Army team expected, considering it was able to get a few players with experience playing for the Army Black Knights at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. N.Y.
“Our team was close to being as good as last year,” Schuyler said, referencing the Army team that defeated Navy 11-4 in 2017. Army won 9-4 in 2016.
Despite the loss to the Navy, JBLM skaters also took joy playing in front of a crowd of nearly 600 hockey fans. It took JBLM’s Alvarez back to his junior hockey days playing for the Pembroke Lumber Kings in Ontario from 2009 to 2011.
“It’s an amazing opportunity, especially when you have 500-plus fans,” Alvarez said. “It makes you cherish every single moment you have on the ice.”
Schuyler spoke with Navy Region Northwest’s coach Sean Joyce about the possibility of having more games, including one at the ShoWare Center in Kent — home of the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds.
Joyce is also looking at forming a military hockey tournament in the local area. Based on having hundreds attend this year and last year, Joyce said he sees the potential.
“Hockey is growing, and I hope it grows with the military community,” he said.