Posted on November 15th, 2016

READING, PA - The third annual Royal Cup went to the Midshipmen of the U.S. Naval Academy (ACHA DI), but not after a significant battle against the stalwart ARMY WEST POINT Black Knights (ACHA DII). The ESPN3 ACHA game of the week gave a worldwide audience a taste of the nation's greatest rivalry on ice at the Reading Royals' Santander Arena.

It seems contrary that an eventual 5-1 Mids victory was closer than the score, but the two service academies scratched and clawed and skated end-to-end for 47 minutes of scoreless hockey until the end of the second period. Shots were even throughout the game when Navy struck first with a tipped goal with just over two minutes remaining in the second frame. The goal stymied an ARMY WEST POINT second period advantage in play and scoring chances and was followed by a defensive lapse that led to Navy's second score with just seven seconds left in the period.

ARMY WEST POINT came out with determination in the third period and forward Max Krieg (2017) halved the Mids' lead with a powerplay goal. Leading 2-1, Navy bounced back and scored on the next shift to sap the Cadets' energy. Another Navy tally and empty net goal sealed the game.

Pro Hockey News (prohockeynews.com) covered the game and provided game photography (photo credit above). View all of the pictures HERE.

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