NEW LONDON, Conn. (Jan. 11,
2015) - This past weekend, the Kings Point hockey team
faced off in the Second Annual Service Leaders of Tomorrow Hockey
Tournament. Also participating in the tournament were the club
hockey teams from the Naval Academy, the Military Academy and the
Coast Guard Academy.
In the first round, KP defeated Coast Guard, taking home the Commandant’s Cup for the third straight year. The Mariners advanced to the championship game, where they lost to the Army powerhouse. Though it ended in a tough loss, the tournament proved to be a success, as the Mariners defeated Coast Guard in their own house.
In the battle for the Commandant’s Cup, Coast Guard proved to be no match for the Mariners. Right off the bat, KP played stellar and put the pressure on in their offensive zone. Halfway through the first period, defenseman Cory Durkin hit Victor Guettlein with a long pass leading to a breakaway goal. That same shift, Guettlein scored on a rebound off of a shot from Jake Tomasovic.
Several minutes later, Scott Ublacker scored a power play goal to give the Mariners a commanding 3-0 lead. Early in the second period, Tomasovic buried another goal to virtually seal the win.
The Mariners protected their 4-0 lead for the second half of the game with solid defense. Coast Guard scored a goal late in the third period, but it proved to be too late. The Mariners walked away with a solid 4-1 win, securing their third straight Commandant’s Cup and their fifth consecutive victory over Coast Guard.