Defending champ returns to Navy's Crab Pot tourney; Buffalo faces Towson today in opening game


Defending champion SUNY-Buffalo returns to Navy's Dahlgren Hall today for the 22nd Crab Pot ice hockey tournament.

Ranked No. 12 by the American Collegiate Hockey Association, Buffalo (12-4-1) will play No. 6 Towson (17-6-2) at 1 p.m., followed by host and 18th-ranked Navy (6-8-4) and the Coast Guard Academy (8-7-1) at 4 p.m.

The winners meet 3: 30 p.m. tomorrow for the championship, won by Buffalo last year over Navy, 5-1. The consolation is at noon.

A ceremony honoring the Coast Guard's centennial and its Cutters team that won the U.S. amateur title in 1944 will be held at noon today, exactly 55 years after its final game.

The Coast Guard Academy team will wear replica uniforms of the Cutters, who had several NHL players during World War II. Founder Capt. Clifford MacLean will be among six former Cutters expected to attend and will drop the ceremonial puck to start the Crab Pot.

Admission is free.

Pub Date: 2/06/99

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