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Chris Perry
1/16/2006, 12:11 AM
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OKLAHOMA 5, NAVY 3

Sooners forwards Kevin Kennedy and Kelly Forbes scored two goals each tonight to pace the No. 17 University of Oklahoma® Hockey club to a 5-3 win over the United States Naval Academy Sunday night in Oklahoma City. Shawn Webber got the scoring underway for the Sooners when he went top glove side on a breakaway to put OU up 1-0 just 5:55 into the game. Kennedy scored the first of his two goals on the OU power play, rifling a shot from just inside the blue line past Navy’s goaltender to make it a 2-0 game. Almost eight minutes later, Kennedy ripped a shot that found the bottom right corner of the Navy goal to put OU up 3-0. After a change in goaltenders for Navy, the Midshipmen got on the scoreboard with a power play goal to make the score 3-1 going into the first intermission. In the second period, Kelly Forbes scored a power play goal on a breakaway by going top side blocker against Navy’s goaltender to give OU a 4-1 lead. Forbes scored his second goal of the evening almost four minutes later to give the Sooners a comfortable 5-1 lead at the end of two periods of action. In the third, Navy scored a power play goal less than a minute into the period and scored a shorthanded goal near the midway mark of the period to give the Sooners cause for concern during the last ten minutes of the game. However, OU goaltender Aaron Schmeilksi and the rest of the Sooners clamped down on the defense and did not allow Navy to get any closer for the rest of the evening. Navy was 2 for 9 on the power play tonight while OU was 2 for 5. Sooners’ goalie Schmeilski stopped 28 of the 31 Navy shots he faced while starting Navy goaltender Ryan Dobie stopped 4 of the 7 OU shots he faced before being replaced in the first period by Sean Ublacker who stopped 16 of 18 Sooners shots he faced.

The Sooners, winners in 7 of their last 8 games, now improve to 14-8-2 on the season while Navy drops to 10-11-0. The Sooners host No. 10 Arizona State University on Friday, Jan. 27th at 7:30 P.M. at Blazers Ice Centre.
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Navy 1 0 2-3
Oklahoma 3 2 0–5
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FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, OU, Webber (unassisted), 5:55; 2, OU, Kennedy (Brewer, Tresl), 6:30 (pp); 3, OU, Kennedy (Tresl, Smith), 14:19; 4, Navy, Alspach (Sandroni, Sullivan), 17:25 (pp). Penalties: Navy, Gross (elbowing), 6:15; OU, Ritter (roughing), 10:05; OU, Gavranovic (roughing), 16:01; OU, Morgan (interference), 17:12; OU, Gavranovic (roughing), 19:50; Navy, Krmpotich (roughing), 19:50.

SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 5, OU, Forbes (Tylka), 3:55 (pp); 6, OU, Forbes (Pangrac, Hall), 8:02. Penalties: OU, Allan (hooking), :11; Navy, Sullivan (tripping), 1:57; Navy, Kunst (holding), 5:42; OU, Webber (charging), 12:55; OU, Force (holding), 13:43; Navy, Martin (holding), 16:46; OU, Allan (high sticking), 19:12.

THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: 7, Navy, Schwob (Liles), :56 (pp); 8, Navy, Anliker (Schwob), 9:29. Penalties: OU, Ritter (head contact), 5:21; Navy, Kunst (elbowing), 7:56; OU, Webber (high sticking), 10:00; Navy, Sullivan (roughing), 10:00; OU, Allan (roughing), 12:57; Navy, Swezey (cross-checking), 12:57; Navy, Liles (roughing), 12:57; OU, Pangrac (roughing), 12:57; OU, Tresl (hooking), 19:11.

Shots on goal:
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Navy 11 6 14-31
Oklahoma 9 8 8-25
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Goalies: OU, Schmeilski (31 shots, 28 saves); Navy, Dobie (7, 4), Ublacker (18, 16). Referee: Henderson. Linesmen: Cox, Rex. A: 1,153.

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