Playing in front of what was easily the largest home crowd of the season on Friday night, the Mids spotted the Nittany Lions four first period goals and never recovered, losing by a final score of 7-2.
Navy got a power play goal in the second period from Charlie Daniel and an even strength tally by Tom Fick in the third. Navy Goaltender Jeremey Estevez recorded 5 saves in the first period before being relieved by Jameson Marshall, who recorded a total of 27 saves.
Although the first game of the weekend set was a loss, two notable historic achievements occurred. Matt Swezey’s assist on Charlie Daniel’s power play goal was the 100th point of his Navy Hockey career. For his career, the Navy senior has 47 goals and 53 assists. Matt joins the elite Navy Hockey ACHA 100-point club.
Also Friday night, NASA Astronaut and former Navy hockey goaltender Stephen Bowen (Captain, USN and USNA ’86) blasted into the night sky at 7:55 PM EST aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour en route to the international space station. Navy Hockey can now say it has a player in space, as Captain Bowen was an amazing goaltender for the Navy Hockey team from 1982-86. He is traveling with several Navy Hockey mementos.
On Saturday night Navy allowed the visiting Nittany Lion Icers (12-2-0, 7-1-0 ESCHL) to score on four of their seven power play opportunities and were unable to generate any offense on their own four power play opportunities. The result was a 5–0 victory for Penn State. This was the second time that Navy has been shutout during the 2008-09 season.
Navy Goaltender Jameson Marshall recorded 24 saves, as Navy was outshot 29 to 26.
The Midshipmen are back in action with a rare three game set at home next weekend. On Friday the Mids take on the Temple, and they welcome the Pitt Panthers on Saturday and Sunday.