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Navy Hockey Defeats Lehigh, 4-2, For Second Win

2009-09-20


ANNAPOLIS, MD (September 19, 2009) - Junior Steve Csutoros scored a pair of goals and senior goaltender Eric Anderson made 35 saves, ...

including 16 in the third period, to lead Navy's ice hockey team to a 4-2 win over Lehigh Saturday night at the McMullen Hockey Arena.  The Midshipmen are now 2-0 on the young season, while the Ice Hawks are 0-2.
 
Navy is idle until next weekend when local rival Towson University visits Annapolis Friday night (Sept. 25) at 7:30 and Sunday afternoon (Sept. 27) at 1 p.m.
 
Csutoros staked the Mids to a 1-0 lead with an even strength goal at 13:44 of the first period, but Lehigh tied the game 1-1 less than a minute later with its own even strength tally off the stick of Tyler Lewis at 14:33.
 
Navy regained the lead before the period ended thanks to a great play from senior co-captain Patrick Heitman.  With the Mids on a power play, the Ice Hawks attempted to clear the puck out of their defensive zone, but a diving Heitman kept the puck inside the blue line. The puck bounced to junior Michael Orzetti, who fired it past Lehigh netminder Chris Langstaff at the 16:47 mark to put the blue-and-gold up, 2-1.
 
The Mids stretched their lead to 3-1 early in the second stanza when junior Sam Carlson emerged from a scrum just to the left of the Lehigh crease and fired the puck in the top corner of the net over a surprised Langstaff at 2:32.
 
Midway through the middle period, Navy dodged a bullet when it successfully killed off a 36-second 5-on-3 Ice Hawk power play without surrendering a goal.  Although most of the action in the second period seemed to be in front of Navy netminder Anderson, the Minnesota native made 13 saves to preserve the Mids' 3-1 advantage.
 
Lehigh finally broke through again early in the third period when Chris Corby scored on a breakaway at 5:14 while the teams were at even strength to cut the Ice Hawk deficit to 3-2.
 
But the Midshipmen took the wind out of Lehigh's sails less than four minutes later when Csutoros scored his second goal of the night at 9:11, while each team had a player in the penalty box.
 
The Ice Hawks' best chance to close the gap came when Navy picked up its eighth minor penalty of the game with 7:23 left in the third period.  Lehigh had several quality scoring chance during its power play, but Anderson made three outstanding saves to keep the Ice Hawks off the scoreboard.  Of Anderson's 35 saves, 29 came in the final two periods as Lehigh outshot the Mids 30-18 over the game's final 40 minutes and 37-32 overall.  Anderson's counterpart Langstaff finished with 28 saves.
 
For his efforts, Anderson was awarded the game puck by Navy's coaches -- the second night in a row that honor went to a goaltender.  Sophomore Jameson Marshall was the game puck recipient Friday night after Navy's 4-3 victory.
 
"I challenged the players between the second and third period tonight," said Navy head coach Mike Fox.  "I thought they had played two good periods of hockey, and I told them 'Let's make it a full 60 minutes.'  I wasn't pleased with our third period Friday night when we gave up two goals, but tonight I thought we were more consistent at both ends of the ice.  I'm pleased we're off to a 2-0 start after our first weekend."
 

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SCORING SUMMARY
 
First Period
N - Csutoros 1 (Orzetti, Tumolo) 13:44
L - Lewis (Hoffman) 14:33
N - Orzetti 1 (Heitman) 16:47  PP
 
Second Period
N - Carlson 2 (unassisted) 2:32  PP
 
Third Period
L - Corby (unassisted) 5:14
N - Csutoros 2 (Tumolo) 9:11
 
 
SAVES
Langstaff (Lehigh)    12 -  6 - 10  -  28
Anderson (NAVY)       6 - 13 - 16  - 35



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