ANNAPOLIS, MD (Sunday, September 27, 2009) -- Senior goaltender Eric Anderson made 31 saves, and sophomore Mitch Pulver paced the offense with a pair of goals, to lead Navy's ice hockey team to a 4-0 blanking of Towson University Sunday afternoon at the McMullen Hockey Arena.
The Midshipmen improved their season record to 3-1 with the victory, while the Tigers dropped to 1-1.
"We played 60 minutes of hockey today and it showed," said Navy head coach Mike Fox. "We finished our checks, we played unselfishly, and our forwards came back to help on defense. When we play like we did today, we can play with anyone."
Coach Fox said he and his assistants didn't award a game puck to a player of the game "because we all felt it was such a total team win."
Sophomore Kevin Frederick got the only goal Navy would need when he tipped in a slap shot from the right point off the stick of senior co-captain Patrick Heitman at 17:10, while the Mids were on a power play.
Early in the second period Towson appeared to tie the game, but referee Curt Peterson, after conferring with linseman John Horan, ruled that a Towson player had pushed Navy netminder Anderson into the net with the puck sitting underneath him and disallowed the goal.
The Mids took a 2-0 advantage a short time later, at 6:46, when sophomore Tom Fick fired a bullet of a slap shot from the right point that was past Towson goaltender Greg Valiquette before he had a chance to react.
Navy increased its lead to 3-0 at 11:08 in the second stanza when Pulver took a pass from Fick down low, close to the net, and neatly tucked the puck under Valaquette.
Any doubts the Navy faithful might have had that the blue-and-gold would let the lead slip away were erased early in the third period as Pulver took a pass from senior co-captain Chandler Brewer, held the puck on his stick while eluding a Towson defender, then fired it across his body into the lower left corner of the net at 4:04.
Meantime, Anderson slammed the door on the visiting Tigers all day long, and his best save came with just 1:56 showing on the scoreboard clock as he robbed Towson's Jon Scharfff with a brilliant glove save as Scharff got off a strong slap shot while the teams were playing four-on-four.
Anderson's counterpart in the Tiger cage, Valiquette, finished the game with 29 saves as Navy outshot Towson, 33-31.
This Mids are now idle until next weekend when they visit the University of Rhode Island Friday and Saturday nights to kick off Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League (ESCHL) play.
Towson 0 - 0 - 0 -- 0
NAVY 1 - 2 - 1 -- 4
N - Frederick 1 (McAleer, Heitman) 17:10 PP
N - Fick 2 (Pulver, Carlson) 6:45 PP
N - Pulver 2 (Fick) 11:08 PP
N - Pulver 3 (Brewer) 4:04 PP
Valiquette (Towson) 9 - 8 - 12 -- 29
Anderson (NAVY) 8 - 12 - 11 -- 31