ANNAPOLIS, MD (Friday, September 24, 2010) Navy's frustrations on the penalty kill continued as they came up short, losing to Slippery Rock 3-1 in a non-conference game.
The Mids got off to a slow start on Friday night. The first period was rather uneventful; and after 20 minutes of somewhat lackadaisical play by both sides, neither team was able to score. Once again, Navy’s goaltending was the highlight as Jameson Marshall stopped all eight Slippery Rock shots in the first stanza, including several odd men rushes caused by neutral zone turnovers.
Navy jumped off to a quick start in the 2nd, bringing an intensity to the period that was missing in the first. Senior Sam Carlson put the Mids on top with a picture perfect goal. After a shot from the point by Senior John Wheeler and a follow up shot down low on the left by freshman, Cameron Harrigan, Carlson finished the job and gave Navy the lead. It didn’t take long, however, for Slippery Rock to answer. The penalty bug hurt the Mids and Slippery Rock capitalized with a power play goal on a screen shot from the point to tie the game. The penalty killing woes continued for Navy as Slippery Rock took the lead on a 5 on 3 power play. Although the Mids were unable to get back on the board in the 2nd period, they regained momentum in the closing minutes of the period, dominating play in the offensive zone.
The Mids came out running in the 3rd period but Slippery Rock began to fight back and physical play by both teams increased significantly. Midway through the period, the Mids caught a break when Slippery Rock was whistled for one of its three penalties during the game. However, the offensive frustrations continued and Navy was unable to convert on the power play. Multiple penalties later in the period limited Navy’s ability to mount an offensive attack and poorly timed turnovers in the defensive zone proved costly as Slippery Rock sealed Navy’s fate with a late period goal with just over six minutes left in the game. In the end, even Marshall’s 42 saves couldn’t keep Navy afloat. Navy’s nine penalties proved very costly and the Mids ultimately fell to Slippery Rock 3-1.
With the cancellation of the game against Indiana University of Pennsylvania on Saturday, September 25th due to a zamboni malfunction, Navy looks to bounce back on Friday, October 1st when they square off against Muhlenberg College at 7:30 PM at McMullen Ice Arena.