The Midshipmen now have an impressive 14-6-1 record overall (7-3-1 in conference play). Although they are happy with the latest win, the team still has much to prove going into the second half of the season. Assistant Coach Matty Thomas noted after Friday night’s game that while the wins have certainly been more plentifully than in recent years, "it's now time to look at bigger and better things. There is a lot within our reach this season."
The story against Temple was again the steady play of junior goaltender Jameson Marshall who turned away all 24 shots he faced. In the end, Marshall came away with his first career Navy shutout, a most deserved and hard earned accomplishment. While Marshall has led Navy for the past two and a half years with stellar and reliable goaltending, a shutout victory has always eluded him for one reason or another. However, as his save percentage continues to rise well past 90%, and his goals against average continues to drop, Marshall was able to put it all together tonight for another victory, with a shutout coming as an added bonus.
On the other end of play, Navy got all it needed on a goal by Doug Dietrich who scored the Mids' first goal on a three on one rush in which Jim Tumolo was able to float a pass over the stick of the defender across the ice to a breaking Dietrich who beat the outstretched Temple goaltender. Navy’s second goal came off the stick of senior Assistant Captain Stevie Csutoros, who was assisted by Dietrich and Tumolo. Dietrich also scored the final goal, this time on an empty netter with 29 seconds remaining in the game. On the night, Dietrich had two goals and an assist, factoring in each of the game’s goals.
The Mids are off until after the semester break but will hit the ice running when they take on Central Oklahoma, in Oklahoma City on Jan 15 and 16.