ANNAPOLIS, MD (Saturday, February 5, 2011) After suffering a disappointing loss a weekend ago against Lebanon Valley, the Midshipmen of the United States Naval Academy made it clear from the start that the results would not be the same Saturday night on their home ice.
Sophomore Doug Dietrich got things going just over 30 seconds into the game. Banging away in front of the net, Dietrich was able to elevate a rebound from in close and put the puck under crossbar over the sprawling Flying Dutchmen goalie. Navy maintained the early momentum before Mitch Pulver scored on a hard shot that trickled past the LVC goaltender halway through the first period for a shorthanded tally.
The score would remain 2-0 until midway through the second when the Dutchmen were able to get on the board for the first time. However, Dietrich gave Navy a two goal cushion as he put home a goal on the power-play, with Tommy Reed grabbing the assist. Dietrich completed the hatrick with his 15th goal of the season as he added the eventual game-winner five minutes later, finding the back of the net on a two on one rush to put Navy up 4-1. Dietrich's, three goals cemented his position as one of Navy's top scorers on the season. In the final seconds Freshman Travis Franklin added his first goal of the season on an empty netter to seal the Navy victory.
Freshman Andrew Millls was again spectacularly in goal for the Mids, stopping 27 shots in total and making several critical saves in the later portion of the game when the Navy lead had been cut to one.
Navy, now 19-9-1 (8-3-1 in conference), will finish off its regular season play next weekend, playing against conference rivals Stony Brook on Friday night and Lehigh on Saturday night at McMullen Ice Arena. Both games begin at at 7:30 PM.
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