Temple (5-2-2) blanked the St. Joseph’s Hawks on the road in an 11-0 route on Saturday.
“I was very proud of our effort tonight,” coach Ryan Frain said.
After losing their previous two games, the Owls returned to action and dominated the Hawks from start to finish.
Junior forward Brady O’Donnell started the scoring for Temple, netting the game’s first goal eight minutes and five seconds into the game. Temple would tally another goal before the end of the first when junior defenseman Sean Ermigiotti scored off of a shot from the point with 1:55 left to go in the period, giving the Owls a 2-0 lead heading into the second.
Despite the two goal advantage in the first, Frain was not overly pleased with his teams’ performance in the opening period.
“The first period was not so good,” Frain said. “We went into the locker room after the first and told them what they needed to do, I told the guys the effort needs to be better. We regrouped and refocused and I guess they got the message.”
After Frain regrouped his players, the Owls answered with an explosion of goals in the second, scoring eight goals in the period.
Ermigiotti started the scoring frenzy that was the second period, when he scored his second of the night less than two minutes into the period. Sophomore forward and team captain Greg Malinowski then scored on a breakaway to make it 4-0.
Malinowski was followed by O’Donnell who also tallied his second of the night and was immediately followed by senior forward Nick McMahon’s goal to give the Owls a 6-0 advantage.
Junior forward Stephen Kennedy continued his impressive goal scoring throughout the season by burying home his 11th goal of the season on the power play, resulting into a goaltending change for St. Joe’s.
The new goaltender had little effect on the game. Soon after the change freshman defenseman Matt Krulikowski scored his first career goal as a Temple Owl from a shot from the point that deflected off of the back side of a Hawks defender and then rolled into the net.
“A goal is a goal to be honest with you,” Frain said of the goal. “I know it went off of a St. Joe’s player’s rear end and then kind of rolled in the net, but hey it doesn’t matter, a goal is a goal, and nobody can really tell if it’s pretty or not if it’s on the score sheet.”