The Terps weekend started off high, but ended a little low.
Maryland headed into Herbert Wells arena looking for a win against Millersville Friday evening. While they had the lead for the majority of the game, two quick goals got Millersville right back in it. It was Tom Jaquay who gave the Terps got the 4-3 victory.
“I passed the puck up the wall to the defenseman who then when D to D to Eddie Martin,” Jaquay said. “I knew that he'd have an open shot and if I could get to the net, I could maybe make something happen. Luckily I was just in the right spot at the right time and was able to one time Eddie’s shot it past the goalie.”
The overtime winner was Jaquay’s second goal of the night, and he is continuing on his offensive tear. The two goals gave him seven in just five games. Avery Clair added two of his own, and goaltender Sean Rankin stopped 27 of the 30 shots he faced.
Saturday nights game was a slightly different story. The Terps found themselves down for the majority of the game, and despite a late effort, which saw them pull within one goal, the Terps just couldn’t take the lead on Liberty, losing 6-3.
One bright spot for the Terrapins was the penalty kill. Despite having 14 penalty minutes, the Terps didn’t surrender a goal. Brandon Cleary has become one of the team’s top penalty killers.
“(Tyler) Glaze and I have been the coaches go to guys on the penalty kill and we really feed off of each other,” Cleary said. “We really try to put pressure on the other teams PP and take away shooting lanes. If we put enough pressure on the other team they don't have as much time to set up the power play and there is a greater chance of them turning the puck over.”
In fact, Cleary added a shorthanded goal to his resume in Maryland’s loss.
“On my goal I saw the defenseman take the puck on to his backhand, this told me to try to jump the play because it would be harder for him to move the puck,” Cleary said. “I was able to get a good jump on the puck and poke it past him. I was able to use my speed to get behind there D. The goalie left his glove side high open and I was able to get a shot off before he could react.”
Liberty is one of the Southeast Division’s top teams. Maryland struggled to gain possession of the puck in the offensive zone. At times, Liberty seemed to control the puck far more than Maryland.
“I think if you looked at time of possession, they probably had a little bit more than we did,” Head Coach Bill Krampf said. “But, they’re a bunch of skilled guys. But once we did get it down there, we were able to hold possession pretty well. We were cycling pretty hard when we had the puck down there, but we have to do it consistently with all four lines.”
One line that was producing a lot for Maryland against Liberty was the Chris Sabate, David Greene and Ian Cleary line. The line is none a little bit more for their tenacity than offense, but all three were excelling on the fore-check and creating chances. And it appeared that the coaches noticed, those three appeared to have more ice time than they normally do. Brandon Cleary, who plays a tough, gritty style, sees a lot of the same attributes in his brother, Ian.
“Ian has really impress me a lot this year,” Brandon Cleary said. “He as solidified his spot as the fourth line center and a key overtime and PK guy, which is impressive because it is his first year with the team. We have similar styles of play in that we make a lot of the same reads on the fore-check and we both have the mind set that we need to be the first guy to the puck. I attempt to try and mix things up through the body around a little and let the other team know I'm there. He tries to read off of what the other team and what his line mates are doing in order to make the best play on the puck. He does a good job of taking away passing lanes which helps prevent the other team from using their size to their advantage.”
The Terps will be right back in action after a Thanksgiving break on Dec. 5 against Villanova.
The University of Maryland hockey team will look to end it’s losing skid tonight against the Georgetown Hoyas. The Terps have lost five of their last six games. But, morale remains high, and the Terps know they can play better hockey, as they did earlier in the season.
“Everyone is frustrated obviously, but nobody is quitting on the team,” Forward David Greene said. “We have struggled the past few games against strong opponents, but I think we finally started to pull ourselves together in the third period against Rowan, and so far that momentum has carried through the week in practice. We know this team has potential from our performance at the start of the season, and we are working to get back to that level of play and to improve further.”
One problem Maryland has been dealing with over the past few weeks is injuries. Greene has been among those that have suffered from injuries. He had been dealing a torn labrum from last season, but now says he is finally healthy. But, according to Ian Cleary, that isn’t an excuse.
“I feel comfortable with anyone he puts me out there with,” Cleary said. “Everyone on this team is a great hockey player and they know where they should be on the ice so it’s not hard to find and connect with them. “
That positive attitude is why the Terps remain optimistic for the season.
“Everyone has been pretty positive this week in the locker room,” Cleary said. “We know that we are a good team and we know what it’s going to take to get back on track.”
That mindset was evident in practice for the Terps this week. According to Cleary, Head Coach Bill Krampf is running fast-paced practices, which matches the Terps style. They excel at outworking and out-grinding their opponents, working hard along the boards and playing a more north-south style game. Krampf stated after the Rowan loss that the team just needs to focus on sticking to their systems. When they don’t, they surrender many goals, as evident with last weeks 6-2 loss.
One thing that remains consistent is Maryland’s top line, with Lucas Davis, Avery Clair and Jake Friedland. Davis ranks among the top 100 players in points in all of the Mens Division 2 in the ACHA. But in the past few games, Tom Jaquay has quietly emerged as one of Maryland’s top scoring threats. He’s scored five goals and three assists in the past four games. The team is also still getting some offense from the backend. In fact, Brad Lindquist is tied for fourth on the team in assists with six. And while he isn’t known much for his offense, Eddie Martin is leading all Terps defensemen in goals with three, and the Terps hope he scores again….Maryland has never lost a game when Martin scores a goal.
Georgetown is right on Maryland’s tail in the standings. Maryland is ranked 14th in the official ACHA rankings, and Georgetown is just outside the top 15, receiving a few votes in the rankings. But through nine games, they recorded six wins and three losses. They will need to keep their eye on Dan Walsh, who has 20 points in nine games, Chad Heal, who is second in points with 15 in nine games, and Harry Clifford, who leads the team in assists with 10. Last season, the Terps were able to sweep the season series with the Hoyas, but both were very narrow wins.
Tonights game also marks the first opportunity fans will be able to wear Maryland’s new jerseys. The sweaters were shipped out earlier this week, and many fans have already sported them through Twitter and Facebook.
Who? Georgetown vs. Maryland
Where? Herbert Wells
When? 8:00 p.m. tonight
The University of Maryland hockey club fell 6-2 to Rowan in their sole contest this weekend.
Though they defeated the team in September, the Terps looked out of sorts Friday night against a seemingly faster, more aggressive Rowan squad.
The Terps struggled to get out of the neutral and defensive zones for most of the first and second periods. The first Prof goal came about six minutes into the first, from a rebound that sophomore goaltender Tanner MacPhee wasn’t able to control. Weird bounces dominated the night, as Rowan seemed to get more and more chances around the Terrapin net, and tensions seemed to climb higher and higher.
The Rowan offensive onslaught started mid-way through the second period. They tallied a third goal with 12:19 left and a fourth not even a minute later. Possession and defensive pressure looked spotty even after sophomore Sean Ranking replaced MacPhee following the fifth Rowan goal. The Profs made one more, putting the Terps down 6-0, by the end of the second.
“[Relieving] is tough but its something you’ve got to do,” said Ranking. “I just trying to go in there and give our team the best opportunity.”
The Terps picked up the pace – and the aggression – in the third.
“We dominated,” said Head Coach Bill Krampf.
Junior forward Tom Jaquay and sophomore forward Avery Clair both scored to lessen the deficit. The difference between first and second period performance compared to third: systems.
“We picked it up a lot in the third. Down six nothing, playing like crap, the conversation in the lockerroom was one, effort, and two, we weren’t playing Maryland systems,” said Krampf.
His players echoed this sentiment – according to both Rankin and junior forward Casey Meadows the team “didn’t run the systems” that they’d been practicing prior to Friday night.
In the future, the team plans to adhere to the style of play exhibited at fast-paced, well organized games against UMBC and Pitt.
“We’ve just got to keep our heads up, play the way we know how to do it, play Maryland hockey,” said Meadows. “Got to get back to work, hit the gym, go to practice, work on our systems so we have a sure shot of winning next week.”