Jim Gaudet grew up playing hockey in New Hampshire. He played high school hockey at Hanover High School where he won 2 state championships and was named first team All-State. He was also a four time selection to USA Hockey's Team New England. Jim played junior hockey his senior year and the following year for the NH Jr. Monarchs where his team won the National tournament twice.
He then went on to play 4 years of NCAA Division 1 hockey at Dartmouth College and was Assistant Captain his senior year. After graduating from Dartmouth in 2012, Jim moved to Maryland for a job but still wanted to be involved in hockey. Since moving to Maryland, Jim has experienced 3 seasons as a head coach at the varsity high school level as well as 1 season as an associate head coach with the United States Naval Academy.
After five seasons with the Terps, the D2 team said goodbye to Head Coach Bill Krampf and Assistant Coach Mike Silva at their team banquet last weekend. Both coaches were with the team for five years.
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The University of Maryland Terrapins will face the Liberty University Flames this afternoon in a playoff game.
While the Terps did not qualify for regionals, a win tonight will earn them another game tomorrow and a chance to finally vanquish these perpetual foes.
U-Md. has met with Liberty twice this season, both games ending in a three goal defeat at the hands of the Flame's fast-paced offense. In the last three seasons, including 2014-15, the Flames have won every game versus Maryland and won by a multi-goal lead.
"Liberty is going to be really tough," Jake Friedland, a senior forward, said. "They're a very fast and skilled team."
The Terrapins aren't going down without a fight, however.
"In practice we've concentrated on making quick plays with the puck because we know they will be very aggressive," Friedland said. "We've also concentrated on opening up new passing options in our break out because we have struggled with it in the last few games."
The Terps will have to shut down top scorer Paul Ingles who has 61 points in 26 games.
"Liberty is a good team with a couple really dangerous forwards," Tom Jaquay, senior forward, said. "I think last weekend, even though we got beat pretty bad, we learned a bit more about how to play smarter against better teams."
Liberty will most likely play either senior Justin Gortman (3.22 GAA, .884 SV%) or freshman Cary Byron (2.22 GAA, .913 SV%) in net. Either sophomore Tanner MacPhee (4.55 GAA, .869 SV%) or sophomore Sean Rankin (1.84 GAA, .905 SV%) will backstop the Terps.
"We can just sit back and wait for our opportunities rather than be too aggressive," Jaquay said.
On Friday, March 6th, the Maryland Mens DIII Club Ice Hockey Team will host the third annual USA Warriors Hockey Classic at Wells Ice Rink in College Park, Maryland. This year's event begins at 6:45 PM and it will feature the return of last year's game between the USA Warriors and the UMD Terps hockey teams as well as a postgame skills competition.