The University of Maryland hockey team is off to a hot start this season, with five wins in their last seven games, much different than their three and four start just last year. The Terps hope to continue their winning ways this weekend, playing Temple University tonight and Rider University on Saturday. The team sounds confident in the way they’ve been playing hockey.
“These guys have been very hungry this year,” Head Coach Bill Krampf said. “They have not taken anything for granted. They have worked their butts off every shift at every game. We just need to keep that up.”
Defenseman Brad Lindquist, who was a part of the University of Maryland Division 2 team last year, took notes on the team’s situation last year, and is making sure the same mistakes don’t happen again. Last years team just barely missed out on the playoffs.
“We have recognized from last year that every game counts,” Lindquist said. “We missed the playoffs by one point and we realized that a win from the beginning of the season would have solidified a playoff spot. We realize that it is important to capitalize on points from the first game to the last game.”
That mindset has certainly been exemplified early on in the season. The team is getting contributions from all of its forward units. While the team has relied heavily on forwards Lucas Davis (7 goals, 9 assists), Jake Friedland (2 goals, 8 assists) and Avery Clair (7 goals and 3 assists), all apart of the top line, they are getting significant contributions from the next three lines. In fact, 20 different players have recorded at least one point. If one line isn’t contributing offensively, it makes sure that they are the shutdown line. If one line isn’t the shutdown line, they make sure to grind and win pucks in the corners. Even the defensemen have gotten in on the offensive action. The only defenseman without a point? Patrick Havey, but that’s not his style of play anyway. He makes sure to contribute by playing extremely physical defense. The depth has contributed mightily to this teams overall record.
“Depth is so crucial for any team, “ Lindquist said. “Our first line has been producing the points, however, the other lines have set them up to do so. We have four very strong lines that can play and grind down any other teams line. Not only can every line play, but rotating four lines gives every other line more rest. This may not be important in the first and second periods, but that extra rest will definitely affect the performance of the lines in the third period. The third period is where games are won and lost so it is crucial that we have rested lines ready to go and close out the game.”
Maryland will look to get some revenge on Temple. Maryland opened up its season with a 4-0 loss to the Owls.
Temple University has started off pretty well, splitting their 12 games with six wins and six losses. And they are tough to beat at home, starting off the year 4-0. The Terps will look to shutdown Stephen Kennedy, who already has 14 goals and six assists in just 12 games. He’s generally fed the puck by Cody Vassa, who has four goals and 10 assists in 12 games. Joining them at the top of the Owls leaders is Brady O’Donnell, who has eight goals and five assists in 12 games. It’s not yet known whether they will roll with Eric Semborski or Scott Salamon in the crease. Semborski recorded the shutout the last time these two teams played, and has since recorded a .905 save percentage. Salamon, the teams second goaltender, has a .869 save percentage.
Much like Temple, Rider has fairly split their games as well, holding a 5-3-0 record. Rider is led offensively by Patrick Grilli, who has nine goals and six assists in just eight games. Right behind him is Christopher Daley, who has 11 points in seven games, and Andrew Heinz and Michael Katz both have six points in eight games. Rider can roll with either Nathan Kholodenko, Michael Haggerty or Ryan Dajczak in net. Primary goaltender Kholodenko has a .900 save percentage in 8 games. In Haggerty's lone game, he recorded a .800 save percentage and gives up 7.14 goals per game on average. Dajczak has yet to play this season for Rider.
The two road games will prove to be difficult for Maryland. It’s their first away-away matchup over a two day period this season. But away trips help the guys grow as a team, both on and off the ice.
“This weekend to be a great test whether not we can take games on the road,” Krampf said. “Temple and Rider are both tough at home, so we will need to bring our A+ game this weekend if we plan to have success.”
“It’s nice to travel with the team and hang out with them for two days,” Lindquist said. “Its great bonding time and, honestly, you’re only focused on the games that you’re are playing in that weekend, so it keeps you focused.”
Who? Maryland (5-2-0) vs. Temple (6-6-0), Maryland vs. Rider (3-2-0)
When? Tonight, 7:45 and Tomorrow 8:00
The University of Maryland Terrapins took on rival UMBC Retrievers this past Friday and Sunday, winning 6-4 in their first contest, but later falling to the Retrievers in a 4-1 defeat.
The Terps came out hungry Friday night; last season, UMBC beat them twice and they weren’t willing to let that happen again.
The beginning of the contest looked bleak. Retriever Zachary Tracy broke through the Terps’ defense twice, streaking up the middle and netting two goals in the first. From that point, grit and willpower took over and things started to get a little chippy. After killing not one, not two, but three powerplays – and knocking some retrievers around in the process – the Terps were able to get on the board. Sophomore forward Avery Clair put the puck through the goaltenders legs and scored to end the first on a positive note.
“We came out slow,” said Clair. “The goal at the end of the first period really helped keep the momentum for the second period as well as going into the third. I think that was a change.”
UMBC scored shorthanded to begin the second, but from that point on, it was mostly the Terrapins’ game. Clair scored again after beautifully dragging the puck around the defender. The period was more physical – a sign of the fierce competitive spirit that the two teams displayed throughout the night. The Terps played 4-on-4 hockey for a while after a fight in front of the UMBC net but it was Brandon Cleary with 11 seconds left in the period who tied it up on a breakaway.
“We just kept on putting the puck on net pretty much,” said junior defenseman Ian Patrician. “We kept on firing away and we got those goals and those chances. They came sloppy but we got them done.”
The Terps maintained great possession throughout the rest of the night. Junior defenseman Brad Lindquist, senior defenseman Eddie Martin, and graduate forward Tyler Glaze came up with the three goals that did the Retrievers in. UMBC finished the game a man down and the Terps held on to their 6-4 lead to finish out the night.
“Our motto before every game is go out and play Maryland hockey,” said Clair. “That’s what we did.”
Sunday went a little differently; the Terps fell to UMBC 4-1. The game was no less gritty, but the Terps were unable to capitalize offensively or stifle the force that is Ryan Atkinson, who is tied for second in the league for points.
The Terps are currently 5-2-0 and look forward to getting back on track next weekend in Philadelphia against Temple and Rider Universities.
This weekend the University of Maryland Terrapins take on rival team, the UMBC Chesapeake Bay Retrievers on home ice. The Terps are riding a four game winning streak, the last two wins being shut-outs with significant offensive presence.
Last weekend’s games against Pitt and the Oct. 3 win against St. Joe’s have proved something to friends and foes alike: this season, the Terps are not backing down. They have produced thirty goals in five games thanks to on-ice chemistry and a team-wide offensive effort.
The Terps aren’t getting complacent according to sophomore forward Sean Pickens. Rather, the team is gearing up to face a rival team that defeated the Terps twice last season.
“…we clearly need to do better this season to stay in the hunt for the MACH South title,” said Head Coach Bill Krampf. “We are expecting a much faster paced game against UMBC, so we will be working on that at practice.”
Of voracious UMBC offensman Ryan Atkinson, who has 26 points in five games, Krampf noted that they’ll have to keep him in check, but he’s not the only player the team needs to neutralize.
The team is confident in both goaltenders, sophomore Tanner MacPhee and rookie Sean Rankin, who have been making tough saves in tight situations thus far this season. They will have to be consistent against UMBC. The team is also on the tail of a three game win streak and sports some very capable defensemen – each of the six has at least three points on the season.
“We just have to stay level headed and make sure that we still make tight sound defense and don't get too confident,” said senior forward Jeffrey Thomas Jaquay.
Friday will be UMBC’s first away game; hopefully, the new territory will shake them out of their groove.
“Looking forward to a great game,” said Krampf.
The game will be Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Gardens Ice House in Laurel.