Well folks that P1 goal by Bouch was all we needed here. Danko stood on his head for his first shut out of the year.
Four third-period goals helped Maryland sail by Navy 6-2 Sunday, the Terps’ first win over the Midshipmen since 1978.
Clark LeDane, Zack Arden, Ben Friedland (2), Griffin Connolly and Eli Gorgevski-Sharpe had the goals for Maryland, while goalie Travis Danko made 29 saves.
“[It was a] great third-period effort,” head coach Jim Gaudet said. “Great job all around. The fourth line was our best line tonight and they’re not a typical fourth line, they’ve got some skill.”
The Terps’ fourth line, made up by Thomas Murphy, Clark Ledane, and Scott Sutherland combined for only two points, but generated scoring changes throughout the game.
Coming off a narrow loss to Cincinnati Friday, Maryland was strong from the start in it’s second home game. The Terps sustained offensive-zone pressure through much of the first period, peppering the Navy netminder with 12 shots. The Terps came close to breaking the scoreless tie several times, but ultimately weren’t able to cash in.
During one Navy power play in the first, the Maryland penalty kill looked much improved from Friday, jumping in front of shots and not allowing their opponent to set up its formation.
After trading off power play opportunities in the second, Navy took the lead when a centering pass found the stick of an open Navy player, who put it past a sprawling Danko 11:25 into the period.
Less than four minutes later, more stellar work by the Terps’ penalty-killing unit lead to the equalizer by Ledane. Ledane’s shot, which came from inside the left-side faceoff circle, just squeaked through the pads of the Navy goalie.
Arden gave Maryland the lead moments later, when he slipped behind the Midshipmen defensemen and buried the puck five-hole to put the Terps up 3-1.
Friedland extended the Terps’ lead in the third, firing a slapshot over the left shoulder of the goalie after a behind-the-net pass from Arden.
It was Friedland’s third goal of the season, and came after the sophomore failed to capitalize on several quality scoring chances earlier in the game.
“I was definitely angry,” Friedland said. “I missed three, four shots point blank. I don’t know I just got an open shot, Arden fed me a pass, I was wide open. Once I buried one it it felt a little easier to bury the second.”
Navy briefly cut the lead back down to one, only for Friedland to score again to make it 4-2 in favor of Maryland.
The Terps added two more insurance markers late in the third, including an empty-netter, to ice the Midshipmen.
Maryland returns to action Saturday, Sept. 23 at The Gardens Ice House when they host George Washington for a 2:30 p.m. puck drop.
Maryland was dominant for short stretches in its season opener against Cincinnati Friday at The Gardens Ice House in Laurel, but came up short over 63 minutes, falling to the Bearcats 8-7 in overtime.
Trailing 6-3 entering the final period, Maryland rallied for four goals, tying the game with 1:38 left in regulation. The Terps faced a deficit of three goals or more for a majority of the night, but persisted, pushing Cincinnati to the brink.
Evan Yamaguchi (3), Thomas Walsh (1), Ben Friedland (2) and Chris Bouchard (1) scored for the Terps, while Travis Danko made 28 saves, including five in the extra session.
Maryland controlled the puck early, generating scoring chances off the wing and holding the Bearcats to one shot in the game’s first eight minutes. Yamaguchi’s first goal gave the Terps the lead less than two minutes into the period but it would not last. A slew of untimely penalties in the second half of the first allowed Cincinnati to find it’s footing, with the Bearcats scoring four times before the intermission.
“I think we have to work on the [penalty kill] definitely, but we can’t be taking that many penalties and expecting to win,” head coach Jim Gaudet said.
The Terps finished with 20 penalty minutes and surrendered five power play goals.
In the second period both teams scored twice, making the score 6-3 but the deficit remained the same. Walsh and Friedland scored nearly identical goals nine minutes apart, both one-timing passes from behind the net past the Bearcats’ goaltender.
Danko, who was making his D2 debut, made several phenomenal saves, including one from his back while extending his glove across a yawning cage to rob a Bearcat of a would-be goal. He was also the recipient of bad fortune, as three of the eight Cincinnati goals that beat Danko deflected off of Maryland players.
“It was definitely tough on my first star to have those three bounces, but it is what it is,” Danko said. “If those three don’t go in we get a win, so that’s a positive there. We just have to look at the positives and keep getting better.”
Danko was especially strong in the third period, keeping Maryland within reach before their eventual comeback. Friedland scored his second on the power play to move the Terps within two and Yamaguchi completed the hat trick, scoring twice in five minutes to force overtime.
A tripping infraction put Cincinnati to a 4-on-3 man advantage, which ended the game 3:05 into overtime.
The Terps will get another shot at their first win Sunday against Navy at 1:30 p.m at home.
“I know we’re excited for Sunday, we’re looking forward to it,” Gaudet said. “Learning from this one, putting it behind us. We have a day off, which is nice. Guys can get some rest, we should be fresh on Sunday.”