There was something in the air Friday night, as the University of Maryland Terps took on the Rider Broncs at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel. The game was highlighted by very physical play and aggressive forechecking, but Maryland came up short in a defeating 4-1 loss.
No one had a bigger physical presence than number nineteen Eddie Martin, who threw his weight around and tallied a few big hits against the Broncs.
“Just part of my game, I love being physical. It sets the tone for the team,” he said.
Despite Martins contributions, the Terps were plagued by penalties early in the game. An elbowing call put the Rider Broncs on the power play and they scored with 5:19 left in the first.
After starting the second period down a man and fending off a later five-on-three power play, the Terps junior defenseman Jake Kaplan scored off an assist from senior forward Adam Altieri with 6:32 left. This bit of momentum launched the Terps into offensive attack mode, but a series of penalties allowed it to dwindle before they found the back of the net.
The Broncs went on to score three more times, twice on the power play, despite valiant play by senior goaltender Kevin Russell, who came up with some brilliant saves throughout the night.
“We just can’t take stupid penalties like we did tonight. We have to work on our penalty kill and power play,” said Martin about the loss.
The Terrapins applied heavy pressure throughout the game, and although they had excellent scoring chances, had trouble finding the back of the net.
“I thought we outplayed them most of the game, except for a couple lapses in the third period,” said Kaplan. “We know the game plan, we know what we have to do to beat them and that is shutting down their top line. Its just going to take some bounces here and there. That goalies one of the better goalies in the region, you’re not going to beat him with just one shot.”
The Terps played Friday night’s game down a defenseman, though neither Kaplan nor Martin thought the shortage affected their play. “We usually dress six so we definitely had a lot more ice time, guys were a little winded, but I don’t think that was a factor in our defense,” said Martin. “We’ve just have to work.”
The Terrapins take on Villanova tonight at 8:00 PM in the Gardens.