The University of Maryland Terrapins travel north this Friday and Saturday to take on the Temple University Owls, and the Rider University Broncs, two ACHA Southeast Division rivals. Riding a four game losing streak, the Terps are looking for a change in their luck.
This weekend might be the Terps’ chance. First they face the 4-2 Owls, who they defeated in a gritty 6-5 win in the first game of the season. “Temple is fun to play against,” said Head Coach Krampf. “They work hard and battle. That makes for fun hockey.”
The Owls are 6-2-2 this season, but coming off a two game winning streak that the Terps hope to end. “Over the course of the season, most teams experience some kind of losing streak,” said senior defenseman and team co-president Jake Kaplan. “We have to show resilience and just focus on the next game. That’s what good teams do. Bad ones will just fade away. That’s not what we're about.”
The Terrapins are indeed a good team. Their losing streak does not properly reflect the level of play exhibited at some of their last few games. Coach Krampf chalks this up to some unlucky bounces.
“There have been a couple games this year where we are in the game but haven't gotten the good hockey bounces,” he said. “In hockey a couple bounces here or there is the difference in several goals in the game.
He also noted the importance of playing the full sixty minutes, or more, necessary to win a hockey game. He said, “With as talented as the teams are in the MACH, if you take a shift or two off you quickly find yourself giving up a couple of goals.”
Rider is 7-2 this season, and the last meeting between the Terps and Broncs didn’t go as planned. Though the Terps lost 4-1, the game was highlighted by highly aggressive play. Looking toward this weekend, Kaplan indicated the problem as difficulty in implementation. “We know the formula to beat them,” he said, “we just have to execute.”
“A win against any of the teams we play against this year is huge,” said Coach Krampf. “We are all battling for those relative ratings for those on the ranking committee.” Though Coach recognizes the hardships of two away games, his players are keeping a positive attitude. “Road trips are fun,” said Kaplan. “No worries except playing hockey.”
The games this weekend will be held on Friday in the Northeast SkateZone in Philadelphia, PA and on Saturday in the Loucks Ice Center in Lawrenceville, NJ.