When? - Friday night at 8:00
Where? - Herbert Wells Ice Rink (right next to the College Park Metro Stop)
Maryland Terrapins - 5-7-0
The Maryland Terrapin Hockey Club square off against Liberty this Friday night, where they hope to get a different result since last weeks showdown.
“We need to reduce their scoring chances,” Head Coach Bill Krampf said. “Last week, I think both teams were over 40 shots on goal. Not the way we want to play any team, let alone Liberty. We need to limit their shots and scoring chances by playing better defensively and take care of the puck when we have it.”
“Last game we had a real weak second period,” junior forward Tom Jaquay said. “In the third we were all over them. We need to play a complete game from beginning to end and we will be fine.”
Last Saturday’s game in Lynchberg saw a 4-2 win for the Flames. Senior Forward Dom Cuomo scored his fifth goal of the season, and junior defenseman Jake Kaplan added another. Goaltender Kevin Russell stopped 44 of the 48 shots he faced, which improved his .892 save percentage.
This is the only game for the Terps this week, and it is right in College Park’s backyard. This game marks the first game all year at Herbert Wells Ice Rink, which is within walking distance from the campus. And that beats examining the latest and greatest stores Liberty has to offer.
“Last week was a 9:30 p.m. game at Liberty where we spent eight hours at a mall,” Krampf said. “You try that then going and playing a game. It isn’t easy. At home, the guys will wake up, go to classes, get some rest in the afternoon, and have a 10 minute walk to the rink. That beats eight hours killing time circling the same ten stores.”
“The real advantage will be finally playing at home in Wells,” Jaquay said. “We know this rink. We practice on it and it definitely makes a difference.
Last weeks games marked the midway point of the season. The Terps currently rank 18th in the Southeast with, 10 points and a 5-7-0 record. It’s not the ideal start for the Terps, but they do believe there are better days ahead.
“At the beginning of the year, the boys set some high expectations for the team, and right now as a below .500 club, we’re obviously not where we hoped to be,” graduate forward Tyler Glaze said. “It’s a gloomy time right now and we may have some more tough times before the good times come, but I would tell the fans don’t count us out yet.”
“We wanted more wins,” Krampf said. “We are getting healthier. Our rookies have learned the systems. Our upperclassmen are leading. We have the talent, desire and discipline. The wins are coming.”
If a Terps hockey game isn’t enough for you (and it obviously should be), the first 100 students to come to the game get a FREE Maryland hockey t-shirt. So come out and support the Terps Hockey Club. You can even go an extra day without doing laundry......