This past Firday marked the second loss of the year to the Liberty Flames. The Terps Hockey Club gave up two late goals in the third after storming back in the second, resulting in a 6-2 loss. The game, played out in front of a huge student crowd at Herbert Wells, marked the third straight loss for Maryland.
Chris Schrump added his third goal of the year, and Avery Clair continued his goal scoring trend, giving the Terps their second goal in the second period. Tanner McPhee recorded 37 saves on 42 shots. But, the two goals weren't enough to get past Liberty, who led into the second period up just 4-2, but pulled away in the third with another two goals, including an empty-netter. Now, the team is just trying to get back to the game they know they can play.
"I thought we sucked," Head Coach Bill Krampf said. "I thought we played the first five minutes playing Maryland hockey, and I thought there were spurts of Maryland hockey, but the rest of it was not something we have done in about two months, or a month and a half. We went back to taking stupid penalties and tried playing one on one hockey, and lost one on one battles, and that turns into a 5-2 loss with an empty-netter."
The penalties were a problem for the Terps. They had a total of 15 penalty minutes spread out amongst just four players. The team just has to play smarter, which the coaching staff immediately recognizes.
"We'll have some one on one conversations about keeping guys out of the penalty box," Krampf said. "We're going to stop that ****, or guys won't be sitting on the ice anymore."
The Terps are still in 18th place, and obviously believe they still haven't played their best hockey. A double header against Saint Joesph's University lies ahead of them this weekend, and with a team who sports a 1-11 record, this might be an opportunity to get a few points and wins on the board. But, it all starts with practice, something that Captain Kevin Norwin and his teammates are fully prepared to work hard at.
"We just have to be ready to work," Norwin said. "Got to be a little harder in practice. We got to play better defensive zone coverage. We are letting too many chances up. We got to bury the puck."