When? - 7:45 (Friday) and 5:30 (Saturday)
Where? - Gardens Ice House and Skatium
Maryland Terps - 5-8-0
The Maryland Hockey Club is looking to break their recent losing streak in a double header against the Saint Joseph's Hawks this weekend. The Terps are working extra hard during practice this week, and are just trying to get back to the hockey they know they can play.
"Every practice and game we are trying to get a little bit better and that's the mindset we are trying to have," Sophomore Forward Lucas Davis said. "Last year, the team at the end of the year was a lot different than the team at the beginning. We are working on improving in every aspect of the game and get back to playing Maryland hockey."
"We want to focus on upbeat, high-tempo practices to get the guys moving their feet after they only having one game last weekend," Head Coach Bill Krampf said. "Hopefully that carries over to the weekend series against Saint Joe's."
In practice this week, the team focused on all areas of the game, including special teams, forechecking and backchecking, according to Davis. The team has recently had a little bit of a penalty problem. They gave up 15 penalty minutes last game against Liberty.
While the Terps are on a three game losing streak of their own, they face a Saint Joesph's team that is hungry for a win. The Hawks are sporting a seven game losing streak, and would love to end it against the Terps. Maryland is going to have to keep an eye out for Anthony Rosello and Eddie Markowski, who both have 10 points on the year, and Dean Keeney, who leads the team in goals with six.
The Terps are fully confident that they will be able to turn their season around. All it takes is finding the simple mistakes and correcting them, something they know they are capable of doing. They just have to focus on playing their game.
"Our game plan is to get back to playing Maryland hockey," Davis said. "Maryland hockey consists of constant pressure in each zone, protecting in front of the net, playing the body and feeding off each other's energy. We need to get back to our style of hockey and we are working to get back to that this weekend."
Coach Krampf feels the same way.
"The game plan for Saint Joseph's is to keep our butts out of the box, play UMD defense and finish when we get scoring chances in prime real estate."