The UMD Terrapins took on the Saint Joseph’s Hawks in back to back games this weekend, looking to revitalize their season and end their three game losing streak, while extending the Hawks’.
Though the Terps won 6-5 on Friday night, they battled until the very end, facing a tied score for the majority of the game. For every Terrapin goal, there was a Hawk that answered.
“There were some good things, but overall I don’t think that’s a performance we’re too proud of,” said junior forward Jake Friedland, who scored the game-winning goal. Friedland prevented the game from going into overtime when he scored on a breakaway with 4:45 left in the third period.
Though he feels his season hasn’t measured up to expectations, Coach Krampf noted that Friedland is the hardest worker on the team.
“Guys like him are invaluable,” Krampf explained. “They do everything. They PK, they power play, they do five on five, they play defensive hockey, they move the puck, they score big goals, and you saw that tonight.”
Penalties, which have been a problem for the now 7-8-0 Terrapins, were on the lighter side. In this week’s back-to-back wins, the team has been able to establish a greater defensive presence.
“We’ve been working on it practice,” explained junior forward Mike Mutryn. “We’ve been emphasizing to be disciplined in front of the net, so I think the whole team is buying into that.”
The progress continued Saturday night, when the Maryland Terrapins defeated the Hawks 8-1. Scorers included Kevin Norwin, Dom Cuomo, Lucas Davis, Avery Clair, Sean Combs, and Adam Altieri.
Cuomo, who had two goals that night, attributed the bigger win to an increase in discipline and a healthy dose of luck. “Sometimes, hockey can be a very luck based game,” he said. “…On Saturday, we didn't allow them to get any lucky goals and we buried the puck when we were close.”
The Terrapins hope to transfer their momentum to this weekend, when they take on Millersville at home at 8:00PM Friday and Delaware at the Fred Rust Arena at 4:45PM Saturday.