Who? - Millersville and Delaware
When? - Friday (8:00) and Saturday (4:45)
Where? - Herbert Wells Ice Rink and Fred Rust Arena
The Maryland Terrapin hockey team squares off against both Millersville University of Pennsylvania and Delaware.
The Terps are coming off of one of their most successful weekends of the season, where they came out of a double header against Saint Joseph’s, winning the first game in a close battle 6-5, and made their way to Saint Joseph’s barn, where they walked away with a huge 8-1 victory. The Terps hope that these two wins string together a few more down the row.
“To start a win streak, you have to start somewhere,” Sophomore Defenseman Brad Lindquist said. “Those two wins will definitely help get the ball rolling.”
Millersville is coming off of two impressive wins of their own. The first, coming two weeks ago against Susquehanna, was a 6-0 victory, and the second against Gettysburg College resulted in a 7-2 win. The Terps are going to have to watch out for Zach Juliano, who has 24 points in 17 games, Read Bohon, with 19 in 17, and Nick Mullarkey with 18 in 14. This will be the first time this Terps team has ever faced the Marauders, which might be a big deal for some teams late in the season, but not the Terps.
“New teams or timing really isn’t a factor,” Head Coach Bill Krampf said. “As it will be new for us, it will also be new for Millersville, so from that end it isn’t an advantage nor a difficulty for either team.”
Unlike Millersville, Maryland is all too familiar with Delaware. Last season, the two teams faced each other twice, and both resulted in Maryland wins. But, they were extremely close. The first game resulted in a 7-6 victory, and the second in a 5-3 Terps team. But the Blue Hens are one of the top teams in the Southeast Division, ranking in at number 11. They are lead by Nathan Marks, who has 15 points in 14 games, Matthew Kirincic with 15 in 16, and Trevor Richmond with 14 in 12.
The Terps are expecting another close matchup against Delaware.
“Yeah, you definitely can expect a good game on Saturday,” Lindquist said. “Both teams usually finish around each other at the end of the year and in the past few seasons, the games were decided by a goal.”
“Delaware is on of our MACH South League opponents,” Krampf said. “Points are huge for both teams, so expect a close, hard fought contest.”