The Terps faced a tough Rowan team Friday nigh, and walked away with a 4-3 victory. The long winter break didn’t appear to slow down the Terps.
“For the past couple of years we have been flat coming out of the break, but the guys had two great practices this week,” Head Coach Bill Krampf said. “Some of the timing was off at practice but the speed and intensity was there. I think you saw that last night where the tempo was up, the compete factor was up, but we were still a little off on our timing. All in all, great effort coming off a six week break.”
“I thought we played well,” Forward Tom Jaquay said. “We took a bunch of penalties, but the PK was there to bail us out all game long. I think it was one of the best games we have played all season. We weren't as rusty as one would expect, especially after having more than a month off.”
Penalties were plenty in the game for the Terps. Forward Brandon Cleary took a five minute penalty for a hit to the head, and the Terps followed the penalty with two more. The Terps played the majority of the second period a man down.
“The penalty kill was a huge momentum builder,” Forward Chris Schrump said. “To kill the nine straight minutes of penalties like that against a team with a good power play is huge. Escaping those penalties in the second period was a crucial turning point in the game.”
“The PK was outstanding last night,” Krampf said. “I didn't see the final count, but I believe we were shorthanded for about twenty minutes last night. To hold a team as talented as Rowan to one goal was a result of the effort the guys put in on the PK.”
Maryland saw themselves tied at three with Rowan late in the third. It appeared the game would head to overtime, until Schrump fired a shot on goal with just over two minutes remaining in the game to take the late lead. The team also relied heavily on goaltender Tanner McPhee, who played a phenomenal game in the Terps win. The win over a team like Rowan is a huge momentum builder for the team. The Terps recognize they need to continue playing that well for the remainder of the season.
“To keep winning we need to play like we did last night,” Jaquay said. “We were disciplined in the defensive zone and our penalty kill was on point. Also, the whole team was into the game, no one ever got down or quiet. We were supporting each other all game long and the morale boost really helped.”
The late season confidence booster couldn’t have come at a better time for the Terps.
“It's all starting to come together at the right time.” Schrump said.