The Maryland Terrapins close out the end of their regular season with two huge games back to back against a tough Delaware team and an equally tough Georgetown team.
The Terps are still riding high after last weeks win after Rowan, but recognize that there is more work to be done before they can be considered a hot team.
“I thought last Friday was by far our best team performance of the season,” Senior Captain Kevin Norwin said. “But, it's only one game. We need to build off that and continue to play with that energy and passion. If everyone buys in and we keep the effort up, the sky is the limit.”
That energy and passion should be aplenty in Friday’s matchup against Delaware. The game features a 9 vs 10 rankings matchup in the ACHA Southeast Division. Only the top 10 teams qualify for regionals, and the Terps really need a win to gain that spot. And if that wasn’t enough motivation, it is also Senior Night for the Terps, where 10 Terps will play their last home game.
“This game is huge,” Norwin said. “It's probably the biggest game I have played in during my four years with Maryland hockey. It's an emotional night for us because we have 10 seniors who will not be returning to play next year, which is almost half of our team. On top of that, we need to win this game in order to secure a regional berth. It's the most excited I've been for a game in years.”
“(All games) are all huge at this point,” Head Coach Bill Krampf said. “The ranking committee is looking at every game. Obviously the committee will be looking at a 9-10 game so it is important statement game for the ranking committee.”
The last time Maryland played Delaware, Senior Adam Altieri was the team’s lone scorer in a 2-1 loss. The Terps are expecting a different story now that they are playing on home ice.
But the Delaware game isn’t the only task Maryland faces. They go up against Georgetown, a team they beat 4-2 right before winter break. If the Terps keep top scorers Ryan Wainwright and Zach Markell in check, they can secure a Terps win.
As the regular season comes to a close for the Terps, Head Coach Bill Krampf is happy with how his team has performed so far. And it’s not only the wins and losses that measures his team’s success, but there are quite a few other factors as well.
“First of all you need to understand my expectations and they go beyond wins and losses,” Head Coach Bill Krampf said when asked if his team has reached his expectations. “Train hard off ice, work hard at practice, compete hard in game, excel in the classroom, be an outstanding person. Our guys are kicking ass in all of these and the proof is the compete level against top competition this year, a team GPA over 3.4, and having a great group of guys in the locker room. So yes, these guys are far over any bar we've set for them.”