Despite earning a win against West Chester Friday night, Maryland was dissatisfied with its performance and aimed to play a more complete game Saturday against George Washington. The Terps did just that, bludgeoning the Colonials 9-1 at The Gardens Ice House.
Maryland led for all but 38 seconds of the 60 minutes played Saturday, getting an opening-shift goal from Nathan Miller. Miller scored again less than 10 minutes later while the Terps were on the power play, sending a pass toward the front of the goal that clicked off a Colonial and into the net.
“We had a pretty slow start yesterday, so we wanted to really come out hard in the first period,” Miller said, referencing the team’s 4-1 road win Friday. “We knew we needed to be better than we were yesterday.”
“I thought we played really well on the forecheck,” said Nick Keppler, who recorded a hat trick Saturday. “Yesterday we were struggling getting that first guy in hard, but I thought we did that right off the bat tonight and scored right on the first shift because of it.”
Miller’s first two goals was all the offense Maryland needed Saturday night, but that didn’t stop them from filling the scoresheet.
Maryland scored two more goals in the first period, three in the second and two in the third, with 11 different Terps recording a point. It was Maryland’s largest win differential of the season, and according to head coach Jim Gaudet, one of their best performances thus far.
“[Tonight] was probably one of our better 60-minute efforts,” he said. “And that’s what I challenged the guys to do.”
Maryland continuously overwhelmed the visiting Colonials with their speed and dogged puck pursuit Saturday. The result was a flurry of odd-man rushes for the Terps and frequent power play opportunities.
“We’re a real good skating team,” Gaudet said. “We have a lot of fast guys and they work hard, they’re well conditioned. That’s something we like to think is one of our advantages.”
With the victory, the Terps move to 12-6-1 on the season and could move up in the Southeast Region rankings following a two-win weekend.
Zack Arden, Joey Zappia, Clark LeDane and John Bruckman also scored for Maryland. Travis Danko made 28 saves, including a penalty-save stop late in the third period.
Maryland prepares for a pair of momentous games next weekend. The Terps will take on Ohio at home Friday night before traveling to Lynchburg, Virginia for a highly-anticipated rematch with Liberty Saturday.
“We had two pretty bad performances the past two games, so we knew we needed to carry some momentum into next weekend because it’s probably our biggest weekend of the season,” Miller said.
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