The Terps rallied late, but ultimately lost to Towson 4-3 on Friday night in the first round of the Crab Pot tournament at the Brigade Sports Complex in Annapolis. Zack Arden put the Terps on the board first with an early first period Power Play goal.
The Power Play was something that the Terps worked on all week at practice. Two of Maryland’s three goals came on the man advantage. Head Coach Jim Gaudet was happy the adjustments led to some success on the Power Play against Towson.
“I think that’s one of the positives out of tonight. A couple of nice goals. Wish we could have had one more maybe,” Gaudet said. “A successful Power Play is something that’s going to be really important heading into the playoffs.”
But Arden said more can be done. “We need more from our puck pursuit on the Power Play. We had plenty of opportunities to score more.”
Despite the success on special teams, the Terps couldn’t take control of the game. Towson was able to stay one step ahead of Maryland all night. Arden added a second Power Play goal with 7 minutes left in the game.
The crushing blow came with under two minutes left, when the Terps needed a game tying goal, as they were hit with two minor penalties 20 seconds apart. That gave Towson a two man advantage for the remainder of the game. The Terps couldn’t pull their goalie down two guys, and they couldn’t overcome the 5 on 3 disadvantage offensively.
“Yeah it’s undisciplined,” Gaudet said. “It’s just too bad because that game was headed for a great ending, whether we won it or not, you know we were going to get some chances.”
After the game, Arden said the team needs to regroup and develop a killer instinct. “It’s tough always to come back from a loss like this, it kind of stings, but tomorrow we have to figure out how to come together.”
Towson’s win locks them in for the Crab Pot Championship Saturday night at 8:30. They will play Wagner. Meanwhile, as Maryland prepares for the MACH playoffs, they will play their rival, Navy, in the consolation game Saturday at 5:30. The Terps beat Navy 6-2 for their first win of the season back in September.
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