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Terps lose another heart breaker to Navy in the Crab Pot tournament

02/10/2018, 11:30pm EST
By Joshua Coggins

The Terps fell to Navy 4-3 in overtime of the consolation game of the Crab Pot tournament on Saturday in Annapolis. It was the second consecutive year that Maryland lost to Navy in overtime of a Crab Pot game, losing 5-4 last year in the opening round.

Patrick Havey put the Terps on the board first with a blast from the blueline in the opening frame. Three minutes into the second period, while on the penalty kill, Nathan Hefner flew down the boards and found teammate Thomas Murphy with a centering pass. Murphy put in the back of the net for a short handed goal to put the Terps up 2.

Navy got on the board with 13 minutes left in the period. Then with 4.9 seconds left in the period, Luke Turk scored the game tying goal for the Midshipmen. Navy added a third unanswered goal in the third as Derek Golembrosky scored a shorthanded breakaway goal.

About halfway through the third period, Navy defenseman Joe Giannini attacked Maryland forward Thomas Murphy with what appeared to be a chokeslam style takedown. Hefner came to Murphy’s defense and wrestled Giannini away from his teammate. Giannini and Hefner were both hit with 12 minutes worth of penalties, two minutes for roughing and a 10 minute game misconduct. The play ended with a Navy Power Play as Terps had an additional roughing minor tacked on.

After the game, Maryland Head Coach Jim Gaudet praised Hefner. “Nate is trying to protect his teammate and I am good with that.”

“That guy was a lot bigger than Murphy so I just thought I’d step in and help him out,” said Hefner, who is in his first semester playing for the Terps after transferring in from UMBC. “It’s always hard coming in as the new guy and not knowing anyone, but the guys have all been welcoming. I know that every other guy on the team would have done the same thing for me.”

With six and half minutes left in the game, Clark LeDane tied it up for the Terps. Maryland then found themselves in a familiar place against Navy, headed for overtime. Unfortunately for the Terps, Navy scored a 3 v. 3 overtime goal to win the consolation game.

 big storyline from Saturday’s loss was that the Terps were outshot 50-35. Despite the loss and being peppered with shots all night, Maryland goalie Travis Danko played well. Danko stopped 46 of 50 shots for a .920 save percentage.

“Yesterday I didn’t feel like I was in quite a good rhythm to be honest. I really wanted that start today as a tune-up for playoffs,” said Danko.

Gaudet thought it was important for Danko to rebound with a good game. “To get a game like that under your belt going into the playoffs is pretty important.”

“Danko give us a chance to win every night, and that’s all you can really ask for,” added Hefner.

Looking ahead for the Terps, they open up the MACH playoffs against Delaware on Friday February 16th at 3:20 p.m.

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