Photo by Rob Raymer

October 16, 2022 — 2:35 p.m. ET

By Matt Fusillo

LAUREL, Md. – Matthew Krivitskiy made a perfect pass to Chase Wilson, who redirected the puck straight into the back of the net for his first goal of the season just 3:47 into the first period, ensuing hugs and fist bumps along with an eruption from the home crowd.

Wilson’s goal sparked an onslaught for the Terrapins who defeated the Mustangs 8-2 Saturday night at The Gardens Ice House, the third matchup in as many weeks between the two Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Hockey conference rivals.

A game in which there were 24 total penalties – 12 for each side – helped Maryland pull out a hard-fought victory and ultimately improve to 7-0 on the season.

“We found a way to overcome it,” captain Liam Eden said of the penalty woes. “We capitalized on their penalties, too. We had a few power play goals, so it was a mixed bag.”

Eden scored two goals himself and helped his team stay calm through the fight to stay out of the box by patting players on their backs and keeping their emotions in check on the bench whenever they took a seat with frustration.

“I’m a big believer in just focusing on what you need to focus on and controlling what you can control,” Eden said.

Wilson’s goal was not the only one he scored, as he got the second goal of the game later in the period, putting Maryland up 2-0. Eden then got his first goal of the night two minutes later and the Terps went into the first intermission with a three-goal lead.

“Unreal,” Eden said of the fast start. “Chase got his two goals right away so that was absolutely fantastic. And we built on that and rode that the rest of the way.”

Along with Eden and Wilson each scoring twice, the remaining Maryland goals came from Andrew Muirhead, Joey Takacs, Trevor Drake and Patryk Bieganowski. Henri Pelletier made 42 saves in his fourth start of the year.

Though the team currently holds a flawless record, the winning culture has skyrocketed this season, as they were 2-5 at this point last year. They then found a way to pick up the pace toward the end of last year’s campaign and that’s one reason Eden thinks has helped this year’s group win more games to start.

“I really think towards the second half of the year we got in a groove,” Eden said. “We figured out what we needed to do pregame and actually during the game to be successful and I think the carryover with a lot of our returning players really facilitated a good environment for the new players and we just built on what we did last year.”

The Terps not only remain undefeated, but they also sit solely atop the MACH conference and advance to 4-0 in games against these opponents.

“We just need to keep winning hockey games,” Eden said. “I think it’s as simple as that.”