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October 16, 2022 — 2:35 p.m. ETBy Matthew Fusillo
LAUREL, Md. – Andrew Muirhead drove straight to the net and scored his fifth goal of the season with 1:54 left in the first period after Travis Duchene passed the puck right onto his stick.
Muirhead’s goal started the scoring for the Maryland Terrapins, as they would eventually beat the West Virginia Mountaineers by a final score of 4-1 Saturday at The Gardens Ice House to complete a two-game weekend sweep.
Tucker Healy scored a goal just 38 seconds after Muirhead and the Terps went to the locker room with a 2-0 lead. Then Mark Stankiewicz scored for West Virginia late in the second period to cut the lead in half as he was standing right in front of goaltender Henri Pelletier with no defense nearby.
Although the Terps didn’t trail at any point during the game, head coach Joe Carter was unhappy about the Stankiewicz goal.
“I kind of let the guys have it a little between the second and third period and they responded well,” Carter said. “They came out in the third period and did what they had to do to come away with a solid win.”
In the third, linemates Trevor Drake and Max Newnam each scored exactly one minute apart to allow Maryland to run away with the game.
But the third line of Muirhead, Duchene, and Matthew Krivitskiy earned high praise from Carter after their strong play.
“It was exactly what we needed,” Carter said about the Muirhead goal. “They were our best line today. The third line was the first line.”
Muirhead’s goal served as an example of the chemistry developed between the members of the line. All three of them scored a goal in yesterday’s game, as well.
This game was the last one of the semester and the team will not be back on the ice together until late January. In the meantime, Carter wants to see his players continue to skate and stay active during the long break.
“They need to continue to work off the ice so that they come back and they’re still in shape and ready to hit the ground running,”
With the two wins this weekend, Maryland enters the break with a 16-2-1 record and Carter said it was the best start the team has ever had to his knowledge.
The Terps emphasized closing out the semester with two wins this weekend and they remain satisfied with where they currently sit.
“I’m happy with how the semester went,”