10/21/2021, 1:00pm EDTBy Matt Fusillo
It was a great weekend for Maryland Ice Hockey!The Terrapins played the Stevenson Mustangs on Friday and Sunday for a weekend home and home series, coming away with two wins to even up their record on the young season at 2-2.Friday’s home game turned out to be a thriller. There was plenty of physicality and a lot of back and forth hockey throughout the night.One struggle was staying out of the penalty box – the Terps reached double digits in trips to the sin bin against the shorthanded Mustang roster.After a scoreless first period, Liam Eden broke the ice in the second as he jammed one into the back of the net. The Mustangs finally capitalized on the power play to tie it up at 1 in the third. However, Tyler McEvoy ripped home a slapshot winner on the man advantage with 2:38 left to defeat Stevenson by a final score of 2-1.Put the McEvoy goal in the storybook: he scored his first goal of the season, it was the game-winning tally, and it was his birthday!The team took a well-deserved break on Saturday and then departed for Reisterstown on Sunday to face the same Mustang team.Stevenson came out flying and Maryland had a rough start. The Mustangs went to the locker room up 2-0.
Just like Friday, the Terps would answer right back by potting 5 goals in the second. The final score ended up at 8-4 with Maryland taking home another victory.“In both games they faced adversity and they responded very well,” Head Coach Joe Carter said.Andrew Muirhead scored the first two goals for the Terps and Liam Eden displayed his superpowers by netting a hat trick. McEvoy continued his hot streak by scoring in both games.Chase Wilson and Andrew McMennamin each scored their first collegiate goals. Jason Steinberg recorded two assists for his first collegiate points, as well.Tucker Healy took home two assists on Friday and five assists on Sunday. He has been skating in a top line role and has gotten off to a great start to his collegiate career.“They’re a real catalyst for the team,” Carter said when asked about the production of the first line. “They set the tone for everyone else. They seem to have a perfect balance of style.”Goaltender Henri Pelletier stood tall in his crease as he started two games in three days. He made 35 saves on Friday and 27 on Sunday.“The guys are feeling positive and are gaining an understanding of the type of efforts required to put up wins in this league. We’re seeing the group take lots of positive strides with each game we play, but we know we have some stiff competition ahead,” Assistant Coach Brennen Smith said.More news from the weekend: Maryland Hockey is now being broadcasted with video and audio! Maryland Hockey Network on YouTube has started premiering games (both home and away) and will continue to do so throughout the duration of the season. Mark McClure handles the play-by-play with Matt Fusillo doing color commentary. Be sure to tune in if you are unable to make it to the games!
The Terps will have a break this weekend and then return to action on Saturday, October 30 as they take a road trip to New Jersey to face Rowan. They will be back at home the following weekend as Delaware and Rider will both come to town.