After a year away, the 44th Annual Crab Pot Tournament is upon us and what better way to go into it than looking at the participants?? This will be a tour of the team and their stats according to the ACHA website– so if anything is inaccurate– go to them about it. Time to move onto the southern-most team, the University of Maryland Terrapins.
Coming back with a strong spring in their step, the season had plenty peaks and valleys for themselves. Starting off with two losses, then two wins; three losses, then sweeping their ACCHL showcase match-ups, the Terps looked to finish the first semester strong with an upset victory over a D1 team in Towson, but fell to Penn State right as break hit. Going 2-2-0 in their last games heading into the Crab Pot, the Terps look to build off momentum gains from victories on their senior night and a close defeat to Rider this past weekend.
Graduate forward Liam Eden led the way for this Terps squad with 15 goals and 14 assists, but the pleasant surprise was the play of first-year forward Tucker Healy. With a nine-game point streak at the start of the season, Healy was the main set-up man with 23 assists and tied with Eden in points with 29. But heating up is Patryk Bieganowski who has four goals and an assist in his last three games. In net, Henri Pelletier has had his ebbs and flows to his game, but he has the ability to steal games when called upon. On the blue line, Daniel Tomashevsky and Hunter Airey have popped in five goals a piece, with Tyler McEvoy leading in assists with seven.
Maryland only title win in the Crab Pot was 1992 with an overtime victory against Navy in the old Dahlgren Hall. It took all of 15 seconds for Mike Naidrich to score and make the final 6-5 for the Terps. In that game, the Terps came back from three goals down twice to win in overtime. Sure, it was 30 years ago, but what better time than now to rekindle that magic for this team.
While they swept Stevenson in the first part of the season and taken down Towson right before break, they’ll start off with the defending Crab Pot champs in Navy. The Terps will definitely need to have their top game, but with bragging rights on the line and the motivation of taking down a team going to the D1 Nationals– you can bet that the Terps will put together their best effort of the year and perhaps channel back to the ACCHL Showdown to provide even more motivation.