This past weekend the Retrievers, on the road for both matchups, went 1-1 with a 5-2 loss to University of Delaware and a come from behind 8-5 victory vs University of Maryland College Park.
Friday night's matchup vs Delaware was on an Olympic sized ice sheet (wider ice surface) which offers a lot more time and space. UMBC had a couple early powerplay opportunities that they could not capitalize on. The Retrievers were unable to get out of their own way during the loss. Delaware would get on the board first after a bad pinch by a Retriever defenseman and the Delaware player slid the puck five hole on goaltender Dylan Knox on a two on one break. Delaware would strike again in the first minute of the second period off a UMBC turnover. After each Retriever goal pulled them back in the game, they let up and allowed Delaware to answer back. UMBC would fall to Delaware 5-2 despite outshooting them 34-27.
On Saturday night the Retrievers traveled south to take on the Maryland Terrapins at Herbert Wells Arena, the partial outdoor rink on the University of Maryland campus. This would be the first time the Retrievers played arch rival Maryland at Wells. UMBC vs Maryland is a long standing rivalry and this game did not disappoint. The UMBC coaching staff would mix up the lines and the Retrievers came out on fire with five scoring opportunities in the first three minutes of the game but the Maryland goaltender would stand tall. UMBC would get into penalty trouble with captain Ryan Atkinson getting a 5 minute major and then assistant captain Sean Gregory would get a minor penalty and then thrown out of the game for slamming the penalty box door. Maryland would capitalize with three powerplay goals in the first period. UMBC would get a late powerplay goal by assistant captain Jean-Luc Durantaye, set up by Ryan Atkinson and Colin Edwards. Atkinson's assist would be his 200th point as a Retriever! To start the second period, the line combinations were changed again as utility guy Alex Bidas moved back to defense with the loss of Sean Gregory for the game. Once again, the Retrievers would come out on fire and Atkinson would score two goals, one powerplay and one shorthanded, in the first seven minutes of the period. UMBC would get two more goals in the period by Durantaye to cap off his hat trick. Maryland would score a late powerplay goal in the second period to cut the UMBC lead to 5-4 going into the third period. Penalty trouble would continue for the Retrievers in the third period as Maryland would score another powerplay goal to tie the game at 5, just two minutes into the third. UMBC would continue to dominate play and with 5:26 left to play, Atkinson found Edwards streaking back door for what would eventually be the winning goal. Atkinson and Edwards also found the back of the net in the last couple minutes of the game to give UMBC the 8-5 victory. UMBC outshot Maryland 37-20 and help the Terrapins to just 8 shots over the final 40 minutes.
UMBC improved their record to 5-11 as they head into the Thanksgiving break. The Retriever family wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!
Please join us for our final game of the semester on Sunday December 5th, 5:15pm game, as UMBC takes on West Chester University at the Reisterstown Sportsplex.
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