This past weekend was the end for the 2016-2017 UMBC ice hockey season. A very successful season despite posting a 12-15-1 record. The Retrievers reached the ACHA post season for the first time since the 2013-2014 season when they reached the Frozen Four at ACHA D2 Nationals in Boston.
According to coach Pelus, "It felt great to get back to the ACHA post season. This senior class, who was around for Boston, fought through a ton of adversity and injuries to key players over the last few years. This was a testament of their dedication to this program as they never gave up during the difficult times."
On Friday night, UMBC took on the United States Military Academy Army Black Knights. Army jumped out to an early lead and that was the only time the Retrievers would trail as freshman defenseman Brennan Johnsson tied up the game 18 seconds later. UMBC would take a 4-2 lead into the first intermission as they also received goals from senior Jean-Luc Durantaye, freshman Spencer Reiber and junior Colin Edwards. The second period would be relatively quiet as the lone goal came from senior captain Ryan Atkinson. The third period would be more like the first than the second with another flurry of goals, five in the final ten minutes of the game - three by UMBC and two by Army. Atkinson scored two more goals to cap off his hat trick and Edwards scored the other. Freshman goaltender Sean Brown, filling in for Dylan Knox after a knee injury, recorded 29 saves on 33 shots in the win. The Retrievers won game 8-4 and advanced to day 2 of Regionals to face University of Toledo. Coach Pelus said "it was a hard fought win against a very very tough Army team."
The next day, with only a 12 hour turnaround between games and a short bench, the Retriever&rsquos season would end. Toledo was too fast for the Retrievers as UMBC fell behind early and could never get any offense going. UMBC would fall 11-1 to Toledo who advanced to day 3 of Regionals but their season too would end as they lost to Ohio University.
|Saturday, February 18|