ANNAPOLIS, MD (Sunday, October 25, 2009) -- The University of Maryland scored a pair of third period power play goals to overcome a 4-3 deficit and defeat Navy's ice hockey team, 5-4, Sunday afternoon at the McMullen Hockey Arena in Annapolis.
The Midshipmen are now 4-8, while the Terrapins improved to 3-1.
Navy got on the scoreboard early in the first period when senior co-captain Patrick Heitman dumped the puck toward the goal, which appeared to handcuff Maryland goaltender Marshall Fahey. The puck bounced off Fahey and into the net at 2:19 to put the Mids ahead, 1-0.
The visiting Terps tied the score 1-1 when Brett Kiliyanski deflected a shot past Navy netminder Jeremey Estevez at 5:01. And Maryland took its first lead of the day a short time later, at 8:17, with a power play tally off the stick of TC Costello that appeared to bounce off a Navy defender and behind Estevez.
The Midshipmen evened the count 2-2 before the first period ended with a goal from sophomore Tom Fick at 16:03.
The two teams then traded goals in the middle stanza. The Terps jumped ahead 3-2 thanks to a Chris Devore power play goal at 17:06, only to have Fick register his second tally of the day just 13 seconds later, at 17:19, to pull the Mids even at 3-3.
Navy started the third period with a sense of urgency, and it paid off when sophomore Mitch Pulver lit the lamp at the 1:47 mark. But the 4-3 Navy lead didn't last long. The Terps picked up a power play goal from Chris Puderbaugh at 5:43, then scored the game winner just over two minutes later, at 7:56, when Bradley Hamel found the back of the net while the Midshipmen had two men in the penalty box. Only 14 seconds had elapsed on the 5-on-3 power play when Hamel scored.
Navy pressed for the tying goal over the game's final 12 minutes, and pulled Estevez for an extra attacker with 1:24 remaining on the clock, but could not get the equalizer.
Navy's Estevez finished with 37 saves on 42 shots, while his counterpart Fahey stopped 37 of the Mids' 41 shots. Navy was whistled for seven minor penalties, inclding three in the third period, compared to two the entire game for the visiting Terps.
The Midshipmen are back in action this Friday night (October 30) when they host West Chester in an Eastern States Collegiate Hockey League contest at 7:30 p.m. at McMullen Hockey Arena. West Chester currently sits in fourth place in the ESCHL with a 1-1 league record, having split a pair of games with Penn State (not including this past weekend's games with Delaware). Navy is 0-4 in the ESCHL thus far, having lost a pair of games apiece to Delaware and Rhode Island.
Maryland 2 1 2 - 5
NAVY 2 1 1 - 4
N - Heitman 2 (Lutch, Hansen) 2:19
M - Kiliyanski (Dasilva, McDade) 5:01
M - Costello (Kiliyanski, Dasilva) 8:17 PP
N - Fick 6 (Ochalek, Carlson) 16:03
M - Devore (Hamel, Dasilva) 17:06 PP
N - Fick 7 (Pulver, Carlson) 17:19
N - Pulver 6 (Frederick, Carlson) 1:47
M - Puderbaugh (Devore, Hamel) 5:43 PP
M - Hamel (Costello, Kiliyanski) 7:56 PP
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