1/30/2013 2:07 PM
Two weekends ago UMBC took on arch rival Temple in a home and home series. In the first game at home, UMBC was quickly tied 1-1 with Temple after only 1:48 of game play. Nik Jost (Grosse Pointe Park, MI) scored on UMBC's first shot of the game, Temple came right back and equalized on their first shot. Sean O'Connor (Stony Point, NY) continued his hot streak to strt the second semester with a power play goal to put UMBC up 2-1 after one period of play.
The second period went by quietly until a late goal by Brandon Fritz (Walled Lake, MI) made the score 3-1 after 40 minutes of play. Late in the second, a Temple player took a 5 minute major penalty giving UMBC a huge power play to start the third. After the break UMBC came out and recieved goals from Jean Luc Durantaye (Ellicott City, MD) and his older brother Dan Durantaye (Ellicott City, MD) on the power play extending the lead to 5-1 just 3:43 into the period. O'Connor added icing on the cake halfway through the frame as UMBC cruised to a 6-1 victory.
Jon Drago (Guttenburg, NJ) made 20 saves for the victory. O'Connor added 3 assists to his 2 goals giving him his 2nd 5+ point performance in two weeks.
Sunday's game would yield a different story as Temple came out rejuvinated in their own building. UMBC and Temple traded power play goals twice in the first period. The Retriever tallies were from Matt Bloom (Ellicott City, MD) and Jost. The Owls added another goal with 2 minutes left in the first period and UMBC trailed 3-2 after one period.
The second period would not change UMBC's fortunes as Temple just scored 3:36 into the middle stanza, chasing starting goaltender Trevor Miller (Macomb, MI) from the cage. Drago came in but was beaten a little over halfway through the frame, extending Temple's lead to 5-2. Alec Hanock (Clabasas, CA) was finally able to break through at 13:39 to cut the lead back to two before the end of the period.
The third period saw UMBC dictate much of the play, but time and again Temple's goaltender turned the Retrievers away. Bloom gave UMBC life at the 16:15 mark when he scored to make it a one goal game. UMBC pressed at the end and pulled Drago for the extra attacker, but Temple was able to put one into the empty net, sealing a 6-4 defeat for the Retrievers.
Miller made 16 saves on 20 shots; Drago made 14 saves on 15 shots and took the loss in relief. The loss broke a seven game win streak for UMBC.