2/11/2013 8:31 PM
UMBC took to the ice this past weekend in the 36th Annual Crabpot Tournament hosted by the United States Naval Academy. UMBC drew the host Navy in the opening round.
After 20 minutes of pomp and cirumstance pregame, the Retrievers came out flying. Jean Luc Durantaye (Ellicott City, MD) scored just 1:11 into the game. But Navy would turn the tide midway through the period. A power play goal at the 9:01 mark and two even strength goals at 12:19 and 15:38 put Navy up 3-1. Despite hitting the post twice in the final minute of the frame, UMBC went into the locker room down 3-1.
UMBC started the second carrying over the momentum from the end of the first, but were unable to beat the Navy goaltender. That momentum would be slowed by a Navy goal at the 7:15 mark. Another push by UMBCwas unsuccessful and the middle stanza ended 4-1.
The third period saw multiple penalties for both sides. Navt scored a goal halfway through the period to extend their lead to 5-1. After that goal at the 9:31 mark, the game saw 11 minor penalties, UMBC recieved 2 power play opportunities and controlled zone play but once again could not score. The game would end 5-1 and UMBC moved to the Consolation Game vs Maryland.
Coming into the game losers of their last 2, UMBC needed a win vs Maryland to lock up the top spot at Regionals after missing out on the autobid opportunity a week earlier.
Once again UMBC started fast, DJ Fadler (Crofton, MD) buried a pass from Sean O'Connor (Stony Point, NY) just over 3 minutes into the game to put UMBC up 1-0. This time UMBC would not yield, as Trevor Miller (Macomb. MI) made a few timely saves to maintain the early lead. Then in the final minute, while on a delayed penalty, Cody Selbert (West Seneca, NY) led a rush and started a tic-tac-toe play with a pass to Matt Bloom (Ellicott City, MD) who found Dan Durantaye (Ellicott City, MD) for a tap in. UMBC would end the first period leading by a score of 2-0.
The second period once again saw UMBC control play, but unable to extend their lead. But Miller stayed strong on the back end and after two periods the score remained 2-0.
In the third Maryland would break though the brick wall that had been Miller. A power play goal made the score 2-1 with 13:34 remaining in the game. But UMBC responded with a power play goal of the own with just under 10 minutes to play. Then UMBC found themselves on a 5 on 3 penalty kill, and Maryland was able to stuff a rebound past Miller to cut the lead back down to 1 with 7:34 to play. But once again UMBC would respond, Zac Tracy (Marriotsville, MD) forced a turnover on the remaining penalty kill and beat the Maryland netminder to restore the two goal lead 20 seconds later. Fadler went on to ice the game away with 4:52 remaining, and UMBC took the 3rd place game by a score of 5-2.
Miller made 51 saves on 58 shots on the weekend in net. UMBC is next at the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Hockey Playoffs in Abingdon, MD.