Maryland Ice Hockey Ends Regular Season on a High Note

By Daniel Chavkin

Before their final regular season game, Maryland’s Division Three men’s ice hockey team honored their seniors with a senior night presentation. During the game, the players honored their seniors by dominating Virginia Commonwealth University from start to finish.

Maryland came out fast to start the game, scoring twice within the first ten minutes. With help from a few VCU penalties, they were able to hold control of the game with a 4-0 lead heading at the first intermission.

Although VCU scored first in the second period, that didn’t deter UMD. They continued strong and answered their score with a goal of their own. In addition, VCU’s head coach was ejected from the game for arguing with the referees, which allowed UMD to extend their lead. On a 5-on-3 advantage, UMD scored two goals to increase their lead to six after two periods.

It was in the third period where the game got out of control for VCU. UMD continued their aggressive play as they scored six goals in the final 11 minutes of the game. Within those 11 minutes were two power play goals, a breakaway goal, and an ejection for a VCU player. The final score was 13-1 as UMD ended the season on a high note.

Although it was senior night, freshman Jason Winik stole the show with a hat trick and an assist. Seniors Mike McGovern and DJ Debrakeleer both added two goals of their own. Cole Soussa, Nathan Miller, Billy Fricke, Drew Danick, and Brendan Dwyer all chipped in with goals as well.  UMD will play in the playoffs next weekend in Chesapeake, Virginia.