Last week we saw the triple overtime drama between University of Maryland Terrapins and John Hopkins University Blue Jays, in Baltimore. Last night they met yet again, but in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and with a different outcome, for the BIG 10 Conference Championship.
John Hopkins struck quick in the first quarter, just 18 seconds into the game. Maryland’s Tim Rotanaz was the next to score in the game, halfway through the quarter. Blue Jay’s Cole Williams rounded out the first quarter with a goal in the last six seconds of play; 4-1 JHU.
Roles reversed in the second quarter, as UMD scored four, and JHU scored once; tied up 5-5 at the half.
It was not until the fourth quarter that things got interesting when JHU’s William’s found the back of the net not once, nor twice, but three times in a row (five goals on the night). The efforts of Louis Dubick responding with two in a row for UMD just was not enough.
Statistically, the two teams were rather equal. Shots: JHU 33, UMD 35. Groundballs: JHU 23, UMD 28. Faceoffs: JHU 56%, UMD 44%. Clears: JHU 93%, UMD 94%.
The differences were with Extra Man Opportunities: JHU 0-6, UMD 1-4, Saves: JHU 14, UMD 4. Turnovers: JHU 11, UMD 5.
With the win, JHU automatically gets a seat at the dinner table for NCAA Playoffs. With Maryland’s success, we shall wait to see if they get an invitation, as no information has been released yet.