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Comeback falls short in OT loss to Team Maryland

By Anthony Di Paolo, 11/17/20, 2:15PM EST


EHL team's lone game this week comes in a 5-4 loss against Maryland

The New Jersey 87's were handed it's second overtime loss of the season against Team Maryland, but the team managed to earn a point by erasing a three-goal deficit in the third period.

Neither team managed to score in the first period, but Dante Terramani broke the ice when he scored a shorthanded goal at 10:17 of the second period. He forced a turnover just inside New Jersey's blue line, raced up the right wing and took a wrist shot that beat Maryland goaltender Colin Berke. The lead was short-lived, however, as Team Maryland evened the score 41 seconds later with a goal from Bobby Geier. Geier scored again just four minutes later, while Kyle Peters and Ethan Fuller both scored in the final 3:13 of the period to make it a 4-1 game.

Down by three goals heading into the third period, the 87's went to work to chip away the deficit. Jason Atkinson scored at 4:16 to cut Maryland's lead in half. Michael Hertzberg chipped the puck to Francis Kienzle behind the net, as he made a one-touch pass right to Atkinson in the low slot for the tap-in. Two minutes and 54 seconds later, George Weiner ripped a one-timer from the left circle, beating Berke clean for a power-play goal to make it a 4-3 game. Then with 2:24 left in regulation, Dante Terramani carried the puck down the right wing and took a wrist shot from the top of the right circle that got past Berke. It was his second goal of the game and eighth of the season. 

Both teams traded chances in the overtime period, but ultimately Maryland would prevail. In the final minute of play, Maryland broke up a rush from the 87's and countered with a two-on-one. Mike Kocsis slid a pass to Drew Iannucci, who slammed a one-timer past Jon Kopack to earn the 5-4 victory. 

While the 87's fell just short of the win, the comeback effort kept the team's point streak alive, going 14 games without a regulation loss. Head coach Adam Houli spoke about his team's comeback and their ability to battle through adversity.

"Every game we play is going to get harder and harder and when we find ourselves in holes, being able to find a way out is crucial to our success," Houli said. "That third period shows we can really turn it up when we need to, but we can’t keep playing with fire. It takes a lot of perseverance to mount a comeback and I’m glad we are developing that habit."


Additional Notes:

-Last season Dante Terramani scored two shorthanded goals in 44 games. This year it took him only 14 games to match that total.

-George Weiner scored a power-play goal in the 5-4 loss against Maryland. Between his two seasons with the 87's, eight of his 10 goals have come on the power play.


Upcoming Games:


Thursday Nov 19: at Team Maryland - 12:15 p.m.
Friday Nov 20: vs. Team Maryland - 1:00 p.m.
Sunday Nov 22: at Protec Jr Ducks - 7:00 p.m.



Saturday Nov 21: at New Jersey Renegades - 7:15 p.m.
Sunday Nov 22: vs. New Jersey Renegades - 12:30 p.m.

Photo Credit: Richard O'Donnell