Game 4: Hoyas Beat Maryland 3-2
On Saturday night, September 25, 2021, at The St. James sports complex, the Hoyas faced-off against the Terrapins of the University of Maryland. The game was close and hard-fought throughout, with 22 total minor penalties (11 on each team). The key to victory for the Hoyas was impressive team defense and backchecking, holding Maryland to 23 total shots on goal.
The Hoyas scored first, at the 5:37 mark in the first period, on a nice rebound goal from PhD candidate Rob Churchill, assisted by sophomore Dan Sippel and grad student EJ Millisor. Georgetown led 1-0 going into the first intermission.
Maryland tied the game at 1-1 midway through the second period. The Hoyas answered within the next 30 seconds on a beautiful 2-on-1 fast break with sophomore Chris Doherty threading a great cross-ice pass to freshman Seamas O’Hara, who fired a perfectly placed wrist shot into the back of the net to give the Hoyas a 2-1 lead heading into the second intermission.
The third period was not anti-climactic. For the first 18 minutes, the Hoyas and the Terrapins skated hard and checked closely, holding each other scoreless. With merely 2:12 left in the third period, Hoya defensemen EJ Millisor and Danny Overcash teamed up for a much-needed goal to give the Hoyas a 3-1 lead. This looked like it would be the game-clinching tally, but there was more drama ahead. In the final two minutes of the game, the Hoyas committed two very untimely penalties to give Maryland a 5-on-3 advantage. Maryland scored quickly on the two-man advantage to cut the Hoyas’ lead to 3-2 with nearly two minutes remaining. Playing shorthanded in the final minutes, the Hoyas were relentless--filling gaps, blocking shots, and winning battles in the corners. When the final buzzer sounded, the Hoyas exhaled with an impressive 3-2 victory, outshooting the Terrapins 34 to 23 for the game. In addition to strong team defense, the Hoyas’ freshman goaltender Mark Peracchia was outstanding in net, saving 21 of 23 shots on goal to earn his second victory of the season.