In the final game of the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic, Maryland beat Duke 11-8 in front of a crowd of 17,000+ at M&T Bank Stadium.
The story of the game was the play of Terps middie Jeff Reynolds, who was responsible for two goals in 5 seconds late in the second half to break a 3-3 tie. Reynolds was dominant in face-offs and the Blue Devils did not have an answer for him. Reynolds replaced Dan Groot, who was getting man-handled by the Duke’s face-off specialist. For the game, Reynolds was directly responsible for three goals, scoring one of them himself on an unassisted bullet that followed a great pass fake. He added a spark to the Maryland offense that Duke could not contain.
Maryland goalie Brian Phipps played great between the pipes, ending the goalie controversy in College Park…for now, anyway.
Duke simply could not generate enough offense. As mentioned in my Face-Off Classic preview, the losses of Zach Greer and Matt Danowski have really hurt the Blue Devils, who have yet to find an answer to replace the graduated All-American attackmen.
Check out the highlights from my live blog below.
Talk to you soon.
3:02 – A loose ball push from behind negates an early Blue Devils goal. Maryland is on their first offensive possession.
3:04 – Maryland has had a good possession so far, firing off four shots, all of which have missed the cage and have been backed up by the Terps. Let’s see if they can score.
3:07 – Matt Schmidt with a nice defensive play for the Terps gives Maryland the ball back. Both teams seem to be feeling each other out early on. Dan Groot scores to put Maryland up 1-0 off of a give and go. The shot beat Duke goalie Rob Schroeder low on his stick side.
3:11 – Maryland beats Duke to the sideline on a great hustle play off of an errant shot to give the Terps the ball back. The Terps look very defensively sound.
3:13 – The Terps get their first EMO opportunity due to a slash by Duke close defenseman Mike Manley. Middie Jeremy Sieverts takes a pass from Grant Catalino and fires it past Schroeder low-to-high on the near side post. Great shot. 2-0 Terps.
3:15 – GREAT save by Terps goalie Brian Phipps, taking his stick across his body to stop a high shot that had upper 90 written all over it.
3:20 – Big crease attackman Will Yeatman takes a feed from Ryan Young and buries a shot over Schroeder. 3-0 Terps. Phipps makes another incredible save on a shot from Max Quinzani, who was right on the doorstep.
3:23 – Quinzani gets a garbage goal off of a deflection by Phipps and gets Duke on the board. 3-1 Terps.
3:25 – End of the first quarter – Maryland 3, Duke 1. Great net minding by Phipps was the story of the 1st quarter, allowing the Terps to maintain the lead. Anyone ever try David’s Jalapeno Hot Salsa sunflower seeds? Delicious…
3:34 – Schroeder makes a great point blank save off of a shot by Dan Halayko. He had time to throw Schroeder a fake but rushed his shot.
3:39 – Quinzani gets his second goal of the game off of a cross-cage feed that beat Phipps high. 3-2 Terps.
3:43 – Not a whole lot of action in the second quarter so far. This quarter has been marked by good defensive play and a great effort between the pipes from both Schroeder and Phipps. Both attack units are doing a good job on the ride.
3:46 – Ned Crotty beats Phipps low to the near side post after an inside roll dodge at goal line extended. The game is tied at 3.
3:48 – The Terps answer right back with two goals in 5 seconds off of two straight face off wins by Jeff Reynolds. The first was by Ryan Young and the second was from Grant Catalino. Reynolds won both face-offs with a pinch-and-pop technique and picked up both ground balls to create two consecutive fast break goals. 5-3 Maryland.
3:54 – HALFTIME – Maryland 5, Duke 3. Both teams look strong and this game is very close. Reynolds and Phipps have been rock stars for Maryland in the first half.
4:13 – A GREAT ride from Maryland forces the procedure turnover by Duke, as the Blue Devils were not able to clear the ball in 20 seconds, and Reynolds finds Young all alone on the doorstep off of the restart. 6-3 Terps.
4:20 – A slash by Duke attackman Justin Turri gives Maryland their second EMO possession. Schroeder stuffs Catalino in front of the crease to end Maryland’s man-up chance.
4:26 – Grant Catalino gathers his fifth point on the day, beating Schroeder low-to-high to the opposite post, giving the Terps a 4 goal advantage. 7-3 Maryland.
4:29 – Steve Schoeffel scores for the Blue Devils, knowing that he was going to take a big hit, and putting a bounce shot past Phipps. 7-4 Terps.
4:30 – Maryland answers right back off of another great face-off win from Jeff Reynolds. Reynolds scoops up his own draw, runs down the field, fakes the pass to the weak side, and buries a shot to the opposite side of the cage. 8-4 Terps.
4:32 – End of the 3rd quarter – Maryland 8, Duke 4. Jeff Reynolds is the man of the match so far. He’s only scored once, but has created two pivotal scoring chances for Maryland that have proven to be the difference in the game. Phipps remains solid in the goal for Maryland.
4:36 – Catalino makes a great feed from X to a cutting Jake Bernhardt to give the Terps a 5 goal lead. 9-4 Maryland.
4:38 – Justin Turri beats Phipps from 15 yards out with a blistering overhand bounce shot, cutting the Terps lead to 4. 9-5 Maryland.
4:41 – Duke scores again as Quinzani completes the hat trick, beating Phipps low-to-low through the 5 hole. 9-6 Terps. The Blue Devils are gaining some serious offensive momentum against a tired Terps defense. Brian Farrell is out of the Terps line up today, leaving the Terps thin in their options at close defense.
4:43 – Young completes a hat trick of his own, beating a short stick defender from X, wheeling around, and firing a high shot to the opposite corner. 10-6 Maryland.
4:47 – Parker McKee collects an unnecessary roughness penalty to give Maryland their 3rd man-up opportunity. Yeatman scores a narrow angle goal in the EMO to give Maryland a five goal lead. With the Terps up 11-6 and 5:43 left in the game, Maryland is looking to wrap this thing up.
5:02 – Schoeffel beats Phipps low with 1: 16 left on the clock. Too little too late for Duke. 11-7 Terps.
5:05 – Crotty gets a goal with 17 seconds left. 11-8 Terps.
5:06 – FINAL – Maryland 11, Duke 8.