Niko Amato’s Game for the Ages Leads Maryland to 8-7 Victory over Yale

If you missed this game today or didn’t watch it on Terps TV, you missed one of the greatest performances by a Maryland goalie ever. 24 saves including a kick out with 2 seconds left to preserve the victory. Mike Chanenchuck scored with 13 seconds left on a man up situation. Amato’s efforts overshadowed another struggling game for Maryland’s former vaunted attack.Chaney had 3 goals, Owen Blye had 3 , Joe LoCasio had 1 and Jay Carlson had the tieing goal.

The key part of the game was in the 4th quarter after Yale grabbed a 7-6 lead. Amato made 3 key saves at a point where a 2 goal lead might have been insurmountable. Yale came in on a 5 game win streak and played with maximum confidence.

Let’s look at the stats.

Shots     Yale 48 Terps 29

Faceoffs   Yale 11-6

Turnovers  Terps 17   Yale 10

Ground Balls   Yale 27  Maryland 24

Jesse Bernhardt gathered 4 ground balls and played his usual excellent game. Niko’s clearing passes to Jesse are a work of art. Maryland is going through a mid season malaise and must improve by the time the tournament starts. Ironically the Terps seem to be playing better on the road.

Why did Maryland win? Amato–plain and simple. The Terps are now 9-2 and with Fairfield’s upset of Denver look for the Terps to move up in the rankings. Next up UVA on Friday in the ACC tournament.

Game Notes:
• With today’s 8-7 win, Maryland is now 10-1 all-time vs. Yale.
• With four points on three goals and one assist, junior Mike Chanenchuk now has 25 multi-point and 18 multi-goal games for his career.
• With two points on two assists, senior Kevin Cooper now has 19 multi-point and 10 multi-assist games for his career.
• With four points on three goals and an assist, senior Owen Blye now has 30 multi-point and 17 multi-goal games in his career.
• Blye’s four points gives him 104 for his career and moved him past Steve La Vaute (103, 1966-68) for 40th place on Maryland’s all-time points list.
• With 24 saves, junior Nike Amato recorded his sixth game this season and 20th of his career with at least 10 saves.
• Amato’s 24 saves gives him 441 for his career. He needs just 20 mores saves to move past Brian Phipps (460, 2007-10) for fourth place on Maryland’s all-time saves list.

There is One Response to this Post
  1. freddy from boca

    why wasn’t this mentioned in the blog….from wash post

    The fourth-ranked Terrapins took an 8-7 lead on an extra-man goal by junior Mike Chanenchuk with 13 seconds remaining.

    The No. 15 Bulldogs won the ensuing faceoff and with two seconds left sophomore Harry Kucharczyk took a shot from 10 yards from the middle of the field. What happened next is up for debate.

    The ball appeared to hit a low goal post, then Amato’s foot, before bouncing away as time expired. Kucharczyk and most of the Yale players and coaches standing yards from the play raised their arms in the air, believing the ball had crossed the goal line.

    But the referees said there had been no goal and the game was over.

    “It hit my foot actually and I got a little nervous because I didn’t know where it went off my foot,” Amato said. “I felt pain and I would really have [been angry] if it went in. But I don’t know, did it hit the pipe?”

    Said Yale Coach Andy Shay: “It was a goal. It bounced off the flat iron [in the back of the goal] and came out. Difficult to lose like that.”

    Reply ·   11/12/2019

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