NORTH ANDOVER, MA – Junior Mike Collins (Boston, MA) was named the Hockey East Athletic Republic Player of the Month for January.
Collins, who was also the Co-Hockey East Player of the Week for last week, amassed a league-best 11 points (four goals, seven assists) leading Merrimack to a 4-2-1 record in January.
The junior, who leads Hockey East in scoring in league games, had three three-point games over a four-game span in January.
Junior goaltender Sam Marotta (Bridgewater, MA) was the runner-up for Hockey East Goaltender of the Month after recording a 4-1-1 record in January, with a 1.97 goals-against and a .929 save percentage.
In a showdown between two teams tied for fifth in Hockey East, Merrimack (10-10-5, 8-6-2 HEA) hosts #12/13 UMass Lowell (14-7-2, 8-6-2 HEA) Friday night at 7 p.m. on NESN with the pregame show at 6:30 p.m. live from Lawler. Tickets are available at merrimackathletics.com or by calling the box office at 978-837-5341.
Fans should be advised that many tickets issued for Friday's game will indicate a 7:30 p.m. start, but the game was moved to 7 p.m. due to television.