November 1, 2013

Men’s Ice Hockey Continues Homestand vs. Bentley Friday Night

WARRIORS AIM FOR THIRD STRAIGHT WIN VS. FALCONS FRIDAY NIGHT

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Winners of two straight, the Merrimack College men's ice hockey team aims to get back to .500 on the season and continues a season-long five-game homestand when it welcomes fellow Northeast-10 Conference rival Bentley University for a Friday night non-conference showdown at Lawler Rink. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.

The Basics
Date/Time:
Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 | 7 p.m.
Records:
Merrimack (2-3) | Bentley (1-5)
Location:
Lawler Rink | North Andover, Mass.

Rene Returns to Lawler Rink; Pregame Skate Held in Gallant Arena
Rene Rancourt, the emphatic and enthusiastic National Anthem performer for the Boston Bruins, will deliver his rendition of the Star Spangled Banner prior to puck drop between the Warriors and Falcons Friday night.

Also Friday, the Athletic Department will host a special Pregame Skate with the Warriors at Gallant Arena from 5:40 to 6:40 p.m., where fans will have the chance to skate, take pictures with, and receive autographs from members of the men's ice hockey team.

Finally, tickets for Friday night have been reduced to just $5 while supplies last. Fans can order online at www.MerrimackAthletics.com or by calling the Box Office at 978-837-5324.

Last Time Out: Merrimack 4, Army 2
Trailing by a goal entering the final frame, Merrimack ripped off three uncontested goals over the final 20 minutes en route to a 4-2 victory over Army last Saturday night at Lawler Rink to close out Homecoming Weekend on a high note.

Leading the way for the second game in a row was senior forward Mike Collins, who potted his first goal of the season at 5:33 of the third to tie the contest after assisting on the Warriors' first of the game earlier in the second, and rounded off his night with an empty-net marker late in the game, recording his 100th career point in the process.

Sophomore Quinn Gould registered the game-winner at 8:09 of the third after Collins tied it up at 5:33. From there on out, the Warriors – who controlled most of the pace of play thanks to their staggering 43-16 advantage in shots on target – would keep Army at bay before and benefit from two more power play chances down the stretch before Collins iced it with the empty-netter with under two minutes to play.

Lifetime vs. Bentley
While a common opponent on all of Merrimack's Division II sport schedules, Merrimack and Bentley have only met on three previous occasions in men's ice hockey, with the last showdown occurring nearly 30 years ago, in February of the 1984-85 season. The Warriors won all three of those meetings in the 1980s, including the only one played in North Andover on Dec. 10, 1981 (5-2). The only other two contests were played in Waltham, one on Dec. 7, 1982 (4-1) and the last on Feb. 18, 1985 (5-3).

The Warriors:

  • Have won back-to-back games since opening the year with three straight losses
  • Own a 2-1 record at Lawler Rink this season and a 46-17-8 record at home since 2009-10
  • Average 2.20 goals per game offensively and allow 2.40 goals per game defensively
  • Convert 13.8 percent of their power play chances and have killed off 78.6 percent of opponents' man advantages
  • Collins, junior Quinn Gould and sophomore Justin Hussar share the team lead with two goals, while Collins leads the way with seven points and shares the assist lead with junior Dan Kolomatis (5)
  • Senior Sam Marotta has started four games in net, while junior Rasmus Tirronen has posted a 2.25 GAA and .914 SV% in two appearances

The Falcons:

  • Started the year with an impressive 6-4 road victory against Nebraska-Omaha, but have lost five straight since then
  • Last time out fell to Harvard, 3-0, despite outshooting the Crimson by a 43-39 margin
  • Two of their five losses were decided by one goal, with the other two being decided by two
  • Were picked ninth in the 12-team Atlantic Hockey Preseason Coaches' Poll
  • Junior defenseman Steve Weinstein leads the Falcons with five points - all assists
  • Freshman forward Max French and junior Alex Grieve are tied with four points apiece, with the latter's three goals accounting for the team lead
  • In net,senior Brandon  Komm has been the starter through six games, posting a 3.20 GAA and a .913 save percentage over 356:26.

Notes and Notables

  • Senior Mike Collins hit the 100-point milestone for his career after a three-point night against Army. Collins became the first player since Chris Barton ('11), who finished with 119 points (48g, 71a) in his career
  • In all five games so far, Merrimack has watched its opponent score the first goal of the game
  • After starting the year 0-for-13 on the power play in the first three games, Merrimack has gone 4-for-16 (25%) since then

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