WARRIORS USE PAIR OF THIRD-PERIOD STRIKES TO HOLD OFF FALCONS FRIDAY
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College men's ice hockey team scored two third-period goals, and that was enough for the Warriors, who posted a 3-1 home victory against nearby rival Bentley University on Friday night at Lawler Rink.
Score: Merrimack 3, Bentley 1
Records: Merrimack (3-3) | Bentley (1-6)
Location: Lawler Rink | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
All even at a goal apiece heading into the final frame, Merrimack responded with a pair of tallies and outshot the Falcons by a 12-8 margin over that span before wrapping it up with an empty-net strike while Bentley was on a 6-on-3 man advantage to account for the final margin of victory.
Junior Quinn Gould (Fort McMurray, Alberta) continued his hot start to the season with his third goal of the year at 11:15 of the second before the visitors tied it on a late strike with 16 seconds left in the second period.
But midway through the third, while on the power play, freshman Hampus Gustafsson (Ljungby, Sweden) took a perfect feed from the slot toward the near circle and buried it for the game-winner at 10:32, and junior Dan Kolomatis (Basking Ridge, N.J.) intercepted a Bentley pass with five seconds to go and sent it the length of the ice from his own blue line to seal the deal.
In net, junior goaltender Rasmus Tirronen (Espoo, Finland) was the star of the night, recording several eye-popping saves against the Falcons while finishing with 22 stops on the night. His counterpart Branden Komm also finished with 22, in a game that Merrimack rebounded from an early shots on goal deficit en route to finishing with a 25-22 advantage in shots on target.
A Closer Look
- Seven different Warriors finished with exactly one point on Friday
- Gould's tally was set up by sophomores Brian Christie (West Chester, Pa.) and Justin Hussar (Lancaster, N.Y.), the former who was playing in his first game of the season after missing the first five due to injury
- The second Merrimack marker saw assists from junior Mike Collins (Boston, Mass.), who upped his team-leading point total to eight (2g, 6a), as well as freshman Chris LeBlanc (Winthrop, Mass.), who picked up his second career assist in the process
- Kolomatis, meanwhile, now ranks second on the team with seven points, moving into a four-way tie with Collins, Gould and Hussar for most goals on the squad (2)
- After being outshot early, Merrimack finished with a 25-22 lead in shots on target
- Merrimack cashed in on just one of its seven power play chances (14.3%), while the penalty kill was stellar, turning away all five Bentley chances, including the late 6-on-3, extra-attacker opportunity with a minute to go in regulation
NEXT FRIDAY: Youth Hockey Night / Red Sox Commemoration Night
In commemoration of the Boston Red Sox's eighth World Series title, the Merrimack Athletics Box Office will be offering discounted tickets - $8 off admission to commemorate each championship – for advanced ticket purchases for next Friday's Hockey East contest against No. 3 Providence College.
$12 – Adults | $8 – Youth/Seniors
Offer valid through Thursday, Nov. 7, at 4 p.m.
Visit www.MerrimackAthletics.com or call 978-837-5324 to purchase and for more details.
Merrimack returns to action next Friday, Nov. 8, when it opens Hockey East action against No. 3 Providence College in the front end of a home-and-home series at Lawler Rink. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.