WARRIORS AND IRISH CONCLUDE WEEKEND SERIES TOMORROW NIGHT (7:05 PM)
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College men's ice hockey team dominated the first period and held its own against one of the top teams in the nation, but No. 4/3 Notre Dame scored twice in the second period and twice more in the third, as the Fighting Irish handed the Warriors a 4-0 setback in the first round of a weekend Hockey East doubleheader on Friday night at Compton Family Ice Arena.
Score: Notre Dame 4, Merrimack 0
Records: Merrimack (3-6-0, 0-3-0 HEA) | Notre Dame (8-3-0, 2-1-0 HEA)
Location: Compton Family Ice Arena | South Bend, Ind.
How It Happened
After more or less dominating large stretches of the first period and holding an 11-3 edge in shots after the opening stanza, Merrimack had nothing to show for it on the scoreboard after 20 minutes.
The Fighting Irish used that to their advantage and put 17 shots on the board in the middle frame and finally broke through at 3:21, after Ali Thomas picked up a turnover behind the net and scored on a wraparound to put the home side on top.
Nearly 12 minutes later, David Gerths won a draw cleanly back to Peter Schneider, who fired a wrister from the top of the far circle that banked off the iron and into the net for Notre Dame's second marker, and late in the third, on the power play, Mario Lucia struck on the power play before Schneider buried an empty-net tally to wrap things up.
Merrimack had a few chances to get on the board, including a breakaway in the second that was snuffed out by Fighting Irish netminder Steven Summerhays, who finished with 31 saves on the night. The Warriors also had four consecutive minutes of power-play time in the third after back-to-back infractions by the Irish but could not capitalize.
A Closer Look
- Merrimack finished with a 31-30 lead in shots on goal, with the aforementioned 11-3 lead in the first and a slim 12-10 advantage in the third; the Irish outshot Merrimack, 17-8, in the middle period
- Senior Sam Marotta (Bridgewater, Mass.) finished with 26 saves for the visitors
- Senior forward Shawn Bates (Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta) led all skaters with six shots on target, while Schneider and T.J. Tynan tallied four apiece for the home side
- Merrimack finished the night 0-for-4 on the man advantage, while Notre Dame cashed in on 1-of-4 power-play chances
- The Warriors went 35-24 on the dots, winning 59.3 percent of faceoff chances
Notes and Notables
- Merrimack suffered its fourth shutout of 2013-14, and third on the road
- The Warriors remain winless away from North Andover (0-4-0) after Friday's loss
- Merrimack has outshot the opposition in six out of nine games this season
The Warriors and Fighting Irish wrap up the weekend doubleheader tomorrow night back at Compton Family Ice Arena. Puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m., and the game will be streamed live for free online at www.NBCSports.com.