Men’s Ice Hockey Wraps Up Regular Season vs. UNH Friday/Saturday; Limited Tickets Remain!

Photo Credits: Vaughn Winchell

WARRIORS HOST WILDCATS IN FINAL TWO REGULAR SEASON BOUTS THIS WEEKEND AT LAWLER RINK

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Opening up its final regular season weekend series of the year, the Merrimack College men's ice hockey team welcomes the University of New Hampshire to campus to start a two-game weekend set on Friday night at Lawler Rink. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.

The Basics
Date/Time:
Friday/Saturday, Feb. 28/March 1, 2014 | 7 p.m. (Both nights)
Records:
Merrimack (7-20-3, 2-14-2 HEA) | New Hampshire (18-15-1, 10-8-0 HEA)
Location:
Lawler Rink | North Andover, Mass.

This Weekend at Lawler Rink
The Merrimack Athletic Department has announced this weekend's men's ice hockey promotions for Friday and Saturday night.

Friday: Vaughan Family Night
Vaughan Family Night – Merrimack to honor late Andover (Mass.) native David Vaughan in special pregame ceremony (more information)
Playoff Ticket Giveaway (2 tickets)
Very limited ticket availability!

Saturday: Senior Night 2014
Senior Night – Join the Athletic Department as it honors the men's ice hockey Class of 2014 in a special pregame ceremony!
Ultimate Warrior for Hockey personalized jersey presentation
Limited ticket availability!

Lifetime vs. UNH:
Meeting up for the 95th time in the all-time series, Merrimack and New Hampshire have been facing off since Jan. 16, 1960, with the Wildcats holding the upper hand head-to-head. Merrimack has gone just 19-66-9 all-time against UNH, including a 9-24-6 mark at home (where both games this weekend will be played) and a 9-42-2 record in Durham. Recently, though, the Warriors have fared quite well against New Hampshire, owning a 6-2-1 record over their last nine meetings, including a 2-1 mark (1-0 at home) in last year's season series.

Last Time Out:
With under three minutes to go in regulation, sophomore Justin Hussar brought Merrimack to within one on a deflection goal, but 16th-ranked Vermont held off a late Warrior rally, as Merrimack fell, 4-3, in the second game of a weekend Hockey East series at Lawler Rink.

Backed by a two-goal spurt from senior Mike Collins, Merrimack hopped out to a 2-1 lead in the early goings of the second period, but the decisive stretch of the game came within an eight-minute frame in the middle stanza, as three straight Vermont tallies put the visitors ahead by a 4-2 margin that proved to be the difference.

But Merrimack controlled play throughout the third period, throwing 11 chances in total at Vermont netminder Brody Hoffman. Finally, though, at the 17:22 mark, senior Brendan Ellis sent a slap shot on net that Hussar managed to tip in, bringing the Warriors to within a goal.

Read the full recap from last Saturday here.

The Wildcats:

  • Tabbed third prior to the start of the season in the league's preseason poll, New Hampshire has been right in the thick of the race for home ice in the Hockey East Tournament and enters the final weekend of the regular season with a 18-15-1 overall record and three points out of second place in the league standings
  • Senior Kevin Goumas leads all Wildcats with 40 points (13g, 27a) and ranks 17th nationally in points per game (1.21) and 10th in assists per game (0.82); Nick Sorkin (16-16--32) and Matt Willows (18-14--32) have also posted 30 or more points for New Hampshire
  • Casey DeSmith is UNH's primary netminder, starting 29 games with a 2.32 GAA and .921 SV%
  • The Wildcats have been extremely disciplined, averaging the fewest penalty minutes (7.4) in the country; their power play (21.3%) ranks 12th
  • Head coach Dick Umile is in his 24th season and owns a 537-291-95 coaching record

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