|2nd||16:00||MER||1-0||PP GW||Jace Hennig (5)||Brett Seney/7, Dan Kolomatis/6|
|3rd||7:27||MER||2-0||EV||Chris LeBlanc (2)||Jonathan Lashyn/6, Brett Seney/8|
|3rd||12:38||MER||3-0||PP||Hampus Gustafsson (4)||Dan Kolomatis/7, Justin Mansfield/3|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Steve Perry (L, 5-5-1)||60:00||3||10||5||3||18|
|Collin Delia (W, 2-2-0)||59:55||0||7||10||11||28|
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - Powered by a balance attack that featured three different goal-scorers, the Merrimack College men's ice hockey team topped its win total from last year with its ninth victory of the season after downing Clarkson, 3-0, on Friday at Lawler Rink.
Friday's affair was up for grabs from either side through the first 30 minutes, as both sides failed to generate much in terms of scoring chances and played much of the contest up until that point in the neutral zone.
But with four minutes to go in the second stanza, and while skating with a man advantage, the Warriors broke through after freshman Brett Seney (London, Ontario) raced into the Clarkson zone, cut through the defense and drew the goaltender to his left. Seney's shot was turned away, but fellow freshman Jace Hennig (Port Moody, British Columbia) crashed the net and finished the play at the back door to put the Warriors up 1-0. Senior Dan Kolomatis (Basking Ridge, N.J.) also assisted on the play.
With Clarkson holding a slim edge in shot attempts (17-16) after 40 minutes, Merrimack returned to the ice after the second intermission and quickly went to the penalty kill less than two minutes in. The Warriors turned that chance away before sophomore Chris LeBlanc (Winthrop, Mass.) skated in over the blue line, maneuvered around a defenseman and chipped in a high shot that tickled the twine upper-90 to double the lead at the 7:27 mark of the third.
That scoring sequence began after Seney intercepted the puck at his own blue line and tipped it laterally to sophomore Jonathan Lashyn (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan), who in turn found LeBlanc on a long lob pass down the right wing. Those efforts culminated in the second goal of the game, and five minutes later the Navy and Gold added yet again to their lead.
Skating with a man advantage for the fifth time on the night, Merrimack's first power play unit generated some quality looks but was unable to punch one in. Senior Justin Mansfield (Arlington, Mass.) kept Clarkson pinned with a dump into the zone that found the stick of Kolomatis; the latter banked a pass up the right half wall to sophomore Hampus Gustafsson (Ljungby, Sweden), who snapped a quick wrister through the five hole to wrap up the scoring at 12:38 of the third.
From there on out, Merrimack's defense turned away the last few Clarkson chances, as freshman Collin Delia (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) held on for his first career shutout thanks to a 28-save performance.
Clarkson wound up with a 28-21 edge in shot attempts, outshooting Merrimack by an 11-5 margin in the third period Merrimack's penalty kill was perfect on five tries, while the power play finished 2-for-6.
Both Kolomatis and Seney contributed multi-assist nights, while four other Warriors added a point each.
Merrimack finished with 38 wins on 63 tries (60.3%) on the faceoff dot with Gustafsson leading the way with 11 wins Delia contributed 28 saves in net, while Clarkson netminder Steve Perry turned away 21 for the visitors
Merrimack and Clarkson wrap up the weekend series tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. back at Lawler Rink.