|2nd||11:20||MER||1-0||EV||Chris LeBlanc (3)||Brett Seney/9, Jonathan Lashyn/7|
|2nd||18:34||CLK||1-1||PP||Nic Pierog (3)||Pat Megannety/2|
|3rd||0:48||MER||2-1||EV GW||Alfred Larsson (3)||Quinn Gould/2, Clayton Jardine/4|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Steve Perry (L, 5-6-1)||58:50||2||3||8||6||17|
|Collin Delia (W, 3-2-0)||59:49||1||6||10||7||23|
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - Freshman forward Alfred Larsson scored his third goal of the season to send Merrimack to a 2-1 victory against Clarkson at Lawler Rink on Saturday.
Looking for its first winning streak since starting the year 4-0-0, Merrimack and Clarkson took to the ice after a gritty, 3-0 win for the Warriors last night.
Much of the physical play that dominated last night's affair spilled over into the start - and nearly the entirety - of Saturday's showdown, as much of the game was spent in the neutral zone, with the home crowd of over 2,000 being treated to heavy hit after heavy hit, but not much in the form of scoring chances.
Midway through the second, sophomore Chris LeBlanc (Winthrop, Mass.) lit the lamp for the second time this weekend and third time in six games with a slick shot off a feed down the left wing from freshman Brett Seney (London, Ontario) to break the scoreless tie at 11:20. Classmate Jonathan Lashyn (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) posted his second assist of the weekend on the play.
But after coincidental penalties plus an extra one issued against the Warriors handed Clarkson a late-period power play in the closing minutes of the second, the Golden Knights got even after Pat Megannety won the draw clean back to Nic Pierog, who sniped it home from the near circle for the equalizer at 18:34.
As quickly as Clarkson tied it off that faceoff, though, was nearly as quickly as the Warriors needed to get the lead right back in the third; with the third line out to start the period, senior Clayton Jardine (Lacombe, Alberta) dumped the puck down the left wall at the end of his shift onto the stick of senior Quinn Gould (Fort McMurray, Alberta). The latter found himself in a scuffle with a couple of Clarkson skaters but still managed to poke the puck to the Larsson at the far post, who slammed it off goaltender Steve Perry's skate and into the net to secure the game-winner.
Outside of a tripping call against Merrimack minutes after the goal, both sides trudged through another physical period in the third that saw 14 combined shots. Clarkson would opt for the extra skater down by one with a minute left, but freshman Collin Delia (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) stood tall for the second time this weekend, finishing with 23 saves to preserve the win.
Inside The Numbers
Clarkson finished with a 24-19 edge in shot attempts, outshooting Merrimack 6-3 in the first and 11-9 in the second
Six different Warriors recorded a point on the night
Clarkson finished 1-for-4 on the power play, while the Warriors came up empty on all four of theirs Clarkson also just won the battle on the dot, holding a 32-31 edge in faceoff victories, although Seney won 7-of-13 draws
Delia recorded 23 saves compared to 17 for Perry
Notes and Notables
Saturday's win marks Merrimack's second-fastest 10-win start (10-4-1, 15 games) in since the program joined Hockey East in 1989-90, with only the 2011-12 team's 10 wins in 13 tries topping that rate ... Clarkson went over 150 minutes of ice time from the second game of last year's weekend series, through all of yesterday's game, and then nearly two full periods tonight without scoring against Merrimack ... Delia had a scoreless streak of 148:27 before surrendering his only goal since the first period of last Saturday's loss at Northeastern.
Merrimack closes out the first half with a home-and-home series against the current No. 1 team in the land, Boston University, starting Friday (Dec. 5) night