|1st||2:23||BC||1-0||EV||Austin Cangelosi (14)||Miles Wood/19, Michael Kim/4|
|1st||14:38||MER||1-1||EV||Brian Christie (7)||Jace Hennig/6, Ben Bahe/11|
|2nd||0:46||BC||2-1||EV||Ryan Fitzgerald (15)||Matthew Gaudreau/15|
|2nd||9:20||MER||2-2||PP||Mathieu Foget (4)||Brett Seney/14, Jared Kolquist/9|
|2nd||11:56||MER||3-2||PP||Hampus Gustafsson (7)||Brett Seney/15, Jared Kolquist/10|
|2nd||15:54||BC||3-3||PP||Ryan Fitzgerald (16)||Casey Fitzgerald/15, Scott Savage/14|
|2nd||16:13||MER||4-3||EV||Mathieu Foget (5)||Justin Hussar/8, Drew Vogler/1|
|3rd||1:56||BC||4-4||EV||Adam Gilmour (10)||Miles Wood/20, Austin Cangelosi/14|
|3rd||8:11||BC||5-4||PP||Casey Fitzgerald (4)||Ryan Fitzgerald/19, Ian McCoshen/12|
|3rd||19:05||MER||5-5||EV EA GT||Jonathan Lashyn (1)||Marc Biega/7, Brett Seney/16|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Boston College (21-4-5)||2/5||6/20||0|
|Boston College Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Thatcher Demko (T, 20-4-4)||65:00||5||6||11||11||3||31|
|Drew Vogler (T, 1-3-1)||64:18||5||7||8||13||2||30|
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - Junior defenseman Jonathan Lashyn scored at 19:05 of the third period to lift Merrimack to a 5-5 tie against Boston College on Saturday night at Lawler Rink.
How It Happened
Looking for its first win in six tries against BC dating back to Feb. 15, 2013, Merrimack welcomed the Eagles to Lawler Rink Saturday night to conclude the season series.
Early scoring was the theme for the visitors, who struck just 2:23 into the contest after Austin Cangelosi connected on a 2-on-1 feed in front from Miles Wood for his 14th of the year.
A gritty effort by the top line would help the Warriors net the equalizer, as senior Brian Christie (West Chester, Pa.) pounded in a pass across the crease from sophomore Jace Hennig (Port Moody, British Columbia) to even things up at 14:38 of the first. Senior and linemate Ben Bahe (Stillwater, Minn.) grabbed the secondary helper on the play.
An early tally gave the Eagles the lead again only 46 seconds into the middle stanza; Matthew Gaudreau picked up a loose puck that bounced off a skate in the neutral zone, fed Ryan Fitzgerald in front of the BC bench, and the latter skated into the Merrimack zone untouched before roofing a wrister from the far dot to make it a 2-1 lead for the visitors.
That, however, was just the beginning of what ultimately was a five-goal second period. Midway through the frame, Foget netted the first of his two tallies with the Warriors on the power play, scoring from a sharp angle just below the far circle to tie the contest.
Just about two minutes later, with Merrimack again on the power play, sophomore Brett Seney (London, Ontario), who moments earlier helped set up Foget's strike, cut around a defenseman on the edge of the far circle and threw the puck on net; it would squeeze through BC netminder Thatcher Demko and onto the stick of junior Hampus Gustafsson (Ljungby, Sweden), who poked it home to give the Warriors a temporary lead.
The Eagles made the most out of their second man advantage of the night, as Ryan Fitzgerald made some space in the circle and fired a wrister up and in from the far dot to get the visitors even at 15:54. That lead was short-lived, as Foget beat Demko with a snap shot in the right slot thanks to a stellar feed from senior Justin Hussar (Lancaster, N.Y.), giving the Warriors a 4-3 lead that they carried into the break. Freshman netminder Drew Vogler (Florissant, Mo.), who was making only his fifth start of the year, played the puck up to Foget to start the initial rush and earned his first-career assist on the sequence.
But BC would again score within the first three minutes of a period, this time off a faceoff at the 1:56 mark of the third, as Adam Gilmour roofed a wrist shot from the edge of the near circle to level the contest at 4-4.
The Warriors were forced to cope with a major penalty later in the frame, and the Eagles could make the most out of the opportunity. After winning a faceoff, Casey Fitzgerald took a feed from bother Ryan Fitzgerald and snapped it home from inside the near circle to push the visitors in front, 5-4, with just under 12 minutes left.
That lead held all the way until the final minute, when - for the second time in as many weeks - Merrimack forced the game to overtime with an extra-attacker goal. Lashyn threw the puck on net from the right point and it sailed through a partial screen and in to tie the match at 5-all. Junior Hampus Gustafsson (Ljungby, Sweden) won a gritty faceoff back to sophomore Marc Biega (Pointe-Claire, Quebec) to set up the play.
Both sides had some looks in overtime, but despite five combined shots on goal, the horn would sound to give each team a point in the league standings by mean of the draw.
How They Scored
BC #1 (Cangelosi/Wood/Kim) | P1 2:23 - Tip shot at the weak side of the crease off a 2-on-1 feed in front.
MC #1 (Christie/Hennig/Bahe) | P1 14:38 - Stuffed in on the weak side of the net off a feed in front.
BC #2 (R. Fitzgerald/Gaudreau) | P2 0:46 - Wrist shot from the far dot.
MC #2 (Foget/Seney/Kolquist) (PP) | P2 9:20 - Sharp-angle wrist shot from underneath the bottom of the far circle just above the goal line.
MC #3 (Gustafsson/Seney/Kolquist) (PP) | P2 11:56 - Loose puck poked in back door.
BC #3 (R. Fitzgerald/C. Fitzgerald/Savage) (PP) | P2 15:54 - Wrist shot from the far dot.
MC #4 (Foget/Hussar/Vogler) | P2 16:13 - Snap shot from the right side of the slot.
BC #4 (Gilmour/Wood/Cangelosi) | P3 1:56 - Wrist shot from the edge of the near circle over the glove.
BC #5 (C. Fitzgerald/R. Fitzgerald/McCoshen) (PP) | P3 8:11 - Shot from the middle of the near circle off a scrum following a faceoff.
MC #5 (Lashyn/Biega/H. Gustafsson) (EA) | P3 19:05 - Shot from the point that sails high, through a partial screen and into the net.
Notes and Numbers
- Lashyn's goal was his first since a Jan. 25, 2014, home win against UMass
- The Warriors snapped a six-game losing streak against BC, and coincidentally enough, came close to replicating what happened nearly three years ago, when they defeated BC at home, in overtime, 3-2 back on Feb. 15, 2013
- Merrimack and BC also skated to a 5-5 tie at Lawler Rink back on Nov. 14, 2008
- Goaltenders: T - Drew Vogler (30 saves, 1-3-1) // T - Thatcher Demko (31 saves, 20-4-4)
- Power Plays: Merrimack (2-4) // BC (2-5)
SOG (MC-BC ): 7-8 // 14-10 // 12-15 // 3-2 // 36-35