|1st||0:48||MER||1-0||EV||Brett Seney (2)||Ben Bahe/2, Brian Christie/5|
|1st||9:26||MER||2-0||EV||Ben Bahe (4)||Marc Biega/1, Justin Hussar/4|
|2nd||4:29||BU||1-2||EV||John MacLeod (1)||Brien Diffley/1, Robbie Baillargeon/2|
|2nd||8:17||BU||2-2||EV||Matt Lane (3)||Jordan Greenway/1, Doyle Somerby/4|
|2nd||14:27||MER||3-2||EV||Hampus Gustafsson (2)||Ben Bahe/3|
|2nd||15:30||MER||4-2||EV GW||Ethan Spaxman (1)||Jace Hennig/2, Marc Biega/2|
|3rd||4:04||BU||3-4||EV||Brandon Hickey (2)||Ahti Oksanen/2, Brandon Fortunato/3|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Boston University (2-3-0)||0/3||7/14||0|
|Boston University Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Sean Maguire (L, 1-2-0)||35:24||4||7||3||0||10|
|Collin Delia (W, 3-0-2)||60:00||3||7||14||13||34|
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - Freshman defenseman Ethan Spaxman (Brantford, Ontario) capped off a four-goal night when he lit the lamp for the first time as a Warrior late in the second, and the No. 17 Merrimack College men's ice hockey team held off eighth-ranked Boston University in the third, as the Warriors remained unbeaten on the year with a 4-3 home win against the Terriers on Friday night at Lawler Rink.
Score: #17/RV Merrimack 4, #8/7 Boston University 3
Records: Merrimack (3-0-2, 1-0-2 HEA) | Boston University (2-3-0, 1-2-0 HEA)
Location: Lawler Rink | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
After picking up a pair of points last weekend against UMass Lowell last weekend in its first two league games of the season, Merrimack turned its attention to last year's league champs to kick off another important two-game weekend against conference foes.
Merrimack needed only 48 seconds to take the lead, as sophomore Brett Seney (London, Ontario) roofed one over the shoulder of BU goaltender Sean Maguire to put the hosts on the board in the opening minute.
Midway through the first, senior Ben Bahe (Stillwater, Minn.) doubled the hosts' lead after jamming in a loose puck in front of the crease, as the Warriors carried a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.
BU scored twice in a four-minute span to draw even in the second, as John MacLeod put the Terriers on the board on a slapper from just inside the blue line at 4:29 before Matt Lane drew the visitors even on a backhand shot at 8:17 to make it a 2-2 contest.
But the Warriors used a lightning-quick scoring sequence later in the second to put the game in hand; first, junior Hampus Gustafsson (Ljungby, Sweden) stole the puck as the Terriers were in transition, fed Bahe to set up a 2-on-1, and found the twine on a centering feed to put the hosts back on top. Then, nearly a minute later, Spaxman's slapper from the point lit the lamp for the game-winner on the rookie's first collegiate tally.
The Terriers got to within one only four minutes into the third after Brandon Hickey scored at 4:04, but that would be the last time either side lit the lamp, as Merrimack bled out the clock from there on out to remain unbeaten and secure another two points in league play.
Inside The Numbers
- Bahe led all Warriors with a career-high three points, finishing with a goal and two points
- In total, eight different Warriors posted at least one point; sophomore Marc Biega (Pointe-Claire, Quebec) posted his first two assists of the season to account for Merrimack's other multi-point performer
- Merrimack's penalty kill improved to 18-for-18 on the season after turning away all three BU chances; the Terriers turned away all four Merrimack power plays, as well
- In net, sophomore Collin Delia (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) posted 34 saves, while Maguire finished with 20 stops before giving way to sophomore Connor LaCouvee, who turned away 12
- BU outshot Merrimack by a 37-26 margin
Merrimack concludes its two-game weekend homestand when it hosts New Hampshire tomorrow night at Lawler Rink. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.