|2nd||2:53||MER||1-0||EV||Brian Christie (1)||Justin Hussar/2|
|2nd||16:02||MER||2-0||EV GW||Brett Seney (1)||Jonathan Lashyn/2|
|3rd||7:56||STL||1-2||EV||Michael Ederer (1)||Drew Smolcynski/2, Nolan Gluchowski/2|
|3rd||17:45||MER||3-1||EV||Chris LeBlanc (1)||Michael Babcock/1, Hampus Gustafsson/1|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|St. Lawrence (3-1-0)||0/4||5/10||0|
|St. Lawrence Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Kyle Hayton (L, 3-1-0)||59:50||3||7||11||5||23|
|Collin Delia (W, 2-0-0)||60:00||1||9||6||6||21|
NO. ANDOVER, Mass. - A pair of second-period tallies helped the Merrimack College men's ice hockey team complete a weekend sweep of ECAC opponents, as the Warriors upended No. 19 Saint Lawrence University, 3-1, to round out a 4-0 Homecoming Weekend home slate on Saturday night at Lawler Rink.
Score: Merrimack 3, #19 Clarkson 1
Records: Merrimack (2-0-0) | #19/RV Clarkson (3-1-0)
Location: Lawler Rink | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
With victories from the football, women's ice hockey, and men's soccer team already in tow, all eyes turned to the men's ice hockey squad on Saturday night at Lawler Rink to cap off a 4-0 Homecoming Weekend Saturday performance.
Following a back-and-forth, scoreless first period that featured a perfect 3-for-3 showing by the Merrimack penalty kill, the Warriors would light the lamp less than three minutes into the second stanza. After getting kicked off the draw, senior Brian Christie (West Chester, Pa.) made up for it after banking in a one-timer into the net off a faceoff win from classmate Justin Hussar (Lancaster, N.Y.), giving the hosts a 1-0 edge at 2:53 of the period.
After coming up empty on a pair of power plays, Merrimack doubled the lead late in the second. Sophomore Brett Seney (London, Ontario) did it all, taking a short outlet pass from junior Jonathan Lashyn (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) and gliding down the right wing, crisscrossing between a defender before deking SLU goaltender Kyle Hayton and sliding his first marker of the year into the top-corner of the net to make it a 2-0 Warrior lead after two periods.
The Saints were levied another penalty four minutes into the third, but Merrimack was unable to capitalize. Shortly after, Michael Ederer roofed a wrister at 7:56 of the third to cut the Saints' deficit in half, setting the stage for an intense final 10 minutes.
Merrimack had another power-play opportunity 30 seconds after that, but that ultimately was cut short by an interference call that gave the Saints a brief power play. The Warrior penalty kill, one of the conference and country's best last year, kept that reputation intact by turning away that chance to finish the night a perfect 4-for-4.
With the game still up for grabs, Merrimack's third line grabbed the insurance tally that put the game out of reach, as junior Chris LeBlanc (Winthrop, Mass.) finished off a gritty offensive zone presence by following up his own rebound on a blocked shot and sending it home for his first of the year at 17:45 of the third, making it a 3-1 affair that would go unchanged the rest of the way.
Inside The Numbers
- Sophomore Collin Delia (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) improved to 2-0-0 with a 21-save performance in net, while Hayton posted 23 stops for the Saints
- Seven different Warriors finished with a point, while Christie, Seney and LeBlanc all recorded their first markers of the year
- Freshman Michael Babcock (Northville, Mich.) registered his first point in a Merrimack uniform, as he and junior Hampus Gustafsson (Ljungby, Sweden) helped set up LeBlanc's insurance marker
- Merrimack finished with a 26-22 advantage in shot attempts, while both sides went a combined 0-for-9 on the power play
Merrimack opens up conference play with a weekend home-and-home series with UMass Lowell starting next Friday night (Oct. 23) at Lawler Rink. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.