Bjork Goal Sends Notre Dame Past Merrimack, 2-1
Junior forward Anders Bjork scores at 16:18 of third period for Fighting Irish

Junior forward Anders Bjork scored the game-winning goal for the Fighting Irish
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 5:18  MER1-0 PP Derek Petti (2)Hampus Gustafsson/6, Jace Hennig/7
2nd 12:18  NDM1-1 EV Andrew Oglevie (10)Bobby Nardella/10, Dennis Gilbert/8
3rd 16:18  NDM2-1 EV GW Anders Bjork (15)Jack Jenkins/2
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Notre Dame  0112
Merrimack  1001
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Notre Dame  1514736
Merrimack  710522
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Notre Dame (13-7-2)  0/4 6/12 0
Merrimack (7-11-3)  1/6 4/8 0
Notre Dame Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Cal Petersen (W, 13-7-2)60:001 610521
Merrimack Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Collin Delia (L, 1-5-0)58:452 1513634
Empty Net1:150     

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - Sophomore Derek Petti (Tewksbury, Mass.) gave the Merrimack College men's ice hockey team a 1-0 first-period lead, but 13th-ranked Notre Dame scored the next two goals and held on to hand the Warriors a 2-1 setback in both schools' weekend series opener on Friday night at Lawler Rink.

The Basics

Score: Notre Dame 2, Merrimack 1
Records: Merrimack (7-11-3, 1-5-3 HEA) | #13/13 Notre Dame (13-7-2, 6-3-1 HEA)
Location: Lawler Rink | North Andover, Mass.
Attendance: 2251
Game Duration: 2:07

How It Happened

- The Warriors were the aggressor at the onset and that resulted in an early power play on which they capitalized, as sophomore Derek Petti (Tewksbury, Mass.) lit the lamp for the second time this season to push the home side out to an early 1-0 lead. Junior Jace Hennig (Fort Moody, British Columbia) carried the puck into the offensive zone through the center slot and dished to the left goal line extended to senior Hampus Gustafsson (Ljungby, Sweden), who found a seam on a centering feed in the right crease to Petti, who turned and fired a shot through traffic and past Notre Dame netminder Cal Petersen's five-hole.

- The Fighting Irish leveled the game 12:18 into the second period, as Andrew Oglevie got behind the Merrimack defense and scored on a breakaway. Junior Collin Delia (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) nearly made the save after the puck glanced off the cross bar but the goal was verified after review.

- Merrimack had its opportunities in the final frame, getting three consecutive power plays over a seven-minute span, but came up empty on all three to keep the game tied.

- Notre Dame would capitalize on those missed opportunities, as Anders Bjork's 15th goal of the year at 16:18 pushed the Fighting Irish in front for good. Jack Jenkins took away the puck at the right half wall and centered the puck from the right goal extended; the puck caromed off a skater and sound up on Bjork's stick at the left crease for a wide-open look, which proved to be the game-winner.

Notes & Notables

- Merrimack has now lost three in a row at home for the first time since the end of the 2014-15 regular season, when it lost to Boston College (4-2) and Maine (4-3, 5-3) from Feb. 6-14.

Merrimack Lineup

Hennig | Gustafsson | Irvine
Seney | Kramer | Tavernier
Petti | L. Larsson | LeBlanc
Babcock | A. Larsson | Tibbet

Biega | Kovacevic
Kolquist | Titcomb
Lashyn| Cook


Game Leaders (MC // UND)

Points: Three players (1) // Five players (1)
Goals: Derek Petti (1) // Andrew Oglevie/Anders Bjork (1)
Assists: Two players (1) // Four players (1)
Shots: Four players (3) // Three players (5)
Faceoffs Won: Hampus Gustafsson (9) // Jake Evans (12)
Saves: Collin Delia (34-for-36) // Cal Petersen (21-for-22)

Facts and Figures (MC // UND)

Power Plays: 1-6 // 0-4
Penalties: 4 Penalties - 8 Minutes // 6 Penalties - 12 Minutes
Faceoffs: 26 // 26
SOG: 7-15 // 10-14 // 5-7 // 22-36

Up Next

Merrimack and Notre Dame will conclude the weekend two-game series back at Lawler Rink tomorrow evening. Puck drop is set for 6 p.m.