|1st||6:18||NDM||1-0||PP||Jordan Gross (6)||Andrew Oglevie/13, Anders Bjork/20|
|1st||13:19||MER||1-1||PP||Chris LeBlanc (4)||Ludvig Larsson/5, Brett Seney/11|
|1st||14:11||MER||2-1||EV||Mathieu Tibbet (3)||Michael Babcock/3, Alfred Larsson/2|
|2nd||0:11||MER||3-1||EV GW||Jace Hennig (3)||Tyler Irvine/4, Hampus Gustafsson/7|
|3rd||3:41||NDM||2-3||EV||Andrew Oglevie (11)||Jake Evans/14, Dennis Gilbert/9|
|3rd||19:56||MER||4-2||EV EN||Tyler Irvine (5)||-|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Notre Dame (13-8-2)||1/3||2/4||0|
|Notre Dame Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Cal Petersen (L, 13-8-2)||58:23||3||7||7||10||24|
|Collin Delia (W, 2-5-0)||60:00||2||7||15||13||35|
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - The Merrimack College men's ice hockey team managed a weekend series split with No. 13 Notre Dame, posting a 4-2 victory at Lawler Rink in the final regular season matchup between the two schools as members of Hockey East.
Score: Merrimack 4, Notre Dame 2
Records: Merrimack (8-11-3, 2-5-3 HEA) | #13/13 Notre Dame (13-8-2, 6-4-1 HEA)
Location: Lawler Rink | North Andover, Mass.
Game Duration: 2:13
How It Happened
- Notre Dame drew first blood 6:18 into the contest while on its first power play of the night; Jordan Gross blasted a rising slapper from inside the left point for his sixth of the year off a feed from the left wing boards from Andrew Oglevie, while Anders Bjork also assisted on the play by wrapping the puck underneath and around the zone from the opposite wing.
- But the Warriors would tack on a power play goal of their own later on in the period; senior Chris LeBlanc (Winthrop, Mass.) wound up with his sixth marker of the year after sophomore Ludvig Larsson (Malmo, Sweden) found him all alone at the left crease following a scramble in front. Junior Brett Seney (London, Ontario) secured his team-leading 11th assist during that sequence, as well.
- Less than a minute later, the home side had its first lead off another gritty sequence, as junior Mathieu Tibbet (Dover, Del.) buried his third goal of the year - and first in nearly two months - by winning the battle for a loose puck in the crease after linemates Michael Babcock (Northville, Mich.) and Alfred Larsson (Malmo, Sweden) forced the play in deep and were rewarded for their efforts.
- Notre Dame appeared to have tied the game off Gross' second salvo of the evening, but the would-be goal was overturned after review showed the puck was played by a high stick.
- Merrimack needed only 11 seconds to double its lead at the start of the second, as junior Jace Hennig (Port Moody, British Columbia) stuffed in a wraparound at the right post to push the Warriors ahead, 3-1. Freshman Tyler Irvine (Livonia, Mich.) did the bulk of the work on the play, carrying the puck in from the neutral zone and down the left wing after senior Hampus Gustafsson (Ljungby, Sweden) won the faceoff.
- The visitors cut the deficit in half at 3:41 of the third; Oglevie found the back of the net for the second time on the weekend off a one-timer feed from Jake Evans after Dennis Gilbert's forecheck kept the puck in the zone at the left point.
- That, however, was the lone goal Collin Delia (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) yielded through the remainder of the game, as the junior posted a season-high 35 saves to backstop the Warriors to the weekend series split while freshman Tyler Irvine (Livonia, Mich.) added a late empty-netter to seal the win.
Notes & Notables
- After going eight games without a power play goal, Merrimack has now scored at least one goal with the man advantage in three of its last four games.
Hennig | Gustafsson | Irvine
Seney | Kramer | Coomes
Petti | L. Larsson | LeBlanc
Babcock | A. Larsson | Tibbet
Biega | Carle
Kolquist | Kovacevic
Game Leaders (MC // UND)
Points: Tyler Irvine (2) // Andrew Oglevie (2)
Goals: Four players (1) // Andrew Oglevie/Jordan Gross (1)
Assists: Six players (1) // Four players (1)
Shots: Jace Hennig (5) // Jake Evans (8)
Faceoffs Won: Hampus Gustafsson (9) // Jake Evans (11)
Saves: Collin Delia (35-for-37) // Cal Petersen (24-for-28)
Facts and Figures (MC // UND)
Power Plays: 1-2 // 1-3
Penalties: 3 Penalties - 6 Minutes // 2 Penalties - 4 Minutes
Faceoffs: 25 // 31
SOG: 9-8 // 8-15 // 11-14 // 28-37
Merrimack will meet last year's Hockey East Tournament champion in Northeastern as part of a home-and-home series starting on Friday night (Jan. 20) at Matthews Arena in Boston before hosting the Huskies at Lawler Rink on Saturday. Puck drop each night is set for 7 p.m.