Merrimack College Tops Northern Michigan, 4-2, At Florida College Classic
Brett Seney, Ludvig Larsson and Chris LeBlanc each record goal and assist for the Warriors

Junior forward Brett Seney had a goal and an assist for the Warriors
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 18:17  MER1-0 PP Hampus Gustafsson (9)Logan Coomes/4, Johnathan Kovacevic/7
2nd 9:42  MER2-0 EV Chris LeBlanc (3)Ludvig Larsson/4
3rd 0:21  NMU1-2 PP Gerard Hanson (4)Brock Maschmeyer/7, Dominik Shine/4
3rd 2:03  MER3-1 EV EA DP GW Brett Seney (6)Jared Kolquist/4, Chris LeBlanc/2
3rd 4:10  MER4-1 EV Ludvig Larsson (3)Brett Seney/10, Johnathan Kovacevic/8
3rd 13:14  NMU2-4 EV Dominik Shine (8)Gerard Hanson/9, Darien Craighead/6
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Northern Michigan  0022
Merrimack  1124
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Northern Michigan  24814
Merrimack  179733
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Northern Michigan (4-16-2)  1/5 6/12 0
Merrimack (7-9-3)  1/5 6/12 0
Northern Michigan Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Atte Tolvanen (L, 3-16-2)58:244 168529
Empty Net1:360     
Merrimack Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Drew Vogler (W, 6-6-3)59:422 24612
Empty Net0:180     

ESTERO, Fla. - The Merrimack College men's ice hockey team saw four different skaters record a goal and post multi-point performances to close out the 2016 Florida College Hockey Classic on a high note, as the Warriors topped Northern Michigan, 4-2, in the tournament's consolation game on Thursday afternoon at Germain Arena.

The Basics

Score: Merrimack 4, Northern Michigan 2
Records: Merrimack (7-9-3, 1-4-3 HEA) | Northern Michigan (4-16-2, 2-11-1 WCHA)
Location: Germain Arena | Estero, Fla.
Attendance: TBA
Game Duration: 2:02

How It Happened

1st Period

- Merrimack dominated possession in the opening stanza, limiting Northern Michigan to a meager five shot attempts, with only two of those winding up on net, but the game was still scoreless heading to the later portion of the period.

- But while on the Warriors' second power play of the afternoon, senior Hampus Gustafsson (Ljungby, Sweden) snapped a stretch of 37 power plays without converting after burying his team-high ninth tally of the season at 18:17 to give the Navy and Gold a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.

2nd Period

- After each side traded power plays, another senior in Chris LeBlanc (Winthrop, Mass.) doubled the Merrimack lead directly off a faceoff win, as the Winthrop, Massachusetts, product's third of the year at the 9:42 mark pushed the Warriors ahead, 2-0, and that score went unchanged through the remainder of the second.

3rd Period

- Penalties piled up toward the early portion of the third period; the first one allowed Northern Michigan to get to within a goal off a power play tally from Gerard Hanson just 21 seconds into the period, but junior Brett Seney (London, Ontario) first goal in six games came just past the two-minute mark while the Warriors were skating with an extra attacker on a delayed penalty to restore their two-goal lead.

- Then just after Merrimack's fifth power play of the night expired, sophomore Ludvig Larsson (Malmo, Sweden) tickled the twine for his third marker of the year at 4:10 to give the Warriors a 4-1 advantage early in the final frame.

- The Wildcats cut the deficit to two off the stick of Dominik Shine at 13:14 and were in position to claw closer after back-to-back penalties were levied against the Warriors late in regulation, but Merrimack would hold on to snap a three-game losing streak and end the month of December and the 2016 calendar year on a high note.

Notes & Notables

- Merrimack snapped a stretch of 36 power play chances without a goal after capitalizing on its second man advantage of Thursday afternoon. It was the Warriors' first power play goal since a 3-1 home loss to UMass on Nov. 11.

- The meeting between Merrimack and Northern Michigan was the first in the history of both programs; the only two Division I programs that the Warriors have not faced are now Michigan Tech and Penn State.

- LeBlanc secured his second career three-point game, matching his previous single-game high that was set against Arizona State on Jan. 31, 2016; it was also the third career two-point game for Larsson, which matches his single-game high.

Goal Descriptions

MC #1 (Gustafsson/Coomes/Kovacevic) | P1 18:17 (PP) - Johnathan Kovacevic takes an outlet pass down the right side to Logan Coomes for a give-and-go feed at the blue line to Hampus Gustafsson, who carries the puck around the edge of the far circle toward the low slot before scoring on a backhand shot that goes over the shoulder.

MC #2 (LeBlanc/L. Larsson) | P2 9:42 - Right off a faceoff win from Ludvig Larsson, Chris LeBlanc scores low from the left circle over the glove side.

NMU #1 (Hanson/Maschmeyer/Shine) | P2 9:42 - Snap shot from the near dot that squeezes through the wickets.

MC #3 (Seney/LeBlanc/Kolquist) | P3 2:03 (EA) - Puck played down the left wing side by Seney, who carries it over the blue line and between the circles where he beats the goaltender with a wrist shot low blocker side.

MC #4 (L. Larsson/Seney/LeBlanc) | P3 4:10 - Rebound shot near the bottom of the right wing circle.

NMU #2 (L. Larsson/Seney/LeBlanc) | P3 4:10 - Gerard Hanson carries the puck into the zone 2-on-2 and passes right-to-left to Dominik Shine, whose wrist shot from the far dot goes in over the left shoulder.


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

Biega | Kovacevic
Kolquist | Titcomb
Lashyn| Cook


Game Leaders (MC // NMU)

Points: Four players (2) // Gerard Hanson/Dominik Shine (2)
Goals: Four players (1) // Gerard Hanson/Dominik Shine (1)
Assists: Johnathan Kovacevic (2) // Four players (1)
Shots: Brett Seney (5) // Troy Loggins (3)
Faceoffs Won: Ludvig Larsson/Hampus Gustafsson (10) // Shane Sooth (12)
Saves: Drew Vogler (12-for-14) // Atte Tolvanen (29-for-33)

Facts and Figures (MC // NMU)

Power Plays: 1-5 // 1-5
Penalties: 6 Penalties - 12 Minutes // 6 Penalties - 12 Minutes
Faceoffs: 32 // 23
SOG: 17-2 // 9-4 // 7-8 // 33-14

Up Next

Merrimack will open the 2017 portion and conclude the non-conference portion of its schedule when it returns home to welcome Cornell to Lawler Rink next Saturday (Jan. 7) at 7 p.m.