|1st||6:15||NOE||1-0||PP||Adam Gaudette (13)||Garret Cockerill/14, Dylan Sikura/24|
|1st||16:05||MER||1-1||PP||Johnathan Kovacevic (2)||Jace Hennig/8, Hampus Gustafsson/8|
|2nd||2:26||MER||2-1||PP||Jace Hennig (4)||Chris LeBlanc/3, Johnathan Kovacevic/10|
|2nd||6:55||NOE||2-2||EV||Matt Filipe (4)||Zach Aston-Reese/19|
|2nd||12:36||NOE||3-2||PP GW||Zach Aston-Reese (22)||John Stevens/15, Dylan Sikura/25|
|3rd||9:44||NOE||4-2||PP||Eric Williams (2)||Matt Filipe/5, Jeremy Davies/6|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Ryan Ruck (W, 9-9-4)||60:00||2||6||18||9||33|
|Drew Vogler (L, 6-8-3)||58:19||4||13||11||7||31|
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - The Merrimack College men's ice hockey had an early second-period lead, but visiting Northeastern responded with the next three goals to sweep both schools' home-and-home series after the Warriors fell, 4-2, on Saturday night at Lawler Rink.
Score: Northeastern 4, Merrimack 2
Records: Merrimack (8-13-3, 2-7-3 HEA) | Northeastern (9-10-5, 3-8-3 HEA)
Location: Lawler Rink | North Andover, Mass.
Game Duration: 2:15
How It Happened
- Northeastern had three early power plays and capitalized directly off a faceoff win while skating with a brief 5-on-3 advantage, as Adam Gaudette ripped home his 13th of the year off a one-timer feed from Garrett Cockerill to put the Huskies ahead 6:15 into the contest.
- But the home side evened things up 10 minutes later while on a power play of its own after freshman Johnathan Kovacevic (Granby, Ontario) snuck in a wrist shot from above the right circle, as his second tally of the year tied things up at 16:05 of the opening frame. Junior Jace Hennig (Port Moody, British Columbia) and senior Hampus Gustafsson (Ljungby, Sweden) helped set up the play along the right wing boards.
- The start of the middle frame featured an early pair of Warrior power plays, and the hosts capitalized on their second after Hennig collected a shot that caromed off the right end boards and stuffed it past NU goaltender Ryan Ruck for his fourth of the year at 2:26. Senior Chris LeBlanc (Winthrop, Mass.) put the puck in deep for the helper, while Kovacevic secured his 10th assist on the play, as well.
- Roughly four minutes later, the Huskies leveled the ledger after the nation's leading scorer, Zach Aston-Reese, picked up a loose puck above the right circle and fed Matt Filipe, who backhanded one through traffic from the right dot to tie things up.
- Northeastern's fifth power play opportunity of the night would give way to their third goal, as Aston-Reese waited out goaltender Drew Vogler (Florissant, Mo.) and tucked it by him after receiving the puck in front of the crease from John Stevens, propelling the Huskies in front, 3-2, and that score went unchanged heading into the third.
- The Huskies added an insurance tally with just over 10 minutes to play after Eric Williams toe-dragged and scored off a wrister from the slot to make it a 4-2 game.
- Merrimack pulled Vogler over the final 90 seconds in favor of the extra attacker and had another late power play for a 6-on-4 advantage, but Ruck had another 30-plus-save effort to backstop the Huskies to the sweep.
Notes & Notables
- Saturday marked Merrimack's first game with multiple power play goals since netting three against Mercyhurst back on Nov. 4 as part of a 5-1 home victory.
- Saturday was also the first time both Merrimack and its opponent each had multiple power play goals since a 5-5 tie at home against Boston College on Feb. 13, 2016; each school had two tallies with the man advantage that night.
- Northeastern became the second team this year to score three power play goals in a game against the Warriors; the first was New Hampshire on Oct. 29, 2016, in a 6-2 loss in Durham.
Hennig | Gustafsson | Irvine
Seney | A. Larsson | Tavernier
Coomes | L. Larsson | LeBlanc
Petti | Babcock | Tibbet
Biega | Carle
Kolquist | Cook
Lashyn | Kovacevic
Game Leaders (MC // NU)
Points: Johnathan Kovacevic/Jace Hennig (2) // Three players (2)
Goals: Johnathan Kovacevic/Jace Hennig (1) // Four players (1)
Assists: Johnathan Kovacevic/Jace Hennig (1) // Three players (2)
Shots: Sami Tavernier (9) // Dylan Sikura (7)
Faceoffs Won: Alfred Larsson (21) // John Stevens (12)
Saves: Drew Vogler (31-for-35) // Ryan Ruck (33-for-35)
Facts and Figures (MC // NU)
Power Plays: 2-5 // 3-7
Penalties: 6 Penalties - 12 Minutes // 8 Penalties - 16 Minutes
Faceoffs: 38 // 27
SOG: 7-14 // 19-13 // 9-8 // 35-35
Merrimack will have a short turnaround before hosting the current No. 3/4-ranked team in Boston University next Tuesday, Jan. 24, at Lawler Rink. Following that 7 p.m. puck drop, the Warriors and Terriers will conclude the season series on Friday (Jan. 27) at Agganis Arena at 7:30 p.m.