Merrimack College Shuts Out Massachusetts, 3-0
Junior goaltender Collin Delia makes 22 saves for Warriors

Junior goaltender Collin Delia made 22 saves for the Warriors
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 8:29  MER1-0 EV GW Brett Seney (9)Sami Tavernier/8, Jared Kolquist/8
1st 17:44  MER2-0 PP Alex Carle (2)Ludvig Larsson/7, Chris LeBlanc/6
2nd 5:35  MER3-0 EV Johnathan Kovacevic (3)Brett Seney/18, Sami Tavernier/9
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Merrimack  2103
Massachusetts  0000
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Merrimack  1016632
Massachusetts  461222
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Merrimack (12-13-5)  1/5 2/4 0
Massachusetts (5-24-2)  0/2 5/21 0
Merrimack Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Collin Delia (W, 6-5-2)60:000 461222
Massachusetts Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Alex Wakaluk (L, 0-2-0)60:003 815629

AMHERST, Mass. - A strong effort from start to finish and x different goal-scorers propelled the Merrimack College men's ice hockey team to a 3-0 road win at the University of Massachusetts on Tuesday night at the Mullins Center. The Warriors see their unbeaten streak move to six games (4-0-2), their longest since the 2011-12 season.


RESULT: Merrimack 3, Massachusetts 0
LOCATION: Mullins Center (Amherst, Mass.)
RECORDS: Massachusetts (5-24-2, 2-16-1 HEA); Merrimack (12-13-5, 6-7-5 HEA)

THE LEAD: University of Massachusetts hockey dropped its Tuesday night Hockey East matchup with Merrimack, 3-0 at the Mullins Center. The Warriors out-shot the Minutemen 32-22 in the contest, posting two of their three tallies in the opening period.


Merrimack took a 1-0 lead 8:29 into the first when Brett Seney tapped home a wraparound from Sami Tavernier at the far post. Then with a five-minute power play late in the frame, Alex Carle's shot from the point found its way through traffic off a feed from Ludvig Larsson and Chris LeBlanc at 17:44.


The Warriors added their third of the night 5:35 into the second period. Seney and Tavernier set up Johnathan Kovacevic for a one-timer that he fired under the cross bar from the top of the right faceoff circle.


UMass appeared to have gotten on the board with 12:20 to go in the first period as senior Steven Iacobellis slid a loose puck underneath Merrimack netminder Collin Delia. However, the goal was overturned for contact with the goaltender.


"Not having Ray (Pigozzi), Jake McLaughlin and then losing (Austin) Plevy, three of our better offensive guys, I think was a definite factor in the game, but Merrimack did a really good job clogging up the game on us and their goaltender didn't have to face a lot of chances tonight and I think he's a pretty good goaltender on top of that. We got what we expected from Merrimack tonight and I think if our compete had been better for 60 minutes we might have found a way to win, but it wasn't close enough tonight."


- Making his second straight start in net for the Minutemen, senior Alex Wakaluk finished the night with 29 saves. Delia totaled 22 stops for the Warriors.

- Merrimack went 1-for-5 on the power play in the contest, while UMass was 0-for-2.

- The Minutemen won 33 of 56 faceoffs on the evening (58.9%), led sophomore Ryan Badger's 12 for 15 (80%) effort over the dots, while by Iacobellis won 15 of 23 (65.2%) draws.

UP NEXT: The Minutemen will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 18, when the squad will play host to No. 6 UMass Lowell at 7 p.m. in the Mullins Center.