Merrimack College Shuts Out New Hampshire, 4-0
Junior goaltender Collin Delia makes 25 saves for Warriors

Junior goaltender Collin Delia made 25 saves for the Warriors
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 5:50  MER1-0 EV GW Sami Tavernier (8)Brett Seney/20
1st 15:16  MER2-0 EV Derek Petti (5)Jace Hennig/13, Johnathan Kovacevic/16
2nd 4:37  MER3-0 EV Chris LeBlanc (5)Jace Hennig/14
3rd 16:32  MER4-0 EV EN Tyler Irvine (6)Jared Kolquist/9, Alfred Larsson/4
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
New Hampshire  0000
Merrimack  2114
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
New Hampshire  106925
Merrimack  127827
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
New Hampshire (12-18-5)  0/5 3/6 0
Merrimack (15-14-6)  0/3 5/10 0
New Hampshire Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Daniel Tirone (L, 12-16-5)59:523 106723
Empty Net0:081     
Merrimack Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Collin Delia (W, 9-6-3)60:000 106925

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - Four different players found the back of the net while junior goaltender Collin Delia (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) stopped all 25 shots he saw to propel the Merrimack College men's ice hockey team to a 4-0 victory over New Hampshire in Game 1 of both sides' 2017 Hockey East Tournament Opening Round series on Friday night at Lawler Rink. Merrimack will go for the series sweep and a chance to advance to the quarterfinal round of the league tournament for the third straight season tomorrow night.

The Basics

Score: Merrimack 4, New Hampshire 0
Records: Merrimack (15-14-6, 8-8-6 HEA) | New Hampshire (12-18-5, 7-11-4 HEA)
Location: Lawler Rink | North Andover, Mass.
Attendance: 2549
Game Duration: 2:06

Rapid Recap

- Hosting a playoff series for the second straight season and fourth time since joining Hockey East, Merrimack posted two goals in the first period and added another in the second to carry a three-goal lead into the final frame. The hosts would keep the high-scoring Wildcat offense at bay and add a late empty-netter to seal the victory.

- Four different players scored for Merrimack, while Delia denied all 25 shots he faced for his third shutout of the season and fourth of his career to push the Warriors to a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series.

Goal Summaries

- Merrimack scored 5:50 into the proceedings after freshman Sami Tavernier (Morzine, France) kept his hot streak intact with his fifth goal in 11 games; junior Brett Seney (London, Ontario) won a defensive zone draw and banked it off the glass, and the puck hopped over a UNH defenseman allowing Tavernier to skate in alone on goaltender Daniel Tirone, and the rookie beat him with a backhander to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead.

- Ten minutes later, sophomore Derek Petti (Tewksbury, Mass.) picked up where he left off last postseason with his fourth career playoff marker at 15:16; rookie Johnathan Kovacevic (Grimsby, Ontario) threaded a diagonal pass through the neutral zone that was tipped by junior Jace Hennig (Port Moody, British Columbia) and up to Petti, who evaded a lunging Tirone who went out to challenge the loose puck and slid the puck into an open net to make it 2-0.

- Senior Chris LeBlanc (Winthrop, Mass.) netted his first career playoff goal 4:37 into the second period after burying a one-timer from Hennig that pushed the lead to 3-0.

- With UNH skating with an extra attacker late in regulation, freshman Tyler Irvine (Livonia, Mich.) added an empty-netter to seal the deal after junior Alfred Larsson (Malmo, Sweden) won the draw and classmate Jared Kolquist (Hermantown, Minn.) wrapped the puck around the boards and out of the zone to Irvine, who eased the puck into the unprotected net to cap off the victory.

Notes & Notables

- Tavernier pushed his career-best point streak to seven games (5-4-9) after his goal on Friday; since Jan. 24, Tavernier leads Merrimack with 13 points (5g, 8a).

- Seney also passed the 30-point threshold and became the first Warrior to post at least 30 points in a season Mike Collins '14 did so in a 38-point All-American campaign in 2012-13.

- Petti recorded his fourth career playoff goal in six games, with all of them coming against UNH.

- Hennig pushed his team lead to nine career playoff points (5g, 4a) in 10 all-time postseason games, while LeBlanc and Tavernier each netted their first career playoff markers.

- Merrimack improved to 12-0-3 when leading after two periods and 11-2-1 when scoring first this season.

Merrimack Lineup

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

Biega | Titcomb
Kolquist | Kovacevic
Lashyn | Cook
Carle (Extra Defenseman)


Game Leaders (MC // UNH)

Points: Hennig (2) // None
Goals: Four players (1) // None
Assists: Hennig (2) // None
Shots: LeBlanc (4) // Liam Blackburn (5)
Faceoffs Won: Alfred Larsson (12) // Michael McNicholas (10)
Saves: Collin Delia (25-for-25) // Daniel Tirone (23-for-26)

Facts and Figures (MC // UNH)
Power Plays: 0-3 // 0-5 Penalties: 5 Penalties - 10 Minutes // 3 Penalties - 6 Minutes
Faceoffs: 29 // 28
SOG: 12-10 // 7-6 // 8-9 // 27-25

Up Next

Merrimack and New Hampshire return to the ice at Lawler Rink for Game 2 tomorrow night, as the Warriors eye the series sweep against the Wildcats. Puck drop set for 7 p.m.