|2nd||1:07||MER||1-0||EV||Brett Seney (6)||Marc Biega/4, Jared Kolquist/2|
|3rd||1:37||BU||1-1||EV GT||Matt Lane (4)||Brandon Hickey/7, Brandon Fortunato/6|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Boston University (9-3-2)||0/6||8/24||0|
|Boston University Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Matt O'Connor (T, 8-2-1)||65:00||1||9||11||4||2||26|
|Collin Delia (T, 3-2-1)||64:53||1||4||8||7||2||21|
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - Rookie Brett Seney (London, Ontario) lit the lamp early in the second period to ignite the sold-out home crowd, helping the 18th-ranked Merrimack College men's ice hockey team skate to a 1-1 draw against No. 2/3 Boston University on Friday night at Lawler Rink.
Seeking its third straight win and eighth in nine tries on home ice this year, Merrimack threw 21 shots on net over two periods as both sides played a mostly physical contest over that span that featured a few near-misses on offense but not much in the goal column.
Both sides skated through an intense, physical opening 20 minutes; neither side would light the lamp, although each team had their chances to do so if not for the efforts by the opposing goaltenders.
Merrimack wouldn't need long to give the sold-out Lawler Rink crowd reason to cheer at the start of the second. In the opening minute, sophomore Jonathan Lashyn (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) left the puck behind his own net for freshman Marc Biega (Pointe-Claire, Quebec), who angled a pass to Seney down the right-wing boards. The latter hopped over the blue line, cut to his left and fired a laser that beat BU netminder Matt O'Connor over the glove to give the hosts a 1-0 advantage at 1:07 of the middle stanza.
The story of the second, though, was the visitors' inability to stay out of the penalty box. BU was whistled for six penalties in the period totaling 20 minutes, leading to five separate Merrimack power plays. But the Terriers' penalty kill stood tall and even helped generate their best offensive chance of the game, as freshman phenom Jack Eichel bullied his way through two skaters and nearly scored before drawing a penalty in the process.
After the Warriors held a 21-12 edge in shots through two periods, BU began the third with about 90 seconds' worth of a power play that carried over from the end of the second. And while the Terriers were kept in check while on the man advantage, they still would manage to net the equalizer seven seconds after the penalty expired, as Matt Lane stuffed in a rebound at 1:37 of the third.
BU would enjoy the better of the chances through most of the final frame, one that saw the Terriers post an 8-4 lead in shots, while both sides enjoyed power-play opportunities two minutes apart but were unable to capitalize.
Skating in overtime for the fifth time this season (and previously holding a 2-1-1 record including a 1-1-0 mark at home), each sides would toss two shots at one another in the sudden-victory session, but the key moment came with 90 seconds to go as Merrimack went a man down on a high sticking call. The Warrior penalty kill stood tall when the team needed it most, as freshman Collin Delia (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) and the defense in front of him turned away the final few chances of the game to preserve the tie.
Inside The Numbers
After being outshot in three straight games, Merrimack finished with a 27-22 edge in shot attempts and outshot BU in two out of the four periods
Both sides combined for 36 minutes on 14 penalties, including 24 minutes against the Terriers
Merrimack won 35-of-59 faceoffs, good for 59.3 percent of the total draws led by sophomore Hampus Gustafsson (Ljungby, Sweden) going 15-for-23
Rookie Jace Hennig (Port Moody, British Columbia) led the Warriors with four shots on net, tying BU's Cason Hohmann and Evan Rodrigues for the game lead
Delia finished with 21 stops in his fourth straight start, while O'Connor turned away 26 for the Terriers
Merrimack and BU close out the weekend series tomorrow night at Agganis Arena in Boston. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.