Four Goal First Period Sends Merrimack Past New Brunswick, 5-3
Sophomore forward Mathieu Foget posts two goals for Warriors

Sophomore forward Mathieu Foget scored two goals for the Warriors
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 1:17  MER1-0 EV Tyler DrevitchAlfred Larsson, Hampus Gustafsson
1st 7:22  MER2-0 PP Ludvig LarssonAaron Titcomb, Jared Kolquist
1st 9:12  MER3-0 PP Chris LeBlancLudvig Larsson, Alex Carle
1st 19:35  MER4-0 EV GW Mathieu FogetHampus Gustafsson, Jonathan Lashyn
2nd 5:45  NBR1-4 PP Jordan MurrayPhilippe Maillet, Cameron Brace
2nd 7:17  NBR2-4 PP Randy GazzolaPhilippe Maillet, Philippe Halley
2nd 17:17  NBR3-4 EV Jordan MurrayCameron Brace, Philippe Halley
3rd 5:49  MER5-3 EV Mathieu FogetAaron Titcomb
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
New Brunswick  0303
Merrimack  4015
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
New Brunswick  822838
Merrimack  2151339
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
New Brunswick  2/11 26/117 0
Merrimack  2/15 19/65 0
New Brunswick Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Étienne Marcoux (L)59:535 1751234
Alex Dubeau0:070 0000
Merrimack Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Drew Vogler (W)21:320 82010
Craig Pantano18:283 017017
Collin Delia19:500 0088
Empty Net0:100     

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - The Merrimack College men's ice hockey team defeated the University of New Brunswick, 5-3, in its lone exhibition matchup of the preseason on Saturday night at Lawler Rink. Sophomore Mathieu Foget (Orleans, Ontario) scored two goals to lead the offense while sophomore Drew Vogler (Florissant, Mo.) and junior Collin Delia (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) combined to post shutouts in the first and third periods, respectively.

The Basics

Score: Merrimack 5, New Brunswick 3
Records: Merrimack (0-0-0, 0-0-0 HEA) | New Brunswick (0-0-0)
Location: Lawler Rink | North Andover, Mass.

How It Happened

Merrimack staked itself a 4-0 lead thanks to a four-goal first period, scoring three times in the first 10 minutes before adding a late tally with 25 seconds left in the period Freshman Tyler Drevitch (Middleborough, Mass.) scored 1:17 into the game after tipping in a centering feed from junior Alfred Larsson (Ljungby, Sweden).

Later on, power play goals from sophomore Ludvig Larsson (Malmo, Sweden) and senior Chris LeBlanc (Winthrop, Mass.) pumped the lead to 3-0 before sophomore Mathieu Foget (Orleans, Ontario) wrapped up the first-period onslaught with an even-strength tally at the 19:35 mark.

After Vogler turned away all 10 shots he faced in the first period, classmate Craig Pantano (Bridgewater, Mass.) saw the first action of his Merrimack career after entering the game early in the second. He finished with 17 stops on 20 attempts over the remainder of the middle stanza.

A bevvy of Merrimack penalties helped tilt the ice more in New Brunswick's favor in the second frame, as the Varsity Reds finished with 22 shots that period and scored on three of them to erase a four-goal deficit and make it a one-goal game (4-3) after 40 minutes.

Delia took over the reigns in the third period and stopped all eight shots he saw; meanwhile, Foget tickled the twine follow a breakaway just under the six-minute mark of the final stanza after exiting the penalty box, and that stood as the final margin of victory.

Facts and Figures

Penalties were the storyline of the game; Merrimack and New Brunswick combined for 172 penalty minutes, the most in a single game since the 184 combined penalty minutes between Merrimack and Maine in Game 2 of the Hockey East Tournament Quarterfinals in 2012.

Foget represented the lone multi-goal performance on the night for Merrimack, while Gustafsson and junior Aaron Titcomb (Charlestown, Mass.) dished a side-high two assists each

Gustafsson also finished 13-for-20 (65%) on the dot, representing the best individual faceoff effort on the team

Goaltenders: W - Drew Vogler (10 saves) // L - Etienne Marcoux (34 saves)

Power Plays: Merrimack (2-13) // New Brunswick (2-10)

SOG (MC-UNB): 21-8 // 5-22 // 13-8 // 39-38

Up Next

Merrimack will officially open the regular season next Sunday (Oct. 9) with a matinee against Sacred Heart University at home. Puck drop at Lawler Rink is set for 4 p.m.