|1st||14:55||MER||1-0||EV||Derek Petti (1)||Johnathan Kovacevic/1, Marc Biega/1|
|1st||16:09||MER||2-0||PP||Sami Tavernier (1)||Jared Kolquist/1|
|2nd||9:49||CLG||1-2||PP||Nick Austin (1)||Evan Peterson/2, John Snodgrass/2|
|2nd||17:33||CLG||2-2||EV GT||Nick Austin (2)||Willie Brooks/4, John Snodgrass/3|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Drew Vogler (T, 0-1-1)||64:47||2||7||9||8||4||28|
|Colton Point (T, 2-0-1)||65:00||2||8||9||8||3||28|
HAMILTON, N.Y. - The Merrimack College men's ice hockey team settled for a 2-2 tie with host Colgate University on Saturday night at Class of 1965 Arena. The Warriors held a 2-0 lead after the first period before the Raiders answered back with two in the second, and that score went unchanged the rest of the way.
Score: Merrimack 2, Colgate 2
Records: Merrimack (0-1-1, 0-0-0 HEA) | Colgate (2-0-1, 0-0-0 ECAC)
Location: Class of 1965 Arena | Hamilton, N.Y.
Game Duration: 3:03
- A pair of first-period goals gave Merrimack its first lead of the young season, as the Warriors scored 90 seconds apart - with one coming on the power play - to go out in front by two.
- Colgate fought back with two second-period strikes, including a power play goal, to level the ledger. Then, in the third and with penalties piling up, the Warriors thought they had the go-ahead goal off the stick of sophomore Sami Tavernier (Morzine, France), but the would-be goal was denied after video review ruled the puck never crossed the goal line completely.
- The two sides would head to overtime, where Colgate would start with a two-man advantage after successive penalties were levied against Merrimack late in regulation.
- Merrimack took its first lead of the weekend late in the first period on junior Derek Petti's (Tewksbury, Mass.) first of the season. Just after fending off a penalty, senior Marc Biega (Pointe-Claire, Quebec) blocked a shot in the defensive zone to set up sophomore Johnathan Kovacevic (Grimsby, Ontario), who brought the puck into the Colgate zone and tried to connect on an odd-man rush with Biega. Petti, however, managed to pick up a loose puck in the slot and potted it to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead at 14:55.
- Sophomore Sami Tavernier (Morzine, France), after barely missing on a scoring chance or two on Friday night, beat Colton Point with a wrister from the left circle at 16:09 to make it 2-0. With Merrimack on the power play, Tavernier forced the puck up to the left point to senior Jared Kolquist (Hermantown, Minn.), who handed off to Tavernier and the latter did the rest to double Merrimack's lead.
- Colgate broke through on its fifth power play of the night at 9:49 of the second period after Nick Austin scored off a slap shot from the right point that snuck in low on the left side of the net.
- The Raiders drew even thanks to Austin's second tally of the night while both sides were skating 4-on-4 late in the second period. Colgate entered the zone with numbers before Austin found the puck again off a drop pass and let it go from the slot and through a screen to tie the game at 2-2 at the 17:33 mark.
Notes & Notables
- Merrimack finished the night 1-for-8 on the power play and 1-for-13 on the weekend, while the penalty kill was 5-for-6 on the night and 8-for-9 overall against the Raiders.
- Merrimack's all-time mark against Colgate moved to 10-8-3 after Saturday's tie. Friday's loss snapped a five-game unbeaten streak against Colgate (3-0-2) dating back nearly 20 years; the Raiders' last win in the series was on Nov. 27, 1999, in an in-season tournament hosted by Syracuse.
- Three Merrimack defensemen all recorded assists on the night, as Biega, Kolquist and Kovacevic all registered their first helpers of the young season.
- Saturday's game marked the collegiate debut of freshman Jackson Bales (Cole McBride (Kindersley, Saskatchewan) and freshman Laine McKay (Thunder Bay, Ontario), who both were among the forward corps. The duo combined for three shots on net.
Seney | Petti | Tavernier
Hennig | L. Larsson | McBride
Babcock | A. Larsson | Tibbet
Coomes | Bales | Irvine
Biega | Carle
Kolquist | Kovacevic
Bell | Titcomb
Next weekend, Merrimack welcomes the University of Wisconsin to campus for the first time in school history when it hosts the Badgers as part of Homecoming Weekend on Saturday (Oct. 21) night. Puck drop from Lawler Rink is set for 7 p.m.