|1st||8:24||MND||1-0||PP||Jarod Hilderman (1)||Scott Perunovich/3, Joey Anderson/1|
|2nd||5:20||MER||1-1||EV||Cole McBride (1)||Logan Coomes/2|
|2nd||8:08||MND||2-1||EV||Mikey Anderson (3)||Parker Mackay/1, Jared Thomas/2|
|3rd||2:30||MND||3-1||EV GW||Peter Krieger (2)||Nick Swaney/5|
|3rd||2:54||MER||2-3||EV||Jared Kolquist (2)||Johnathan Kovacevic/3|
|3rd||9:04||MND||4-2||PP||Nick Swaney (2)||Karson Kuhlman/1, Mikey Anderson/3|
|3rd||15:06||MND||5-2||EV||Avery Peterson (1)||Jared Thomas/3, Parker Mackay/2|
|3rd||16:09||MND||6-2||EV||Jade Miller (1)||Blake Young/1, Billy Exell/2|
|3rd||17:47||MND||7-2||EV||Avery Peterson (2)||Parker Mackay/3, Jared Thomas/4|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Minnesota Duluth (2-2-2)||2/5||4/8||0|
|Drew Vogler (L, 0-3-2)||56:09||6||13||14||6||33|
|Minnesota Duluth Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Hunter Shepard (W, 2-1-0)||59:10||2||4||9||7||20|
DULUTH, Minn. - Sophomore Cole McBride (Kindersley, Saskatchewan) scored his first collegiate goal and senior Jared Kolquist (Hermantown, Minn.) finished the weekend with two goals in his home state, but the Merrimack College men's ice hockey fell to No. 9/13 Minnesota Duluth, 7-2, in both teams' weekend series finale on Saturday at AMSOIL Arena.
Score: Minnesota Duluth 7, Merrimack 2
Records: Merrimack (0-3-2, 0-0-0 HEA) | #9/13 Minnesota Duluth (2-2-2, 0-0-0 NCHC)
Location: AMSOIL Arena | Duluth, Minn.
Game Duration: 2:16
- UMD had two early power plays and capitalized on the second one night after both teams combined for seven goals on the man advantage. The Bulldogs outshot Merrimack by 10 (14-4) in the first period but only had that one-goal lead after 20 minutes.
- McBride connected 5:20 into the second period to draw the Warriors level, but UMD answered three minutes later to retake the lead and that 2-1 score went unchanged the rest of the period.
- The Bulldogs doubled their lead 2:30 into the third period, but Kolquist responded with his second tally of the weekend 24 seconds later to get the visitors back within one. But that was the closest the Warriors would get, as UMD answered with the final four goals of the night to close out the contest.
- Skating on its second power play of the game just under eight minutes in, UMD broke through at the 8:24 mark after Jarod Hilderman one-timed a shot from above the near circle. The puck ricocheted off the skate of a defenseman on the way in and found the twine at the back post.
- McBride got the Warriors on the board thanks to his first collegiate tally 5:20 into the second period. Classmate Logan Coomes (Northville, Mich.) picked up the puck in the neutral zone along the boards, carried it down the left wing wall and fed to McBride, who beat UMD goaltender Hunter Shepard with a wrist shot from the near circle.
- Mikey Anderson restored the UMD lead at 8:08 of the second period, blasting a shot through traffic from the top of the right circle that deflected off a skate on the way in.
- Peter Krieger made it a 3-1 lead for the Bulldogs 2:30 into the third period. He took a feed from Nick Swaney and scored off a wrist shot from the near dot that found the top-right corner.
- Kolquist brought the Warriors within one at 2:54 of the final stanza with his second goal of the weekend. He carried the puck around the back of the net, curled toward the right goal line extended and fired a tough-angle shot that got a piece of Shepard before finding the twine.
- The Bulldogs answered with a big insurance goal later in the third after converting their second power play of the night. Karson Kuhlman tried to squeeze a shot off low in the slot but was unable to. He did, however, squeeze a pass through the slot and over to Swaney, who put it home on a one-timer at the back post.
- Avery Peterson made it 5-2 in favor of the hosts after tipping in a pass from Jared Thomas at the back post at 15:06.
- Jade Miller netted his first of the season for UMD just over a minute later with some traffic around the left side of the crease to push the lead to four.
- Peterson potted his second at 17:47 to close out the night.
Notes and Notables
- Kolquist finished the weekend with five points on two goals and three helpers; he now leads the team in scoring with six points (2g, 4a) after five games.
- Kolquist and sophomore Johnathan Kovacevic (Grimsby, Ontario) each had at least one point in both games this weekend, becoming the first two players to mount scoring streaks on the young season.
- One night after going 4-for-6 on the man advantage, Merrimack's power play was 0-for-4 on Saturday, while Duluth went 2-for-5 and finished the weekend 5-for-10.
- Merrimack has allowed at least one power play goal to the opposition in three straight games.
- Merrimack and Minnesota Duluth were meeting for only the third time ever on Saturday night; the Bulldogs picked up their first win to even the all-time series at 1-1-1.
- Freshman goaltender Logan Halladay (Cary, N.C.) made his collegiate debut on Saturday, playing the final four minutes.
- Merrimack surrendered seven goals in a game for the first time since a 7-2 loss at Notre Dame on Jan. 15, 2016.
Seney | Petti | Tavernier
Hennig | L. Larsson | Irvine
Babcock | A. Larsson | McKay
Coomes | McBride
Kolquist | Kovacevic
Biega | Carle
Bell | Titcomb
Merrimack opens its league schedule next weekend with a home-and-home against Massachusetts. Puck drop each night is set for 7 p.m., and the series starts on Friday at the Mullins Center before returning to Lawler Rink on Saturday.