|1st||17:47||NOE||1-0||PP||Adam Gaudette (9)||Dylan Sikura/11, Garret Cockerill/11|
|2nd||5:07||MER||1-1||EV||Logan Coomes (1)||Derek Petti/2, Sami Tavernier/3|
|2nd||12:46||NOE||2-1||EV GW||Adam Gaudette (10)||Ryan Shea/9|
|2nd||19:08||NOE||3-1||PP||Nolan Stevens (9)||Garret Cockerill/12, Jeremy Davies/12|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Cayden Primeau (W, 5-3-1)||60:00||1||10||13||5||28|
|Drew Vogler (L, 0-5-2)||59:24||3||3||5||9||17|
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - The Merrimack College men's ice hockey team fell to No. 12/11 Northeastern University on Saturday night at Lawler Rink, as the Huskies used two second-period tallies to break a 1-1 deadlock and went on to win by a 3-1 final.
Score: Northeastern 3, Merrimack 1
Records: Merrimack (2-9-3, 1-6-1 HEA) | #12/11 Northeastern (9-5-1, 7-3-0 HEA)
Location: Lawler Rink | North Andover, Mass.
Game Duration: 2:18
Merrimack limited the Huskies to only four shots on goal in the first while putting 10 on net themselves, but it was Northeastern that edged ahead thanks to a late power play goal at 17:47 to open the scoring.
Merrimack got level early in the second before the whistles started to pile up, leading to a pair of 4-on-4 sequences over the course of the period. But the Huskies regained their lead with just over seven minutes left in the stanza and then converted their second power play chance of the game with under a minute left, making it a 3-1 Northeastern lead after 40 minutes.
Neither side would find the back of the net in the third, one that saw Northeastern outshoot Merrimack by a 9-5 margin. The Warriors had one power play midway through the frame but were unable to capitalize, as the Huskies held on to secure a four-point weekend.
Northeastern struck first while on a power play late in the first, as Adam Gaudette lit the lamp for the ninth time at 17:47. After Garrett Cockerill gloved down a clearing attempt at the right point, he fed Dylan Sikura, who sent the puck across the zone to Gaudette at the far dot, and his one-timer beat Drew Vogler (Florissant, Mo.) blocker side for the opening strike.
Sophomore Logan Coomes (Northville, Mich.) evened the contest at a goal apiece 5:07 into the second period after going hard to the net and poking in a rebound at the back post. Classmate Sami Tavernier (Morzine, France) won a puck battle in the far corner won and dropped it down low to junior Derek Petti (Tewksbury, Mass.), who sent a shot on net from the right goal line. Cayden Primeau but a piece, but Coomes was waiting to pot the rebound at the back post.
Gaudette restored the lead for the visitors at the 12:46 mark of the second, beating Vogler with a wrister from the near dot. Ryan Shea set up the play from the Huskies' blue line, and Gaudette did all the rest, gaining the zone at the left wing before netting his 10th of the year.
The Huskies went up by two on Nolan Stevens' ninth marker of the year with just over 50 seconds left in the second period. Following a faceoff win, defensemen Jeremy Davies and Cockerill traded spots at the right point before the latter set up Stevens near the right hash. Stevens would tuck in a swift backhander by Vogler at 19:08 to up the lead to 3-1.
Notes and Notables
Merrimack outshot Northeastern by a 29-20 margin on the night and had a 24-11 edge in pucks on net through two periods before the Huskies finished with nine in the third compared to Merrimack's five.
Vogler, who was making his first start since Oct. 27, made plenty of tough stops and finished with 17 saves overall. Primeau, who allowed only two goals all weekend, turned away 28-of-29 for the Huskies.
Coomes netted his first goal of the year and his first in about 10 months; the last time he lit the lamp was against BU last Jan. 24, 2017, in a 3-1 win at home.
Northeastern won its sixth straight game in the series, as Merrimack's last win against Northeastern was when it swept the Huskies in the 2015 Hockey East Tournament Opening Round series at Matthews Arena.
Merrimack has been kept to fewer than three goals 10 of 14 games and is winless (0-9-1) in those contests, compared to 2-0-2 when scoring three-plus goals.
Seney | A. Larsson | Irvine
Hennig | L. Larsson | McBride
Babcock | Kramer | Tavernier
Petti | Drevitch | Tibbet
Kolquist | Titcomb
Biega | Carle
Dockery | Kovacevic
Merrimack plays its final non-conference game of the first semester against Army West Point next Friday at 7 p.m., then travels to UNH next Sunday for a 4 p.m. tilt.