Hennig Sends Merrimack Past UMass Lowell in Overtime, 3-2
Senior forward Jace Hennig scores at 13:59 of overtime for Warriors

Senior forward Jace Hennig scored at 13:59 of overtime for the Warriors
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 19:21  MER1-0 SH Michael Babcock (2)Brett Seney/18
2nd 5:31  MER2-0 EV Alfred Larsson (2)Tyler Irvine/3
2nd 8:06  UML1-2 EV Mattias Göransson (4)Nick Master/10, Jake Kamrass/7
3rd 8:31  UML2-2 EV Connor Wilson (8)Anthony Baxter/9, Tyler Mueller/13
OT 13:59  MER3-2 EV GW Jace Hennig (11)Brett Seney/19, Mathieu Tibbet/2
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
Merrimack  11013
UMass Lowell  01102
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd OT SOG
Merrimack  7731027
UMass Lowell  6911632
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Merrimack (12-19-4)  0/2 4/11 1
UMass Lowell (17-19-0)  0/3 4/8 0
Merrimack Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Craig Pantano (W, 11-12-2)73:522 6810630
Empty Net0:070      
UMass Lowell Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Christoffer Hernberg (L, 14-10-0)73:593 663924

LOWELL, Mass. - The UMass Lowell Hockey team was defeated by Merrimack College, 3-2 in overtime on Saturday night at the Tsongas Center in Game 2 in the opening round of the Hockey East playoffs.

The River Hawks end their season with a 17-19-0 overall mark, while the Warriors improve to 12-19-4 overall with the series win to advance to the quarterfinal round.

Merrimack's Jace Hennig scored the series clincher with 6:01 left in the extra frame for his 11th goal of the season.

Junior forward Connor Wilson (Calgary, Alta.) tied the game at 2-2 for his eighth tally of the season midway through the third period on a cross slot pass from Anthony Baxter (Oakville, Ont.). Sophomore blueliner Mattias Goransson (Slottsbron, Sweden) got the River Hawk on the board midway through the second period with a wrist shot from the mid slot.

Michael Babcock scored on the shorthand to give Merrimack a 1-0 lead with 39 seconds left in the opening frame, while Alfred Larsson scored at 5:31 of the middle stanza to give the Warriors a 2-0 advantage.

Junior goaltender Christoffer Hernberg (Espoo, Finland) notched 24 stops in the losing effort, while Craig Pantano made 30 saves in his 11th win of the season for Merrimack.

The River Hawks owned a 11-3 shot advantage in the third period.

Junior center Nick Master (Broomall, Pa.) won a game-high 14 faceoffs for the River Hawks.

Seniors John Edwardh (Calgary, Alta.), Chris Forney (Thief River Falls, Minn.), Jake Kamrass (Atlanta, Ga.), Tyler Mueller (Regina, Sask.) and Tommy Panico (Wall. N.J.) skated in the final game of their River Hawk careers, in addition to Ryan Collins (Newton, Mass.) who skated in his final game in Friday's playoff game.