Quick Start Helps Merrimack Topple New Hampshire, 4-3
Freshman defenseman Evan Bell posts two assists for Warriors

Freshman defenseman Evan Bell had two assists for the Warriors
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 0:34  UNH1-0 EV Michael McNicholas (5)Jason Salvaggio/4, Patrick Grasso/8
1st 6:57  MER1-1 EV Derek Petti (2)Cole McBride/2, Ludvig Larsson/7
1st 8:52  MER2-1 EV Sami Tavernier (6)Evan Bell/1
1st 16:36  MER3-1 EV Alfred Larsson (1)Logan Coomes/4, Laine McKay/2
2nd 6:43  MER4-1 EV GW Tyler Irvine (3)Evan Bell/2, Brett Seney/10
3rd 2:07  UNH2-4 EV Marcus Vela (4)Ara Nazarian/6, Shane Eiserman/3
3rd 3:50  UNH3-4 PP Patrick Grasso (2)Michael McNicholas/12, Max Gildon/8
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Merrimack  3104
New Hampshire  1023
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Merrimack  911323
New Hampshire  146828
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Merrimack (4-9-3)  0/4 7/14 0
New Hampshire (9-7-1)  1/6 5/10 0
Merrimack Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Craig Pantano (W, 4-4-1)60:003 136625
New Hampshire Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Daniel Tirone (L, 9-7-1)26:434 6107
Mike Robinson32:170 09312
Empty Net1:000     

DURHAM, N.H. - With the Wildcats trailing 4-1 in the third period, junior forward Marcus Vela (Burnaby, British Columbia) and sophomore forward Patrick Grasso (Ankeny, Iowa) each scored a goal to cut the Warriors lead to 4-3, but the No. 13/15 University of New Hampshire men's hockey team fell to Merrimack, 4-3, Sunday afternoon at the Whittemore Center.

Senior forward Michael McNicholas (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Grasso each posted two points with one goal and one assist. The Wildcats are now 9-7-1 (4-5-1 HEA) and the Warriors are 4-9-3 (2-6-1 HEA).


The Wildcats will return to the Whittemore Center on Saturday, Jan. 6, to take on Brown at 7:00 p.m. The game will be "Youth Hockey Night" and there will be a hockey lace bracelet giveaway. Tickets can be purchased at the Whittemore Center Box Office, online at UNHWildcats.com or by calling 603-862-4000.

Score: Merrimack 4, New Hampshire 3

Records: New Hampshire (9-7-1, 4-5-1 HEA); Merrimack (4-9-3, 2-6-1 HEA)

Location: Durham, N.H. (Whittemore Center)

Date: Sunday, December 10, 2017

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Attendance: 3,731


- McNicholas put the Wildcats on the board first, just 34 seconds into the game. Senior linemate Jason Salvaggio (Hanson, Mass.) and Grasso each had an assist on the goal.

- Merrimack's Derek Petti tied the game at 6:57 of the first with a wrist shot from in front of the net.

- Merrimack's Sami Tavernier put the Warriors on top shortly after at 8:52 of the first.

- Then at 16:36, Merrimack's Alfred Larsson found the back of the net as the Warriors took a 3-1 lead.

- Tyler Irvine made it a 4-1 game at 6:43 of the second.

- Freshman netminder Mike Robinson (Bedford, N.H.) took over for the Wildcats after the goal.

- Vela found the back of the net at 2:17 of the third period. Junior Ara Nazarian (Boxford, Mass.) and senior Shane Eiserman (Newburyport, Mass.) had assists on the goal.

- Then just 1:33 later, Grasso capitalized on a power play chance to cut the difference to 4-3. McNicholas and freshman defenseman Max Gildon (Plano, Texas) each tallied an assist on the goal.

- UNH was unable to score the equalizer as the Warriors posted the 4-3 victory.


- Senior goaltender Danny Tirone (Trumbull, Conn.) made seven saves, while Robinson posted 12. Craig Pantano tallied 25 saves to earn the win and improve to 4-4-1.

- UNH outshot Merrimack, 28-23, while the Wildcats went 1-6 on the power play and the Warriors went 0-4.

- Merrimack won 28 faceoffs to New Hampshire's 20.


- The Wildcats will compete at the Ledyard Classic on Dec. 29-30 in Hanover, N.H., at Thompson Arena. The Wildcats will take on Dartmouth on Dec. 29 at 7:00 p.m. and Yale on Dec. 30 at 4:00 p.m.