BOSTON - A 42-save performance from Merrimack's Craig Pantano and a goal from Chase Gresock early in the third period proved to be the difference as the Warriors (5-15-1, 3-9-0) overcame a 42-22 shot deficit to knock off the No. 11 Northeastern men's hockey team (12-4-1, 6-2-1) on Saturday night at Matthews Arena, 1-0.
The loss halts Northeastern's eight-game winning streak, which was the longest active streak in the
Ryan Ruck kept Northeastern in the game, making 21 stops including a breakaway bid from Tyler Irvine midway through the third period to keep the deficit at one.
The Huskies peppered Pantano throughout the contest with shots from all angles, including hitting three posts and flurry after flurry in the third period with Northeastern in search of the tying goal. Matt Filipe and Brandon Hawkins had a game-high nine and seven shots, respectively, while captain Eric Williams blocked four shots at the other end.
The game was deadlocked until 5:28 into the third period when the Warriors took advantage of a Northeastern icing call, bringing the face-off down to the Huskies end. As Derek Petti and Zach Solow battled for the draw, Petti was able to stick it over to Gresock at the left hashmark, and he whipped a low shot that beat Ruck five-hole for the eventual game-winner.
The Huskies will be back in action next weekend when Northeastern travels to Maine for a two-game set at Alfond Arena, beginning on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.