NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - The Merrimack College men's hockey team had a late goal disallowed and could not come back in a 3-2 loss to Boston University Friday night at Lawler Rink.
Merrimack jumped out to a 2-0 lead midway in the second period, but the visiting Terriers turned up their offense and came back for a 3-2 victory.
Score: Boston University 3, Merrimack 2
Records: Merrimack (5-15-2, 3-7-2 HEAM) | Boston University (8-7-5, 5-3-4 HEAM)
Game Duration: 2:34
How It Happened
- The Warriors came out with something to prove in the game's opening stanza and it showed. Merrimack held the visitors without a shot on goal for nearly half the frame and tilted the ice with plenty of high quality scoring chances. Merrimack didn't convert until late in the frame when Declan Carlile slid a pass over to the left point for Zach Uens. The freshman fired a shot on goal that was stopped, but classmate Ben Brar worked himself loose and tucked the rebound home just under the bar.
- Boston University got its legs going in the second period, but the Warriors maintained some momentum of their own and were able to double up on their lead midway through. Liam Walsh won a loose puck battle in the neutral zone and entered the attacking end near a couple defenders. He then slipped a deft pass through a maze of legs to Regan Kimens, who broke in all alone and scored for his third on the campaign.
- The visitors responded just under three minutes later when Domenick Fensore beat Warrior goalie Troy Kobryn to close the scoring for the stanza.
- Merrimack could not hold Boston University off the board in the final period, as Jake Wise and Jack DeBoer scored just 14 seconds apart early in the frame.
- The Warriors had a furious comeback effort and it appeared as if they had tied the score with a couple minutes left. Uens' shot from the point beat Terrier goalie Ashton Abel, which sent the packed Lawler crowd into a frenzy. The goal was reviewed and it was deemed that the puck was deflected with a high stick on the way to the back of the net.
Notes & Numbers
- The sellout crowd of 2,503 was the biggest of the season at Lawler Rink.
- Huhtamaa finished the game with 24 saves.
- The multi-point night was Uens' second of the year.
- Carlile and Kimens now have three points in their last two games.
The Warriors cap the weekend Saturday night when they venture on the short trip west to take on Merrimack Valley rival UMass Lowell. Puck drop is set for 6 pm at Tsongas Center.