NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - Logan Drevitch had a career-high four points to lift the Merrimack College men's hockey team to a 4-2 win over Hockey East rival New Hampshire Saturday night at Lawler Rink.
The sophomore played a part in the scoring of all four Warrior goals, as they came back in the third period to claim the win over the Wildcats. A trio of other Warriors also enjoyed multi-point nights in Merrimack's second league win of the season.
Score: Merrimack 4, New Hampshire 2
Records: Merrimack (4-9-2, 2-4-2 HEAM) | New Hampshire (7-7-1, 3-5-0 HEAM)
Game Duration: 2:11
How It Happened
- The Warriors had the momentum in the opening stanza and finished with a 16-7 edge in shots on goal. Merrimack was able to kill off a five-minute major penalty thanks in large part to Drevitch, who drew an interference call with just under a minute left in the advantage.
- New Hampshire quickly swung momentum in its favor once the second period started. Chase Stevenson tipped home a Benton Maass point shot just under two minutes in to give the Wildcats the lead.
- Merrimack started to find its game once again after the Wildcat goal and it eventually found the equalizer. While on the power play, Zach Vinnell switched with Chase Gresock at center point. The sophomore forward carried the puck to the top of the right faceoff dot and fired a wrist shot on net. The original shot was stopped high up into the air. Drevitch was the first to locate the flying biscuit, as he jockeyed his way to the crease and slipped home his third of the year once it landed.
- The tie score was short lived, as New Hampshire needed just 18 seconds to take the lead once again thanks to a sneaky wrist shot from Eric MacAdams.
- The Warriors pushed back in the third period and were awarded a golden opportunity when Robby Griffin was shown the dressing room for a five-minute major for hitting from behind and a game misconduct. Coupled with a minor on netminder Mike Robinson late in the power play, Merrimack had over a minute of 5-on-3 time that it did not squander. Drevitch and Declan Carlile switched on the right side of the offensive zone, then Carlile lifted a saucer pass to a waiting Tyler Irvine, who banged home his sixth of the year.
- Merrimack was not satisfied with just one goal on the major penalty. Just 25 seconds later, Irvine zipped a pass through the neutral zone to Drevitch, who broke in all alone. He flipped a wrist shot high under the bar to give the Warriors their first lead of the game.
- Gresock put the icing on the cake with under a minute to play when he scored on an empty net. Drevitch was credited with an assist for his fourth point of the night.
Notes & Numbers
- The multi-point game was Drevitch's third of the season and the third of his career.
- Gresock has tallied points in just three games this year, but all of them have been multi-point games.
- Jere Huhtamaa stood tall in the Warrior net with 25 saves on 27 shots. He also turned aside all ten third period shots to help Merrimack to the comeback win.
The Warriors and Wildcats meet up again Sunday night at 7 p.m. at the Whittemore Center to make up for Friday's postponement due to poor ice conditions.