Merrimack College Holds Off Quinnipiac, 4-3
Junior forward Brian Christie scores two goals for Warriors

Junior forward Brian Christie scored two goals for the Warriors
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 14:08  QUI1-0 EV Sam Anas (11)Travis St. Denis/5
1st 14:52  MER1-1 EV Brian Christie (8)Ben Bahe/6
1st 16:27  MER2-1 EV Justin Hussar (1)Brett Seney/11, Mathieu Tibbet/6
2nd 13:40  QUI2-2 EV Landon Smith (8)Sam Anas/14, Justin Agosta/11
2nd 13:53  MER3-2 EV Brian Christie (9)Dan Kolomatis/9
2nd 17:10  MER4-2 EV GW Brett Seney (8) -
3rd 10:38  QUI3-4 PP Sam Anas (12)Matthew Peca/17, Justin Agosta/12
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Quinnipiac  1113
Merrimack  2204
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Quinnipiac  10121032
Merrimack  1010828
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Quinnipiac (15-7-1)  1/4 2/4 0
Merrimack (12-6-2)  0/1 5/10 0
Quinnipiac Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Michael Garteig20:002 8008
Sean Lawrence (L, 1-1-1)38:582 08816
Empty Net1:020     
Merrimack Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Rasmus Tirronen (W, 9-3-1)60:003 911929

NO. ANDOVER, Mass. - Junior forward Brian Christie scored two goals to help propel Merrimack College to a 4-3 win against Quinnipiac on Friday night at Lawler Rink.

Playing at home for the first time since Dec. 5, Merrimack used a burst of quick scores to erase a first-period deficit and untie the score midway through the second period before holding off the Bobcats in the third frame.

After a Sam Anas marker at the 14:08 mark of the first, Christie buried his first of two tallies on the night off a partial breakaway less than a minute later before junior Justin Hussar (Lancaster, N.Y.) tapped in the go-ahead strike just 1:35 after that to give the hosts a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes.

The Bobcats drew even midway through the second off a deflection goal by Landon Smith, but on the ensuing draw, senior Dan Kolomatis (Basking Ridge, N.J.) picked off a breakout pass and lobbed a bouncing pass that wound up back on the stick of Christie; the latter fired a quick strike that tickled the twine just 13 seconds after QU's equalizer, as the Warriors went back up, 3-2, at 13:53 of the second.

Just over three minutes later, freshman Brett Seney (London, Ontario) smacked in the game-winner right at the drop of the faceoff at 17:10, putting the hosts on top, 4-2, at the end of two periods.

That Seney strike proved to be the difference; the Bobcats benefited from back-to-back Merrimack penalties and skated with 50 seconds of 5-on-3. The Warrior PK fended off the first penalty but surrendered their first power-play goal in 22 attempts after Anas netted his second of the night on a bang-bang passing sequence at 10:38 to make it a one-goal game.

Despite Quinnipiac outshooting the Merrimack by two in the third period (10-8), Merrimack fended off the Bobcats over the rest of regulation to improve to 8-1-1 at home this season and will look to wrap up an undefeated year against the ECAC tomorrow night in Connecticut.

Merrimack and Quinnipiac conclude the weekend series tomorrow night at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Connecticut. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.