|1st||8:29||MER||1-0||EV GW||Brett Seney (9)||Sami Tavernier/8, Jared Kolquist/8|
|1st||17:44||MER||2-0||PP||Alex Carle (2)||Ludvig Larsson/7, Chris LeBlanc/6|
|2nd||5:35||MER||3-0||EV||Johnathan Kovacevic (3)||Brett Seney/18, Sami Tavernier/9|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Collin Delia (W, 6-5-2)||60:00||0||4||6||12||22|
|Alex Wakaluk (L, 0-2-0)||60:00||3||8||15||6||29|
AMHERST, Mass. - A strong effort from start to finish and x different goal-scorers propelled the Merrimack College men's ice hockey team to a 3-0 road win at the University of Massachusetts on Tuesday night at the Mullins Center. The Warriors see their unbeaten streak move to six games (4-0-2), their longest since the 2011-12 season.
RESULT: Merrimack 3, Massachusetts 0
LOCATION: Mullins Center (Amherst, Mass.)
RECORDS: Massachusetts (5-24-2, 2-16-1 HEA); Merrimack (12-13-5, 6-7-5 HEA)
THE LEAD: University of Massachusetts hockey dropped its Tuesday night Hockey East matchup with Merrimack, 3-0 at the Mullins Center. The Warriors out-shot the Minutemen 32-22 in the contest, posting two of their three tallies in the opening period.
Merrimack took a 1-0 lead 8:29 into the first when Brett Seney tapped home a wraparound from Sami Tavernier at the far post. Then with a five-minute power play late in the frame, Alex Carle's shot from the point found its way through traffic off a feed from Ludvig Larsson and Chris LeBlanc at 17:44.
The Warriors added their third of the night 5:35 into the second period. Seney and Tavernier set up Johnathan Kovacevic for a one-timer that he fired under the cross bar from the top of the right faceoff circle.
UMass appeared to have gotten on the board with 12:20 to go in the first period as senior Steven Iacobellis slid a loose puck underneath Merrimack netminder Collin Delia. However, the goal was overturned for contact with the goaltender.
FROM COACH CARVEL:
"Not having Ray (Pigozzi), Jake McLaughlin and then losing (Austin) Plevy, three of our better offensive guys, I think was a definite factor in the game, but Merrimack did a really good job clogging up the game on us and their goaltender didn't have to face a lot of chances tonight and I think he's a pretty good goaltender on top of that. We got what we expected from Merrimack tonight and I think if our compete had been better for 60 minutes we might have found a way to win, but it wasn't close enough tonight."
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Making his second straight start in net for the Minutemen, senior Alex Wakaluk finished the night with 29 saves. Delia totaled 22 stops for the Warriors.
- Merrimack went 1-for-5 on the power play in the contest, while UMass was 0-for-2.
- The Minutemen won 33 of 56 faceoffs on the evening (58.9%), led sophomore Ryan Badger's 12 for 15 (80%) effort over the dots, while by Iacobellis won 15 of 23 (65.2%) draws.
UP NEXT: The Minutemen will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 18, when the squad will play host to No. 6 UMass Lowell at 7 p.m. in the Mullins Center.