UMass Lowell Completes Weekend Sweep with 5-1 Win Against Merrimack
Junior defenseman Chris Forney scores goal and assist for River Hawks

Junior defenseman Chris Forney scored a goal and an assist for the River Hawks
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 16:02  UML1-0 PP Joe Gambardella (8)Chris Forney/3, Michael Kapla/9
2nd 5:20  UML2-0 EV GW Kenny Hausinger (3)Mattias Göransson/6, Tommy Panico/3
2nd 5:49  UML3-0 EV Dylan Zink (5)Michael Kapla/10, Nick Master/6
3rd 12:19  UML4-0 EV Chris Forney (1)Mattias Göransson/7, Jake Kamrass/5
3rd 13:11  MER1-4 EV Jace Hennig (2)Johnathan Kovacevic/6, Hampus Gustafsson/5
3rd 19:42  UML5-1 SH Tommy Panico (1)Chris Forney/4, Jake Kamrass/6
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
UMass Lowell  1225
Merrimack  0011
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
UMass Lowell  96823
Merrimack  891229
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
UMass Lowell (10-5-3)  1/2 4/8 1
Merrimack (6-8-3)  0/4 2/4 0
UMass Lowell Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Garrett Metcalf (W, 1-0-1)60:001 891128
Merrimack Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Collin Delia (L, 1-2-0)58:045 84618
Empty Net1:560     

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - The Merrimack College men's ice hockey team suffered a 5-1 setback against No. 9/7 UMass Lowell on Saturday night in its final game of the semester.

The Basics

Score: UMass Lowell 5, Merrimack 1
Records: Merrimack (6-8-3, 1-4-3 HEA) | #9/7 UMass Lowell (10-5-3, 6-3-1 HEA)
Location: Lawler Rink | North Andover, Mass.
Attendance: 2549
Game Duration: 2:01

How It Happened

1st Period

Similarly to how last night played out, Merrimack and UMass Lowell were scoreless through long stretches of the first in a quick-moving period, but the River Hawks went to a late power play and capitalized, as Joe Gambardella netted his eighth of the year at 16:02 to give the visitors a 1-0 lead at the intermission.

2nd Period

Merrimack had an early power play toward the beginning of the second frame but couldn't capitalize, keeping the deficit at one.

That deficit quickly grew, however, as UMass Lowell scored a pair of goals 29 seconds apart off the sticks of Kenny Hausinger and Dylan Zink to increase the River Hawk lead to 3-0.

The Warriors had two more power plays later in the period but came up empty on both, as the score went unchanged heading to the third.

3rd Period

The hosts began to build momentum in the third period and eventually broke through off a goal from junior Jace Hennig (Port Moody, British Columbia), who netted his second goal and first since Oct 21, to get the Warriors on the board with just under seven minutes to play.

That would be Merrimack's lone tally of the night, however; despite a late power play and a brief 6-on-4 advantage with the extra attacker on the ice, the Warrior offense was stymied by freshman goaltender Garrett Metcalf, who finished with 28 saves over the course of the night.

UMass Lowell added one late strike at 19:42, as Tommy Panico scored off a one-timer right after a faceoff win to wrap things up for the River Hawks.

Notes & Notables

Merrimack has come up empty on its last 32 power play chances and is the only team in the country without a power play goal dating back to Nov. 11.

The loss was only Merrimack's third this season and first since a 3-1 setback against UMass on Nov. 11.

Goal Descriptions

UML #1 (Gambardella/Forney/Kapla) | P1 16:02 (PP) - While on the power play, UMass Lowell works the puck around the boards and up to the left point. Michael Kapla keeps the puck in the zone with a blind backhand pass that rolls to the right circle to Chris Forney, who waits out the defense before dishing to Joe Gambardella on a 2-on-1 feed to the back post for the goal.

UML #2 (Hausinger/Goransson/Panico) | P2 5:20 - Mattias Goransson lobs a pass up and over the defense to Kenny Hausinger, who goes bar-down on a breakaway.

UML #3 (Zink/Kapla/Master) | P2 5:49 - Puck played along the right wing boards back to the top of the circle to Michael Kapla, who works the puck into the slot to Dylan Zink who toe-drags and scores.

UML #4 (Forney/Goransson/Kamrass) | P3 12:19 - Chris Forney scores off a one-timer shot from the point.

MC #1 (Hennig/Kovacevic/Gustafsson) | P3 13:11 - Hampus Gustafsson works the puck from the slot to Johnathan Kovacevic at the right point for a one-timer shot that Jace Hennig tips in.

UML #5 (Panico/Forney/Kamrass) | P3 19:42 - Jake Kamrass wins the faceoff back to Chris Forney in the left point, who moves the puck to the right point for a one-timer shot from tommy Panico.


Hennig | Gustafsson | Irvine
L. Larsson | A. Larsson | Tavernier
Petti | Babcock | Tibbet
Drevitch | Kramer | Foget

Biega | Carle
Kolquist | Kovacevic
Lashyn| Cook


Points: Three players (1) // Chris Forney (3)
Goals: Jace Hennig (1) // Five players (1)
Assists: Johnathan Kovacevic/Hampus Gustafsson (1) // Four players (2)
Shots: Johnathan Kovacevic (6) // Ryan Dmowski (4)
Faceoffs Won: Hampus Gustafsson (6) // Evan Campbell (13)
Saves: Collin Delia (18-for-23) // Garrett Metcalf (28-for-29)

Facts and Figures (MC // UML)

Power Plays: 0-4 // 1-2
Penalties: 2 Penalties - 4 Minutes // 4 Penalties - 8 Minutes
Faceoffs: 20 // 31
SOG: 8-9 // 9-6 // 12-8 // 29-23

Up Next

Merrimack returns to action when it participates in the Florida College Hockey Classic on Dec. 28-29 in Estero, Florida. The Warriors face Colorado College in the opening round and will take on either Cornell or Northern Michigan the following night.