|1st||4:33||BEN||1-0||EV||Brett Orr (1)||Michael Boyle/1, Brendan Hamblet/2|
|1st||9:56||MER||1-1||EV||Michael Babcock (1)||Johnathan Kovacevic/6, Alfred Larsson/2|
|2nd||0:42||MER||2-1||EV||Marc Biega (2)||Alex Carle/2, Ludvig Larsson/3|
|2nd||2:06||MER||3-1||PP GW||Jace Hennig (4)||Brett Seney/4, Johnathan Kovacevic/7|
|2nd||13:49||BEN||2-3||PP||Tanner Jago (2)||Charlie Marchand/2, Kyle Schmidt/5|
|3rd||5:07||MER||4-2||PP||Brett Seney (3)||Jace Hennig/4, Ludvig Larsson/4|
|3rd||16:40||MER||5-2||PP||Brett Seney (4)||Jared Kolquist/5, Johnathan Kovacevic/8|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Aidan Pelino (L, 0-2-0)||60:00||5||5||10||7||22|
|Craig Pantano (W, 2-2-0)||59:58||2||7||11||6||24|
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - Senior Brett Seney (London, Ontario) and sophomore Johnathan Kovacevic (Grimsby, Ontario) had a season-high three points apiece and fellow senior Jace Hennig (Port Moody, British Columbia) added a pair of goals himself, fueling the Merrimack College men's ice hockey team to a 5-2 victory over visiting Bentley on Friday night at Lawler Rink.
Score: Merrimack 5, Bentley 2
Records: Merrimack (2-6-2, 1-3-0 HEA) | Bentley (1-5-3, 1-4-3 AHA)
Location: Lawler Rink | North Andover, Mass.
Game Duration: 2:03
- Bentley took an early lead, capitalizing on a turnover to light the lamp first less than five minutes into the contest, but that was the only lead the visitors would hold all night. Merrimack drew even just over five minutes later and took the lead for good only 42 seconds into the middle stanza.
- The hosts doubled their lead on the power play just past the two-minute mark in the second, but the Falcons made it a one-goal game heading into the second intermission after converting on their own man advantage at the 13:49 mark of the second.
- Merrimack eventually pulled away in the third, adding insurance with a pair of Seney strikes to get the Warriors back in the win column.
- Bentley's Brent Orr opened the scoring 4:33 into the first period. With Merrimack trying to break out of its own zone, a collision behind the net resulted in the puck finding the stick of Michael Boyle, who fed Orr at the top of the far circle for a one-timer through a screen that eluded the glove of Craig Pantano (Bridgewater, Mass.).
- Merrimack got even five minutes later thanks to junior Michael Babcock (Northville, Mich.), who netted his first of the year just in front of the 10-minute mark in the opening stanza. Senior Alfred Larsson's (Malmo, Sweden) backcheck gave the Warriors possession, and Kovacevic flung the puck around the right wing boards. Babcock crashed toward the net, where he picked up the puck off the end boards and backhanded it home.
- Merrimack took its first lead early in the second period after senior Marc Biega (Pointe-Claire, Quebec) fired a slapper from the top of the left circle that went in over the glove of Bentley goaltender Aidan Pelino. Juniors Alex Carle (Anchorage, Alaska) and Ludvig Larsson (Malmo, Sweden) each helped set up the play by cycling the puck from the right half boards to the left point, and Biega walked in and did the rest.
- Just over a minute later, Merrimack converted its second power play of the night after Hennig tallied his team-leading fourth marker of the year. Hennig capped off a tic-tac-toe sequence that started with Kovacevic from the left point down to Seney in the left circle, and finally to Hennig in the slot, who scored glove side to increase the lead to 3-1.
- The Falcons notched a power play goal of their own late in the second after Tanner Jago's blast from the point brought Bentley to within 3-2. Kyle Schmidt carried the puck into the right corner and threw it back to the point for Charlie Bertrand, who found Jago to his left. The latter teed up a rocket that went in blocker side.
- Seney lit the lamp for the first of two times while on the power play just past the five-minute mark in the third period, finishing off another quick passing sequence with a one-timer from the left hash to restore the Warriors' two-goal lead. Hennig and Larsson each assisted on the play.
- Seney's fifth also came with the Warriors on the man advantage, as Merrimack lit the lamp for the final time of the night at 16:40. Classmate Jared Kolquist (Hermantown, Minn.) and Kovacevic each recorded assists on the play, helping set up Seney at the edge of the left circle, and Seney blew a wrister by Pelino for his second marker of the night.
Notes and Notables
- Before Friday, there were only four three-plus-point performances by any Warrior this season; Seney, who had one of them, posted his fourth career two-goal night and second of the year, while Kovacevic dished a career-high three helpers to add to his team-leading point total of nine (1g, 8a).
- Kovacevic added to his scoring streak and now has points in four straight games, the longest point streak by any Warrior this season.
- Merrimack matched its season-high in goals (5), assists (10) and points (15) in a single game while the defense held Bentley to only five points (2g, 3a), the lowest total by any team in a game this season.
- Merrimack improved to 6-0-0 against Bentley all-time, as the two teams have now played three times over the last six seasons. Merrimack is now also 3-0-0 at home against the Falcons.
- Pantano improved to 2-2-0 on the season with a 24-save outing; he now has a 2.06 GAA and .924 SV% on the season.
- Merrimack surpassed three or more goals for only the third time this season; the Warriors are 2-0-1 when scoring three or more times and are winless (0-6-1) when scoring fewer than three goals.
- Merrimack's power play finished 3-for-5, its second-best outing of the season; the team lit the lamp four times with the man advantage at Minnesota Duluth on Oct. 20.
Hennig | Seney | Tibbet
Petti | L. Larsson | Irvine
Coomes | Kramer | Drevitch
Babcock | A. Larsson | McKay
Biega | Carle
Kolquist | Titcomb
Bell | Kovacevic
Merrimack wraps up a five-game November slate with a home-and-home series with Providence next weekend. The series starts at Schneider Arena on Friday at 7:15 p.m.