Gaudette Scores Twice To Send Northeastern Past Merrimack, 3-1
Junior forward Adam Gaudette posts two goals for Huskies

Junior forward Adam Gaudette scores two goals for the Huskies
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 17:47  NOE1-0 PP Adam Gaudette (9)Dylan Sikura/11, Garret Cockerill/11
2nd 5:07  MER1-1 EV Logan Coomes (1)Derek Petti/2, Sami Tavernier/3
2nd 12:46  NOE2-1 EV GW Adam Gaudette (10)Ryan Shea/9
2nd 19:08  NOE3-1 PP Nolan Stevens (9)Garret Cockerill/12, Jeremy Davies/12
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Northeastern  1203
Merrimack  0101
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Northeastern  47920
Merrimack  1014529
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Northeastern (9-5-1)  2/4 6/12 0
Merrimack (2-9-3)  0/3 8/16 0
Northeastern Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Cayden Primeau (W, 5-3-1)60:001 1013528
Merrimack Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Drew Vogler (L, 0-5-2)59:243 35917
Empty Net0:360     

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - The Merrimack College men's ice hockey team fell to No. 12/11 Northeastern University on Saturday night at Lawler Rink, as the Huskies used two second-period tallies to break a 1-1 deadlock and went on to win by a 3-1 final.

The Basics

Score: Northeastern 3, Merrimack 1
Records: Merrimack (2-9-3, 1-6-1 HEA) | #12/11 Northeastern (9-5-1, 7-3-0 HEA)
Location: Lawler Rink | North Andover, Mass.
Attendance: 2053
Game Duration: 2:18

Rapid Recap

Merrimack limited the Huskies to only four shots on goal in the first while putting 10 on net themselves, but it was Northeastern that edged ahead thanks to a late power play goal at 17:47 to open the scoring.

Merrimack got level early in the second before the whistles started to pile up, leading to a pair of 4-on-4 sequences over the course of the period. But the Huskies regained their lead with just over seven minutes left in the stanza and then converted their second power play chance of the game with under a minute left, making it a 3-1 Northeastern lead after 40 minutes.

Neither side would find the back of the net in the third, one that saw Northeastern outshoot Merrimack by a 9-5 margin. The Warriors had one power play midway through the frame but were unable to capitalize, as the Huskies held on to secure a four-point weekend.

Scoring Summaries

Northeastern struck first while on a power play late in the first, as Adam Gaudette lit the lamp for the ninth time at 17:47. After Garrett Cockerill gloved down a clearing attempt at the right point, he fed Dylan Sikura, who sent the puck across the zone to Gaudette at the far dot, and his one-timer beat Drew Vogler (Florissant, Mo.) blocker side for the opening strike.

Sophomore Logan Coomes (Northville, Mich.) evened the contest at a goal apiece 5:07 into the second period after going hard to the net and poking in a rebound at the back post. Classmate Sami Tavernier (Morzine, France) won a puck battle in the far corner won and dropped it down low to junior Derek Petti (Tewksbury, Mass.), who sent a shot on net from the right goal line. Cayden Primeau but a piece, but Coomes was waiting to pot the rebound at the back post.

Gaudette restored the lead for the visitors at the 12:46 mark of the second, beating Vogler with a wrister from the near dot. Ryan Shea set up the play from the Huskies' blue line, and Gaudette did all the rest, gaining the zone at the left wing before netting his 10th of the year.

The Huskies went up by two on Nolan Stevens' ninth marker of the year with just over 50 seconds left in the second period. Following a faceoff win, defensemen Jeremy Davies and Cockerill traded spots at the right point before the latter set up Stevens near the right hash. Stevens would tuck in a swift backhander by Vogler at 19:08 to up the lead to 3-1.

Notes and Notables

Merrimack outshot Northeastern by a 29-20 margin on the night and had a 24-11 edge in pucks on net through two periods before the Huskies finished with nine in the third compared to Merrimack's five.

Vogler, who was making his first start since Oct. 27, made plenty of tough stops and finished with 17 saves overall. Primeau, who allowed only two goals all weekend, turned away 28-of-29 for the Huskies.

Coomes netted his first goal of the year and his first in about 10 months; the last time he lit the lamp was against BU last Jan. 24, 2017, in a 3-1 win at home.

Northeastern won its sixth straight game in the series, as Merrimack's last win against Northeastern was when it swept the Huskies in the 2015 Hockey East Tournament Opening Round series at Matthews Arena.

Merrimack has been kept to fewer than three goals 10 of 14 games and is winless (0-9-1) in those contests, compared to 2-0-2 when scoring three-plus goals.

Merrimack Lineup

Seney | A. Larsson | Irvine
Hennig | L. Larsson | McBride
Babcock | Kramer | Tavernier
Petti | Drevitch | Tibbet
Kolquist | Titcomb
Biega | Carle
Dockery | Kovacevic

Up Next

Merrimack plays its final non-conference game of the first semester against Army West Point next Friday at 7 p.m., then travels to UNH next Sunday for a 4 p.m. tilt.