NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - The Merrimack College men's hockey team fell victim to a pair of 5-on-3 goals, as it fell by a 6-1 final to Connecticut Friday afternoon at Lawler Rink.
The Warriors gave up three goals in the second period, including two on separate 5-on-3 advantages, which all but sealed the decision.
Score: Connecticut 6, Merrimack 1
Records: Merrimack (2-8-1, 2-8-1 HEA) | RV/RV Connecticut (6-6-2, 6-6-2 HEA)
Game Duration: 2:17
How It Happened
- Merrimack had plenty of offensive zone time in the opening stanza and held a 9-8 edge in shots on goal, but Connecticut struck for a pair 55 seconds apart midway through. Zachary Borgiel was taken out of the goal in favor of Jere Huhtamaa after the second tally.
- Connecticut needed just 20 seconds to get on the board in the second, then a slew of Merrimack penalties gave the Huskies two straight 5-on-3 advantages midway through. The visitors scored on both to bring their lead to five.
- With just over a minute to play in the frame, Regan Kimens and Christian Simeone worked the puck free to the slot, where Liam Walsh put home his second on the campaign. It was Simeone's first point of the season in his first game.
- The Huskies added another in the third period to cap the scoring.
Notes & Numbers
- After he was out injured for a few games, Liam Dennison led all skaters in blocked shots with four in his return to the lineup.
- Simeone, Declan Carlile and Zach Uens all finished with a +1 rating.
- Mick Messner led the Warriors with three shots on goal.
- The Huskies finished the game with a 33-20 advantage in shots on goal.
- Walsh won 11 of the 15 faceoffs he took.
The teams head to Storrs, Conn. Saturday for another 3 pm puck drop at Freitas Ice Forum.