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Game Notes: Merrimack hosts UConn on Friday night to wrap up season series

The Merrimack College men’s ice hockey team returns home for the first time since the calendar turned to 2018 when it hosts the University of Connecticut on Friday night at Lawler Rink. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. Please note this game was moved up a day from its originally scheduled time and ALL tickets that were purchased for Saturday will be valid for Friday night.

PARKING AND SECURITY ADVISORY
Due to enhanced security regulations in place on campus, fans are encouraged to arrive to Lawler Rink EARLY Saturday night. The Lawler Rink security staff reserves the right to check ALL bags and ask guests to leave inappropriate or prohibited items in their car or outside of the gates. All guests are subject to search.
Please note the following parking restrictions for Saturday night’s game:

  • Lot F (MAC) is reserved for hockey season ticket holders
  • Lot G (Deegan/Fenton Road) is reserved for reserved parking.

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WEEKEND PROMOTIONS

  • ICE SCRAPER GIVEAWAY: The first 750 fans in attendance on Friday will receive FREE Merrimack Athletics Ice Scrapers while supplies last!
  • TRADING CARD GIVEAWAY #2: Collect them all! The second installment of the 2017-18 Warrior Hockey Trading Card Series hits Lawler Rink this weekend. Get your pack while while supplies last and try to collect every player card this season!
  • PATRIOTS FLASH SALE & DISCOUNTS: To help commemorate the beginning of what will hopefully be another long NFL postseason in New England, tickets for Friday’s game are $10 off standard admission until Thursday, Jan. 11, at 11:59 p.m. by using discount code “gopats12” when buying. Additionally, fans who wear any Patriots memorabilia/attire to the game will be eligible to purchase tickets in the student section for $6 OR reserved seats for $12! This offer is only valid on game day. Please note: those ticket prices are for all audiences (no general/youth prices).

Inside the Series (UConn)

  • Merrimack and UConn will be meeting for the 34rd time in the all-time series this weekend with the Warriors holding a 25-3-5 all-time mark against the Huskies, including a 20-2-2 record at home and a 3-1-2 mark on the road.
  • To say the series has been close over the last three seasons would be an understatement; five straight games and seven out of the last eight between Merrimack and UConn have gone to overtime, with both sides skating to ties in five of those games.
  • The only non-ties during that span have been one-goal wins for either side, with Merrimack’s most recent victory coming last Friday in come-from-behind fashion.
  • The goal that sent the game to overtime in each of the last five Merrimack-UConn games has come inside the last 90 seconds of regulation. In the three games prior to this season, the trailing team tied the game in the final minute with an extra attacker.
  • Merrimack is 2-1-5 against UConn since the Huskies joined Hockey East in 2014-15.

‘Mack Facts

  • Merrimack is 4-2-1 in its last seven games dating back to Dec. 8 after starting 2-9-3.
  • The Warriors have just three road wins in 13 tries (3-8-2) compared to 3-3-2 at home.
  • Seniors Jace Hennig and Brett Seney lead the team with 19 points; Hennig has a team-high eight goals while Seney’s 13 helpers are most on the team.
  • Seney Jared Kolquist is the highest-scoring defenseman on the team and ranks third overall with 16 points (4g, 12a); he is fourth in Hockey East in points by defensemen.
  • Six total Warriors have surpassed the 10-point threshold on the year.
  • Hennig, Seney and Sami Tavernier each have four goals on the power play, which ranks tied for eighth in Hockey East. Seney ranks third with 13 power play points, while Hennig and Kolquist rank fourth and seventh with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
  • Goaltender Craig Pantano has earned all of Merrimack’s wins this season and has started 14 of the last 15 games; he is 6-6-2 with a 2.42 GAA and .915 SV% on the year.

Hello, Huskies

  • UConn enters the weekend at 8-14-2 overall with a 5-9-1 mark in league play.
  • The Huskies have lost their last three, including last Friday’s 3-2 overtime loss against Merrimack which followed a 3-0 setback against Quinnipiac last Tuesday night.
  • Junior Maxim Letunov leads seven Huskies who are in double-digit scoring figures. His 20 points and 14 helpers are most on the squad.
  • Sophomore Alexander Payusov has lit the lamp a team-most nine times, with six of them coming on the power play. Senior defenseman Johnny Austin has 14 assists, too.
  • Sophomore Adam Huska has started 22 of 24 games for the Huskies and owns a 2.54 goals against average, as well as a .913 save percentage.
  • UConn ranks 45th nationally in scoring offense (2.58) and 26th in scoring defense (2.83); their power play ranks 21st (20.6) while their PK ranks 29th (81.4).
  • Mike Cavanaugh is in his fifth season at UConn; he started the year 51-70-23 all-time.

Mike McMahon is in his 12th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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