The Merrimack College men’s ice hockey team will look to continue its solid month-long stretch when it takes on Boston University in a home-and-home weekend series starting Friday night at Lawler Rink before concluding at Agganis Arena on Saturday.
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.
- RENE RANCOURT NATIONAL ANTHEM: Boston Bruins and TD Garden legend Rene Rancourt will be on hand to deliver his famous rendition of the National Anthem before Friday’s game. Make sure you’re in your seat early for his riveting performance prior to puck drop!
Inside the Series
- Merrimack and BU have met just about every year since the late 1960s; they will be meeting for the 112th and 113th times this weekend.
- While Merrimack is just 19-84-8 all-time against BU, including an 11-27-5 record in North Andover and an 8-56-3 mark at BU, the Warriors did sweep the season series for the first time ever last winter and they have won three of the last four against BU.
- Merrimack’s sweep of BU last year came when the Terriers were ranked No. 1 nationally; the Warriors also took down a top-ranked BU team back in the 1998 Hockey East playoffs, marking their only wins ever against a team ranked No. 1 in a national poll.
- BU has not won at Lawler Rink since Jan. 11, 2013, and is 0-3-1 in its last four trips.
- Merrimack snapped an eight-game winless streak on the road against BU last year, moving to 3-18-2 all-time at Agganis Arena.
- Merrimack is 5-2-1 in its last eight 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 4-3-2 at home.
- Seniors Jace Hennig and Brett Seney lead the team with 20 points; Hennig has a team-high eight goals while Seney’s 14 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 fifth in Hockey East in points by defensemen.
- Six total Warriors have surpassed the 10-point threshold on the year.
- Four different Warriors have four goals on the power play, which ranks tied for eighth in Hockey East. Seney ranks third with 14 power play points, while Hennig and Kolquist rank tied for sixth with 12 power play points apiece.
- Goaltender Craig Pantano has earned all of Merrimack’s wins this season and has started 16 of the last 17 games; he is 7-6-2 with a 2.26 GAA and .918 SV% on the year.
Tracking the Terriers
- BU enters the weekend at 9-11-2 overall with a 7-7-2 mark in league play.
- The Terriers have struggled to find consistency throughout an up-and-down season; after starting 2-0-0, they have not won back-to-back games since then.
- BU is 1-1-1 in its last three with a win at UNH and tie against Providence last weekend.
- Sophomore Patrick Harper leads seven Terriers who are in double-digit scoring figures. His 21 points are most on the squad, while junior Bobo Carpenter has lit the lamp a team-high 11 times, with five coming on the power play. Sophomore defenseman Chad Krys has dished a team-most 14 assists and is BU’s lead scoring d-man (5-4–19).
- Sophomore Jake Oettinger has started 20 of 22 games for the Terriers and owns a 2.81 goals against average, as well as a .904 save percentage.
- BU ranks 29th nationally in scoring offense (2.95) and 29th in scoring defense (2.91); their power play ranks 28th (19.8) while their PK ranks 49th (77.8).
- David Quinn is in his fifth season at BU; he started the year 83-54-17 all-time.