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Game Notes: Merrimack preps to host Vermont for two games this weekend

The Merrimack College men’s ice hockey team closes out the month of January with an important two-game home set with the University of Vermont. Puck drop each night from Lawler Rink is set for 7 p.m., and Saturday’s game will air live on NESN and NESN National.

PARKING AND SECURITY ADVISORY
Due to enhanced security regulations in place on campus, fans are encouraged to arrive to Lawler Rink EARLY on game nights. 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

  • TICKET DISCOUNTS (FRIDAY/SATURDAY): Enjoy $10 off all adult/youth tickets for BOTH games this weekend! Use discount code COMMUNITY18 (not case-sensitive) when ordering either online or by phone. Offer ends Friday at 12 p.m.
  • TRADING CARD GIVEAWAY #3 (FRIDAY): Collect them all! The third installment of the 2017-18 Warrior Hockey Trading Card Series hits Lawler Rink this Friday night. Get your pack while supplies last and try to collect every player card this season!
  • CLASS OF 1977-78 NIGHT (FRIDAY): One of the most important teams in school history will be honored on Friday night, as the national championship-winning 1977-78 Merrimack Hockey squad is honored as part of the “Year of the 8s” campaign to honor some of the greatest teams ever to don the Navy and Gold. Join us as we welcome back members from the only team in program history to win an NCAA title!
  • RALLY TOWEL GIVEAWAY (SATURDAY): FREE Merrimack Hockey Rally Towels sponsored by TSR Hockey will be available for ALL FANS! Wave your towel all game long as the Warriors battle the Catamounts live on NESN!
  • TEAM IMPACT NIGHT (SATURDAY): We are proud to be among the most active schools nationwide to partner with Team IMPACT, with up to 19 matches all-time among are 24 varsity programs at Merrimack. Join us on Saturday as we recognize Team IMPACT matches from various teams on campus as part of a special intermission ceremony!

Inside the Series

  • Meeting for the 40th and 41st time this weekend, Vermont is one of just three teams in Hockey East that the Warriors boast an all-time .500 or better record against.
  • Merrimack has gone 17-15-7 in program history against the Catamounts, including an 8-5-4 record at home and an 8-10-3 mark in Burlington.
  • In the all-time series’ recent years, Merrimack had gone unbeaten in a nearly five-year span (9-0-3) against Vermont from October 2009 to January 2013 and are 12-4-4 in their last 20 meetings dating back to 2010.
  • Merrimack split its two-game series with Vermont last February on the road, dropping a 3-1 decision before concluding the regular season with a 3-2 win against the Cats.
  • Merrimack swept Vermont in its last trip to Lawler Rink in 2016, winning by scores of 4-1 and 2-0 during that weekend series.

‘Mack Facts

  • Merrimack is 5-4-1 in its last 10 games dating back to Dec. 8 after starting 2-9-3.
  • The Warriors have just three road wins in 14 tries (3-9-2) compared to 4-4-2 at home.
  • Senior Brett Seney has moved into the team lead with 22 points; he shares the team lead with classmate Jace Hennig and junior Ludvig Larsson in goals (8), while his 14 helpers are most on the squad.
  • Senior Jared Kolquist is the highest-scoring defenseman on the team and ranks third overall with 17 points (4g, 13a); he is sixth in Hockey East in points by defensemen.
  • Seven total Warriors have surpassed the 10-point threshold on the year.
  • Seney leads the Warriors with five power play goals, which ranks tied for seventh in Hockey East. He also ranks third with 15 power play points, while Kolquist and Hennig rank fifth and seventh with 13 and 12 power play points, respectively.
  • Goaltender Craig Pantano has earned all of Merrimack’s wins this season and has started 17 of the last 19 games; he is 7-7-2 with a 2.37 GAA and .914 SV% on the year.

The Catch on the Catamounts

  • Vermont heads into the weekend at 5-15-4 overall with a 2-9-3 mark in league play.
  • The Catamounts snapped a nine-game winless stretch (0-6-3) with a 6-3 win at UMass Lowell last Saturday. Before then, they hadn’t won since Nov. 25 at Dartmouth.
  • Sophomore Ross Colton is one of five Catamounts in double-digit scoring figures. His 14 points and 12 goals are most on the squad, while senior Jarrid Privitera has dished a team-high eight assists on the year. Sophomore defenseman Matt O’Donnell is the team’s lead-scoring defenseman (11) and rookie Alex Esposito has 12 points (6g, 6a).
  • Sophomore Stefanos Lekkas has started 22 of 24 games for the Catamounts and owns a 3.20 goals against average, as well as a .905 save percentage.
  • UVM ranks 55th nationally in scoring offense (2.21) and 52nd in scoring defense (3.33); the Catamounts’ power play ranks 27th (19.4) while their PK ranks 32nd (80.6).
  • Kevin Sneddon is in his 14th season at UVM; he started the year 274-338-86 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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