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Game Notes: Merrimack Takes on BC in Hockey East Quarterfinals

The Merrimack College men’s ice hockey team continues postseason play when it opens up its best-of-three Hockey East Tournament Quarterfinal Series at No. 18 Boston College on Friday night. Puck drop from Conte Forum is set for 7 p.m.

Inside the Series

  • Merrimack owns a 22-68-7 all-time mark against the Eagles dating back to 1972.
  • After a 3-3-1 stretch against BC from Oct. 31, 2009 to Nov. 26, 2010, Merrimack has just two wins in its last 17 tries (2-12-3) against the Eagles.
  • BC swept the regular season series by 3-1 (at BC) and 2-1 (at Merrimack) scores.
  • Last year, the Warriors won the season series for only the second time since joining Hockey East after going 1-0-1 and snapped an eight-game winless stretch (0-6-2).
  • That one win last year came at Conte Forum by a 6-3 score, ending a 30-game winless streak (0-27-3) that dated back to Oct. 31, 1997.
  • Merrimack is also just 1-10 in the postseason against Boston College.

‘Mack Facts

  • Merrimack reached the quarterfinal round of the Hockey East Tournament for the third time in the last four years after its two-game sweep of UMass Lowell last weekend.
  • Senior Brett Seney leads the team lead with 32 points on a team-high 13 goals, including seven that have come on the power play and one shorthanded strike.
  • Two other seniors, a junior and a sophomore have passed the 20-point barrier in Jace Hennig (25), Jared Kolquist (23), Ludvig Larsson (20) and Sami Tavernier (20).
  • Kolquist’s 19 assists are tied with Seney for most on the team.
  • Seney ranks sixth in Hockey East in overall scoring and third in power play points (18); he also ranks fifth with seven power play goals.
  • Kolquist, Hennig and Tavernier rank sixth and ninth in Hockey East with 15 and 13 power play points, respectively.
  • Goaltender Craig Pantano has seen the bulk of the time in net and has started 25 of the team’s 35 games; he is 11-12-2 with a 2.32 GAA and .918 SV% on the year.

Eagle Eye

  • Despite finishing the regular season winless in non-league games (0-7-3), Boston College captured the Hockey East regular season title by going 18-6-0 in league play.
  • After losing to Harvard in the Beanpot Consolation game on Feb. 12, BC closed the year with four straight wins, outscoring its opponents by an 18-6 margin in that span.
  • Freshman Logan Hutsko leads all Eagles with 29 points (12g, 17a) and owns a share of the team lead in goals. He is one of four Eagles with more than 20 points this year.
  • David Cotton has dished a team-high 18 assists and his four power play goals are tied for the team lead with Graham McPhee and Christopher Brown.
  • Sophomore Joseph Woll has started 27 of BC’s 34 games in net owns a 15-10-2 record with a 2.53 goals against average and .911 save percentage.
  • The Eagles rank 26th nationally in scoring offense (2.94) and 24th in scoring defense (2.71); their power play ranks 33rd (18.1) and penalty kill ranks 34th (80.7).
  • Jerry York, the NCAA’s all-time winningest head coach, is in his 24th season at BC and 46th overall. He entered the year with a 1033-614-114 all-time coaching mark.

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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