Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna talked about his experience at Merrimack’s 5-3 win over BC on Friday afternoon in his “Commissioner’s Corner” segment of the weekly Hockey East release on Monday.
Here is what he had to say:
It was great to see the number of afternoon games scheduled over the holiday weekend, games that made it easier for families to attend with young children. I made an effort to attend the Boston College at Merrimack game on Friday afternoon but arrived late due to a previous commitment. When I made it through a crowded lobby, thinking it must have been between periods, I walked into the arena only to discover there were 15 minutes left in the second period and the building was jam packed. I stood three deep behind the near goal and watched a banged-out Lawler Arena come alive with each big Warrior play. And there were many of them in a 5-3 win over the defending NCAA champions.
Hats off to Merrimack AD Glenn Hofmann and head coach Mark Dennehy, the latter a recipient of a contract extension through 2016. The arena is well into an attractive renovation (to be completed after the holiday) and the energy in the building is as high as I have ever felt it. MC came very close to a weekend sweep of BC and UNH and with Friday’s win, the Warriors won the season series from the Eagles, 2-1. With two ties against BU, Merrimack has a chance to win the season series against the Terriers as well. The rubber match is at Agganis Arena on January 16. This is great news in North Andover and in Hockey East in general.