NORTH ANDOVER — Merrimack College got back to its winning ways last night at Lawler Arena, defeating Bentley 5-2 behind a two-goal performance from senior winger Brett Seney.
Seney was moved to center for the first time since last season and found the back of the net twice, to go along with an assist. Seney played alongside Jace Hennig and Mathieu Tibbet, reuniting a line that was together often during their freshman and sophomore seasons.
“It’s looking to spark anything,” Merrimack head coach Mark Dennehy said of the lineup changes. “We need to score. You can’t win if you don’t score. That combo has been together before and we’re looking for a spark. At the same time, we have the way we want to play, and we can’t get away from that.”
Merrimack scored five goals in a game for the third time this season, and are now 2-0-1 when they hit that marker. The Warriors beat UMass, 5-3, two weeks ago.
“It will give our forwards and D some confidence,” Seney said. “Our biggest struggle so far to start the year was putting the puck in the net. We’ll cash this one in and build off of it.
“The last four games we’ve been doing what we need to do and outworked the other team. Tonight is a great example. Stick with it and good things happen.”
Merrimack is 2-2 in its last four games after starting the Warriors started the season winless in their first six. Scoring has been hot or cold, with three games scoring five goals and five games where the Warriors have scored one goal or less.
“It’s about positive energy,” Dennehy said. “Anybody in Division 1 college hockey can beat anyone else. We had to kill that five-minute power play and it’s a 3-2 game. We had to dig deep. We got he effort we needed when we needed it and I think you can build off that.”
Merrimack has the rest of the weekend off and will visit Providence next Friday night. The Friars return the trip to Lawler Arena on Saturday.
Merrimack 5, Bentley 2 at Lawler Arena Bentley (1-5-3): 1-1-0—2 Merrimack (2-6-2): 1-2-2—5 1st Period Scoring - 1, BEN Brett Orr/1 (Michael Boyle/1) 4:33 2, MER Michael Babcock/1 (Johnathan Kovacevic/6, Alfred Larsson/2) 9:56 Penalties - Logan Coomes, MER (Boarding) 2:13; Brett Seney, MER (Hooking) 10:35; Ryner Gorowsky, BEN (Tripping) 13:27 2nd Period Scoring - 3, MER Marc Biega/2 (Alex Carle/2, Ludvig Larsson/3) 0:42 4, MER Jace Hennig/4 (Brett Seney/4, Johnathan Kovacevic/7) 2:06 (PP) (GW) 5, BEN Tanner Jago/2 (Charlie Marchand/2, Kyle Schmidt/5) 13:49 (PP) Penalties - Chris Buchanan, BEN (Interference) 1:50; Jonathan Desbiens, BEN (Boarding) 6:00; Brett Seney, MER (High-Sticking) 12:18; Mathieu Tibbet, MER (5-Hitting from Behind) 16:42; Mathieu Tibbet, MER (10-Game Misconduct) 16:42 3rd Period Scoring - 6, MER Brett Seney/3 (Jace Hennig/4, Ludvig Larsson/4) 5:07 (PP) 7, MER Brett Seney/4 (Jared Kolquist/5, Johnathan Kovacevic/8) 16:40 (PP) Penalties - Jake Kauppila, BEN (Goaltender Interference) 4:28; Connor Brassard, BEN (Holding) 15:34 Bentley Goaltending - Aidan Pelino (60:00, 27 shots, 22 saves, 5 GA) Merrimack Goaltending - Craig Pantano (59:58, 26 shots, 24 saves, 2 GA); Empty Net (0:02, 0 GA) Win - Craig Pantano, MER (2-2-0). Loss - Aidan Pelino, BEN (0-2-0). Shots On Goal - BEN 8-12-6=26; MER 6-12-9=27 Power Plays - BEN 1 of 4; MER 3 of 5 Penalties - BEN 5 (10 min); MER 5 (21 min) Three Stars: 1. Brett Seney (Merrimack) 2. Jace Hennig (Merrimack) 3. Johnathan Kovacevic (Merrimack)