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Notebook: Cole McBride shines in weekend series

NORTH ANDOVER — In many ways, this weekend’s series against Northeastern was a breakout of sorts for Merrimack sophomore forward Cole McBride.

McBride, a sophomore who was forced to sit out all of last season due to an eligibility issue, scored his second collegiate goal in Friday’s game at Northeastern and then on Saturday McBride led the Warriors with six shots on goal.

“He was excellent,” said Merrimack head coach Mark Dennehy. “One of his better games. Like with most of these kids, he still has a lot to work on, but he’s starting to do some of the things we thought he could do.

“We had to remind each other that he’s basically a freshman. Even though he practiced he hasn’t played. There are some bad habits and then a year off … there are some things he needed to scrape off. He got sat a couple of times but he dealt with it like a man. When players do that and continue to work hard, you’re happy when they start to get rewarded. When you play better you play more, and he’s been playing better.”

##Penalties continue to be costly

Penalties were costly for a second straight game. Merrimack took four of the game’s last five penalties over the last 21 minutes of the game. Northeastern took the first two penalties of the game, but didn’t take back-to-back penalties the rest of the night.

“We can’t feel sorry for ourselves or get frustrated,” Dennehy said. “I’ve been doing this long enough to know that we need to be more disciplined. We were middle of the pack when it comes to penalties and we take 10 penalties on the weekend. We need to capitalize on some chances and win some games.”

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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