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Notebook: Special teams key for Merrimack in Bentley win

NORTH ANDOVER — Merrimack killed a five-minute power play and the Warriors went 3 for 5 on the power play in a 5-2 win over Bentley on Friday night.

“I thought our special teams were good,” Merrimack head coach Mark Dennehy said. “I felt we played hard. (Bentley) is better than their record. That team was good, if not better than us for large stretches. The difference was our better players stepepd up.”

Brett Seney scored two goals, both of which were on the power play. Seney assisted on Jace Hennig’s power-play goal in the second period.

“It’s a great example of how important special teams are,” Seney said. “Our PK was great when it needed to be and our power play had a good night. We played hard for 60 minutes and guys did their job.”

Seney embraces new responsibility

Seney was moved back to center for the first time in over a calendar year — the last time he played the middle (on the line chart) was Oct. 15, 2016 against St. Lawrence.

That means more defensive responsibility for the Ontario native, but also it meant a reunion with former linemates Jance Hennig and Mathieu Tibbet.

“Obviously I love playing with those guys,” he said. “We played together as freshmen and sophomores. We have a connection. When we’re out there we were doing our jobs and moving forward, we’re going to continue to work together and build off that.

“As a center I have a lot more defensive responsibilities. I’m the third D back there in the D zone. Defensive play is something Ive been working on for all four years here. I just need to be aware. If Jace and Tibbs go, I need to stay above the play. It’s about competing and working hard.”

Drevitch fills the role

Earlier this week, Merrimack head coach Mark Dennehy said that he wanted to see Merrimack’s wingers work a bit harder. Tyler Drevitch was inserted into the lineup on Friday and more than adequately filled the role.

“Tyler not only worked hard, he was pretty good,” Dennehy said. “He made some plays. He wasn’t afraid. He just went out there and played. He was good tonight.

“We’re deep in certain positions and you have to play well if you want to continue to be in the lineup. Tyler played well tonight.”

Handling the pressure

Despite their record, Bentley’s offensive pressure was prevalent, especially the way the Falcons pressured on transition.

“We handled it better at times than others,” Dennehy said. “It was off and on. It was in stages. We didn’t handle it well the whole night, but we were OK.”

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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