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Penalties again costly as Northeastern sweeps Merrimack

NORTH ANDOVER — Discipline was the theme of the weekend for the Merrimack men’s hockey team. In short, after a weekend sweep at the hands of the Northeastern Huskies, Merrimack head coach Mark Dennehy said that the Warriors need more of it.

Ed. Note — This story will appear in Sunday’s edition of The Eagle Tribune

“At the end of the day, we need to be more disciplined than we were,” Dennehy said last night, following a 3-1 loss to the Huskies at Lawler Arena. ” I thought we got drawn into a lot of penalties, some dumb ones that hurt us.

“There are very few reasons to take any penalties. Maybe to stop a goal? But I don’t think many of those situations were warranted. I thought we were undisciplined on a lot of the penalties.”

The Huskies went 2 for 4 on the power play.

Adam Gaudette scored two goals for the Huskies. After he gave the Huskies a 1-0 lead late in the first period, Logan Coomes came back at the 5:07 mark of the second period and tied the score. Gaudette found the net seven minutes later to give the Huskies the lead for good.

“Their better players — they got two guys who could probably be in the NHL right now (Gaudette and Sikura) — and they were excellent,” Dennehy said. “Their goalie played really well. We had plenty of chances. I thought we dominated large stretches of that game. But at the end of the day, they scored three, we scored one.”

Drew Vogler (17 saves) was back in net for the Warriors for the first time since Oct. 27.

“(Northeastern’s) first goal hit the crossbar post, that’s an NHL shot,” Dennehy said. “The second one got tipped. He made some point-blank saves on them. The one he’d want back is the third one but I thought he battled.”

Merrimack’s been wildly inconsistent when it comes to goal scoring. In five of the Warriors’ last seven games, the Warriors have scored just one goal. Yet, in the other two games, Merrimack scored five and six goals each. Merrimack has been held to two goals or less in 10 of 14 games this season.

“We did a lot of good things, but we’re not finishing and we’re not playing as disciplined as we need to play,” Dennehy said. “We keep getting those chances, we need to bury them.”

Northeastern’s top line accounted for all three goals, with Nolan Stevens scoring a power-play goal late in the third period.

Merrimack outshot Northeastern 29-20.

The Warriors will host Army on Friday night at Lawler Arena.

Northeastern 3, Merrimack 1
at Lawler Arena (North Andover)
Merrimack (2-9-3): 0-1-0—1
Northeastern (9-5-1): 1-2-0—3
1st Period
Scoring - 1, NOE Adam Gaudette/9 (Dylan Sikura/11, Garret Cockerill/11) 17:47 (PP)
Penalties - Garret Cockerill, NOE (Tripping) 11:21; Matt Filipe, NOE (Cross-Checking) 16:53; Michael Babcock, MER (Slashing) 16:53; Aaron Titcomb, MER (Tripping) 17:26
2nd Period
Scoring - 2, MER Logan Coomes/1 (Derek Petti/2, Sami Tavernier/3) 5:07
3, NOE Adam Gaudette/10 (Ryan Shea/9) 12:46 (GW)
4, NOE Nolan Stevens/9 (Garret Cockerill/12, Jeremy Davies/12) 19:08 (PP)
Penalties - Jeremy Davies, NOE (Interference) 5:34; Brett Seney, MER (Embellishment) 5:34; Patrick Schule, NOE (Roughing) 9:33; Brett Seney, MER (Roughing) 9:33; Trevor Owens, NOE (Holding) 16:11; Brett Seney, MER (Cross-Checking) 19:00
3rd Period
Scoring - None
Penalties - Ludvig Larsson, MER (High-Sticking) 0:50; Adam Gaudette, NOE (Elbowing) 10:41; Jace Hennig, MER (Boarding) 18:11; Brett Seney, MER (Elbowing) 20:00
Northeastern Goaltending - Cayden Primeau (60:00, 29 shots, 28 saves, 1 GA)
Merrimack Goaltending - Drew Vogler (59:24, 20 shots, 17 saves, 3 GA); Empty Net (0:36, 0 GA)
Win - Cayden Primeau, NOE (5-3-1). Loss - Drew Vogler, MER (0-5-2).
Shots On Goal - NOE 4-7-9=20; MER 10-14-5=29
Power Plays - NOE 2 of 4; MER 0 of 3
Penalties - NOE 6 (12 min); MER 8 (16 min)
Three Stars: 1. Adam Gaudette (Northeastern) 2. Cayden Primeau (Northeastern) 3. Logan Coomes (Merrimack)

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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