Notebook: Merrimack gets by without Kovacevic
ORONO — Johnathan Kovacevic missed his first game as a Merrimack Warrior on Friday night, as the Warriors lost to Maine, 4-3, in overtime at Alfond Arena.
According to Merrimack, Kovacevic sustained a lower-body injury in last Saturday’s game against Vermont, and is officially listed as day-to-day. Merrimack head coach Mark Dennehy did say that Kovacevic traveled with teh team to Maine this weekend, which is obviously a good sign.
“It was a little hairy at times without him,” Dennehy said. “We didn’t move the puck as well as we do when Kovy is in the lineup. But we had some guys who just battled their tails off. In the second and third periods we were on offense more, which helped.”
Dennehy said he feels like games over the last few weeks have taken shape differently, and it’s something the Warriors will have to adjust to moving forward.
“I feel like there is a lot more grappling going on,” Dennehy said. “I don’t feel like there was a lot of grappling at the beginning of the season, but I feel like there is now. That’s fine, if that’s how it will be played then we will need to adjust.
“Between last weekend and tonight, there’s so much grappling going on out there I kept looking for Vince McMahon.”
Seney recorded his team-leading seventh multi-point game of the season and 28th of his career on Friday. Biega and Kolquist had two-point nights for the visitors, as well. … Robbins became the second player to record a hat trick against Merrimack this season, joining BU’s Dante Fabbro in that category. … Merrimack saw its all-time record with Maine move to 21-69-9 all-time, including a 9-41-3 mark in Orono.