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Alexiou out 1-2 weeks

According to head coach Mark Dennehy, Mike Alexiou, who was injured in last Friday’s game against Robert Morris will be out at least this weekend against UMass, and he would be surprised if he was back for the series against Boston College next weekend.

Dennehy said there was no immediate timetable, it was a situation where it depends on how his body reacts.

Remember Alexiou also missed the last game against UMass when he sat out with a suspension for a fighting major he received against Northeastern. The Warriors won that game 3-0 on Dec. 5.

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UMass @ Merrimack Lineups

Here are the lineups for the UMass-Merrimack tilt at Lawler Arena:

First for the Warriors:

Rego-PallardyByrnes
Bonitatibus-Posteraro-Vaskivuo
Kimball-Robitaille-Jones
Kane-Mills-Goebel

Sullivan-Boulay
Wilson-Sadlowski
Loprieno-Bowen

Watson
Healey
Braithwaite

Now for the Minutemen:

Fenton-Quirk-Davis
Capraro-Anderson-Crowder
Virtue-Matheson-Ortiz
Jarman-Watson-Berry

Nolet-Kostka
Leaderer-Braun
Bevis-Wessbecker

Quick
Meyers

I’ll be posting lie updates all night, so please do stay tuned…

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UMass @ Merrimack Notebook

It’s really plain and simple: The Warriors played the best game of the season.

Here are some notes/thoughts from the Warriors second Hockey East win a row.

*When was the last time that the Warriors swept a season series with a Hockey East opponent? I’ll look it up and get back to you.

*Matt Jones scores his first two goals of the season, Pat Kimball assists on both.

*Pat Watson makes 18 saves. His numbers on the season improve to 2-3-1, 2.66, .905%. His numbers in Hockey East games are even better at 2-2-0, 2.50, .915%.

*Jones was the star, but I thought that Derek Pallardy played his best game of the season, despite not showing up on the scoresheet. I have to admit, I was a little surprised to see him centering the top line. Pallardy is a very smart hockey player, arguable the smartest on the team. He is also the best defensive forward on the team. That is why I was surprised to see him on the top scoring line.
I was also surprised to see him centering a power-play unit. Needless to say, his ability to read the play and always be in position led to a few chances for the junior.

*Pat Kimball is the team’s leading scorer in Hockey East games with a 2g-3a-5pts line through the first 11 Hockey East games.

*Merrimack’s penalty kill reached 80.0% for the first time since the start of the season.

*This marked the first time the Warriors have won a game in which they outshot their opponent. The record now stands at 1-3-0 on the season.

*This also marked the first time this season that the Warriors have won a game with which they were tied after the first period (1-8-0).

*The Warriors improved to 2-1-1 when tied after two periods, and 2-1-0 in one-goal games.

*The three Hockey East wins the Warriors have now earned are the most the team has had since the 03-04 season. Ironically, that was also the last time that they have made the playoffs.

*The three Warrior stars of the game are an easy choice. This will be yet another new feature that I want to start doing after every game. They all have three stars, but I will be choosing the three Warriors stars.
3) So. Pat Watson (18 saves)
2) Fr. Pat Kimball (2 assists)
1) Fr. Matt Jones (2 goals)

Merrimack @ UMass – Lineups

Greetings from the very lightly packed Mullins center here at UMass.

Here are the lineups for tonight. I am going to start with Merrimack first because every game in which the Warriors have won, their lines have been listed first here on the ole’ blog (not that I believe anything like that…)

Kimball-Robitaille-Jones
Rego-Pallardy-Byrnes
Bonitatibus-Posteraro-Vaskivuo
Kane (D)-Mills-Goebel

Sullivan-Boulay
Wilson-Sadlowski
Loprieno-Bowen

Watson
Healey
Braithwaite

Tonight’s Warrior scratches:
D-Jordan Hart, F-Chris Nugent (knee), F-Mike Alexiou (undisclosed injury), D-David Burkholder

Now for the UMass lines:

Fenton-Quirk-Davis
Capraro-Anderson-Crowder
Jarman-Watson-Berry
Klann-Virtue-Ortiz

Nolet-Kostka
Leaderer-Braun
Matheson-Wessbecker

Quick
Meyers

I’ll be posting throughout the night. Warmups in four minutes…

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Warriors skating an extra in warmups

The Warriors just took the ice for warmups and Jordan Hart, who was not on the lineup sheet, is participating in pre-game warmups.

Currently on the ice are 22 players (3 goals, 19 skaters).

This happens from time to time, I am guessing that the situation is because one of the players slated to be in the lineup is testing out his body because he may be slightly banged up. I am not sure who, but this usually means that Hart is out there to be ready in case the player in question cannot go.

J.C. Robitaille did limp off the ice last night after taking a shot off of the foot, my guess is that he may be the one in question.

More once they take the ice for the introductions.

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UMass takes a 3-1 lead, goaltender Quick is the scorer

With a delayed penalty on UMass coming up and Watson out of the net for an extra skater, an erant Warrior pass made it all the way down the ice and into the net.

One of the stranger things I have ever seen. I have always wondered about it happening, but never saw it.

To make it even better, John Quick gets credit for the goal.

MC – 1
UM – 3
2nd – 10:00

To help the matters, the Warriors are about to have a 1:28 two-man advantage.

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UMass 4, Merrimack 2 – Final

Matt Jones scores a goal and adds an assist (a four point weekend). Pat Kimball also scores for the Warriors (3-14-2, 3-9-0)

Merrimack – 2
UMass – 4
FINAL

Pat Watson makes 21 saves on 24 shots (The empty net 6-on-5 goal does not go against his record).

For a full recap and story, pickup a paper tomorrow and use the link located to the right.

Goodnight from the Mullins Center!

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Merrimack @ Boston College – Lineups

Sorry for the delay, I had a bit of a problem connecting to the internet here at Conte Forum.

Here are the lines

Merrimack:
Kimball-Robitaille-Jones
Rego-Pallardy-Byrnes
Posteraro-Bonitatibus-Vaskivuo
Kane-Mills-Goebel

Sullivan-Boulay
Wilson-Sadlowski
Loprieno-Bowen

Watson
Healey
Braithwaite

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Boston College:
Boyle-Ferriero-Rooney
Gerbe-Bertram-Bradford
Greene-Gannon-Lombardi
Kucharski-Smith-Orpik

Kunes-Brennan
Filangieri-Motherwell
O’Hanley-Sneep

Schneider
Pearce
Reasoner

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Boston College 4, Merrimack 1

Not the best night for myself or the Warriors. After I finally get connected to the internet over at Kelley Rink, blogger goes down preventing me from doing live blogging from the rink.

Anyhow the Warriors drop one to BC tonight 4-1. Here are some quick notes…

*First I want to congratulate Carmen Posteraro on his first goal in a Merrimack uniform. It’s not his first career goal (he had 17 in two seasons at Bentley) but it was his first Hockey East and Merrimack goal.

*J.C. Robitaille went 10-3 on faceoffs in the game, an area where the Warriors have had their struggles this season.

*Pat Bowen lead the team with four shots. That was a team and a game high.

*Brian Boyle lost his captain’s “C” because of academic issues. York said he needs to be a leader both on and off the ice (Joe Rooney also lost his “A”).

*I have a hard time blaming Pat Watson for any of the goals scored tonight.

*Merrimack out shot the Eagles 22-21. They are now 1-4-0 when out shooting an opponent.

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The “Warriors of the NFL” blog feature should be posted before the Pats kickoff with the Chargers on Sunday. I’ll explain that more when it is posted.

Look for a complete wrap tomorrow in the paper.

Goodnight!

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BC 6, Merrimack 1 – Notebook

*J.C. Robitaille scored his third goal of the season in tonight’s loss. All three goals have come on the PP.

*Pat Watson could be blamed for one of the eight goals he allowed over the two games. The third goal tonight the defenseman (and I can’t remember who) made a nice play on the two-on-one to give Watson a good view of the shot. Other than that, I really cannot blame him for the other seven as he appeared to be left hung out to dry.

*Joe Loprieno is quietly becoming one of the better defensemen on the team.

*Andrew Braithwaite looked good at times, but also rusty at times when he took over for Watson in the third period. He last appeared in a 5-0 loss at UNH in November.

* BC could have played the entire third period without a goalie and still won the game. Merrimack trailed 4-1 entering the final frame and got outshot 11-2 in the period. For those of you who are not math majors, that would mean that even if the Warriors scored on both of their shots, BC would have won 4-3 (or 6-3 if you add the goals they scored in the period).

*Without the numbers in front of me, this could be the closest game in terms of faceoffs all season. BC won by a slim margin 38-36.

The three Warriors of the game:
3) Pat Kimball – had another assist tonight.
2) J.C. Robitaille – scored this goal of the season
1) Mickey Rego – Didn’t get pushed around despite his -2. Flew all over the ice and didn’t shy away from the physical game, including against the 6’7, 250lb Brian Boyle (Rego is listed at 5’9, 165lbs)

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About Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon is in his 13th 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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