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Carlile Lights up Scoresheet; Merrimack Falls in Shootout

DURHAM, N.H. Declan Carlile earned an assist on all three goals for the Merrimack College men’s hockey team Friday night at Whittemore Center against New Hampshire, but the Warriors fell in a shootout.

Two of the sophomore’s three helpers came on the power play, as Merrimack was nearly flawless on special teams against the Wildcats. Max Newton also had a strong game, as he totaled two points on a goal and an assist.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 3, New Hampshire 3 (UNH wins shootout, 2-0)
Records: Merrimack (3-10-2, 3-10-2 HEA) | New Hampshire (5-12-3, 5-12-3 HEA)
Game Duration: 2:26

How It Happened

    • The Wildcats got off to a quick start and benefited from a strange bounce off Merrimack goalie, Zachary Borgiel, to take the lead just 3:46 in.
    • Merrimack found its game after surrendering the opener and took advantage of the game’s first power play. Carlile continued his hot play when he fed Newton along the goal line extended to the right. Newton swung a feed in front and Ben Brar fought his way loose to bang home the equalizer on the doorstep. It was the sophomore’s third of the season.
    • A late hooking call on the hosts carried over into the second period and the Warriors did not let it go to waste. Carlile rifled a pass to Zach Uens in the neutral zone, who entered the attacking end on the left wing. The sophomore maneuvered a feed to the high slot to Newton, who quickly opened up and ripped a wrist shot home to give Merrimack the lead.
    • New Hampshire had chances to equalize, including a power play in the last six minutes of the second, but Merrimack’s penalty killing unit shut it down. The highlight of the kill was Dominic Dockery, who wore an in-tight slap shot off his leg.
    • Momentum shifted firmly to the Warriors after the penalty kill and it showed on the scoreboard. With just under three minutes to play, Carlile fired a shot towards goal from the right point that tipped off Liam Walsh, then hit Logan Drevitch and went in. It was Drevitch’s second of the season after he had missed the previous six games with an injury.
    • The Wildcats scored just over two minutes into the third, then completed their comeback with under four minutes to play to knot the score at three.
    • Merrimack had a pair of strong chances in the 3-on-3 overtime session, but could not find the winner. New Hampshire scored on two of their three shots in the shootout to claim the extra boost in the Hockey East standings.

Notes & Numbers

    • Carlile now has five points in his last two games and six in his last four. The three-point effort also set a single game career-high.
    • Borgiel finished with 33 saves, including four in overtime.
    • Drevitch had a team-high five shots on goal in his return to the lineup.
    • Merrimack doubled up the Wildcats in blocked shots with a 10-5 final margin.
    • Walsh now has seven points in his last seven games.
    • Newton has five points in his first six games in a Warrior jersey.
    • Carlile took over the team-lead in defensemen scoring with eight points in 11 games.

Up Next
The teams head to North Andover Saturday for the rematch at Lawler Rink. Puck drop is set for 4:00 pm.

For continuing coverage of Merrimack College Athletics, visit MerrimackAthletics.com and follow the Warriors on Twitter, Instagram and on Facebook.

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