NORTH ANDOVER –It’s a simple mantra, but perhaps the best slogan to describe the Warriors’ season to date is “taking care of business.”
The Warriors beat UMass Saturday at Lawler Arena, 2-1, in a workmanlike, methodical effort. Merrimack outshot UMass 41-16.
Mike Collins put the Warriors on the board in the first period, firing a wrister past UMass goalie Paul Dainton (39 saves).
Jesse Todd’s power-play tally in the second period proved to be the game winner. Todd took a cross-ice pass from Ryan Flanigan on the backdoor to rifle a shot past a sprawling Dainton.
Joe Cannata made 15 saves for his 21st win of the season. It was also Cannata’s 38th career win at Merrimack, setting a Division 1 program record for a goaltender. Normally I could point to the fact that the Warriors have at least six games remaining this season (if you include the Hockey East quarterfinals), but Cannata is only a junior, so he’ll have plenty of opportunity to add to his record.
We’ll have a full Reax post later on Sunday, including HEA standings and Pairwise analysis.
The Warriors get back at it on Friday up in Orono against the University of Maine.