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Final: Merrimack 2, UMass 1


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.


  1. Mike…I noticed that after last night's game, Mark put the game puck in his pocket. Was this a milestone game for him in some way?

  2. What's with the standings on the Hockey East website? BC is listed ahead of Merrimack despite the fact that we own the tiebreaker? Realistically it's not a big deal but shouldn't Merrimack still be listed ahead of the Eagles?

  3. I think it's done automatically and uses alpha order until the end when it will be adjusted for the tiebreakers (which can be tricky in some cases). Don't worry about it 🙂 … I have built the standings section for a few sites over the years and it is not worth it to try to account for all the different possiblities at any given point in time.


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