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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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97 Comments

  1. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Welcome to tonight’s live blog. Merrimack and Vermont will be underway in about 21 minutes.

  2. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    Will join Mike Machnik at tonight’s second intermission. He has some more 2016-17 Merrimack scheduling news …

  3. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    11 minutes to the opening draw. There will also be Senior Night festivities, as the Warriors honor Craig Wyszomirski, Brian Christie, Ben Bahe, Justin Hussar, Matt Cronin and John Gustafsson.

  4. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    Teams on the ice for senior night ceremonies.

  5. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    UNH and UConn are underway in Durham. Merrimack is looking for a UConn win there, or a tie. As long as UNH doesn’t win, Merrimack can earn home ice with just a tie tonight instead of a win.

  6. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    UNH and UConn are underway in Durham. Merrimack is looking for a UConn win there, or a tie. As long as UNH doesn’t win, Merrimack can earn home ice with just a tie tonight instead of a win.

  7. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    Merrimack and UVM are underway.

  8. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    Merrimack and UVM are underway.

  9. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    Pretty even through the first five minutes here.

  10. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    SOG read 1-0 Merrimack. The Babcock line had Merrimack’s best shift of the night thus far.

  11. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    One thing to watch here is refereeing. Cameron Voss tends to call a LOT of penalties.

  12. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    Voss and Kevin Shea are on the call here tonight.

  13. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    Babcock’s line again dominating possession on the cycle down low. Very reminiscent of the famed Carter Madsen line in 2011.

  14. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    UNH takes a 1-0 lead on UConn. A UNH win there would mean that Merrimack HAS to win tonight in order to host next weekend.

  15. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    Santaguida flashes the glove on Justin Hussar. He has looked sharp for a goaltender that hasn’t played in three months.

  16. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    10:41 left in the 1st period, still 0-0

  17. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    And here’s the Babcock line again, with possession down low.

  18. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    8:37 left in the first and we have a media timeout. Still 0-0.

  19. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    Elsewhere, Providence leads UMass 3-0 and Northeastern leads Maine 3-0 in the first period. UNH still leads UConn 1-0, which is the game Merrimack fans are concerned with.

  20. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    UNH takes a 2-0 lead. Unless UConn comes back there, Merrimack will need a win over Vermont tonight for home ice.

  21. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    If UNH holds on, the winner of this Merrimack-Vermont game will get the last home-ice spot. UVM also in with a tie.

  22. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    So it’s looking like Merrimack needs to win here tonight for home ice.

  23. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    If Merrimack wins tonight, and UNH holds on, Merrimack would host UConn next week. With a loss or a tie, the Warriors would go to UNH. That’s assuming UNH holds its 2-0 lead and beats UConn tonight.

  24. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    Vermont headed on the PP with 2:51 left in the 1st. Jace Hennig to the box.

  25. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    They’re actually discussing whether this is 2 or 5. No way it should be 5, IMO.

  26. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    Wow, 5:00 to Hennig for a play where the forward had his body lowered. That’s a terrible call.

  27. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    5:00 and a game misconduct. The is absolutely terrible.

  28. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    Mark Dennehy is losing it on the MC bench. Screaming at the officials. Don’t blame him. That is a terrible call.

  29. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    2:00 of this penalty is going to be negated as Mike Babcock draws a penalty on Chris Muscoby, beating him to the net and Muscoby hauled him down.

  30. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Muscoby also banged up on that play.

  31. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    That’s a really bad call on Hennig. No way that was 5:00, IMO.

  32. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    MC now headed on the PP. This is getting weird. Derek Petti beats a mean to the net and draws a penalty on Puffer. So Merrimack with 1:37 of 4×3, then 0:23 of 4×4 and then UVM back on the PP for another 2:21, if my math is right.

  33. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    UVM back to the PP.

  34. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    End of 1 — Vermont 0, Merrimack 0. SOG 7-4 Merrimack. UVM will have 2:10 of PP time remaining on the major to start the second period.

  35. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    SOG were 10-5 MC in that period. It hadn’t updated.

  36. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    Merrimack will host Colgate and Army next season in non-conference games — https://www.themackreport.com/news/colgate-army-coming-to-merrimack-in-2016-17/

  37. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Shot attempts in the first period were 24-14 Merrimack

  38. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    On the major to Hennig, it looked from up here like Voss was the one pushing for the 5. Really bad call.

  39. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Game on in the 2nd period. 0-0. UVM with 2:09 of PP time remaining on the (bad) major to Hennig.

  40. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    3-0 UNH. Looking more and more like Merrimack needs a win here.

  41. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    MC kills the rest of the (horrible) major on Hennig.

  42. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Looks like Merrimack will host UConn with a win, travel to UNH with a loss or tie tonight.

  43. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    UVM headed back on the PP. Ludvig Larsson off for boarding.

  44. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    As soon as MC kills it, they’ll head on the PP. Liam Coughlin off for UVM

  45. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    UConn makes it 3-1, but Merrimack needs at least a tie in that game. No UNH win.

  46. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    UConn makes it 3-1, but Merrimack needs at least a tie in that game. No UNH win.

  47. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    UVM kills it

  48. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    Media timeout with 9:53 left.

  49. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    SOG 12-9 MC

  50. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    SOG 12-9 MC

  51. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    Still 0-0 with 6:24 to play in the 2nd period.

  52. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    Still 0-0 with 6:24 to play in the 2nd period.

  53. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    Biega and Bradley with matching minors with 5:22 left in the 2nd

  54. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    Biega and Bradley with matching minors with 5:22 left in the 2nd

  55. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    4-1 UNH leads now. Further cementing the “Merrimack needs a win for home ice” scenario.

  56. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    4-1 UNH leads now. Further cementing the “Merrimack needs a win for home ice” scenario.

  57. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    And of course this game would have a Hockey East special. Embellishment to Bradley, high sticking to Biega.

  58. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    And of course this game would have a Hockey East special. Embellishment to Bradley, high sticking to Biega.

  59. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    1min left in the 2nd

  60. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    1min left in the 2nd

  61. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    End of 2 — Vermont 0, Merrimack 0

  62. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    End of 2 — Vermont 0, Merrimack 0

  63. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    I’m off to join Mike Machnik on Merrimack radio. Back in a bit.

  64. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    I’m off to join Mike Machnik on Merrimack radio. Back in a bit.

  65. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    Back live, teams on the ice for the 3rd

  66. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    UConn cuts it to 4-2 in Durham, but they need to at least tie in order for MC to be OK tying UVM tonight

  67. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Game on in the 3rd

  68. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    MERRIMACK GOAL: Merrimack 1, Vermont 0 with 15:54 left in the 3rd period

  69. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Ludvig Larsson down the LW side, beats Santaguida high.

  70. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    UConn makes it 4-3. Getting interesting in Durham.

  71. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    A Merrimack win and a UNH win (both teams currently winning) would mean Merrimack hosts UConn.

  72. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    If UVM comes back and ties this game, Merrimack will need UConn to complete the comeback and tie UNH to still maintain home ice.

  73. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    UVM headed on the PP with 10:56 remaining

  74. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    Merrimack headed on the PP. Warriors get away with one there. Privitera called for cross checking Babcock, but it was in retaliation.

  75. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    8:18 to go

  76. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    0:18 left on the PP

  77. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    UVM kills it

  78. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    UConn just tied UNH, 4-4.

  79. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    That’s big.

  80. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    So if UNH and UConn tie, Merrimack doesn’t need to win here tonight. MC still leads 1-0 with 4:57 to go.

  81. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    3:45 to go here.

  82. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    If UNH-UConn finishes in a tie, and Merrimack wins, Merrimack will host UNH here at Lawler.

  83. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    2min to go

  84. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    Timeout UVM with 1:46 left.

  85. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    1:30 left here. UNH-UConn in OT

  86. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    MERRIMACK GOAL: Merrimack 2, UVM 0 with 48.4 left

  87. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    That should wrap up home ice for the Warriors. It will now just be a matter of who comes to Lawler next weekend, UConn or UNH.

  88. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    Ben Bahe from Hampus Gustafsson and Brian Christie.

  89. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    If UNH and UConn tie, Merrimack will host UNH. If UConn wins Merrimack will host UNH. If UNH wins, Merrimack will host UConn.

  90. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    FINAL: Merrimack 2, UVM 0. Merrimack will host either UConn or UNH next weekend.

  91. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    UConn just won in OT. That’s CRAZY. So UNH will come to Merrimack next weekend.

  92. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    Tickets for playoff games will go on sale tonight online and at the Merrimack box office.

  93. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    In fact, they are on sale right now here at the box office ,if you’re reading this in the building. Online tonight as well and will be live shortly.

  94. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Merrimack-UNH will be Thursday, Friday, Sunday (if nec.) here at Lawler Rink, with the Women’s HEA Championship at Lawler Sat-Sun.

  95. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    Alright that will do it for live coverage tonight. Check back later for MUCH more here at Lawler.

  96. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    For now, goodnight from North Andover.

  97. Mike McMahon

    February 27, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    Merrimack ends up #7 in HEA, will host #10 UNH.

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