Inside the Series
- Merrimack and Lake Superior will meet for only the third and fourth time ever and first time in over 20 years when the Lakers make their first-ever trip to Lawler Rink.
- The prior two meetings between the two schools took place in late March of the 1988 postseason, one that was particularly memorable for the Warriors. Playing as a Division I independent school, Merrimack won that year’s ECAC Division II title as part of its best season in the Division I era, winning a school-record 34 games along the way and eventually earning an at-large berth in the NCAA Division I Tournament.
- The Warriors reached the national quarterfinals after a stunning two-game aggregate series win against Northeastern and drew Lake Superior State on the road. Merrimack won the first game by a 4-3 score before ultimately dropping the series to a Lakers team that eventually went on to win the national championship.
- Plenty of new faces abound for a Merrimack squad that ushers in a new era in 2018-19.
- The Warriors, who reached their third Hockey East Tournament Quarterfinals in four years last winter, will look to replace a seven-player senior class that combined for 56 wins over their four years, not to mention their top-four scorers from last year’s team.
- An infusion of new talent — 10 newcomers overall — will help make that transition a smooth one for first-year head coach Scott Borek, who takes over the reigns of the program with lofty goals after spending the last 16 years on the coaching staffs at New Hampshire and Providence, qualifying for 13 NCAA Tournaments while capturing five Hockey East regular season titles and one tournament championship in that span.
- Senior Michael Babcock will serve as team captain alongside classmates Derek Petti and Alex Carle, a well as junior Johnathan Kovacevic.
- Merrimack’s 34-game schedule features 17 at home with bouts against four NCAA Tournament teams, including 2017 national champion Denver.
- Lake Superior State is coming off a 10-win season last winter (10-22-4) that included an 8-17-3 mark in the WCHA. The Lakers did not qualify for the postseason.
- Junior Max Humitz is the lead returning goal-scorer for the Lakers after he lit the lamp 13 times last year, followed by senior Anthony Nellis who had 12.
- Humitz shared the team lead with senior Diego Cuglietta for the overall lead in point-scoring a year ago with 23.
- Nick Kossoff saw the most action in net, going 7-12-2 with a .911 SV% and 2.99 GAA.
- The Lakers ranked 58th nationally in scoring offense (2.11) and 51st in defense (3.36); their power play ranked 38th (17.7) and penalty kill was 36th nationally (80.5).
- Damon Whitten is in his fifth season behind the bench at Lake State and is 43-90-18.
Youth (U-14)/Senior (65 ): $15
Merrimack Students w/ valid Mack Card: FREE while supplies last!
NOTE: Tickets may be purchased online, by phone (978-837-5324) or on game day at the Box Office. Box Office opens at 10 a.m. both days.
- SATURDAY PREGAME FAN FEST: Let’s drop the puck on the 2018-19 season in style! Head to campus early on Saturday and enjoy a pregame fan fest outside Lawler Rink from 5-6:30 p.m., featuring live performances from the Buckley Brothers band, corn hole and giveaways!
- FAMILY DISCOUNTS (SUNDAY): Bring your family to the game and take in the many family-friendly amenities of Lawler Rink! Enjoy discounted pricing of $13.50/ticket (NOTE: minimum of four tickets must be purchased)! Each ticket includes a seat to the game, a meal and a drink from the concession stand (meals redeemable with game ticket).
- POSTGAME SKATE (SUNDAY): After the Warriors conclude their weekend series with the Lakers, join them on the ice at Lawler Rink for our first postgame skate of the season sponsored by Fuddruckers! Team posters will be available for autograph signing from the players, and photo opportunities will be available, as well. Enjoy FREE cookies and hot chocolate courtesy of Fuddruckers, as well!
PARKING AND SECURITY ADVISORY
Due to enhanced security regulations in place on campus, fans are encouraged to arrive to Lawler Rink EARLY on game nights. The Lawler Rink security staff reserves the right to check ALL bags and ask guests to leave inappropriate or prohibited items in their car or outside of the gates. All guests are subject to search.
Please note the following parking restrictions for Saturday night’s game:
- Lot F (MAC) is reserved for hockey season ticket holders.
- Lot G (Deegan/Fenton Road) is reserved for game day staff.
- Fans are encouraged to park in Lot H (Sakowich) or Lot M (Athletics District)!
BEER & WINE NOW ON SALE AT LAWLER RINK!
Merrimack is pleased to announce that beer and wine sales will be available at Lawler Rink this season!
Open to all patrons of legal drinking age (21 ), beer and wine stations will be available both in the DiCroce Family Lobby (the main Box Office lobby on game days), as well as the Hall of Fame Lobby on the opposite end of Lawler Rink. Both locations will open one hour before puck drop and will close at the end of the second intermission. A valid game ticket is required for access to either location.
PLEASE NOTE: Beer/wine station sales will be limited to CASH ONLY this weekend!