NORTH ANDOVER — The Merrimack College men’s hockey team was led by Powell, Ohio native Chase Gresock on the offensive end who earned his first collegiate career hat trick as the Warriors defeated the Engineers 5-1 on Saturday night at Lawler Rink. Freshman goaltender Jere Huhtamaa stopped 28 of the 29 shots that came his way to earn his second win of the season.
Score: Merrimack 5 | Rensselaer 1
Records: Merrimack (3-9-2, 1-4-2 HEAM) | Rensselaer (5-8-1, 2-4-1 ECAC)
Game Duration: 2:10
How It Happened
- The final game of the Turkey Leg Tournament for the Warriors was a much better result overall compared to 24 hours prior. Freshman Ben Brar, the Abbotsford, British Columbia native found the back of the net for the first time in his college career just 22 seconds into the opening frame and Merrimack was off and running. Chase Gresock would score his first of the night at the 3:59 mark in period one that doubled the lead to 2-0, and that is how the teams would head down the tunnels.
- RPI would cut the lead back down to one when Jake Marello scored his fourth of the season 6:24 into the middle stanza. That was close as the Engineers would get on the night.
- Chase Gresock would have the answer for Coach Borek and his squad just a minute and seven seconds later to answer and restore the Warriors 2 goal advantage at 3-1. The milestone accomplishment for the Sophomore would be completed when he found the back of the night for the 3rd time with 3:30 left in the second, and the Warriors took a 4-1 lead into the final period.
- Some secondary scoring for the Warriors came to push the lead to 4 when Senior and Middleborough, Mass native Tyler Drevitch potted his second of the season to conclude the scoring for the night.
Notes & Numbers
- Jere Huhtamaa turned aside 28 shots on the night, including a flurry of action during the final five minutes of the game when the Warriors found themselves killing off a 5 minute major penalty to Liam Dennison.
- Chase Gresock led the Warriors in shots on the night with 6. Ben Brar added 5 of his own.
- Owen Savory made 22 saves in the loss for the Engineers.
The Warriors will get back into Hockey East play with a home and home series with the New Hampshire Wildcats Friday at the Whittemore Center in Durham, NH, before returning to Lawler Rink on Saturday night in North Andover.