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Irvine’s Early Tally Helps Men’s Hockey to 1-1 Draw Against #13 Northeastern

Video: Scott Borek Postgame Comments

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. –The Merrimack College Men’s Hockey team held a steep advantage in play Friday night against #13 Northeastern, but ended the game in a 1-1 tie at Lawler Rink.
After the teams traded tallies in the first period, the sides skated goalless for the final 50 minutes of the contest to earn each team a league point.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 1, Northeastern 1
Records: Merrimack (2-6-1, 1-2-1 HEAM) | Northeastern (4-3-2, 1-2-1 HEAM)
Attendance: 2,014
Game Duration: 2:22

How It Happened

  • The Warriors cashed in on their first power play of the game just over six minutes into the opening stanza thanks to a great sequence from Tyler Irvine and Zach Uens. After Declan Carlile held the zone, he dished to Uens, who fired a slap shot towards the net. Irvine was perfectly positioned in front of former Merrimack goalie Craig Pantano and deflected it home for his fourth on the campaign.
  • Northeastern knotted the score at one in the dying minutes of the first period when Matt Demelis banged home a rebound after a bevy of saves by Warrior netminder Jere Huhtamaa.
  • The teams traded power play opportunities in the second frame, but neither side converted. Merrimack had a strong grip on the game territorially with a 15-3 edge in shots on goal.
  • Play evened up in the final regulation period, as the Warriors held the edge in shots at 8-7. The game’s extra session also did not yield a winner. The home side had a 4-1 lead in shots in overtime.

Notes & Numbers

  • The 38 shots on goal for Merrimack ties a season-high, which was previously set Nov. 1 against UConn.
  • Pantano ended the night with 37 saves in his first game back in North Andover.
  • Huhtamaa has now given up three or less goals in four consecutive starts.
  • Chase Gresock led all skaters in shots with seven in his return to the Warrior lineup.

Up Next
The Warriors and Huskies meet again Saturday night at Matthews Arena in Boston. Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m.

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