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Men’s Hockey Unable to Complete Comeback in Loss at Maine

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ORONO, Maine – The Merrimack College men’s hockey team came close a pair of instances, but could not climb all the way back in a 6-2 loss to Maine Friday night at Alfond Arena.    

Ben Brar and Sami Tavernier scored power play goals, as the Warriors cut the Black Bears’ lead to one on two separate occasions, but could never get back to level.

The Basics
Score: Maine 6, Merrimack 2
Records: Merrimack (6-17-3, 4-9-3 HEAM) | Maine (13-9-4, 7-7-2 HEAM)
Game Duration: 2:35
Attendance: 3,513

How It Happened

  • The Black Bears had the momentum early on, as Adam Dawe scored just under two minutes in, then Tim Doherty doubled the lead to two just over nine minutes in.
  • Merrimack earned its first power play of the night not long after the Doherty goal and the Warriors made it count. Zach Uens started the play with a breakout pass to Brar. The freshman shuffled the puck over to Tyler Irvine, who rimmed it around the boards. The puck then took a bizarre bounce off the Zamboni door and hopped straight into the slot. Brar was ready for it and slammed it home past Maine netminder Jeremy Swayman for his fifth on the campaign.
  • The Warriors seemed destined for the equalizer early in the second period with plenty of pressure, but Maine found a way to turn the tide, as Dawe scored his second of the night six and a half minutes in.
  • With under a minute to go in the frame, the outlook was not positive for the Warriors, but Tavernier changed that. While on the power play, Brar tipped a potential clearing attempt to Declan Carlile. The rookie passed to the top of the right face-off dot to Tavernier, who waited out Swayman and fired home his sixth of the year.
  • In the final 10 seconds of the period, Dawe was slapped with a five-minute penalty for cross checking and contact to the head of Zach Vinnell to set up a big power play to begin the third for the Warriors. Dawe was also given a game misconduct and Vinnell and Ben Poisson of the Black Bears were also given 10-minute misconducts.
  • Merrimack was unable to convert on the extended chance, then Maine turned momentum once again when Samuel Rennaker scored less than a minute after the penalty expired.
  • The Black Bears went on to add a couple more, including one on an empty net to seal the win.

Notes & Numbers

  • Brar’s multi-point game was the first of his career and he’s now on a three-game point streak.
  • Tavernier has now scored in three of his last four games.   
  • Troy Kobryn ended his evening with 29 saves on 34 shots.  
  • Friday marks the fourth time this season the Warriors have scored multiple power play goals in a game.
  • Irvine is now on a four-game point streak that includes seven points during that stretch.

Up Next
The Warriors and Black Bears complete the weekend set Saturday night at Alfond Arena. Puck drop is set for 7 pm.        

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