Preview: Men’s Ice Hockey Prepares for Key Hockey East Weekend

Date Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 // 7 pm

Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 // 6 pm
Matchup Merrimack (5-14-2, 3-6-2 HEA)

Boston University (7-7-5, 4-3-4 HEA)

#13/13 UMass Lowell (12-5-4, 6-2-3 HEA)
Location Lawler Rink // North Andover, Mass.

Tsongas Center // Lowell, Mass.
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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College men’s ice hockey team enters an important Hockey East weekend with a pair of games against Bay State foes Boston University and UMass Lowell.
Due to enhanced security regulations in place on campus, fans are encouraged to arrive to Lawler Rink EARLY on game days.  
Please note the following parking restrictions for all games: 

  • Lot F (MAC) is a reserved parking area.
  • Lot G (Deegan/Fenton Road) is reserved for GAME DAY STAFF ONLY. 
  • Fans are encouraged to park in Lot H (Sakowich) or Lot M (Athletics District)! 

Click here to view campus map. 

Ticket Prices:

Reserved: $20

Military/First Responder/Youth (U-12)/Senior (65+): $15 

Faculty/Staff: $10 

Merrimack Students w/ valid Mack Card: FREE while supplies last! 


Reserved: $23

Military/First Responder/Youth (U-12)/Senior (65+): $17

Faculty/Staff: $10 

Merrimack Students w/ valid Mack Card: FREE while supplies last! 


Five Things To Know

  • After three straight games with just one goal scored, the Warrior offense exploded last Tuesday against UConn. Declan Carlile, Tyler Irvine, Chase Gresock, Regan Kimens and Sami Tavernier all registered two points and Jere Huhtamaa kicked out 26 shots in a 6-2 win. Merrimack had not had a game with five multi-point scorers since its 4-1 win Feb. 23, 2018 against UMass Lowell.
  • Declan Carlile has been making a name for himself in his rookie season in North Andover. He has notched 13 points on the strength of two goals and a team-leading 11 assists. His point total is tied for fourth in the country for freshmen defensemen. He was also named the Hockey East Co-Defensive Player of the Week Jan. 13 for his two assist and +4 effort against UConn.
  • Senior Tyler Irvine has been having a sensational concluding campaign. The forward leads the Warriors in goals with eight and has a team-leading 15 points in his first 19 games, which is already just three shy of a career high. He is also tied with Logan Drevitch for the team lead in power play goals with four.
  • Merrimack’s monstrous freshmen class has been thriving in its first year of college hockey. The class has combined for 61 points up to this point in the season, which accounts for 46% of the team’s overall scoring. Carlile and Uens are pacing the class with a combined 22 of those points.
  • The Terriers visit North Andover for their first conference game in over a month. BU beat Brown in overtime and lost to Dartmouth last week to move to 7-7-5 on the season. David Farrance leads the nation in scoring by a defenseman with 25 points. Lowell split a two-game set at RIT last weekend to get to 12-5-4. Senior goalie Tyler Wall enters the weekend with a .941 save percentage, which is second in the NCAA. 

Inside the Matchup:

Merrimack (5-14-2, 3-6-2 HEA) Category Boston University (7-7-5, 4-3-4 HEA) #13/13 UMass Lowell (12-5-4, 6-2-3 HEA)
1/7 at UConn (W, 6-2) Last Time Out 1/11 at Dartmouth (L, 5-4) 1/11 at RIT (L, 3-2)
2.29 Scoring Offense 3.21 2.76
3.57 Scoring Defense 3.00 2.05
25.2 Shots/Game 31.8 27.3
27.0 Shots Allowed/Game 31.3 31.2
13-79 PPG-Chances 12-71 15-78
16.5% PP% 16.9% 19.2%
62-77 PK-Chances 63-80 70-81
80.5% PK% 78.8% 86.4%
102-275 Penalties-PIM 91-237 94-188
13.1 PIM/Game 12.5 9.0
563-666 Faceoffs (W-L) 564-636 687-598
45.8% Faceoff % 47.0% 53.5%

Up Next
The Warriors welcome in Vermont to North Andover for a two-game set against the Catamounts. The first game is Jan. 24 with a 7 pm puck drop.

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