Men’s Ice Hockey Prepares for Pair of Big Hockey East Battles

Date Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 // 7:30 pm

Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 // 7 pm
Matchup Merrimack (6-18-3, 4-10-3 HEA)

Boston University (10-8-7, 7-4-5 HEA)

UMass Lowell (13-7-5, 7-4-4 HEA)
Location Agganis Arena // Boston

Lawler Rink // North Andover, Mass.
Links Live Stats (Fri.) // Watch // Listen (Fri.) // Fan Bus (Fri.) // Live Stats (Sat.) // Listen (Sat.) // Tickets (Sat.)
Social Twitter // Instagram

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College men’s ice hockey team gets set for a league weekend against local foes Boston University and UMass Lowell.
A student fan bus will take fans to the game Friday night in Boston. The bus is set to leave at 4 pm from Cullen Avenue on campus and is just $10 for a round trip and includes a ticket to the game. Saturday’s game is also set to be broadcast on NESN.
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

  • The Warriors fell short in a two-game set against Maine last time out. Ben Brar played a hand in both goals for the Warriors in their 6-2 loss Friday, which included the fifth goal of his rookie campaign. Merrimack had a tremendous late push the following night, but a Sami Tavernier slap shot with time expiring was kicked out, as the Warriors fell 3-2. Brar finished the weekend with three points, as he assisted on a third period power play goal from Zach Uens.
  • After he picked up another assist over the weekend against Maine, Declan Carlile is ranked among the elite when it comes to rookie defensemen. He’s second in the nation in assists by freshmen defensemen with 16 and third in the country in overall scoring with his 18 points.
  • Senior Sami Tavernier is playing some of the best hockey of his collegiate career at the moment. He’s riding a five-game point streak entering the weekend, which is the second longest of his career behind his seven-game streak from his freshman campaign. He has seven points during the current streak and has nine points in his last seven games.
  • Merrimack’s monstrous freshmen class of 15 has been contributing mightily in their first season in North Andover. Entering the weekend, the class has combined for 90 points, which makes up 47% of the team’s overall scoring.
  • The Terriers host the Warriors after a marathon of a night Monday in the opening round of the Beanpot. The Terriers officially tied Boston College by a 4-4 count, but BU advanced to the championship after Wilmer Skoog scored in double overtime. The River Hawks are coming off a bye weekend after they tied and lost to the Terriers a couple weekends ago. Lowell has won just one game in its last five outings, which came against the Warriors on Jan. 18.

Inside the Matchup:

Merrimack (6-18-3, 4-10-3 HEA) Category Boston University (10-8-7, 7-4-5 HEA) UMass Lowell (13-7-5, 7-4-4 HEA)
2/1 at Maine (L, 3-2) Last Time Out 2/3 vs #4 BC (T, 4-4 OT) 1/25 vs BU (T, 2-2 OT)
2.48 Scoring Offense 3.28 2.72
3.74 Scoring Defense 2.84 2.28
26.8 Shots/Game 31.2 26.7
26.8 Shots Allowed/Game 30.4 31.4
22-113 PPG-Chances 21-91 17-88
19.5% PP% 23.1 19.3
76-95 PK-Chances 79-98 80-98
80.0% PK% 80.6% 81.6%
135-349 Penalties-PIM 118-299 111-252
12.9 PIM/Game 12.0 10.1
731-858 Faceoffs (W-L) 712-839 806-695
46.0% Faceoff % 45.9% 53.7%

Up Next
The Warriors take on #4 Boston College in a home-and-home set Feb. 14-15. The two-game series starts Friday at Lawler Rink with puck drop set for 7 pm, before the teams go to Conte Forum for a 4:30 pm start Saturday.  

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