Men’s Ice Hockey Travels to Maine for Crucial Hockey East Weekend

Date Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 // 7:30 pm

Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020 // 7 pm
Matchup Merrimack (6-16-3, 4-8-3 HEA)

Maine (12-9-4, 6-7-2 HEA)
Location Alfond Arena // Orono, Maine
Links Live Stats // Watch // Listen (Fri.) // Listen (Sat.)
Social Twitter // Instagram

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College men’s ice hockey team heads north for a crucial two-game set against Hockey East foe Maine.
Five Things To Know

  • The Warriors had a flair for the dramatic last weekend against Vermont. Merrimack came back twice, including a three-goal deficit in the second period, to earn a 5-5 tie Friday night. The Catamounts held a two-goal lead in the third period Saturday, but Mac Welsher and Logan Drevitch scored to tie the game, then Welsher won it in overtime.
  • The senior duo of Tyler Irvine and Sami Tavernier has turned it on as of late. Irvine has multi-point games in four of his last five appearances, while Tavernier has seven points in his last five games. The pair also combined for seven points during Merrimack’s two-game set against Vermont.
  • After he racked up another assist against Vermont Saturday night, Declan Carlile has continued to climb the national scoring ranks. He now has two goals and 15 assists for 17 points, which puts him in a tie for second in the country in rookie defensemen scoring. His 15 helpers also leads the Warriors in the category.
  • Welsher’s timely goals against Vermont earned him some Hockey East recognition. He was named the Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week after his two late goals lifted the Warriors to a 4-3 comeback win in overtime. The honor comes two weeks after Carlile was named the league’s Co-Defensive Player of the Week.
  • The Black Bears return to Orono after an equally dramatic weekend set at Boston College. Tim Doherty scored 2:26 into overtime Friday night to cap a 4-3 win, then Patrick Shea had the overtime game-winner the following evening to finish off a 3-2 victory and weekend sweep over the Eagles. Mitchell Fossier (6-25–31) and Doherty (12-16–28) enter the weekend averaging over a point per game and Fossier leads all Black Bears with his +9 rating. Jeremy Swayman has played all but seven minutes of the season between the pipes. He enters with a 2.30 goals against average and a .934 save percentage.

Inside the Matchup:

Merrimack (6-16-3, 4-8-3 HEA) Category Maine (12-9-4, 6-7-2 HEA)
1/25 vs Vermont (W, 4-3 OT) Last Time Out 1/25 at #4 BC (W, 3-2 OT)
2.52 Scoring Offense 2.56
3.68 Scoring Defense 2.48
26.7 Shots/Game 31.1
26.4 Shots Allowed/Game 35.5
18-99 PPG-Chances 20-97
18.2% PP% 20.6
72-91 PK-Chances 106-122
79.1% PK% 86.9%
124-319 Penalties-PIM 134-312
12.8 PIM/Game 12.5
681-793 Faceoffs (W-L) 825-818
46.2% Faceoff % 50.2%

Up Next
The Warriors stay on the road Friday, Feb. 7 when they battle Boston University at Agganis Arena at 7:30 pm. Then, Merrimack returns to Lawler Rink the following night for a battle against rival UMass Lowell with puck drop set for 7 pm.

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