Merrimack Falls to No. 7 Penn State

Photo: James Stankiwiecz

NORTH ANDOVER — The Merrimack College men’s hockey team was shutout by a high flying #7/7 Penn State Nittany Lion team by the score of 7-0 on Friday night in the opening game for both teams in the Turkey Leg Tournament at Lawler Rink. 

Penn State’s offense got started at the 6:47 mark of the opening period when Senior Liam Folkes scored his first of three in what ended up becoming the first career hat trick for the Scarborough, Ontario native. 

The Basics
Score: #7/7 Penn State 7, Merrimack 0
Records: Merrimack (2-9-2, 1-4-2 HEAM) | #7/7 Penn State (11-3-0, 6-2-0 Big Ten) 
Attendance: 1,961
Game Duration: 2:19

How It Happened 

  • This was the first of two games in the Turkey Leg Classic Tournament, with UMass Lowell defeating RPI 4-0 on Friday afternoon in Lowell. Penn State came out of the gate with a quick start and showed their speed as they jumped on the young Warriors squad. Liam Folkes found the back of the net twice in the opening frame as the visitors took a 2-0 lead and a commanding 15-3 differential in shots to the dressing room after the opening 20 minutes. 
  • Folkes completed the natural hat trick just before the halfway point of the second. Kris Myllari collected his first goal of the season and Evan Barratt added his fourth of the season just 58 seconds apart to push the lead to five for the visitors. 
  • Merrimack coach Scott Borek opted for a goaltending change to start the final frame as Jere Huhtamaa took over between the pipes for Troy Kobryn, who made 18 stops on 23 shots that came his way. However Penn State found the back of the net two more times with Denis Smirnov and Alex Stevens got their names on the scoresheet. 

Notes & Numbers

  • Oskar Autio made 16 saves for the Nittany Lions for his first career shutout. 
  • Troy Kobryn finished with 23 saves in 2 periods. Jere Huhtamaa made nine of his own in relief in the 3rd. 
  • Ben Brar and Logan Drevitch led the team with 3 shots on goal. 

Up Next

The Warriors will remain in the friendly confines of Lawler Rink when they welcome the RPI Engineers on Saturday. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. in North Andover. 

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