For the second night in a row, Merrimack was able to steady the ship and swing momentum in its favor in the second frame. In net, Kobryn knocked away all eight shots he faced and he got some help from the Warriors’ power play unit to knot the score at two.
Senior captain Tyler Irvine’s team-leading 13th goal of the season set up a climatic third period with the teams deadlocked at two.
With the potential of a weekend sweep against them in view, the Friars unloaded on Kobryn in the third period. Providence was able to get 22 shots on goal through to Kobryn, including a myriad high quality chances on a late power play, but the puck never eluded the rookie goalie. On the other end of the ice, Merrimack was able to muster just four shots on goal, but one off the stick of Liam Walsh proved to be more memorable than the rest.
After an incredible Regan Kimens chance was turned aside, Walsh pounced on the loose rebound and sent Lawler into a frenzy with just a few minutes to play.
“It was a great moment. I was just so happy for our team. There had been so many games throughout the year that were tied late that we ended up coming out on the losing side, so to be able to get that goal late in the third was just a great example of how much our team had grown throughout the season.” -Liam Walsh
Liam Walsh embraces with his teammates after his game-winning goal late in the third period.
Kobryn remained steady and held off a late Friar charge to bring his save total to 41 on the night to set a career-high. His 71 saves on 73 shots throughout the weekend also earned him Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week honors.