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Notebook: Merrimack’s power play strong, Terriers scratch Lawler itch

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NORTH ANDOVER — Merrimack’s power play continued to play well in Friday’s loss to Boston University. The Warriors, who have the second-best power play in Hockey East, converted on two of three opportunities in Friday’s loss.

“We have been good, but we need to score more 5-on-5 goals,” said Merrimack coach Mark Dennehy. “That’s a big point for us. Our power play is as dangerous any power play we’ve had since I’ve been here.”

“The PK hurt us tonight,” added BU coach David Quinn. “Their power play goals were way too easy.”

Tavernier returns with new number

After a scrum in front of the Merrimack net in the final minutes of the third period, Merrimack forward Sami Tavernier was cut and his jersey was stained in blood. Due to the blood on his shirt, Tavernier needed to return to the locker room and change into a No. 5 jersey for the final shift of the game.

“We had one D and one forward in the box,” Dennehy said. “We were fine until we had a breakdown in the D zone. One of their better players in the box in Greenway, and he’s a tough matchup, so that should benefit us. But we didn’t execute.”

Terriers finally scratch the Lawler itch

BU’s win at Merrimack was the first time that the Terriers won at Merrimack since 2013 … in fact, it was David Quinn’s first victory at Lawler Arena as a head coach.

“We haven’t won here in a long time,” Quinn said. “We didn’t do it the easy way. We were sluggish in the first, yet we come out with a 3-1 lead, and we’re better in second and lost the period 1-0. The third period we were cautious.”

Added Dennehy: “I thought it was a good hockey game. We played well for large stretches, but we had a couple big breakdowns that bit us. It’s two good teams and it was a good hockey game. We played too well not to get at least a point, I think. Now we’re making it harder on ourselves, so we need to go to their barn and get points.”

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