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Walsh’s Career Night Lifts Men’s Hockey Past New Hampshire

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DURHAM, N.H. – The Merrimack College men’s hockey team got contributions from all over its lineup Friday night at Whittemore Center, as it knocked off New Hampshire by a 5-2 final.  

The Warriors got at least one point from 10 different players, led by a three-point effort from Liam Walsh, as they built a four-goal lead in the second period before an empty net goal sealed the victory late.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 5, New Hampshire 2
Records: Merrimack (2-7-0, 2-7-0 HEA) | New Hampshire (3-8-1, 3-8-1 HEA)
Game Duration: 2:19

How It Happened

  • After the Warriors yielded the game’s first goal twice last weekend, they quickly made sure it would not happen again. Under three minutes in, Conor Lovett got his body in front of a Wildcat shot and collected the loose puck himself. On a 3-on-1 rush, his initial shot was stopped, then Declan Carlile’s follow up was also stopped, but Lovett and Walsh dug at it until Walsh potted his first of the season.
  • At the midway point of the first period, Patrick Kramer forced a turnover in the defensive end and broke in all alone on Wildcat goalie Mike Robinson. His initial bid was stopped, but he collected the rebound and fed Zach Vinnell. The sophomore defenseman circled at the point, then set up Patrick Holway for a one-timer at the top of the left faceoff circle that zoomed over the shoulder of Robinson for the senior’s second of the season.
  • Merrimack more than doubled up UNH in shots in the opening stanza, as they finished with an 11-5 edge in the category and Zachary Borgiel was up to the task for all five in the Warrior net.
  • The hosts looked to fight back into the game in the second stanza, but the Merrimack defense held the Wildcats to just four shots compared to the Warriors’ 14 and had a flurry in the final five minutes to all but put the game out of reach.
  • With just over four minutes to play, Zach Uens flipped a puck into the attacking end that died at the right faceoff dot. Alex Jefferies reached it first and sent a shot towards goal that was stopped, but Ben Brar pounced on the loose puck for his second tally in as many games.
  • A minute and a half later, Regan Kimens and Walsh broke out of the defensive end and led a charge into the attacking zone. Walsh pulled up and sent a crisp pass to the far side to Vinnell, who rifled one home from the left faceoff dot.
  • New Hampshire was able to pull through early on in the third, as they struck for a pair of goals to cut the deficit in half.
  • Merrimack was able to settle down in the latter stages of the frame and Lovett iced the game with under two minutes to play on an empty net goal from a Walsh pass.

Notes & Numbers

  • The three-point effort was Walsh’s first career multi-point game.
  • Merrimack ended the game with a 36-18 advantage in shots on goal.
  • Carlile finished with a +4 rating to lead all skaters. He also led all players with four blocked shots.
  • Vinnell’s two points catapulted him to the team lead in scoring among defensemen with seven points in nine games.
  • Max Newton made his Warrior debut and finished with one shot and won nine of 16 faceoffs.
  • Kramer was the game’s top faceoff man with 12 wins on 16 opportunities.
  • Borgiel ended with 16 saves to notch his second collegiate win.

Up Next
The teams battle against Saturday afternoon, this time in North Andover at Lawler Rink. Puck drop is slated for 4 pm.

For continuing coverage of Merrimack College Athletics, visit MerrimackAthletics.com and follow the Warriors on Twitter, Instagram and on Facebook.
 

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