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For now ... goodnight from North Andover.
Alright. That will do it for live coverage tonight. Make sure to check back later for our game story and takeaways. Merrimack and UMass finish it up tomorrow at Mullins.
Final: UMass wins, 2-1.
Goal stands. 2-1 UMass with 4.7 left.
Looked onside to me.
Wait a minute ... review coming. They're checking to see if it was offside.
UMASS GOAL: Minutemen make it 2-1 with 4.7 seconds left. Wow.
Sorry trying to take photos at the same time tonight :)
2:26 left. Playoff atmosphere.
Or ... maybe Del Gaizo his his own man into Borgiel.
I think MC's headed to the PP as someone nailed Borgiel
Murray fails to cover a puck, but officials blow it dead anyway
Back to 5v5. 9:00 left.
That's the first time I've seen it called in a game.
"If a second violation by the same team occurs during the same faceoff, a two-minute bench minor penalty for delay of game will be called."
The faceoff infraction is a new rule.
UMass back to the PP. Walsh called for a faceoff infraction.
10:56 to play.
There was digging at Murray but there has been digging at both goalies all night with no whistles. And, it wasn't after the whistle.
Drevitch now off for a slash ... after what's been allowed all night, I can't believe that's the one they decide to call.
That's a big goal at a big time for Drevitch, who had been held out of the goal column through six games. Big way to break out of a funk.
Logan Drevitch's goal.
MERRIMACK GOAL: Warriors tie it up, 1-1, with 15:37 left in the 3rd.
Sorry was a little late getting back. Was doing intermission with Mike Machnik on the broadcast.
Game on in the 3rd
End of 2: UMass leads 1-0. SOG 10-7 MC in the 2nd period. SOG 23-21 total in the game.
Murray again great on the PK. Back to 5v5
2:59 left. Merrimack back to the PP.
3:37 left in the 2nd period, still 1-0 UMass.
Merrimack gets the kill. Very good PK there.
Kimens off. MC going on the PK with 6:39 left in the second.
And just like last week, the first period was a free-for-all and then the second period, every ounce of contact is whistled.
Merrimack immediately back on the PP. Del Gaizo off.
10 seconds left on the PP for MC
Merrimack going on the PP early in the second period.
End of 1: UMass leads Merrimack 1-0. SOG 14-12 UMass.
1:00 to play
UMass headed to the PP. Jandric off for boarding.
Punches thrown at another whistle ... the officials have allowed that stuff all period. No wonder it gets out of hand.
Kessel just held on to Walsh's stick for a good 5 seconds. Right in front of Rouillard. Again, looks like a free-for-all tonight. I have no idea how you don't call that one.
Camera work not so great!
This has been an incredibly exciting opening 14 minutes.
Gorgeous play by Durflinger but Murray shuts the door.
It appears the officials are going to allow this game to be a free-for-all. I'm fine with it. But it started this way last week against BU as well and then all of a sudden in the second period it seemed the officials' standards changed.
Another very good shift from the Copponi line. They caused a turnover on the forecheck and Copponi created a scoring chance curling off the wall. It's been 12 minutes but Kimens-Copponi-Nolan has been MC's best line thus far.
That's a puck I think Merrimack needs to clear. It sat in a scrum and the Warriors had a lot of whacks at it, but they weren't able to get it out of a dangerous area and it ultimately landed on Bobby Trivigno's stick. That's the wrong guy to have it end up with.