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Welcome to tonight's live coverage. As you saw in our pregame post, Merrimack is playing this game shorthanded. The Warriors don't have enough healthy players to dress a full lineup.

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Merrimack lost Ethan Bono and Mac Welsher in last night's game against UMass. Sounds like both were head injuries after hits.

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Merrimack and UNH are underway at the Whittemore Center.

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UNH GOAL: Wildcats take a 1-0 lead just 1:27 into the game.

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13:00 left in the first still 1-0. Apologies for slow updates. Was finishing a hoops story.

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Did you see any replays on the hits that put them out? No penalties were called.

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At the end of the game handshakes Borek & the UMA assistant were jawing at each other - so you know what that was about?

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4:44 left in the first. Aside from the first 1:27 Merrimack has put together a decent period. Warriors outshooting the Wildcats 11-4.

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UNH to the PP.

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End of 1: UNH leads Merrimack 1-0. Warriors have an 11-8 edge in SOG. Both teams 0 for 1 on the PP.

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Game on in the 2nd period.

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Merrimack going on the PP. Bookman drew a hooking call.

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UNH kills the penalty.

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UNH to the PP.

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SOG now 14-14 with 7:38 left in the 2nd period. Still 1-0 UNH.

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Media timeout with 5:52 remaining in the 2nd.

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End of 2. Still 1-0 UNH.

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For a 1-0 game, this game has had plenty of excitement.

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3rd period about to begin. Still 1-0

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Brar hits the crossbar.

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Media timeout. 12:31 left in the 3rd. Still 1-0 UNH.

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UNH going on the PP here with Djurasevic off for tripping called behind the net.

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Under 8:30 tplay.

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UNH GOAL: Wildcats take a 2-0 lead with 8:03 left.

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Puck looked like it just bounced over the stick of Ollas. When things aren't going well, stuff like that tends to happen. Unfortunate for Ollas. He made a big save moments earlier.

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4:12 to play.

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Bigger story tonight -- to me -- is the zero goals. That's a component of the guys they're missing. They're missing key components.

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Ollas out with 3:00 to play.

He's pulled with the right time on the clock. I'm a firm believe in 2:00 for 1 goal, and then tack on another 1:00 for every additional goal you're trailing.

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UNH ENG: 3-0 Wildcats. 2:13 left.

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That might have been the worst goal of the night, honestly. JP Turner shot the middle while his teammate had the loose puck in the corner.

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Merrimack about to fall to 1-7 in their last 8 games and their losing streak will extend to six games.

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This matches their longest losing streak since 2020-21. That streak was during the COVID year. Dec. 12, 2020 through Jan. 17, 2021.

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Well, the shutout is broken. Ty Daneault scores with 2.6 left. 3-1.

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UNH is going to challenge the goal lol. OK.

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Goal stands. At least it was a quick challenge.

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Final: UNH beats Merrimack 3-1.

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Alright, that does it for live coverage tonight. I'll have more later on. Thanks for tuning in.

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