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Tale Of The Tape: New Hampshire

#29 Merrimack
# 19 New Hampshire
Goals For3.913.15
Goals Against3.363.77
Shots For27.528.5
Shots Against30.932.5
Power Play27.6%17.5%
Penalty Kill83.6%75.4%
Avg. Height6′-0″5′-11″
Avg. Weight188.5 lbs189.9 lbs
Top Scorer
Stephane Da Costa
9gp, 8-7–15
Bobby Butler
13gp, 10-8–18
Top Goaltender
Andrew Braithwaite
3-1-0, 3.25, .895
Brian Foster
4-6-3, 3.70, .884
MC vs. UNH

Scouting the Wildcats
On paper, this will be a shootout. Looking at the statistics it’s easy to predict that this is likely an 8-7 game. But something tells me that these teams, at this rink, will be more of a defensive battle than people realize.

Coming off last week’s loss at UMass Lowell, I’d expect the Warriors to come out at home and be a much more efficient team. Merrimack wasn’t doing the little thing against the River Hawks, and I have to imagine that will be different in this game.

UNH can score goals – there’s no doubt about that – but the Wildcats’ problem has been stopping the opposition. Not only are they allowing goals in bunches, they’re allowing shots in bunches. Of course, much of that come with the added space on the Olympic sheet at the Whittemore Center. But even though the teams will be playing on the cramped Lawler Arena sheet, the Warriors will still get plenty of chances, they just need to capitalize (which they’ve done all year).

Despite long stretches of the Lowell game that MC controlled, especially at the start, it was still probably the worst 60-minute effort of the year for the Warriors. Believe it or not, there are still plenty of “doubters,” despite MC’s relatively tough early-season schedule, especially in league.

MC still has games in hand on every team that sits ahead of them in the standings (some as many as 3), but every team seems to be picking up points, so the Warriors need to keep pace.


  • The Wildcats have won 12 of the last 17 meetings. Merrimack is 0-3-2 in its last five home games against UNH.
  • Head coach Mark Dennnehy is 2-8-2 all-time against UNH. Dennehy picked up his first career Hockey East win against the Wildcats in 2005-06, a 1-0 win at Lawler Arena.
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