Final: Merrimack 4, Huskies 2
The Huskies were defeated for the second night in a row, losing 4-2 to Merrimack at Lawler Arena. The Huskies jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first but weren’t able to do much after that. It was a disappointing weekend for them and one that has erased almost all of the optimism surrounding the team early on. Game story coming later tonight or tomorrow morning.
- Vinny Saponari and Mike McMurtry had the goals for the Huskies.
- Colton Saucerman, McMurtry, Robbie Vrolyk and Kevin Roy all had assists.
- Chris Rawlings had 29 saves and allowed 3 goals.
- Shots were 33-26 Merrimack.
- The Huskies were 1-2 on the power play. Merrimack was 0-6.
- The special teams looked good for once. Northeastern was getting called for everything, but they were able to kill all 6 Merrimack chances. On the other hand, Michael McMurtry gave the Huskies their second Power Play goal in as many nights, despite them only getting 2 power plays.
- The goal was McMutry’s first and it also marked his first career multi-point night.
- Vinny Saponari finally found the back of the net.
- Yet again, the Huskies got a quick start and a quick lead. But their inability to add to that lead ultimately cost them.
- Rawlings looked like his usual self in his return to the lineup. He had some good saves, but the goals could be questioned. On the first one, he dropped into the butterfly making the initial save, but somehow the rebound was slipped under him. Defensive errors did him no favors on the second and third goals.
- Another line shakeup that has yielded no progress. The offense needs to step up or this weekend will become the norm for this team.
- The line of Braden Pimm, Joe Manno, and Cody Ferriero were effectively benched for the first period for the penalties they picked up on Friday.
HHN’s Three Stars
1. Michael McMurtry
2. Drew Ellement
3. Dustin Darou
Up Next: A much needed weekend against non-conference opponent Alabama-Hunstville