Friday, January 27, 2017

Merrimack Preview -- Updated

Tonight, BU looks to get back on track in the back end of a home and home with Merrimack. Tuesday night in North Andover, Merrimack ended BU’s eight game win streak as they out worked the Terriers on their way to a 3-1 win.

Clayton Keller avoids a Brett Seny check along the wall in
Tuesday night's loss at Lawler Rink.
Photo by Matt Dresens
Merrimack currently sits in 9th place in the league standings, tied with Northeastern at nine points. The Warriors are 9-13-3 on the year, but have only found the win column twice since the holiday break, excluding Tuesday’s win over BU. Those two W’s came against Northern Michigan, 4-2 in the consolation game of the Florida College Hockey Classic, and against Notre Dame two weeks ago at home also by a 4-2 score. The Mack’s best stretch of games came at the end of October, where they swept Colgate in a weekend series, tied BC 2-2 at home and knocked off Cornell 3-2. Since that stretch, MC has only won five games.

Last season, BU and Merrimack split the season series. Merrimack won at home 4-3 on October 30th, and BU got even with a 4-0 blanking at Agganis on January 29th.

Scouting the Warriors
Brett Seny leads the team in scoring with 18 points by way of six goals and twelve assists. Senior Hampus Gustafsson is the team leader in goals scored with ten and has added eight assists on the year. Gustafsson scored a power play goal in the third period on Tuesday to really distance the Warriors from BU. Other players to watch include Jace Henning, Tyler Irvine and Jared Kolquist.

In goal, sophomore Drew Volger has seen the bulk of the time. He is 6-8-3 with a .897 save percentage and a 2.85 goals against average. On Tuesday, BU saw Collin Delia stop every shot but the first one on net. In total, the junior has played in nine games with a 3-5-0 record and a .906 save percentage, averaging 2.58 goals against.

BU Notes
- Jake Oettinger will start in net.

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