Reax: Boston College 4, Merrimack College 2
- With the loss, the Warriors fall to fifth-place, two points behind Maine and UMass Lowell for third.
Merrimack goaltender Joe Cannata made 25 saves in the losing effort, as the senior surrendered three or more goals for just the sixth time this year, excluding empty netters.
- Merrimack’s forwards registered just 10 shots, according to the final boxscore. Defensemen put nine shots on goal and scored both goals (Jordan Heywood and Karl Stollery). According to the shot chart, BC outshot Merrimack 11-1 in the first period.
- There was just 37 faceoffs on the night. BC won the battle on the dot, 19-18, in a game that featured long stretches with no whistles.
- This marked just the second time all season Merrimack lost a game in which it has scored two or more goals, the other game being a 4-2 loss at Boston Unversity. Entering Friday, Merrimack had scored one goal or less in six of their seven losses.
- BC improved to 43-14-4 against Merrimack under York and extended their home unbeaten streak against the Warriors to 26 games during which the team is 23-0-3 dating back to Halloween Night 1997.
- BC finished 1-for-2 with a man advantage and has scored a power-play goal in eight straight games.
- Paul Carey’s goal made him the sixth BC player with double-digit goals this season. The Warriors have just one (Jesse Todd).
- Immediately following the loss, Merrimack technically fell out of an NCAA tournament spot in the Pairwise rankings (tied for 15th) if you consider Atlantic Hockey’s automatic bid. This was before all of the West results were completely.
- The Warriors were slow out of the gate and BC made them pay. The Eagles jumped out to a lead in the first period that it would never relinquish. The shots in the first period — they read 11-1 — were a bit off (I remember at least three scoring chances for the Warriors) but regardless, shots were tilted in BC’s favor.
- The Warriors continued to struggle on special teams. The power play wasn’t effective in its two chances. BC, like most teams have done of late, really seemed to pressure Merrimack’s point on the power play. It resulted in Merrimack having a hard time even setting up in the zone on the power play.
- As the game progressed, Merrimack seemed to progress with it. I thought they got better as the game matured, but the Warriors were so slow out of the gate, they dug themselves into a whole they couldn’t climb out of.
- The scoring troubles continue, and until the third period, chances were down as well. The Warriors slow start ultimately was the difference.
Boston College 4, Merrimack 2
at Conte Forum
Merrimack College (15-8-6, 11-7-4 HE): 0-1-1–2
Boston College (20-10-1, 14-7-1 HE): 2-2-0–4
First Period: 1. BC Patrick Wey 1 (Steve Whitney, Bill Arnold), ev, 10:51; 2. BC Johnny Gaudreau 14 (Danny Linell, Destry Straight), ev, 13:53.
Second Period: 3. BC Barry Almeida 18 (Tommy Cross, Steve Whitney), pp, 6:47; 4. BC Paul Carey 10 (unassisted), ev, 16:23; 5. MC Karl Stollery 7 (Shawn Bates, Mike Collins), ev, 17:53.
Third Period: 6. MC Jordan Heywood 4 (Ryan Flanigan), ev, 0:31.
Shots: Merrimack 1-9-9–19; Boston College 11-15-3–29
Goalies: MC Cannata 29 shots, 25 saves; BC Milner 19 shots, 17 saves
Power Play: Merrimack 0 for 2; Boston College 1 for 2
Penalties: Merrimack 4-8; Boston College 4-8
Attendance: 7,390; Time: 2:06
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