The Mack Report

Final: Lowell 4, Merrimack 0

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NORTH ANDOVER – Adam Chapie put UMass Lowell ahead with a penalty shot in the first period and the River Hawks never looked back, cruising past Merrimack College 4-0 last night in front of a sellout crowd of 2,549 at Merrimack’s Lawler Rink.

Chapie’s penalty shot came on a hooking call on Brendan Ellis, whose seemingly innocent hook in the neutral zone resulted in the play.

“I just wanted to hit the net,” Chapie said. “Originally I wanted to go blocker, but (Marotta) did a good job taking it away so last minute I went glove and I was lucky that it hit the post and went in.”

Shayne Thompson put the River Hawks up 2-0 in the second period, taking a feed fresh out of the penalty box from Michael Kapla and finding room past Sam Marotta (x saves) from just inside the top of the left circle. Chris Maniccia re-directed a Dylan Zink point shot at the 15:18 mark of the second period to give the River Hawks a 3-0 lead.

Evan Campbell tacked on a third-period goal to make it 4-0.

“I thought we were the better team for large stretches,” Merrimack head coach Mark Dennehy said. “They scored four goals, we didn’t. I thought we were the better team for large stretches. We spent a lot of time in their zone, which is what we want to do.”

The Warriors outshot the River Hawks 33-24, including out-attempting Lowell 59-45.

Lowell blocked 13 Merrimack shots; the Warriors blocked 18 River Hawk attempts.

“There was a point in the second period where I think they had five guys in the crease blocking a shot. You can’t put a bazooka through that. They defend incredibly hard.”

Merrimack fell to 7-15-3 on the season (2-9-2 Hockey East) while Lowell improved to 18-7-2 (8-4-1 Hockey East).