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January 4, 2014

Cancelled game was played

WHAT A scrimmage!

Merrimack College’s hockey game scheduled for Thursday night at Lawler Arena with the Russian Red Stars, of the Junior Hockey League competing in Russia and neighboring Baltic countries, was cancelled because of the snowstorm.

But since the Russian team was held up in a hotel with nothing to do, it came to the rink Thursday afternoon and the teams played a scrimmage as the snow came down hard outside.

And what a scrimmage it was!

Merrimack ended up tying the game late in the third period and eventually winning an exciting shootout, 5-4.

The Russian juniors drove out yesterday after the snow stopped to play at Cornell University.

COMMONWEALTH MOTORS SIGNS ON

The Commonwealth Motors Christmas Classic will remain just that for some years to come, according to Charlie Daher, owner of Commonwealth Motors.

Daher and his family signed on this past fall to sponsor the big local Merrimack Valley event.

One thing Daher wanted was increased scholarship money and that happened, with 16 senior players (one boy and one girl from each of the teams) being awarded $1,000.

“It has a big success,” said Daher. “It was nice to see the excitement back. It was always a great event and it deserves the interest it got.”

PATS TICKETS ON SALE

Hours after locking up their 12th win of the season — a 34-20 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday night at Gillette Stadium — the Patriots learned that they will host an AFC Divisional Playoff game on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 8:15 p.m.

A limited number of individual tickets will go on sale Monday, Jan. 6 at 10 a.m. exclusively through Ticketmaster.

TALIB’S WINTER WONDERLAND

While Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib lived a few years in the Cleveland and Newark, N.J. area, he doesn’t remember too many snowstorms like the ones he saw Thursday and Friday.

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