POTSDAM, N.Y. – Merrimack head coach Mark Dennehy knew at the beginning of the season that goaltender would be a position of strength for the Warriors.
But perhaps not even he could imagine just how strong the position would prove to be.
Last night was another feather in Rasmus Tirronen’s cap, as the junior turned aside all 32 shots he faced to backstop the Warriors to a 4-0 win over No. 11-ranked Clarkson University at Cheel Arena in Potsdam, New York.
“It just seemed like all of the pucks were hitting me tonight,” said Tirronen. “I kind of learned from (Friday). They were good on screening on the power play, so I was leaning on either side, trying to see, and it all worked tonight. It was nice to have a lead, but it shouldn’t matter in our position. We should just keep making the next save and hopefully in the net its enough.”
Last night it was more than enough.
Tirronen now sports a 1.82 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage, ranking second and fourth in Hockey East in each of those categories.
“We did a good job of blocking shots,” Tirronen said. “Even when the puck came through and I made the save if there was a rebound they weren’t able to get at it and that’s because our D played so well today.”
Clayton Jardine put the Warriors on the board first, taking a feed from Ben Bahe and firing a shot from the left circle that beat Greg Lewis over the right shoulder at 11:17 of the first period.
After a five-minute major was called on Clarkson’s A.J. Fossen for facemasking with 16 seconds left in the first period — it also was a game misconduct — the Warriors capitalized early in the second. Quinn Gould shoveled in a Mike Collins’ rebound to make it 2-0 Warriors and Collins found the back of the net from the top of circle 1:38 later to give the Warriors a 3-0 lead.