EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

Sports

October 10, 2012

College Hockey: Merrimack opens league play tonight

Merrimack College opens its Hockey East schedule tonight when the Warriors travel to Matthews Arena in Boston to take on Northeastern.

The Warriors (1-0-0) are coming off an impressive 4-1 win over fifth-ranked Union on Saturday. For the Huskies, this will be their first “real” test after taking a 4-3 exhibition loss to St. Francis (Canada) on the chin Sunday afternoon.

Merrimack cracked the polls on Monday after their season-opening win, ranked No. 19 in the USCHO.com poll.

The Warriors are 4-1-1 in their last six games against the Huskies, including a three-game winning streak at Matthews Arena.

After a 33-save effort by junior goalie Sam Marotta on Saturday, it’s still not known who will start in goal for the Warriors. Previously, head coach Mark Dennehy had hinted that Marotta and sophomore Rasmus Tirronen could split time early in the season before determining a No. 1 goalie.

“They’ll push each other,” Dennehy said. “Competition is never a bad thing.”

After dressing just one freshman – Justin Hussar – against the Dutchmen on Saturday, it’s possible the Warriors could inject another rookie or two into the lineup.

Senior defenseman Kyle Bigos suffered an undisclosed “lower-body” injury against Union on the second shift of the game and did not return; For tonight, he’s questionable. If he is forced to sit, either freshman Matt Cronin or Sean Robertson will debut on the blue line.

MERRIMACK VS. NORTHEASTERN Tale of the Tape *2011-12 statistics used Category Merrimack Northeastern Record 18-12-7 13-16-5 Goals For 2.76 2.85 Goals Against 2.24 2.97 Shots For 30.5 26.7 Shots Against 29.4 33.6 Power Play 18.0 13.7 Penalty Kill 81.2 80.7

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports

Local Sports Videos
Sports Videos
Pujols joins 500 club Wall: 'This was a make or break year for me' Klatt's Mock Draft: Top 10 Klatt's Mock Draft: Late 1st round Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft NHL playoff preview: Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings NHL playoff preview: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens NHL playoff preview: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs - Carolina Panthers NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs - Atlanta Falcons Too Hot or Too Cold: Brewers and Rangers NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs - Baltimore Ravens NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs - Arizona Cardinals NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs – Oakland Raiders NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs – Houston Texans NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs – Jacksonville Jaguars Olympic Great Michael Phelps Ending Retirement Draft Preview: Chris Davis Draft Preview: Jay Prosch
Boston Sports
Pujols joins 500 club Wall: 'This was a make or break year for me' Klatt's Mock Draft: Top 10 Klatt's Mock Draft: Late 1st round Merloni: Transfer Rule 'ruining the game' Gomes: Ceremony showed healing is ongoing Pedroia: Game-winning play 'kind of a crazy deal' Babcock: 'An exercise in skating up and down the rink' Rask: Chara's become better at screening Miller: Flu 'a scary situation' Florek: 'It's a feeling I've never felt before' Iginla hungry for first Stanley Cup Running Strong: How the Bruins National Anthem brought Boston together Patriots Talk TV: Should the Pats abandon the 2 TE system? Brad Stevens: Hopeful season was a 'learning experience' for young Celtics Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft NHL playoff preview: Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings NHL playoff preview: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens NHL playoff preview: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday