Tonight will be a battle of the old guard against what many around Merrimack’s campus hope is a rising star. The Warriors are just two years removed from their first NCAA tournament appearance since joining Hockey East. That same season, 2010-11, they lost to the Eagles in the Hockey East championship game at TD Garden.
“That was the year I think you really could tell that they were on the rise,” York said. “Mark’s (Dennehy) has done a great job with that program. They’ve been able to get players like Joe Cannata, who was a great player for them, and this year the way Marotta has played, he’s stepped right into those shoes.”
Merrimack may be on the rise, but Boston College is the model.
Collins, Heywood among Hobey Baker nominees
Merrimack juniors Mike Collins and Jordan Heywood have been named nominees for the 2013 Hobey Baker Memorial Award. The Hobey Baker is the most prestigious award for College hockey players.
Collins has been the Warriors best offensive threat all season long, helping Merrimack be ranked No. 19 in the country and placing second in the Hockey East. The Hockey East Player of the Month for January currently ranks first in Hockey East in scoring in Conference games as he has 29 points, 10 goals and 19 assists, in 19 Conference games. Collins also ranks second in the Hockey East in total points with 34 points through 28 games for the Warriors while leading the team in goals, assists and total points.
Heywood, who is also a Humanitarian Award nominee, has led the Warriors defense to a second ranking in the Hockey east for scoring defense, allowing 2.39 goals per game. Heywood ranks second on the team in multiple categories including points (15), assists (10), goals (5), plus/minus rating (+8) game-winning goals (2) and shots on goal (73). He leads all Merrimack defenseman in each category as well..