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January 27, 2013

Wheels fall off for Merrimack

MANCHESTER, N.H. – At one point in the second period, Merrimack College trailed No. 4 New Hampshire by a goal, despite outshooting the Wildcats 24-9.

But all of a sudden, the wheels fell off.

The Warriors allowed three goals in the final 7:36 of the second period, including a goal by Collin MacDonald that came with no time left on the clock. UNH took a three-goal lead into the locker room en route to a 6-2 win over the Warriors at the Verizon Wireless Arena yesterday afternoon.

“That (last second) goal was huge,” said UNH defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk, who finished with three assists. “We’ve been struggling (had lost three of previous four games), so to have that nice lead it allowed us to play our game. We didn’t have to grip the sticks too tight, which is what you do. It was definitely nice to get that little cushion and get out of here with a win.”

That type of last-second goal is a back breaker, especially considering the Wildcats also scored just one minute prior.

“It wasn’t very good clock management,” Merrimack head coach Mark Dennehy said. “There’s seven seconds left and we shouldn’t be giving up numbers and we do. We need to learn from this and move on. We had our opportunity to get four points (this weekend) and we didn’t do it.”

Ben Bahe notched his first career goal for the Warriors in the second period, tying the score at 1-1. Sophomore winger Kyle Singleton made a strong play along the right-wing boards, chipping a puck in deep to Rhett Bly behind the net. The senior backhanded a pass in front where Bahe, a freshman, was charging for a quick tap-in goal.

That individual play was indicative of how the Warriors had played to that point.

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