It was a good week for Merrimack College junior hockey star Mike Collins.
This weekend, he helped Merrimack gain a split with No. 4 ranked University of New Hampshire, with two goals and an assist in Merrimack’s 3-2 win Friday night.
On Monday, Collins was named Hockey East co-Player of the Week and yesterday he was named Hockey East Player of the Month for January, amassing 11 points while leading Merrimack to a 4-2-1 record over that span.
Collins is tied for 11th in the country with 13 goals and 17 assists in 25 games. In Hockey East games, Collins is tops in the league with 25 points in 16 games.
Check out tomorrow’s Eagle-Tribune for a story on the talented Merrimack star.
opportunity on NESN
As Merrimack College makes its midseason push for postseason play in Hockey East and possibly a NCAA Div. 1 tournament berth, it will get a national television audience Friday when it hosts UMass Lowell at 7 p.m. on NESN.
Coverage of the game begins at 6:30 p.m. where the Warriors have one of the best home ice advantages the last three-plus seasons in Lawler Arena.
UMass Lowell will not be an easy foe. It is 10-0-1 over its last 11 games and is ranked ninth in two major polls.
Merrimack fans have been encouraged to wear gold for the occasion on NESN. All fans in attendance will receive a free “Fan Flag”, courtesy of TSR Hockey in Salem, N.H.
Super Bowl Sunday
matchup moved to 1 p.m.
The last three years, Central Catholic and St. John’s Prep boys basketball programs have been working their way toward a big “rivalry.”
Five of their last six meetings have come down to the final possession, with three of those games played before standing-room-only crowds.
Well, they do it again on Super Bowl Sunday in Danvers at 1 p.m., with both teams expected to have only one loss.
The game was originally scheduled for 3 p.m. but it was moved to 1 p.m. Tickets will go on sale — general admission, $5 — before the start of the JV game at 11:30 a.m. St. John’s athletic director Jim O’Leary expects a big crowd.
Relay for Life game
On Friday night, the Methuen Lady Rangers and Central Catholic Lady Raiders will be participating in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and Relay for Life Coaches vs. Cancer Campaign to raise money for cancer research. The players will be wearing pink warm up shirts and shoelaces to raise awareness for cancer research. If you would like to make a donation, checks can be addressed to MHS Girls Basketball, 1 Ranger Rd, Methuen, Mass., 01844.
Cherishing first win
While Central Catholic is known as a juggernaut in several sports, particularly in the winter, their new girls team is at the beginning stages of “learning to win.”
And well, after eight straight losses, the Raiders girls hockey team won its first game Sunday morning, beating Bishop Fenwick, 6-1, in Peabody.
Fenwick opened the scoring only two minutes into the game, but Central took control of the game and rattled off six straight goals, with five different scorers (Casey Pedro, Lexi Stanisewski, Emily Frocione, Molly Bryant (2) and Felicia Pandelena).
“The girls were really excited after the game and started tweeting and texting the score to all of their friends,” said Central coach Jeff Marggraf. “There was a sense of relief in the locker room, finally getting the monkey off our back.”
As for Central’s next opponent? Defending state champion Arlington Catholic, at 6 p.m., Saturday in Arlington