WARRIORS HOST HUNGRY FRIARS TONIGHT
At 3-3 after an 0-3 beginning, the Merrimack College hockey team hits the home ice at Lawler Rink tonight, 7 p.m., in its Hockey East opener with Providence College, the fifth-rated team in the nation.
Tonight is “Youth Hockey Night” at Lawler Rink where all kids wearing their youth hockey jerseys will receive a special $5 admission on game day while supplies last.
Meeting for the 118th time since the series began during the 1959-60 season, Providence represents Merrimack’s most frequently played opponent in the history of the program, with UMass Lowell ranking second with 115 previous all-time meetings. Providence holds a notable advantage in the series, boasting a 78-30-9 record against the Warriors.
The Warriors have won three straight since starting the year 0-3.
Merrimack is led by senior Mike Collins (2-6—8), while Quinn Gould paces all Warriors with three goals, representing a balanced offense that has seen 16 different skaters record at least a point
Providence sophomore Jon Gillies is the reigning Hockey East Rookie of the Year, but the Friars have turned heads with an explosive offense that ranks second nationally in scoring (4.43 G/GM) and scoring margin (+2.14)
The teams will shift venues for game 2 of the weekend series as they head Saturday night (7 p.m.) at Schneider Arena in Providence.
FREE GOLF FOR VETS AT MERRIMACK
Look, I know and you know it’s November. But I got over to Merrimack Golf Club in Methuen for the Hot Pepper Open recently and Jim Sarcione and the greens staff have the course in dynamite shape. With that said, if the weather is nice, I urge all veterans of the U.S. armed services to take a shot or two at Merrimack on Monday, Veterans Day.
In fact, all U.S. veterans are welcome to play free Monday at Merrimack. So get that last round in over the long holiday weekend.
VICTORY FOR VICTORIA
Bard College junior soccer midfielder Victoria Castiglione of Merrimac and Pentucket Regional was named to the Liberty League All-Academic team for the third time. She was a part-time starter and contributed two assists.
SMART, OR JUST A LUCKY FAN?
It was last spring, and the Boston Red Sox were in Florida, coming off one of the most dreadful seasons in recent memory.
Georgetown High basketball coach Mike Rowinski was out for a little R&R with his wife in my favorite city, Las Vegas. With a few hours left in the trip, Rowinski decided to do something he’d never done before.
He stopped into the Caesar’s Palace sports book and dropped $20 on his Boston Red Sox to win the World Series.
“It was my first trip there and probably my last,” said Rowinski. “I told my wife I’m not flying seven hours and not making one sports bet. I know baseball!”
The ticket, punched last spring, was sent back recently and a check will be on the way for this Sox fan. Twenty bucks at 19-to-1. We all can do the math. Congrats Mike. And the pizza’s on you on my first trip to Royals’ country this winter.