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January 12, 2013

BU sinks Merrimack

NORTH ANDOVER — It’s been like sharing a box of Forrest Gump’s chocolate, because night to night, Merrimack College just isn’t sure what it’s going to get.

After scoring four goals in a wire-to-wire dominating performance over Vermont last weekend, the Warriors potted just a single goal on 39 shots in a 4-1 loss to Boston University last night at Lawler Arena.

Prior to the win over Vermont, Merrimack scored a single goal in a loss to Union, a pair in a tie with Princeton and four goals the game before that beating Army, but didn’t score more than twice in the five games previous to that.

“I didn’t think we worked hard enough in the first period and in the second and third we did,” said Merrimack head coach Mark Dennehy.

“We had plenty of chances but I didn’t get the sense that we were ready for them. We didn’t make strong, confident plays until the third period.”

It was a bit of redemption for the Terriers, who blew a three-goal lead to Harvard on Wednesday, losing 6-5 in overtime. After the game, Parker said it was “as disappointed he was in a BU hockey team in a long, long time.”

“What a difference two days make,” Parker said.

“We played the right way tonight. We competed hard and we played a team that is hard to beat at home, and we certainly respected our opponent, and we were ready to play. ... It was a huge win for us in a lot of ways.”

The Warriors attempted 83 shots on net, but couldn’t beat BU goaltender Sean Maguire more than once, including a pair of hit posts. The Terriers rattled three pucks off the post.

For Merrimack junior winger Mike Collins, the game snapped a streak of 10 straight Hockey East games with a point to start the season.

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