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February 2, 2013

Merrimack snaps Lowell unbeaten streak


Justin Hussar scored the game’s only goal in the third period, taking a pass from junior Rhett Bly in the left circle and firing a wrister over Lowell goalie Doug Carr’s glove.

“He made a nice play to get the puck to Bly,” he said, “and Blysie got it over to me and I just wanted to get the shot off as fast as I could.”

100 for Dennehy

The win was the 100th Merrimack win in the career of head coach Mark Dennehy.

Dennehy is now 54-32-16 in the last three seasons at Merrimack.

If the house is rocking ...

As the seconds ticked down, Lawler’s low-hanging roof nearly blew off. The packed house brought with it a playoff atmosphere.

With the win, combined with Providence’s tie at Maine, moved the Warriors into a tie for the fourth and final home ice spot in the Hockey East playoffs with a game in hand.

The Warriors and Friars have one more game against each other.

“The crowd like that makes it more fun to play,” Hussar said. “It’s loud. For us, we want to give them reasons to keep celebrating.”

Added Marotta, “The atmosphere like that helps our for sure. When I went out there before the puck drop and there are people waving flags and screaming, there’s no where else I’d want to be.”

Quick hits

Rhett Bly, Merrimack’s junior center, went 15 for 20 in the faceoff circle. ... This was the first game since opening night that Merrimack won without Mike Collins scoring a point. ... Of the game’s 103 total shot attempts, 31 were blocked with Lowell blocking 19 and Merrimack blocking 12.

Merrimack 1,

Lowell 0

agate_NHL_line3:at J. Thom Lawler Arena

Lowell (14-8-2, 8-7-2 HE): 0- 0-0—0

Merrimack (11-10-5, 9-6-2 HE): 0-0-1—1

Third Period: 1. MC Justin Hussar 3 (Ben Bahe, Rhett Bly),

Shots: Merrimack 14-6-7—27; Lowell 10-11-4—25

Saves: MC Marotta 25 shots, 25 saves; UML Carr 27 shots, 26 saves.

Power Play: Merrimack 0 for 4; Lowell 0 for 6

Penalties: Merrimack 9-18; Lowell 5-10

Faceoffs: Merrimack 44-31

Attendance: 2,489 (2,489)

Next: at UNH tomorrow, 7

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