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October 22, 2011

Merrimack's biggest player comes up big in Merrimack win

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After he scored to make it 3-1, Northeastern freshman Ludwig Karlsson scooped up a puck in the neutral zone and ducked in front of the Husky bench, where Bigos was waiting to staple him to the boards.

"I worked really hard on restraining myself from running guys," he said. "I took myself out of the play a lot my first two years. But there, I just saw his two wingers changing and he was buying time carrying the puck so I just stepped into him and stayed on the right side of the puck. That's fun."

If one of his teammates get hit, that player can expect to get a receipt from California native, who was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL Draft.

Bigos is a tone-setter. It's no mistake that he's started every game for head coach Mark Dennehy this season, no matter who his defensive partner is. Bigos is there to send a message.

"We want to be aggressive," Dennehy said. "We want our guys to be physical and he's the strongest and most physical. He's also in the best shape, athletically, since I've known him."

With the puck, his slap shot, which tends to ride low along the ice, practically breaks the sound barrier.

Dennehy has started to work his biggest weapon into more offensive situations, planting him in front of the net on some power plays or utilizing that booming slapper from the top of the right circle.

"It was a great move by him to walk that guy and tee it up," Dennehy said. "He has those lovely California hands that he sometimes tries to use too much. He has great poise. If he's playing (the way he played last night) we expect good things out of Bigs."

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