Opponent Previews: Merrimack (2/6)

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Opponent: Merrimack Warriors

League: Hockey East

Record: 8-16-4 (5-12-2)

Notable Wins: Denver (16-6-6)
Other Wins: Bentley

Notable Losses:
Other Losses: Minnesota Duluth, Colgate, Wisconsin, BC

Team Stats:                         UMass                                  Merrimack
Goals                                      72                                             65
Save Percentage                   .892                                         .901
Goals Against Average        3.20                                          2.85
Shots Per Game                    27.8                                          28.9


Team Leaders:

Goals (11): #13 Brett Seney, Forward, 5’10, 180 lbs

Assissts (17): #15 Jared Kolquist, Defenseman, 5’11 185 lbs

Points (27): #13 Brett Seney, Forward, 5’10, 180 lbs

Shots (106): #25 Sami Travernier, Forward, 6’0 185 lbs

Goals Against Average (2.41): #29 Craig Pantano, Goalie, 6’1 165 lbs

Save Percentage (.914): #29 Craig Pantano, Goalie, 6’1 165 lbs


Prediction: UMass 2, Merrimack 1

UMass is in the cellar of the Hockey East along with Merrimack, who is currently edging them for that 11th spot by just one point. While UMass is on a five-game losing streak, I believe they have a great chance to snap the skid. Matt Murray played excellent with 36 saves in the loss against Boston University on Friday night. Murray will likely get the call tomorrow night against Merrimack as Ryan Wishcow had a less than stellar performance in the Saturday loss to UNH. I believe this could be a low scoring game, if we get a Murray vs. Craig Patano matchup in net as both men have put up solid numbers this season so far.

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