Terence Barclay ’13, Staff Writer
The Merrimack College hockey team faced no. 15 Northeastern in a two-game series on Homecoming Weekend.
On Friday, the Warriors traveled to Matthews Arena in Boston, before returning home on Saturday to take on the Huskies again at Lawler Arena. The Warriors came into this series after last week’s performance against the Vermont Catamounts, taking home a win on Oct. 26, while tying the Catamounts on Oct. 27.
Junior captain Jordan Heywood recorded his first career two-goal game, all in the first period, as the Warriors picked up their first road conference win of the season on Friday, taking down the Huskies 5-2. Four Warriors had multiple point games in the victory including Mike Collins, Jordan Heywood, Connor Toomey, and Brendan Ellis.
Collins picked up his third career three-assist night and his third straight multi-point effort. All five goals came from Merrimack defensemen including the empty net score by Dan Kolomatis that sealed the victory for the Warriors.
The Warriors returned to Lawler arena for Homecoming Weekend on Nov. 3. Collins recorded his fourth straight multi-point game as the Warriors once again downed the Huskies in front of a sold out Lawler Arena on Homecoming. Eight different players recorded at least one point for the Warriors, including three freshman skaters. After going down 2-0 after the first period, the Warriors dominated the third period of action. Collins fought off a defender on the wall and kicked a pass to Heywood who recorded the game winning goal with 3:28 remaining in the game. Freshman Justin Hussar sealed the deal with his first career goal, an empty net goal, with one second left on the clock. Goalie Rasmus Tirronen picked up his first career victory on the night as he finished the game with 24 saves.
With the series sweep over Northeastern, Merrimack improves to 4-3-1 overall and 3-1-1 in the Hockey East. Following this sweep, the Warriors were named the Hockey East Team of the Week for the second time this season. Heywood was also named the Hockey East Athletic Republic Player of the Week. Merrimack will return home for a pair of games this upcoming weekend.
They will host Boston University tonight at 7:30 p.m. and Connecticut tomorrow at 7 p.m.