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Warriors fight valiantly in Senior Night Loss to No. 1 Boston College

Sports Reporter – Patrick Casey

Sports Editor – Marcus Antonelli

NORTH ANDOVER, Ma. — The Warriors came into the final game of the regular season looking to control a bit of their destiny for the conference playoffs. 

No. 1 Boston College (28-5-1, 20-3-1 HE) have already clinched the top seed in the conference tournament. For Merrimack (13-20-1, 6-17-1 HE) a win or loss could potentially shake up their matchup in the opening round of the Hockey East Playoff. 

On Senior Night, the boys looked to upset the best team in the nation after doing so against the tenth ranked team the weekend prior.

In the end, Boston College reigned supreme.

THE RECAP

Still no Matt Copponi for Merrimack, along with that, Chase Stevenson was out for tonight’s final regular season game at Lawler. 

In the first period, when it’s said that nothing happened, that would be a lie. Boston College started out with some good chances early. After that, it was a pretty even frame between both sides. Merrimack had some opportunities too and controlled a good portion of the tempo. Nonetheless, it was a deadlock, 0-0. 

“It was the way we had to start the game,” said Merrimack Head Coach Scott Borek, “You understand you’re playing the number one team in the country and you just gotta keep the puck in front of you at all times, and I thought we did a good job of that, really, for two periods.”

That score remained until halfway through the second. The Warriors continued their control of pace and it rewarded them. Merrimack found themselves on a 2 on 1 with Ty Daneault and Frank Djurasevic, Frankie found the back of the net off the pass from TD43 and MC led 1-0. 

About two minutes later the Warriors found the back of the net again off a beautiful shot from Devlin O’Brien and in a blink of an eye Merrimack had a 2-0 advantage.

Later in the period the Warriors were given a power-play and the opposite of what you think would happen, happened. Merrimack conceded two straight shorthanded goals on the same power-play. Both goals were 1:06 apart from each other. Now it was a tie game.

“I thought on the power-play we played a little slow,” said Coach Borek, “we let their energy outwork us and they broke away for a couple of grade-A chances that ended up in the net.”

The third period started and Merrimack got on the attack early. Grad Defenseman Liam Dennison had a few shots go at Eagles goaltender Jan Korec. The second time round it worked for Denny and Merrimack led 3-2 a minute into the third.

That lead wouldn’t last long, the Warriors from that point conceded four unanswered goals from the Eagles. In a 14 minute span, the MC momentum was slowly weathered away.

Boston College had five power-plays throughout the game and four in the third period. Despite that, the Eagles didn’t capitalize on one. However with Merrimack’s top defenders fatigued, BC was able to take advantage of the situation.

“During the third period a few times we took some penalties we shouldn’t have taken and that just drained the guys,” tells Coach Borek, “killing is hard and I guess for anyone, killings are really hard against them and the guys that we used to kill got tired.”

A MEANINGFUL SENIOR NIGHT

The game ended in a 6-4 loss for the Warriors and it wasn’t the result you’d want for a Senior Night that not only honored Alex Jefferies, Christian Felton and Zachary Borgiel. It was also for the Grad students who were playing their final game in Lawler Rink. Ben Brar, Mac Welsher, Filip Forsmark and Liam Dennison all were given ovations for their services.

“I was almost emotional, you know, just because those guys have meant so much to this program,” Tells Coach Borek, “And as I said to them in the locker room, when they decided to come, we weren’t a very good hockey club and we weren’t even chasing you know, the (Hockey East) Championship. They came and I think they changed the direction and every single one of those guys gave everything they had, and they’ve done it for four years, some of them five years and I’m just proud that I got the opportunity to coach them.”

THE FIRST ROUND MATCHUP

While emotions are (rightfully so) high for the night’s festivities, the results of the game have the playoffs set in stone. Merrimack will face the Northeastern Huskies on Wednesday for the opening round of the Hockey East playoffs. MC will head down to Matthews Arena for a 7:00 p.m. puck drop. 

“I think our team, we’ve dealt with a lot and I think our guys have played pretty darn well – and I thought we gave that again tonight we just weren’t able to overcome,” Coach Borek explains, “but I think we’re trending in the right direction, I’m hopeful that we can go over the top and be ready to go Wednesday.”

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