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With Ollas and Borgiel gone, what are Merrimack’s options in the crease?

Marcus Antonelli – Sports Editor

Photo from Nate Tacey

The Warriors are likely going to be busy this summer in the transfer portal. 

Merrimack has lost both it’s interchangeable goaltenders since the end of the 2023-24 season. Both Hugo Ollas and Zachary Borgiel won’t dawn the Warrior Gold and Blue next year. 

What happened to Hugo? Well, he recently signed a two-year contract with his drafted team, the New York Rangers. The Rangers took the junior netminder in the seventh round of the 2020 NHL Draft and have officially brought him into the professional realm.

Borgiel, on the other hand, will enter the transfer portal as a graduate, first reported by Mike McMahon (@MikeMcMahonCHN on X) of The Mack Report. 

Both goaltenders leaving officially marks the end of an era at Merrimack. Ollas and Borgiel played for three years together at MC, helping the program get back to the Hockey East Championship and the NCAA Tournament. Most of the time they split their duties and equally performed efficiently for the team.

Now the Goalie room isn’t completely vacant. Right now, Merrimack has two netminders on the roster with #1 and #29 erased.

Max Lundgren

Lundgren could come in and be a good replacement for the departing Ollas as a 1A. The four-star Swede spent his freshman season (this year) sidelined due to an ‘NCAA clearinghouse issue’ but had a good campaign in the USHL for the Des Moines Buccaneers the prior year. 

In 41 games of the 2022-23 season, Lundgren posted a .913 save percentage (5th in USHL) and a 2.65 goals against average (7th in USHL). Which was statistically better than UMass freshman Michael Hrabal (.908/2.86) and Northeastern freshman Cameron Whitehead (.904/2.83). 

Steven Bacovsky

Bacovsky has been Merrimack’s third-string goaltender for the past two years behind Ollas and Borgiel. He is a viable option for the Warriors in net next season, despite not seeing ice yet at the collegiate level. With the opportunities presented, Bacovsky could fill a vacancy. 

The sophomore’s last full season of play was in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League playing for the OCN Blizzard. Where he posted a .914 save percentage (3rd in MJHL) in 34 games played. 

THE TRANSFER PORTAL

With Borgiel now officially gone, it is very likely Coach Borek and Co. will prioritize their search for another goaltender. For goalies in the portal, Merrimack is a very hot option, considering both current netminders haven’t played at all. This means the starting job isn’t etched in the lineup chart and open for the taking. 

It’ll be interesting to see how the situation in goal pans out for the Warriors. Stay tuned this offseason! For more coverage on Merrimack Men’s Hockey follow Marcus (@antonelli7jr) on Twitter (X) for all things Warriors Hockey. Don’t forget to check out the Beacon Newspaper website for articles on games, players, and more!

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