FINAL: Merrimack 4, Union 1
Josh Myers scored two goals in less than three minutes early in the third period Saturday, lifting Merrimack to a 4-1 win over fifth-ranked Union in the season-opening college hockey game for both teams at Messa Rink
Goalie Sam Marotta made 33 saves. Kyle Singleton was awarded an empty-net goal with 1:02 left as he was pulled down by Greg Coburn on a breakaway.
Merrimack took a 1-0 lead early in the first period.
With just over four minutes gone in the period, Tom McCarthy dropped the puck off to Dan Kolomatis at the Union blue line. Kolomatis skated along the right-wing boards, and then centered a pass to Rhett Bly at the left of the net. Bly redirected it past goalie Troy Grosenick.
The Dutchmen had the territorial edge, outshooting the Warriors, 16-6. They had two good power-play efforts, but couldn't score on either one of them.
Mat Bodie scored at 7:25 of the second period to help Union tie Merrimack, 1-1, after two periods of play in the college hockey season opener for both teams at Messa Rink.
Standing at the right point, Bodie took a Sebastien Gingras cross-ice pass, and then a wrist shot past a screened Sam Marotta for his first goal of the season.
Grosenick preserved the tie with just over five minutes left when he made a pad save on a breakaway attempt by Justin Mansfield. Mansfield was cherry picking at the Union blue line while the action was in the Merrimack zone. The puck was sent out to him after Marotta stopped a Wayne Simpson shot. Mansfield tried to lift a backhander over Grosenick, but Grosenick was the battle.