Men’s Ice Hockey Set for Tuesday League Tilt with #2 BC (7 p.m.); Limited Tickets Remain!

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WARRIORS WELCOME EAGLES, RETURN TO LEAGUE SLATE TUESDAY NIGHT AT LAWLER RINK

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Returning to Hockey East play for its first conference game in a month and a half, the Merrimack College men's ice hockey team will entertain second-ranked Boston College and go outside of its normal Friday-Saturday schedule in the process, as the Warriors welcome the Eagles to town for a rare Tuesday-night tilt on Jan. 21 Lawler Rink. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.

The Basics
Date/Time:
Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 | 7 p.m.
Records:
Merrimack (6-11-3, 1-5-2 HEA) | #2 Boston College (16-4-3, 10-1-1 HEA)
Location: Lawler Rink | North Andover, Mass.

Tuesday Is Social Media Night
Tuesday night will double as Social Media Night at Lawler Rink. Fans who Tweet pictures from their seats to MC_Athletics on Twitter will be entered into a pool to win a prize pack. Fans can also participate in ongoing Merrimack Hockey Trivia as the game progresses to win prizes, as well!

All-Time vs. BC
In a series that dates all the way back to 1972, Merrimack and BC meet up for the 86th all-time meeting on Tuesday night, which marks the first of two showdowns this season between the two programs. After playing twice when Merrimack was still in the Division II ranks, the two schools have faced off annually since the 1989-90 campaign. The Eagles have the upper hand in the series, as Merrimack has gone just 21-59-5 against BC. Lawler Rink's home-ice advantage has helped, though, as the Warriors own a 4-2-1 mark in their last seven home games against BC.

Last Saturday: Christie's Three-Point Night Leads Merrimack Past Quinnipiac, 6-3
Sophomore forward Brian Christie scored twice and dished an assist to help Merrimack split a weekend home-and-home series with fifth-ranked Quinnipiac, as the Warriors rebounded from a tough loss with an impressive 6-3 victory last Saturday night at Lawler Rink.

For the second straight night, Merrimack posted the game's first goal, but unlike last night, where the Warriors showed little fight from the second period on, the Navy and Gold never let the reigning national runners-up take control on Saturday, untying the game with three straight goals in the third period before icing it with a late empty-net tally.

For the full recap from last Saturday, please click here!

The Warriors:

  • Merrimack is unbeaten when scoring exactly three goals or more (6-0-0) this season but winless when scoring twice or less (0-11-3)
  • The Warriors' +70 shots on goal margin ranks 21nd nationwide
  • Sophomore forward Brian Christie erupted for three points in Saturday's win against Quinnipiac, scoring the game's first goal before burying another in the third period. Christie added one more assist before his night was over.
  • Sophomore forward Brian Christie erupted for three points in Saturday's win against Quinnipiac, scoring the game's first goal before burying another in the third period. Christie added one more assist before his night was over
  • Junior goaltender Rasmus Tirronen has emerged as Merrimack's starting goaltender since the beginning of December, and he has not disappointed. Over the last seven games, Tirronen owns a 2.00 GAA and a .922 SV%

The Eagles:

  • Unbeaten in their last nine, the Eagles head to North Andover sporting an impressive 16-4-3 overall mark and lead Hockey East at 10-1-1
  • BC boasts a trio of 30-point scorers and a pair of 40-point skaters, highlighted by Hobey Baker Memorial Award favorite Johnny Gaudreau; the junior forward and Calgary Flames draft selection leads the nation with 47 points and 2.04 points per game (21-26--47)
  • Senior Kevin Hayes is no slouch either, ranking second behind Gaudreau averaging 1.83 points per game (16-26--42). Classmate Bill Arnold is fifth on that list averaging 1.43 (8-25--33).
  • Junior Brian Billett leads the Eagles in net with 15 appearances, a 2.40 GAA and .920 SV%
  • As a team, the Eagles lead the country in scoring offense, averaging 4.57 goals per game. BC's penalty kill has also been lights-out, fending off 90.2 percent of opponents' power-play chances, good for second nationally

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