NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. — Junior forward Mike Collins recorded his fourth consecutive multi-point game as the Warriors downed No. 15 Northeastern 4-2 in front of a sold-out Lawler Arena on homecoming. Collins recorded the game-tying goal in the second period and assisted on Jordan Heywood’s game-winning goal in the third.
Eight different Warriors recorded at least one point during the victory including three freshman skaters.
Vinny Saponari opened the scoring for the Huskies eight minutes into play as he beat Rasmus Tirronen with a shot between his legs. Less than seven minutes later the Huskies stretched the lead to two on the power play as Mike McMurty found the back of the net.
Merrimack came out early in the second period and got on the board when Shawn Bates’ original shot was blocked, but found its way back on his stick and he beat Chris Rawlings, making the score 2-1.
With the second period winding down, Collins racked up his fifth goal of the season off a pass from Vinny Scotti. Heywood picked up the secondary assist on Collins’ goal.
After two periods of play the two teams were even with Merrimack recording 21 shots to Northeastern’s 20.
The Warriors dominated the third period. With 3:28 remaining in the game, Collins kicked a pass to Heywood, who beat Rawlings over the shoulder for the game-winning goal.
Freshman Justin Hussar sealed the game with his first career goal with one second on the clock after a blocked shot by fellow freshman Ben Bahe.
Merrimack finished the game going 0-6 on the power play, ending a streak of three games with at least one power play score. The Huskies finished the game going 1-2 on their man-up opportunities.
Tirronen picked up his first career victory on the night as he finished the game with 24 saves, including 10 saves in the middle frame. His counterpart Rawlings made 29 saves on the night as the Warriors outshot the Huskies 33-26 for the game.
With the win, Merrimack improves to 5-1-1 in their last seven matchups with the Huskies and wins the season series 2-1.