A day after receiving the top ranking in the USCHO poll, BU saw its eight-game winning streak come to a crashing halt as the Terriers were outhustled, outworked and defeated by Merrimack, 3-1, at Lawler Rink
Terriers played reasonably well for the game’s first ten minutes and took a lead when Chad Krys’s shot from the high slot went in off the post. Clayton Keller and Patrick Harper assisted. But it all went downhill from there.
By the end of the period, Merrimack had tied the score when Mathieu Tibbet deflected a Ludvig Larsson shot from just outside the crease and had grabbed the momentum.
Early In the second period, BU lost sophomore Charlie McAvoy when the blueliner received a game misconduct following a hit from behind. After killing the five-minute major BU had a power play opportunity, but failed to score. Late in the period the Warriors capitalized on a power play with Logan Coomes redirecting a point shot for a 2-1 lead.
Merrimack extended the lead on another power play early in the third. With the Warriors on the attack, Connor LaCouvee made two saves, but BU couldn’t clear the puck and Hamphus Gustafsson banged it home. After mustering just 13 shots in the first two periods, the Terriers had 18 in the third, but Colin Delia turned them all away.
“We got exactly what we deserved,” Coach David Quinnsaid. “The hungrier, more determined team won the night. They won every puck battle. They were quick to the puck. More determined. We get down 3-1 and we started playing with a little more urgency.”
Jack Eichel scored two goals, including the overtime game-winner, as Buffalo outscored Nashville, 5-4. Eichel now has 12 goals on the season.
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