Here's a link to some highlights from Merrimack: https://youtu.be/oZ2JSnH3Ydc
Mike Vorlicky left in the first with an upper body injury and did not return. As I had said, I thought he played really solid vs. BC, tough to see him go down when he needs the reps and we need the physical 6th D. Hopefully it's just precautionary and he's back in the lineup soon.
What can you say about an 11-5 win? Off to a decent 2-0 start, started to play pond hockey and gave up a couple on very poor defensive plays. Then a 5 on 3 rush gets turned around the other way for a long breakout and the boys are suddenly in the hole 3-2. Lots of credit to Pelton-Byce- Lindy- Achan for playing hard shifts the way you're supposed to and getting the thing headed the right way. Then there was the smell of blood in the water and it was just off to the races and a crazy 10-3 lead on a bunch of snipes and a couple more snipes that were stopped but cleaned up by Badgers at the net. At that point I know we'd all like to have seen the boys play disciplined hockey. Get back and support the D, go hard on the forecheck, cycle the puck, etc. But let's face it, when you have a seven goal lead, your foot's off the gas and you're just cheating high in the zone hoping to be the next guy on the score sheet when somebody else makes a play. Wound up only winning by 6. Boohoo.
Just to be clear, they skated one more Freshman than we did. Their Fr. don't have near the pedigree, obviously, but they're mostly overage Canadians that have played quite a bit of hockey. They aren't skating 15 kids straight out of High school if that's the impression out there. Merrimack isn't going to win a lot of games, but they have some guys that can play and they'll probably get a handful in a rebuilding year. Badgers should crush them and they did. Lots to learn from this weekend, hopefully the boys soak it on and take a step forward before the home opener.