Merrimack completes weekend sweep of men’s ice hockey

Tyrell Walden-Martin

After losing at No. 20 Merrimack Friday night, No. 12 Quinnipiac men’s ice hockey looked to bounce back and get a win at High Point Solutions arena.

The Bobcats failed to do so, as they fell to the Warriors by the score of 3-1 Saturday evening.

“Just disappointed in our effort. We had a lot of kids who were good tonight and we had a chunk who just stunk,” Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold said. “It’s tough to beat a top-20 team when we have that many guys struggling.”

Quinnipiac was without starting goalie Michael Garteig, who was injured in the Bobcats previous contest. Freshman Sean Lawrence got the start in net, and gave up three goals.

“He was okay,” Pecknold said on Lawrence’s performance. “It was a good experience. He will learn and get better.”

Quinnipiac fell behind early after it gave up a goal to Brett Seney of Merrimack with 7:26 remaining in the first period.

The Bobcats would tie the game at one after Hobey Baker nominee Sam Anas scored a power-play goal with 1:08 remaining in the first period. It was his third goal in two games and 13th of the season.

“It’s great when he scores,” Pecknold said. “He had a good weekend offensively.”

Quinnipiac fell behind once again after Brett Seney scored his second goal of the game early in the third period. Merrimack would never look back. The Warriors later added one more goal, pushing the lead to 3-1.

“We had a lot of miscues,” Pecknold said. “It’s the mark of a young team.”

With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 15-8-1 (10-2 ECAC). For Quinnipiac to get back on track, Pecknold believes that the team needs to develop some mental toughness.

“We are an immature team right now,” Pecknold said. “We have to grow up and be ready to play 60 minutes of hockey when the puck drops.”

The Bobcats are back in action Jan. 30, when they travel to take on ECAC rival Brown. Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m.

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