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Irish split at Merrimack

Back in Hockey East play, No. 13 Notre Dame settled for a split at Merrimack over the weekend after winning Friday then going down in defeat in the series finale. Anders Bjork netted the game winner in Friday’s 2-1 win.

Diving back into Hockey East play over the weekend offered No. 13 Notre Dame a mixed bag.

Anders Bjork scored a game-winning goal in the third period Friday to give the Irish a 2-1 win in the first of two games against Merrimack. But Merrimack rebounded with a 4-2 victory Saturday on the strength of three goals over about a seven-minute stretch.

Derek Petti shot Merrimack to a lead just over five minutes into Friday’s game.

Notre Dame (13-8-2, 6-4-1 Hockey East) answered by eventually breaking through on its 29 shots through the first two periods. Andrew Oglevie scored at 12:18 of the second period, making it a 1-1 tie at the second intermission.

Bjork netted his game winner at 16:18 of the third.

Cal Petersen needed only five saves in the final period and 21 overall to hold Merrimack at bay. The Irish also killed off four penalties in the third period, allowing just the one power-play goal in the first period on six total penalty kills.

Merrimack (8-11-3, 2-5-3 Hockey East) had more success against Petersen on Saturday as it rallied to salvage a split.

Jordan Gross scored a power-play goal at 6:18 of the first period to give the Irish a one-goal lead. Merrimack then ran off three straight goals to build a 3-1 advantage by the end of the second period.

Chris LeBlanc and Mathieu Tibbet scored within a minute of each other in the first period. Jace Hennig pushed the lead to two goals 11 seconds into the second period.

Oglevie scored a second goal of the weekend at 3:41 of the third, but Merrimack finished off the win with an empty netter near the end of the game. Merrimack goalie Collin Delia made 35 saves. Top Stories