Merrimack, hovering around .500 for much of the season, isn’t ranked but is beginning to look like a postseason threat.
Especially if goalie Sam Marotta can duplicate his performances of this weekend.
Marotta made a career-high 51 saves and Shawn Bates scored twice as the Warriors stunned No. 3 New Hampshire, 4-1, Saturday night in Durham, N.H.
Marotta, a junior from Bridgewater who played at Boston College High, made 25 saves in a 1-0 win over No. 13 UMass-Lowell on Friday night as Merrimack (12-10-5, 10-6-2) climbed into third place in Hockey East. The Warriors are 5-1-1 in their last seven games, the only loss coming at Durham on Jan. 26. Marotta started all of them.
Bates’s second goal gave Merrimack a 2-0 lead 8:50 into the second period. Scott Pavelski gave UNH (16-7-2, 11-6-1) some life by beating Marotta at 12:52 but Vinny Scotti scored at 16:02 and Mike Collins added an empty-netter in the third to seal it for Merrimack.
Quinnipiac 6, Yale 2 — After spotting the eighth-ranked Bulldogs a 2-0 lead in the first 6:45 of the game, the No. 2 Bobcats dominated the rest of the way in New Haven to extend their unbeaten streak to 19 games (16-0-3).
Six players scored and Eric Hartzell finished with 30 saves for Quinnipiac (19-3-4, 12-0-2), which took command of the ECAC race, building a 7-point lead over second-place Yale (13-6-3, 9-5-1) with eight games left. The teams meet again at Quinnipiac Feb. 22.
Trent Ruffolo and Stu Wilson scored power-play goals to give Yale its 2-0 lead. Mike Dalhuisen answered with a power-play tally at 11:54 and Cory Hibbeler tied it at 18:09. Matthew Peca and Ben Arnt added man-advantage scores in the second period and goals by Kellen Jones and Zach Davies finished off the Bulldogs in the third.
Rensselaer 3, Dartmouth 0 — Jason Kasdorf made 28 saves and the host Engineers (10-11-5, 5-6-3 ECAC) shut down the 16th-ranked Big Green (11-8-3, 7-6-2).
Brown 5, Princeton 1 — Garnet Hathaway scored twice and the host Bears (8-9-5, 4-6-5 ECAC) beat the Tigers (7-10-4, 5-6-3).
Niagara 6, Bentley 4 — Marc Zanette and Ryan Murphy each scored twice and the No. 17 Purple Eagles (17-4-5, 16-1-2 Atlantic Hockey) swept the weekend series from the host Falcons (11-13-1, 9-9-1).
Canisius 3, Holy Cross 0 — Kyle Gibbons scored twice and the host Golden Griffins (10-12-5, 9-7-2 Atlantic Hockey) beat the Crusaders (13-10-2, 9-7-2).
BC 6, Maine 3 — Alex Carpenter had two goals and an assist to extend her point streak to 24 games and the No. 2 Eagles (20-4-2, 13-2-1 Hockey East) knocked off the host Black Bears (4-19-3, 1-12-2).
BU 4, Northeastern 2 — Louise Warren and Kayla Tutino each had a goal and an assist and the No. 4 Terriers (18-3-3, 13-2-1 Hockey East) turned back the visiting Huskies (14-10-2, 8-7-1) to extend their unbeaten streak to 13 games (11-0-2).