Monday, March 5, 2012

Hero #3: Bryce Merriam

Bryce Merriam had just 23 saves on 24 shots yesterday, but in a game in which an overall team effort that included many heroes at many different times - Mike Bergin, drawing a five minute major and scoring on the subsequent power play, C.J. Lee outhustling Clarkson to wave off icing with an empty net to set up O'Grady's goal, etc. - his effort all weekend long deserves recognition.

A night after saving 40 shots in a losing effort across two-and-a-half overtime periods, Bryce Merriam stood tall, especially making some quick saves late with a 6-on-3 in effect, stopping the puck on two occasions despite the overwhelming numbers against him, long enough for Clarkson to draw a penalty for slashing. The Knights had only five shots on goal in the third period, but stopping every single one of them was paramount. Merriam finished the three-game weekend with 79 saves.

More heroes are needed in the next weekend at Schenectady. Anyone up for war?

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