|1st||6:54||BC||1-0||EV||Andie Anastos (11)||Delaney Belinskas/9, Makenna Newkirk/19|
|1st||17:01||BC||2-0||EV GW||Haley McLean (2)||Delaney Belinskas/10, Andie Anastos/15|
|2nd||18:58||MER||1-2||EV||Paige Voight (12)||Mikyla Grant-Mentis/12, Andrea Olson/2|
|3rd||7:46||BC||3-1||SH||Kenzie Kent (4)||Kali Flanagan/10|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Boston College (16-3-4)||0/2||2/4||1|
|Boston College Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Katie Burt (W, 14-3-4)||60:00||1||7||7||11||25|
|Samantha Ridgewell (L, 3-5-2)||56:54||3||18||13||7||38|
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - The Merrimack College women's ice hockey team was downed in its weekend-series finale with #6 Boston College on Saturday afternoon as the Warriors fell to the top team in Hockey East by a margin of 3-1 at Lawler Rink.
Score: #6 Boston College 3, Merrimack 1
Records: Merrimack (8-16-2, 4-13-0 HEA) | #6 Boston College (16-3-4, 12-2-2 HEA)
Location: Lawler Rink | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
- The Eagles opened the game's scoring just under seven minutes into the first period on a controversial goal. After an initial save from sophomore goaltender Samantha Ridgewell (Outlook, Saskatchewan), the Eagle forward who took the shot was taken down and bumped into the net. A trailing forward for Boston College would put the rebound chance in the back of the net, but the goal would be waved off. After a brief review, the officials would rule it a good goal, saying there was no goaltender interference.
- Boston College would add another score at the 17:01 mark of the opening period, again cleaning up a rebound after a quality save from Ridgewell on a 1-on-1 break for the Eagles. After making the pad stop at the right post, the puck would bounce right out in front and on the stick of an awaiting Boston College forward for the shoot and score.
- The Warriors would bounce back in the second period with a bit more production then they saw in the first, including a pair of scoring chances early on in the frame. Merrimack would finally convert on one of those chances with just 1:02 to play in the second period on an impressive goal from sophomore Paige Voight (St. Michael, Minn.). Following a break-in led by freshman Mikyla Grant-Mentis (Brampton, Ontario), the rookie would deliver a great feed to Voight streaking to the net, who then beautifully redirected the pass by the Eagles' goalkeeper to cut the deficit to one goal headed into the third period.
- Merrimack would take the momentum from Voight's goal into the third period, as they came out with some tenacity in the final frame. That effort would eventually draw a penalty to award the Warriors a power play early in the period, but Boston College would quickly net a shorthanded score to stretch their lead back to two goals and completely shift the game's momentum away from Merrimack.
- The Navy and Gold continued to attack in the latter half of the third period, getting the puck in deep and firing shots at the net. Redshirt sophomore Jillian Battista (Tonawanda, N.Y.) would create a pair of chances late in the frame, carrying the puck in deep and getting in close to the net. She would fire off a close range shot and look to stuff home the rebound, but both attempts were be turned aside by nice saves from Eagles goaltender Katie Burt.
- The Warriors would put forth a last-ditch effort at the end of the third, calling a timeout with 3:06 remaining and pulling Ridgewell from the net for the extra attacker for the final three minutes of the game, but the Warriors would be unable to net a second goal in the contest.
Inside The Numbers
- Voight's score marks her second in the last three games and puts her alone at the top for the team lead in goals with 12 on the year. She is also tied for the team lead with 17 points.
- Grant-Mentis' stats also continue to climb, posting four points in the last six games. She is also tied for the team lead with 17 points, and the rookie leads the Warriors this season with 12 assists. Her assist total also ranks second among all conference freshmen.
- Ridgewell's 38-save effort is her third most in a game this season, as she also recorded back-to-back 43-save games in November.
- Goaltenders: L - Ridgewell (3-5-2, 38 saves) | W - Burt (13-3-4, 25 saves)
- Power Plays: Merrimack (0-2) | BC (0-2)
- SOG: MC - 26 | BC - 41
The Warriors will play their non-conference finale next Friday when they host Quinnipiac at Lawler Rink for the first time. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m.