|1st||8:23||MER||1-0||EV||Marie Delarbre (1)||Jackie Pieper/5, Meghan Martin/3|
|1st||10:54||MER||2-0||PP||Jackie Pieper (2)||Marie Delarbre/5, Paige Sorensen/4|
|2nd||9:17||BRN||1-2||EV||Lucinda Quigley (1)||Sena Hanson/4, Samantha Swanstrom/3|
|2nd||18:22||BRN||2-2||EV||Samantha Swanstrom (2)||Sena Hanson/5|
|3rd||7:23||MER||3-2||EV GW||Dominique Kremer (2)||Annie Boeckers/3, Mikyla Grant-Mentis/11|
|3rd||9:40||MER||4-2||EV||Annie Boeckers (4)||Katelyn Rae/3|
|3rd||17:12||MER||5-2||EV||Paige Voight (9)||Katelyn Rae/4, Dominique Kremer/6|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Samantha Ridgewell (W, 1-3-2)||60:00||2||9||6||10||25|
|Julianne Landry (L, 1-3-0)||59:51||5||7||9||8||24|
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Propelled by three unanswered goals in the third period, the Merrimack College women's ice hockey team registered its second consecutive win for the first time in program history as the Warriors concluded an undefeated stretch of three road games in five days with a 5-2 victory at Brown on Tuesday night, setting a new program record with six wins on the season.
Score: Merrimack 5, Brown 2
Records: Merrimack (6-10-2, 2-7-0 HEA) | Brown (3-10-0, 1-7-0 ECAC)
Location: Meehan Auditorium | Providence, R.I.
How It Happened
- The opening minutes of Tuesday's contest at Brown made it seem as though the Bears would control the first frame at home, forcing sophomore goaltender Samantha Ridgewell (Outlook, Saskatchewan) to make four saves in the opening five minutes while the Warriors searched for their first shot.
- Soon after that 5:00 mark, the Warriors would begin to get quality offensive zone time which resulted in some chances. One of the chances would come after redshirt sophomore Jackie Pieper (Edina, Minn.) received a pass down low and fed it across the crease to redshirt senior Marie Delarbre (Fussen, Germany), who would quickly one-time the puck past the goaltender for her first of the season and the 1-0 lead.
- Just one minute later, the Warriors would get their first power play chance of the game. After some good cycling on the power play, Delarbre would return the favor to Pieper just 2:31 after her score, finding Pieper alone in front of the net with a nice feed for the easy score to make it 2-0 in the first in the Warriors third away game in five days.
- The Warriors would see their lead cut in half just before the midpoint of the second period despite outshooting the Bears by a margin of 5-2 in the opening nine minutes of the period. After an initial save from Ridgewell on a tough-angle shot, the puck would rebound right to a waiting Brown forward and end up in Merrimack's net to put the score at 2-1.
- Brown would respond to Merrimack's first period with two unanswered goals of their own in the second, tying the game with just 1:38 to play before the second intermission. Right out of a timeout, Brown's center would win a faceoff in Merrimack's end and get the puck low, then quickly dish the puck back out in front for a quick one-timer that Ridgewell had little time to react to. The score would tie the game at two heading to the final frame.
- In what was the definition of a back-and-forth game, Merrimack would erupt for three unanswered goals in the third period, initiated by a goal for the second straight game from sophomore defenseman Dominique Kremer (West Fargo, N.D.) 7:23 into the third.
- The second score of the period would come just 2:17 later after sophomore Katelyn Rae (Courtice, Ontario) rushed the puck up ice and fired a shot on goal. With it appearing the puck was stopped in the pads of Brown's downed goalie, sophomore Annie Boeckers (Otsego, Minn.) would crash the net and hit the still-loose puck through the tender's legs and into the net for the insurance goal, making it 4-2 Warriors with 10:20 remaining.
- After some late pressure from Brown that would be fended off by blocked shots in bunches from Merrimack's defense as well as saves from Ridgewell, the game-sealer for the Warriors would come with just 2:48 remaining in the third. Rae would pick up her second straight assist after taking the puck around the net and feeding a beautiful pass to Voight out in front who one-timed it past the tender for the fifth goal of the game.
Inside The Numbers
- While this is the Warriors first time winning back-to-back games in program history, it is the second three-game unbeaten streak for the program this season, as they also did so with a win and tie with Robert Morris on Homecoming Weekend, followed by their big win at Northeastern.
- Kremer also recorded an assist in Tuesday's win to make for her second consecutive game with a goal and assist for two points. She also registered a two-point game against Brown last season, as two of her five career multi-point games have come against the Bears.
- Two of the original four recruits from the program's inception, Pieper and Delarbre each recorded their first and second two-point games of the season, respectively. The line of Pieper, Delarbre and sophomore Emily Volpe (Whitby, Ontario) was impressive on Tuesday, combining for 10 of Merrimack's 29 shots.
- Goaltenders: W - Ridgewell (1-3-2, 25 saves) | L - Landry (1-3-0, 24 saves)
- Power Plays: Merrimack (1-1) | Brown (0-4)
- SOG: MC - 29 | Brown - 27
The Warriors will return home on Friday for the first game of a home-and-home series with New Hampshire at 7:00 p.m. Saturday's puck drop in Durham, New Hampshire is set for 4:00 p.m.