|1st||5:31||MER||1-0||EV||Mikyla Grant-Mentis (6)||Paige Voight/8, Annie Boeckers/5|
|1st||14:38||BU||1-1||PP||Victoria Bach (17)||Maddie Elia/13, Samantha Sutherland/12|
|2nd||10:48||MER||2-1||EV GW||Mikyla Grant-Mentis (7)||-|
|2nd||10:58||MER||3-1||EV||Mikyla Grant-Mentis (8)||Annie Boeckers/6, Dominique Kremer/8|
|3rd||16:33||MER||4-1||SH EN||Katelyn Rae (12)||-|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Boston University (13-9-5)||1/4||6/12||0|
|Boston University Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Victoria Hanson (L, 9-6-4)||58:49||3||15||6||7||28|
|Léa-Kristine Demers (W, 6-11-1)||59:52||1||7||12||17||36|
NO. ANDOVER, Mass. - Led by the first-career hat trick for freshman Mikyla Grant-Mentis (Brampton, Ontario), the Merrimack College women's ice hockey team registered its first ever victory over Boston University on Friday night, topping the Terriers by a score of 4-1 at Lawler Rink.
Score: Merrimack 4, Boston University 1
Records: Merrimack (9-17-3, 5-14-0 HEA) | Boston University (13-9-5, 8-8-4 HEA)
Location: Lawler Rink| North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
- Grant-Mentis would open the game's scoring just over five minutes into the first period to give Merrimack the early 1-0 lead. After a nice effort from sophomore linemate Annie Boeckers (Otsego, Minn.) to dig the puck out of the corner, it would find Grant-Mentis in the slot who would fire a shot off the crossbar and in for her first of the game.
- The lone Terrier goal of the game would come with 5:31 remaining in the first period evening the score at 1-1 before the first intermission. The tally would come on the power play for Boston University as a result of some quality passing, but it would be subject to lengthy review from the officials to determine if the Terriers were offside. The goal would count after an inconclusive review to knot the score in the first.
- The Brampton, Ontario native's second score of the game would come off a gritty effort from the rookie and sophomore Katelyn Rae (Courtice, Ontario) crashing the net for a loose puck and playing until the whistle. As the puck sat free in the crease, Grant-Mentis' flailing stick would just get a piece to send it by the goaltender. The goal was also subject to a thorough review from the officials but was ultimately deemed a good score.
- On the following center-ice face-off, the puck would be won back to sophomore defenseman Dominique Kremer (West Fargo, N.D.), who then quickly fed it up to Grant-Mentis. The freshman would carry it into the Terriers' end and fire off a beautiful wrist shot to the top corner to register her second goal in a 10-second span, record a hat trick and give the Warriors a 3-1 lead in the second frame.
- The Terriers responded with an onslaught of offensive press late in the second and into the third period after falling behind two scores. But freshman goaltender Léa-Kristine Demers (Repentigny, Quebec) would hold strong in net, making save after save to maintain the lead, including a 17-save third period and keeping the Terriers scoreless for the final 45 minutes of the game.
- In the final five minutes of the third, Boston University would go on the power play for a solid chance to cut into the deficit. The Terriers would pull their goalie from the net for a 6-on-4 advantage, but an impressive individual effort from Rae to steal the puck in the defensive end would result in a shorthanded empt net goal to seal the 4-1 victory for Merrimack.
Inside The Numbers
- Grant-Mentis is just the second Warrior in program history to record a hat trick, as Rae registered the program's first hat trick earlier this season. She now leads the team with 23 points on the season on eight goals and 15 assists, and has five goals and four assists in her last seven games.
- With the win, the Warriors move into eighth place and playoff contention in the Hockey East standings, as they lead Maine by one point. Merrimack hosts the Black Bears for two games next weekend.
Goaltenders: W - Demers (6-11-1, 36 saves) | L - Hanson (9-6-4, 28 saves)
Power Plays: Merrimack (0-4) | BU (1-4)
SOG: MC - 32 | BU - 37
The Warriors continue their homestand next weekend with two games against Maine at Lawler Rink on Friday and Saturday, with puck drop on both games set for 2:00 p.m. Friday will serve as the Warriors' first-ever Senior Day.