Merrimack College Upended By Colgate, 6-0

Merrimack College sophomore defenseman Baye Flanagan (pictured)
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 11:36  CLG1-0 EV GW Bailey Larson (1)Cat Quirion/3, Annika Zalewski/3
1st 16:10  CLG2-0 EV Annika Zalewski (2)Megan Sullivan/4, Lauren Wildfang/2
1st 17:23  CLG3-0 EV Jessie Eldridge (2)Anonda Hoppner/1, Cat Quirion/4
2nd 8:48  CLG4-0 EV Anonda Hoppner (2)Annika Zalewski/4, Jessie Eldridge/3
2nd 13:39  CLG5-0 PP Shelby Perry (3)Shae Labbe/2, Jessie Eldridge/4
3rd 0:51  CLG6-0 EV Bailey Larson (2)Shae Labbe/3, Kaila Pinkney/2
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Merrimack  0000
Colgate  3216
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Merrimack  812323
Colgate  14111439
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Merrimack (1-3-0)  0/3 10/20 0
Colgate (4-0-0)  1/9 4/8 0
Merrimack Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Léa-Kristine Demers (L, 1-3-0)60:006 1191333
Colgate Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Julia Vandyk (W, 3-0-0)59:010 812323
Empty Net0:590     

HAMILTON, N.Y. - The Merrimack College women's ice hockey team fell in its second of a two-game series at No. 7/8 Colgate on Saturday afternoon as the Warriors were held scoreless for the first time this season in a 6-0 loss to the Raiders in non-conference action.

The Basics

Score: #7/8 Colgate 6, Merrimack 0
Records: Merrimack (1-3, 0-0 HEA) | #7/8 Colgate (4-0, 0-0 ECAC)
Location: Class of 1965 Arena | Hamilton, N.Y.

How It Happened

- One of Merrimack's best scoring chances of the game came early in the first period on a close-range shot from sophomore Paige Voight (St. Michael, Minn.), hopping on a rebound opportunity after an initial Colgate save with the goalie out of position, but her shot would ricochet off the post and just miss giving Merrimack the first score of the game.

- Half of Colgate's goals Saturday would come in a six-minute span in the latter half of the first period, with the first strike coming at the 11:36 mark. Two more goals in just a 1:13 stretch near the end of the opening period would put the Warriors in a 3-0 hole at the first intermission

- The seventh-ranked team in the nation would continue with a heavy attack in the second period, but Merrimack would hold against the pressure in the opening minutes. But Colgate's pressure would eventually be rewarded at the 8:48 mark of the second, extending their lead to 4-0.

- The Warriors would respond to the Raiders' fourth goal with one of their best shifts of the game, racking up shots and offensive zone time. Sophomore Paige Sorensen (Plymouth, Minn.) and freshman Mikyla Grant-Mentis (Brampton, Ontario) would each get great scoring chances during the shift but Colgate goaltender Julia Vandyk held strong for the Raiders in net as she has all season, allowing just three goals on the year.

- The Warriors penalty kill impressed on Saturday in a game that saw it challenged, as they were able to fend off five of six opportunities for Colgate. The one blemish came at 13:39 in the second, putting the Raiders up 5-0 just past the midway point of the game.

- Colgate's final goal came just 51 seconds into the final period, stretching its lead to six with 19 minutes to play. The Warriors would hold the Raiders scoreless for that final 19 minutes, but were unable to find the back of the net themselves.

Inside The Numbers

- Saturday's loss marks the first time this season the Warriors have been held scoreless in a game. Prior to that, Merrimack has scored at least two goals in each of its games and was averaging 3.00 goals per game.

- Freshman goaltender Léa-Kristine Demers (Repentigny, Quebec) made 33 saves in her fourth-career start on Saturday, making for her second consecutive 30-save effort .

- Goaltenders: L - Demers (1-3, 33 saves) | W - Vandyk (3-0, 23 saves)

- Power Plays: Merrimack (0-3) | CU (1-6)

- SOG: MC - 23 | CU - 39

Up Next

The Warriors open their Hockey East slate on Friday when they travel to Maine for a 2:00 p.m. matinee.