|1st||10:16||MER||1-0||EV||Paige Voight (5)||Jessica Bonfe/3, Allison Sexton/7|
|2nd||3:47||NOE||1-1||EV||Andrea Renner (1)||Maddie Hartman/4, Halle Silva/3|
|3rd||3:43||MER||2-1||EV||Paige Voight (6)||Jessica Bonfe/4, Allison Sexton/8|
|3rd||3:59||NOE||2-2||EV||Denisa Křížová (9)||Maddie Hartman/5|
|3rd||8:27||NOE||3-2||EV GW||Codie Cross (2)||Paige Capistran/3, Shelby Herrington/5|
|3rd||11:55||NOE||4-2||EV||McKenna Brand (9)||Denisa Křížová/10|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Brittany Bugalski (W, 9-2-1)||60:00||2||11||8||11||30|
|Samantha Ridgewell (L, 0-2-1)||57:38||4||21||10||6||37|
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - Despite having a 2-1 lead in the third period, the Merrimack College women's ice hockey team saw #RV Northeastern net three unanswered goals in the final frame as the Warriors fell to the Huskies in Hockey East action on Friday afternoon, 4-2.
Score: #RV Northeastern 4, Merrimack 2
Records: Merrimack (4-7-1, 2-4-0 HEA) | #RV Northeastern (9-3-1, 5-1-0 HEA)
Location: Lawler Rink | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
- After two consecutive rough outings that saw Merrimack let up the most goals they have all season, the Warriors would look like a different team as they took the ice against a Northeastern team receiving votes in both national polls that the Warriors were able to top just two weeks ago. Merrimack would outshoot the Huskies 10-6 in the first 10 minutes of the game, including a great chance from the slot for sophomore Annie Boeckers (Otsego, Minn.) that just nearly missed giving the Warriors the first lead of the game.
- That early pressure would eventually pay off for the Warriors as sophomore Paige Voight (St. Michael, Minn.) would score to put Merrimack up 1-0 at 10:16 of the first. The goal would come as the result of a full line effort as sophomore Allison Sexton (Stonewall, Manitoba) would fire a shot on net on a break-in, followed by Voight and sophomore Jessica Bonfe (Woodbury, Minn.) crashing the net for a loose rebound. Bonfe would attempt the first put-back with no luck, but Voight would clean up the second rebound opportunity and put it by the tender for the early lead.
- Northeastern would gain some heavy momentum towards the end of the first, racking up plenty of offensive zone time. But a stellar period in net from sophomore goaltender Samantha Ridgewell (Outlook, Saskatchewan) would maintain Merrimack's lead after one, with Ridgewell making an impressive 21 stops in the first frame.
- The lone goal of the second would come off a tipped shot for Northeastern that snuck by Ridgewell at 3:47 into the middle period to tie the game u at 1-1. The damage could have been worse for Merrimack in the second if not for two solid penalty kills that kept the Huskies from creating opportunities.
- Voight would bury her second of the game 3:43 into the final period to put the Warriors back ahead 2-1 with 16:17 remaining in regulation. The goal again would be a full-line effort, as a face-off win for Sexton found the blade of Bonfe, who quickly dished it over to Voight for the shoot-and-score to nab a third period lead over Northeastern
- Before there was even a chance to get comfortable with the lead, Merrimack saw the game tied up again as the Huskies with net their second just 16 seconds following Voight's second goal, quickly swinging the momentum Merrimack had just gained over to Northeastern as the third period rolled on.
- Despite being outshot by Merrimack in the third, the Huskies would go on to score two more times in the final period, with the second coming just 4:28 after the tying goal to give Northeastern its first lead of the game at 3-2 with 11:33 remaining. Northeastern would add another at the 11:55 mark of the third for three goals in a 7:56 span for a 4-2 lead that would be too much for the Warriors to overcome.
Inside The Numbers
- With assists on both goals Friday, Sexton improves her team-leading total on the season to eight helpers. That total also has her tied for fourth in Hockey East.
- Ridgewell set a new season-high on Friday with 37 saves in the contest, while it marks the second time in just three full games this season that Ridgewell has recorded over 30 saves. After missing the beginning of the season, the 2015 All-Rookie selection is still looking for her first win of the season
- Friday marks the second multi-goal game for Voight this season as she has scored her six goals on the year across just four games. Her 10 points on the season are tied for the team lead.
- Goaltenders: L - Ridgewell (0-2-1, 37 saves) | W - Bugalski (9-2-1, 30 saves)
- Power Plays: Merrimack (0-2) | NU (0-4)
- SOG: MC - 32 | NU - 41
The Warriors return to the ice in Boston tomorrow for their season-series finale with Northeastern at Matthews Arena. Puck drops at 2:00 p.m.