|1st||0:28||NOE||1-0||EV||McKenna Brand (10)||-|
|1st||13:56||NOE||2-0||EV||McKenna Brand (11)||Denisa Kříová/11, Matti Hartman/3|
|2nd||4:19||NOE||3-0||EV GW||Halle Silva (2)||Shelby Herrington/6|
|2nd||19:07.4||MER||1-3||PP||Jessica Bonfe (7)||Jackie Pieper/4, Madison Morey/1|
|3rd||15:09||NOE||4-1||EV||Andrea Renner (2)||Halle Silva/4, Shelby Herrington/7|
|3rd||19:45.1||MER||2-4||EV EA||Paige Voight (7)||Madison Morey/2, Chloe Cook/3|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Léa-Kristine Demers (L, 4-6-0)||57:24||4||9||7||7||23|
|Brittany Bugalski (W, 10-2-1)||60:00||2||8||9||5||22|
BOSTON - McKenna Brand scored twice and Brittany Bugalski made 22 saves in goal to lead the Northeastern women's ice hockey team (10-3-1, 6-1-0) to a 4-1 victory against Merrimack on Saturday afternoon at Matthews Arena.
Northeastern is now 10-1-1 in its last 12 games, including wins in each of its last four games, all against conference opponents.
Brand found the back of the net twice in the opening 14 minutes of the game, while Halle Silva and Andrea Renner also recorded goals in the second and third periods, respectively. Jessica Bonfe scored the lone goal for the Warriors. Bugalski was strong in goal once against for Northeastern, making 22 saves while Léa-Kristine Demers had 23 stops for the visitors.
The Huskies outshot the Warriors 27-24 in the game and were 0-of-1 on the power play. Merrimack, meanwhile, was 1-of-4 on the man advantage.
- The Huskies got on the board early in the contest when Brand buried her 10th goal of the season less than 30 seconds into the game. With MC scrambling in the defensive zone, Brand was able to force a turnover in the slot before firing a wrist shot that beat Demers five-hole for the score.
- Brand struck again with 6:04 remaining in the opening period when she took a feed from Denisa Krizova, skated to the left of the cage and ripped a shot that beat Demers upstairs for her second of the game.
- Northeastern extended its lead to 3-0 less than five minutes into the second period on Halle Silva's second of the year. With the Huskies collapsing in on the cage, Silva tried to feed Shelby Herrington with a pass in the slot. A Merrimack defender, however, got a piece of the pass to knock the puck down, forcing Herrington to shove it right back to Silva, who deposited it in the back of the net for the three-goal Husky advantage.
- The Huskies took a commanding three-goal lead with 4:51 to play in regulation on Andrea Renner's second goal of the weekend. As the Huskies controlled the puck in the attacking zone, Silva received a pass from Herrington before getting it knocked off her stick. Renner, however was right there to gather the puck and toss a backhand on goal that somehow got between Demers' pad and the right post for the score.
- Merrimack got one back with 14.1 seconds remaining in regulation on Paige Voight's third goal of the weekend. With Demers pulled in favor of the extra attacker, the Warriors created chaos in front of the Northeastern goal, forcing Bugalski to make save after save before Voighht was able to shovel the puck through a slew of bodies and across the goal line.
Stats of the game:
- Northeastern is now 5-1-0 all-time against Merrimack
- Over the last two seasons, the Huskies are 34-0-0 when leading after the second period.
- Brand's first period goal marked the third time this season that Northeastern has scored in the first two minutes of the game.
- Brand has a goal in each of her last four games.
- Krizova extended her scoring streak to 13-games (nine goals, 11 assists). She is now fourth in the nation in career scoring among active skaters (114 points on 42 goals and 72 assists).
- Herrington extended her point streak to four games (five assists) on Saturday.
The road ahead:
- Northeastern will be back in action on Friday when the Huskies travel to Vermont for a 7 p.m. puck drop at Gutterson Fieldhouse.