|1st||9:16||QUI||1-0||EV||Kenzie Prater (6)||Melissa Samoskevich/12, Taryn Baumgardt/8|
|1st||19:56||MER||1-1||EV||Annie Boeckers (6)||Mikyla Grant-Mentis/13, Paige Voight/6|
|2nd||6:37||MER||2-1||EV||Paige Voight (13)||Mikyla Grant-Mentis/14|
|2nd||14:37||QUI||2-2||EV GT||Emma Woods (10)||Taylar Cianfarano/9|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Sydney Rossman (T, 14-6-4)||65:00||2||5||6||4||2||17|
|Léa-Kristine Demers (T, 5-11-1)||65:00||2||5||3||8||0||16|
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - For the second time this season, the Merrimack College women's ice hockey team skated to a draw with the #8/8 Quinnipiac Bobcats on Friday night, finishing in a 2-2 deadlock in non-conference action at Lawler Rink.
Score: Merrimack 2, #8/8 Quinnipiac 2
Records: Merrimack (8-16-3, 4-13-0 HEA) | #8/8 Quinnipiac (16-6-5, 9-4-2 HEA)
Location: Lawler Rink | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
- The Warriors opened Friday's contest in strong defensive fashion against the eighth-ranked team in the nation, holding Quinnipiac without a shot on goal through the first 9:16 of the game. But the Bobcats would capitalize on their first opportunity of the game, scoring on a perfectly tipped shot from the point to sneak in the first goal of the game.
- With the game appearing that it would enter the second period with the Warriors trailing 1-0, sophomore Paige Voight (St. Michael, Minn.) would look to start a rush from the defensive end by firing the puck up and off the glass. Freshman Mikyla Grant-Mentis (Brampton, Ontario) would corral the clear attempt and take it in to fire a clear shot on goal. After a save on her attempt, sophomore Annie Bookers (Otsego, Minn.) would crash the net and clean up the rebound to tie the game at 1-1 with just 0.04 remaining in the first period.
- After initiating the first goal for the Warriors, Voight would give Merrimack its first lead of the game just under seven minutes into the second period. After a nice steal in the neutral zone, Grant-Mentis would carry the puck into Quinnipiac's end with Voight streaking to the net. Grant-Mantis would feed a hard pass to Voight in the middle who beautifully redirected the puck inside the far post for her team-leading 13th goal of the season.
- Quinnipiac would be tasked with coming from behind for the first time in the two all-time meetings between the Bobcats and Warriors, but would be able to do just that exactly 8:00 after Voight's score. The Bobcats would score in similar fashion to Voight, seeing a redirected pass on an offensive rush sneak between the legs of freshman goaltender Lea-Kristine Demers (Repentigny, Ontario) to even the score back up at 2-2, where it held into the third period.
- Like the majority of the game, scoring chances would be at a premium in the final period, with the teams combining for just 12 shots on goal in the third. Demers would stand strong in net for the Warriors in the final frame, making a handful of point-blank saves, while Voight nearly scored the game-winner in the final seconds but was just inches from tipping the puck into the net.
- Each team would get a pair of good looks at the net in a back-and-forth five-minute extra frame, with Katelyn Rae (Courtice, Ontario) just missing netting the game-winner on a chance from the right side, but solid goaltending in the latter portion of the game would hold the score at a 2-2 tie for the duration.
Inside The Numbers
- Voight continues to find success in 2017, improving her career-high with her team-leading 13th goal of the season. In six games of 2017, the sophomore has registered five points on three goals and two assists.
- Grant-Mentis has also found success in the new year, registering five points on two goals and three assists in her last five games. She improves her team-leading assist count to 14, while Friday marks her fifth multi-assist game of the season.
- Goaltenders: T - Demers (5-11-1, 16 saves) | T - Rossman (14-6-4, 17 saves)
- Power Plays: Merrimack (0-2) | QU (0-1)
- SOG: MC - 19 | QU - 18
The Warriors are back on the road when they travel to Boston College for a midweek matchup with #6 Eagles on Wednesday. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m.