|1st||16:27||RMU||1-0||PP||Kirsten Welsh (3)||Katherine Murphy/3, Maeve Garvey/2|
|2nd||4:30||RMU||2-0||EV||Amber Rennie (4)||Jaycee Gebhard/7, Brittany Howard/5|
|2nd||8:28||MER||1-2||PP||Katelyn Rae (8)||Felila Manu/2, Chloe Cook/1|
|2nd||9:00||MER||2-2||EV||Jessica Bonfe (4)||Paige Voight/2, Paige Sorensen/2|
|2nd||18:08||RMU||3-2||PP||Brittany Howard (5)||Maggie Lague/5, Jaycee Gebhard/8|
|3rd||13:11||MER||3-3||EV||Annie Boeckers (3)||Jillian Battista/1|
|OT||3:38||MER||4-3||EV GW||Mikyla Grant-Mentis (1)||-|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Robert Morris (4-1-2)||2/5||4/8||0|
|Robert Morris Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Lauren Bailey (L, 3-1-0)||63:38||4||6||12||9||0||27|
|Léa-Kristine Demers (W, 3-4-0)||63:38||3||9||6||13||1||29|
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - After falling behind 2-0, the Merrimack College women's ice hockey team would rally back to send their home-opening game to overtime, then saw freshman Mikyla Grant-Mentis (Brampton, Ontario) score the first goal of her career in the extra frame to hand Robert Morris its first loss of the season in a 4-3 win for the Warriors on Friday to kick off Homecoming Weekend.
Score: Merrimack 4, Robert Morris 3
Records: Merrimack (3-4-0, 1-1-0 HEA) | #RV Robert Morris (4-1-2, 0-0-0 CHA)
Location: Lawler Rink | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
- Robert Morris took the first lead of the game late in the first period, as they would capitalize on the first penalty of the contest for the Warriors and net a power-play goal at 16:27 of the opening frame to take a 1-0 into the second period.
- The Colonials would extend the game's first lead to two goals less than five minutes into the second period. After an initial save from freshman goaltender Léa-Kristine Demers (Repentigny, Quebec), Robert Morris would hop on a rebound in front of the net with no chance for Demers to make a play and put in in the back of the goal to go up 2-0.
- Continuing the remarkable start to her sophomore campaign, the Warriors would turn to sophomore Katelyn Rae (Courtice, Ontario) to get Merrimack a wave of momentum. Rae would do just that, taking advantage of a power play to net her eighth goal of the season in just seven games to cut Merrimack's deficit to 2-1. After some quality passing, Rae would snipe a beauty of a shot to the top-right corner before the goaltender could catch a glimpse to put the Warriors on the board.
- The momentum from Rae's goal would impact the Warriors immediately, as sophomore Jessica Bonfe (Woodbury, Minn.) would tie the game just 32 seconds after Rae's goal to quickly knot the score up at 2-2 at the midway point of the second period.
- After appearing that the score would remain tied into the third period, a penalty to Merrimack late in the period would give the Colonials a late chance at a lead before the final intermission. Robert Morris would do just that, scoring their second power-play goal of the game to head to the final period with a 3-2 lead over the Warriors.
- The Warriors played well in their own zone in the third period, making very few mistakes and keeping the Colonials on the outskirts of the zone. After a scoreless 13:11 to start the final period, sophomore Annie Boeckers (Otsego, Minn.) would clean up her own rebound and score her third of the season to tie the game at 3-3 with 6:49 remaining in regulation, where it held until overtime.
- Grant-Mentis with put home the game-winner and first of her career with just 1:22 to play in the extra frame. The rookie would get her first tally as the result of a great individual effort, forcing a turnover in the defensive zone, then bringing the puck up ice and beating the goaltender to give the Colonials their first loss of the season.
Inside The Numbers
- While Friday's overtime game-winner marks the first goal of Grant-Mentis' young career, it is not her first time on the score sheet. She is still tied for the team-lead with five assists, while her now six points rank second on the team.
- Rae continues her blistering start to her second season and shows no signs of slowing down. Her eighth goal of the season on Friday now puts her all alone as the top goal-scorer in the nation, while her eight goals already matches her season total in 34 games last year.
- Bonfe's fourth goal of the season Friday already sets a new career-high for her as well, topping her three goals in 34 games played last season. Boeckers has also already outdone her freshman campaign, setting a new career-high with her third goal Friday to top her two goals in 21 games last season.
Goaltenders: W - Demers (3-4, 29 saves) | L - Bailey (3-1, 27 saves)
Power Plays: Merrimack (1-3) | RMU (2-4)
SOG: MC - 31 | RMU - 32
The Warriors return to the ice Saturday afternoon for their final game with the Colonials at 2:00 p.m.