|1st||1:00||RMU||1-0||EV||Jaycee Gebhard (5)||Amber Rennie/7|
|1st||17:50||MER||1-1||EV||Jessica Bonfe (5)||Paige Voight/3, Dominique Kremer/3|
|2nd||9:02||MER||2-1||EV||Mikyla Grant-Mentis (2)||Beatrice Dufour/1|
|2nd||10:53||RMU||2-2||EV||Kirsten Welsh (4)||Brittany Howard/6, Amber Rennie/8|
|2nd||14:50||RMU||3-2||PP||Brittany Howard (6)||Maggie Lague/6, Amber Rennie/9|
|2nd||17:59||MER||3-3||EV GT||Allison Sexton (1)||-|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Robert Morris (4-1-3)||1/3||5/10||0|
|Robert Morris Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Jessica Dodds (T, 1-0-3)||65:00||3||10||6||4||3||23|
|Samantha Ridgewell (T, 0-0-1)||65:00||3||9||8||10||1||28|
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - Again having to come from behind after an early goal from Robert Morris, the Merrimack College women's ice hockey team would again show its resiliency as the Warriors would battle back to register a 3-3 tie with the Colonials on Saturday afternoon to go undefeated in the two-game series with Robert Morris on Homecoming Weekend
Score: Merrimack 3, Robert Morris 3
Records: Merrimack (3-4-1, 1-1-0 HEA) | #RV Robert Morris (4-1-3, 0-0-0 CHA)
Location: Lawler Rink | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
- Robert Morris jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in Saturday's contest, scoring the first goal of the game at the 1:00 mark of the first period. Freshman Jaycee Gebhard would net the fifth goal of her young career after corralling a wide Merrimack shot and bringing it all the way up ice to finish with a give-and-go for the early score.
- The Warriors would respond in the remaining 19:00 of the period, eventually outshooting the Colonials in the opening frame. One of their 11 shots in the first would find the back of the net as sophomore Jessica Bonfe (Woodbury, Minn.) cleaned up a rebound from close range and put it top shelf over the goaltender's shoulder to tie the game at 1-1 heading to the first intermission.
- Merrimack would take their only lead of the game just before the midway point of the second period, as Friday night's hero in freshman Mikyla Grant-Mentis (Brampton, Ontario) netted a goal for the second straight game to give the Warriors a 2-1 lead with 30:58 remaining in the contest.
- The Colonials would quickly answer Grant-Mentis' goal to put the score back in a deadlock less than two minutes after Merrimack took the lead. A shot from the point from Kristen Welsh would sneak through heap of bodies in front of the net as sophomore goaltender Samantha Ridgewell (Outlook, Saskatchewan) never got a chance to see the puck, tying the game at 2-2 at 10:53 of the second.
- Robert Morris would again be the beneficiary of a screen in front of the net 3:57 after tying the game, scoring their third power-play goal of the weekend on a shot from the point to retake the lead at 3-2 with 5:10 remaining in the second period.
- Merrimack would score a goal to tie the game with Robert Morris for the fourth time on the weekend thanks to a great individual effort from sophomore Allison Sexton (Stonewall, Manitoba). Sexton would score her first of the season after forcing a turnover in Merrimack's end, bringing the puck up ice and dazzling with some impressive stick work to weave through three Colonial defenders and backhand the puck five hole to tie it up at 3-3 heading to the third.
- The contest would see a scoreless third period go by thanks in large part to Ridgewell's best 20 minutes of the game, making 10 big stops in the frame to send the game to overtime. The Warriors would be the aggressor in the extra period and nearly saw that approach rewarded as a rocket of a slap shot from sophomore Paige Sorensen (Plymouth, Minn.) at the point would beat the goaltender, but clank off the post on the way to a 3-3 tie.
Inside The Numbers
- Bonfe continues the hot streak she has been on as of late, as her goal on Saturday marks her fifth of the season and is the fourth goal for the sophomore in the last four games. In the four games Bonfe has scored in this season, the Warriors are 3-0-1.
- After netting the first goal of her career ona thrilling overtime game-winner in Friday afternoon's win over the Colonials, Grant-Mentis added the second goal of her young career in Saturday's bout. She has registered a point in five of eight games this season, including two multi-point games.
- A 2015 Hockey East All-Rookie selection, Ridgewell made her return to the lineup for the Warriors after not seeing time in the first seven games due to injury. The sophomore made 28 saves in her season debut after leading Hockey East with 916 saves last season.
- Goaltenders: T - Ridgewell (0-0-1, 28 saves) | T - Dodds (1-0-3, 23 saves)
- Power Plays: Merrimack (0-5) | RMU (1-3)
- SOG: MC - 26 | RMU - 31
The Warriors are back on the road on Friday night when they travel to Northeastern for a 7:00 p.m. Hockey East contest with the Huskies.