|2nd||6:30||UNH||1-0||EV||Jonna Curtis (10)||Jenna Rheault/2|
|2nd||10:03||MER||1-1||EV||Jessica Bonfe (9)||Jackie Pieper/6, Marie Delarbre/6|
|2nd||14:01||UNH||2-1||EV||Nicole Dunbar (2)||Carlee Turner/9, Amy Schlagel/2|
|2nd||15:17||UNH||3-1||PP GW||Julia Fedeski (5)||Amy Schlagel/3, Marie-Jo Pelletier/5|
|3rd||14:47||UNH||4-1||EV||Amy Schlagel (5)||-|
|3rd||17:58||MER||2-4||PP||Dominique Kremer (3)||Jessica Bonfe/5, Paige Sorensen/5|
|3rd||19:26||UNH||5-2||EV EN||Jonna Curtis (11)||-|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|New Hampshire (6-11-1)||1/2||7/14||0|
|New Hampshire Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Hilary Cashin (W, 5-4-1)||60:00||2||4||6||7||17|
|Léa-Kristine Demers (L, 5-8-0)||59:49||4||5||7||6||18|
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - The Merrimack College women's ice hockey team saw its first-ever win streak snapped on Friday night as the Warriors fell to New Hampshire in Hockey East action by a score of 5-2 in the first game of a home-and-home series with the Wildcats this weekend.
Score: New Hampshire 5, Merrimack 2
Records: Merrimack (6-11-2, 2-8-0 HEA) | New Hampshire (6-11-1, 5-6-1 HEA)
Location: Lawler Rink | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
- Friday's contest with the Wildcats started off as a defensive battle at Lawler Rink, with both teams combining for just 1 one shot on goal in the opening five minutes, and a total of just nine shots on goal in the first frame. Sophomore Madison Morey (Fairbanks, Alaska) would create two of Merrimack's remote chances in the first, first with a setup the classmate Jessica Bonfe (Woodbury, Minn.) nearly deflected in, then a redirect from Morey that was just inches from sneaking in the far post. The limited chances for both sides would keep the game scoreless into the second.
- New Hampshire would take the first lead of the game 6:30 in the second period after a quality individual rush and puck work at the net would just beat the extended legs of freshman goaltender Léa-Kristine Demers (Repentigny, Quebec) to take a 1-0 lead.
- Merrimack would answer New Hampshire's score less than four minutes later a rush up ice that got the puck deep in New Hampshire's end. A great dish from the corner from redshirt sophomore Jackie Pieper (Edina, Minn.) would find Bonfe all alone in the slot, and the sophomore would rip a shot by the tender to tie the game at 1-1 at the midway point of the second period.
- The Warriors would see that tie quickly diminished before the end of the period, as the Wildcats would tack on two more goals in the second in just a 1:16 span in the final six minutes of the frame. Both goals would come in second-chance opportunities for New Hampshire as the Warriors would make a play both times on the initial attacker, but saw the puck cleaned up by the Wildcats to give them a 3-1 lead heading into the final period.
- Merrimack nearly saw its deficit cut to just one goal early in the third as a hard wrist shot from sophomore Paige Voight (St. Michael, Minn.) would clank off the crossbar early in the period. What would follow Voight's near-goal would be close to six minutes of power play time, including a full minute 5-on-3 opportunity for the Warriors, but New Hampshire goaltender Hilary Cashin would play her best hockey of the game in that span, denying chance after chance for the Warriors to maintain a 3-1 lead despite being down a player for an extended period of time.
- After getting that wave of momentum with an extended power play and nearly double digit chances in that window, the Warriors would see their newfound energy crushed as the Wildcats would tack on their fourth goal of the game just seconds after their third consecutive penalty expired to stretch their lead to 4-1 in the latter half of the third.
- Merrimack would get another power play opportunity in the final three minutes of the game and would capitalize thanks to a seeing-eye shot from the point from sophomore Dominique Kremer (West Fargo, N.D.) that made its way through traffic and past the tender to cut Merrimack's deficit to just two goals with two minutes remaining. After some more late pressure from Merrimack looking for its third goal, a turnover in the neutral zone would result in the fifth goal of the game for New Hampshire, this one in the final minute to seal the Warriors' fate.
Inside The Numbers
- After not scoring in her first 14 games of the season, Kremer has now registered a goal in each of the last three games. She has five points in that three-game streak on three goals and two assists. She already surpasses her goal total of two in 34 games last season for a new career-high.
- With a goal and assist on Friday night, Bonfe breaks a four-game pointless streak after recording a point in nine of the Warriors first 14 games of the season. She ranks second on the team with a stat line of 9g-5a-14p, all of which are career highs.
- Goaltenders: L - Demers (5-8-0, 18 saves) | L - Cashin (5-4-1, 17 saves)
- Power Plays: Merrimack (1-5) | UNH (1-2)
- SOG: MC - 19 | UNH - 22
The Warriors return to the ice in New Hampshire tomorrow to close out the season series with the Wildcats. Puck drop is set for 4:00 p.m.