|1st||12:11||MIN||1-0||EV||Kippin Keller (1)||Patti Marshall/1|
|1st||14:31||MER||1-1||EV||Mikyla Grant-Mentis (1)||-|
|1st||19:14||MIN||2-1||PP||Grace Zumwinkle (1)||Olivia Knowles/1, Nicole Schammel/1|
|1st||19:30||MIN||3-1||EV||Olivia Knowles (1)||Sydney Baldwin/1, Alex Woken/1|
|1st||19:47||MER||2-3||EV||Katelyn Rae (2)||Megan Fergusson/1|
|2nd||3:41||MER||3-3||EV||Maddy Burton (1)||Annie Boeckers/1|
|2nd||5:16||MER||4-3||EV GW||Jessica Bonfe (1)||Emily Volpe/1|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Léa-Kristine Demers (W, 1-0-0)||60:00||3||14||22||18||54|
|Sidney Peters (L, 0-1-0)||25:16||4||7||1||0||8|
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The Merrimack College women's ice hockey team upset the No. 3 Minnesota, 4-3, on Friday night from Ridder Arena in the first matchup between the two programs. Sophomore goaltender Léa-Kristine Demers (Repentigny, Quebec) stopped a career-high 54 shots, including 22 in the second period.
Score: Merrimack 4, No. 3 Minnesota 3
Records: Merrimack (2-0-0, 1-0-0 WHEA) // Minnesota. (0-1-0, 0-0-0 WCHA)
Location: Ridder Arena | Minneapolis, Minn.
How it Happened
1st Period: Demers made seven saves in the first nine minutes of the first period to deny the Gophers. However, the Gophers took a 1-0 lead at the 12:11 mark on a goal by Kippin Keller.
Sophomore Mikyla Grant-Mentis (Brampton, Ontario) scored her first goal of the season to knot the game at one at 14:31.
Minnesota took advantage of a power play, with a goal at 19:14. The Gophers made it 3-1 16 seconds later, but the Warriors would answer with 13 seconds left in the period on a goal by junior Katelyn Rae (Courtice, Ontario).
2nd period: The Warriors were challened early, killing of a penalty in the first 2:13 of the period. Freshman Maddy Burton (Aurora, Ill.) wasted little time after, scoring 1:28 later to even the game at three. Junior captain Jessica Bonfe (Woodbury, Minn.) gave the Warriors a 4-3 lead just over five minutes into the period for the eventual game-winner, forcing a goalie change for the Gophers.
Demers made 22 saves in the second to hold onto the one-goal lead.
3rd period: Merrimack had to kill off its second penalty of the game at 2:45 of the frame. The Gophers fired 18 shots in the period to Merrimack's four, but Demers stood tall in net along with the defense.
Inside The Numbers
- Freshman Megan Fergusson (Kitchener, Ontario) has registered a point in each of her first two collegiate games.
- Rae scored her second goal of the season, while Bonfe, Burton, and Grant-Mentis picked up their first. Seven Merrimack players registered a point.
- The Warriors are 2-0 for the first time in program history.
- Goaltenders: W - Léa-Kristine Demers (54 Saves) // L - Sidney Peters (8 Saves)
- Power Plays: Merrimack (0-1) |Minnesota (1-3)
- SOG (MC-UM): 9-17 | 6-22 | 4-18 | 19-57
The Warriors have a day off tomorrow, before returning to Ridder Arena on Sunday for the second game of the series against the Gophers. Puck drop is set for 3 p.m.