Demers Makes 54 Saves as Merrimack Skates Past Minnesota, 4-3
Sophomore goalie Léa-Kristine Demers stops 54 shots for Merrimack

Sophomore goalie Léa-Kristine Demers stopped 54 shots for Merrimack
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 12:11  MIN1-0 EV Kippin Keller (1)Patti Marshall/1
1st 14:31  MER1-1 EV Mikyla Grant-Mentis (1) -
1st 19:14  MIN2-1 PP Grace Zumwinkle (1)Olivia Knowles/1, Nicole Schammel/1
1st 19:30  MIN3-1 EV Olivia Knowles (1)Sydney Baldwin/1, Alex Woken/1
1st 19:47  MER2-3 EV Katelyn Rae (2)Megan Fergusson/1
2nd 3:41  MER3-3 EV Maddy Burton (1)Annie Boeckers/1
2nd 5:16  MER4-3 EV GW Jessica Bonfe (1)Emily Volpe/1
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Merrimack  2204
Minnesota  3003
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Merrimack  96419
Minnesota  17221857
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Merrimack (2-0-0)  0/1 3/6 0
Minnesota (0-1-0)  1/3 1/2 0
Merrimack Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Léa-Kristine Demers (W, 1-0-0)60:003 14221854
Minnesota Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Sidney Peters (L, 0-1-0)25:164 7108
Alex Gulstene33:370 0347
Empty Net1:070     

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.

The Basics

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

Up Next

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.