|1st||6:49||MER||1-0||EV||Jessica Bonfe (6)||Paige Voight/8, Paige Sorensen/7|
|1st||9:29||MER||2-0||EV||Mikyla Grant-Mentis (13)||Madison Morey/7, Katelyn Rae/9|
|2nd||10:06||MER||3-0||PP||Paige Sorensen (4)||Mikyla Grant-Mentis/8, Dominique Kremer/6|
|2nd||13:02||NOE||1-3||PP||Lauren Kelly (10)||Kasidy Anderson/14, Brooke Hobson/13|
|3rd||1:26||NOE||2-3||EV||Kasidy Anderson (11)||Taytum Clairmont/7|
|3rd||17:05||NOE||3-3||PP||Lauren Kelly (11)||Taytum Clairmont/8|
|3rd||17:51||NOE||4-3||EV GW||Matti Hartman (7)||Skylar Fontaine/9, Veronika Pettey/16|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Aerin Frankel (W, 5-5-2)||49:52||1||2||9||8||19|
|Samantha Ridgewell (L, 8-11-1)||58:24||4||9||12||8||29|
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - The Merrimack College women's ice hockey team dropped a heartbreaker to Northeastern, falling 4-3 on Saturday night in Hockey East action from Lawler Rink. Four unanswered goals by the Huskies was the difference. The Warriors sit two points behind Connecticut in the Army ROTC Women's Hockey East standings with two games remaining, both in Storrs, Connecticut next weekend.
Score: Northeastern 4, Merrimack 3 | Final
Records: Merrimack (11-18-3, 6-14-2 WHEA) // Northeastern (14-14-3, 10-10-2 WHEA)
Location: Lawler RInk | North Andover, Mass.
- Northeastern was the team that came out with early pressure, taking the first five shots in the opening minutes of the game. However, the Warriors put their first two shots of the game, in the back of the net for a 2-0 lead after the first. That chased Huskies starter Brittany Bugalski from the game, who was replaced by Aerin Frankel.
- Each team scored in the second period, both on the power play. The Warriors took a 3-0 lead at 10:06, before the Huskies cut into it at 13:02. Northeastern had a 13-10 advantage in shots at the end of the second period.
- The Huskies cut the lead to one goal at 1:26 of the third period after killing off a penalty. Two goals in a span of 46 seconds in the final three minutes tied the game and eventually gave Northeastern the lead.
- Jessica Bonfe put the Warriors up 1-0 at 6:29 of the first period. On a two-on-two break, she received a pass from Paige Voight from the middle of the ice, before a quick wrist shot was sent over the glove of Brittany Bugalski.
- Merrimack quickly extended the lead thanks to a 2-on-1 chance at 9:29 of the opening stanza. Madison Morey sent a pass through the legs of a Northeastern defender to the stick of Mikyla Grant-Mentis. She sent a shot by Bugalski for a 2-0 lead.
- The Warriors took advantage of a power play goal at 10:06 of the second period. Grant-Mentis and Dominique Kremer cycled the puck to the left circle to find the stick of Paige Sorensen. She one-timed a blast by the glove of Frankel to put the Warriors up 3-0.
- The Huskies had a brief power play midway through the second and were able to take advantage. Brooke Hobson took a shot from the point, and the puck was loose in the crease. Lauren Kelly snuck behind the defense and whacked the puck into the open net to make it 3-1 in favor of the hosts.
- Following an offensive zone face off, Kasidy Anderson pushed the puck behind the Warriors' net. Taytum Clairmont scooped up the puck and found Anderson in front, who pushed the puck under the pads of Samantha Ridgewell.
- The Huskies tied the game at three at 17:05 on the power play right off the face off. Clairmont won the face off back to Kelly, who fired on net to tie the game.
- Northeastern took its first lead of the game, and the eventual game-winner at 17:51 on a goal by Matti Hartman. Skyler Fontaine took a shot from the boards and it was kick saved by Ridgewell. However, the rebound was right in front of the net and Hartman was in the right place, putting the puck into the net.
Notes and Notables
- Northeastern takes the season series 2-0-1 after tonight's win.
- Grant-Mentis has scored a goal in the last three games and five points overall. Katelyn Rae picked up her team-leading ninth assist of the year.
- Madison Morey tallied her seventh helper of the season, which is the most she's had in a single season.
- The Warriors blocked 16 shots on defense.
- Goaltenders: L - Samantha Ridgewell (29 Saves, 8-11-1) // W -Aerin Frankel (19 Saves, 5-5-1)
- Power Plays: Merrimack (1-5) | NU (1-3)
- SOG (MC-NU): 4-9 | 10-13 | 8-11 |22-33
The Warriors wrap up the regular season with two key conference games against UConn on the road next weekend. Friday's game has a 7 p.m. start time, with Saturday having a 2 p.m. puck drop.