Willard Goal Gives Vermont 2-1 Win At Merrimack
Senior defenseman Taylor Willard scores game-winning goal with 9:00 remaining for Catamounts

Senior defenseman Taylor Willard scored the game-winning goal for the Catamounts
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 9:16  MER1-0 EV Mikyla Grant-Mentis (2)Katelyn Rae/2, Dominique Kremer/1
2nd 0:43  VER1-1 PP Taylor Flaherty (3)Taylor Willard/3, Kristina Shanahan/4
3rd 11:00  VER2-1 EV GW Taylor Willard (1)Val Caldwell/2, Kourtney Menches/2
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Vermont  0112
Merrimack  1001
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Vermont  541019
Merrimack  881329
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Vermont (4-5-0)  1/3 10/28 0
Merrimack (3-6-2)  0/8 4/8 0
Vermont Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Sydney Scobee (W, 3-2-0)60:001 781328
Merrimack Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Samantha Ridgewell (L, 1-4-1)58:242 53917
Empty Net1:360     

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - The Merrimack College women's ice hockey team fell to Vermont, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon in the second game of the weekend series from Lawler Rink in Hockey East action.

The Basics

Score: Merrimack 1, Vermont 2| Final
Records: Merrimack (3-6-2, 1-3-1 WHEA) // Vermont (4-5-0, 3-3-0 WHEA)
Location: Lawler Rink | North Andover, Mass.

Rapid Recap:

- Merrimack came out with a lot of pressure in the first period. The Warriors finally jumped out to a 1-0 lead at 9:16 of the period on a goal by sophomore Mikyla Grant-Mentis (Brampton, Ontario). Merrimack ended the period with an 8-5 shot advantage.

- Vermont was able to even the game at one, 43 seconds into the period, on the power-play, Merrimack had four power-play chances in the second period, but could not convert.

- It was a goal with nine minutes left in the third that gave Vermont a 2-1 lead.

- The Warriors had eight shots on net following the Catamount goal, but could not find the equalizer.

Scoring Summaries

- Merrimack jumped out to a lead midway through the first period. After a face-off win in their defensive zone, Warriors' defender junior Dominique Kremer (West Fargo, N.D.) wrapped the puck around the net, finding classmate Katelyn Rae (Courtice, Ontario) along the boards. Rae was able to find sophomore Mikyla Grant-Mentis (Brampton, Ontario) down the middle of the ice and the forward was able to capitalize on the breakaway at the 9:16 mark.

- Vermont had an early power-play chance in the second period and scored 19 seconds later on a goal by Taylor Flaherty just 43 seconds into the period.

- Vermont added the eventual game-winner at 11 minutes of the third period on a goal by Taylor Willard. A scrum on a face-off led to a puck being kicked out by Flaherty to the blue-line. Willard wristed the shot through traffic to give the Catamounts a 2-1 lead.

Notes and Notables

- It was Rae's second assist of the year, along with her sixth point of the season. Grant-Mentis recorded her first goal since a 1-0 win against #3 Minnesota back on Sept. 29.

- Kremer registered a point for the second time in three games.

- The power-play continues to struggle for Merrimack, as it's the third straight game without a goal, going 0-13 in that span.

- Junior Madison Morey (Fairbanks, Alaska) and freshman Megan Fergusson (Kitchener, Ontario) combined for 21 face-off wins out of Merrimack's 30 in the game.

- Goaltenders: L.- Junior Samantha Ridgewell (Outlook, Saskatchewan) (17 Saves, 1-4-1) // W- Sydney Scobee (28 Saves, 3-2-0)

- Power Plays: Merrimack (0-8) | UVM (1-3)

- SOG (MC-UVM): 8-5 |8-4 | 13-10 | 29-19

Up Next

The Warriors hit the road against non-conference foe Union College (N.Y.) on Friday and Saturday. Puck drop for Friday's game is 6 p.m., while Saturday's game starts at 3 p.m.