|1st||9:16||MER||1-0||EV||Mikyla Grant-Mentis (2)||Katelyn Rae/2, Dominique Kremer/1|
|2nd||0:43||VER||1-1||PP||Taylor Flaherty (3)||Taylor Willard/3, Kristina Shanahan/4|
|3rd||11:00||VER||2-1||EV GW||Taylor Willard (1)||Val Caldwell/2, Kourtney Menches/2|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Sydney Scobee (W, 3-2-0)||60:00||1||7||8||13||28|
|Samantha Ridgewell (L, 1-4-1)||58:24||2||5||3||9||17|
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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
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.