NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - After a statement win Friday night, the Merrimack College women's ice hockey program erased a two-goal deficit in the second period of Saturday afternoon's contest, tying Connecticut 2-2 in the regular season series finale. With the tie, Merrimack's point earned draws level with Providence for fourth place in Hockey East standings.
After a six goal loss Friday night, Connecticut came out firing in the first period. Danielle Fox lit the lamp for her first collegiate goal eight minutes into the first period, and Morgan Wabick doubled the visitors' lead just one minute later. After falling two goals down, Merrimack began its comeback early in the second. Freshman Gabby Jones hit the back of the net one minute into the frame, and senior Jessica Bonfe fired a laser from just outside the far faceoff circle to level the game eight minutes later.
Senior Samantha Ridgewell stood tall once again between the pipes, making 39 saves on the day.
Score: Merrimack 2, UConn, 2 (OT)
Records: Merrimack (16-10-6, 12-9-4 HEA) | UConn (14-15-4, 9-13-4 HEA)
Location: Lawler Rink | North Andover, Mass.
Goal #1 (1-0 UConn) - Eight minutes into the first period, the Huskies found the back of the net. After keeping the puck in its offensive zone for a majority of the opening frame, freshman Danielle Fox got her first career goal on a feed from Catherine Crawley.
Goal #2 (2-0 UConn) - Less than two minutes later, Connecticut doubled its lead. Morgan Wabick hit the back of the net after a great feed from sister Taylor Wabick, making it 2-0 before the midway point of the first period.
Goal #3 (2-1 UConn) - The Warriors got on the score sheet immediately after the start of the second period. Senior Felila Manu threw a shot on that was tipped through by senior Emily Volpe; on the far post, freshman Gabby Jones collected Volpe's tip and buried the one-timer, cutting the lead in half.
Goal #4 (2-2) - Senior Jessica Bonfe netted her eighth of the season to tie the game at two goals apiece. After an offensive zone turnover, Bonfe hunted the puck down, turned it over, and ripped a shot over the right shoulder of Husky goaltender Samantha Carpentier-Yelle.
Notes and Numbers
- Merrimack has now played in seven overtime games this season.
- Saturday's contest was the first time all season that the Warriors went a complete game without a penalty.
- Goaltenders: Samantha Ridgewell (39 saves, 14-8-5) // Samantha Carpentier-Yelle (28 saves, 2-4-1)
- Power Plays: 0-2 // 0-0
- Shots on Goal: 7-13 // 16-15 // 7-6 // 4-7 - 30-41
The Warriors will take on Northeastern Friday, February 23, at 7 p.m.