NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - Three different seniors saw box score recognition Friday night, as the Merrimack College women's hockey team shutout Holy Cross at home, 3-0. The win puts the Warriors a 5-1-1 in Hockey East play, with all five wins coming in consecutive fashion.
Dominique Kremer netted the first goal of the game in the opening five minutes, showing signs of a rout similar to the Warriors' first game of the year against the Crusaders. It took nearly 40 minutes before the insurance goal was scored, however, and as Mikyla Grant-Mentis put the team up two, Paige Voight closed things out with a power play goal just under three minutes to play; the final score ending one of the most aggressive and nail-biting games of the year from either side.
Senior Samantha Ridgewell recorded her third shutout of the season, making a handful of critical second period saves and stopping 16 shots in the victory.
Score: Merrimack 3, Holy Cross 0
Records: Merrimack (8-1-2, 5-1-1 HEA) | Holy Cross (0-10-2, 0-7-0 HEA)
Location: Lawler Rink | North Andover, Mass.
Goal #1 (1-0 MC) - Friday's contest showed a first period box score similar to every other game this season, and with an offensive mindset early, the hosts capitalized with an early goal. Dominique Kremer put the Warriors up early, when freshman Kate Bukolska and sophomore Megan Fergusson teamed up to feed the senior for her third goal of the season.
Goal #2 (2-0 MC) - Through the stretch of 40 minutes without a goal, either side could have taken the upper-hand. It was with six minutes left in the game where Grant-Mentis netted the insurance goal. After receiving a feed from senior Paige Sorensen, Grant-Mentis dangled through a pair of defenders, faked right, and slid the puck past Holy Cross netminder Jada Brenon to double the score.
Goal #3 (3-0 MC) - A penalty late in the comeback effort led to the Warriors finishing the game on a positive, scoring its ninth power play goal of the season. Voight buried her fourth of the season, as Kremer and freshman Julia MacLean were credited the assist.
Notes and Numbers
- The Warriors have outscored Holy Cross 8-0 in its first two contests.
- Merrimack has given up just three goals in the last five games.
- Opponents are 1-35 on the power play against the Warriors.
- Goaltenders: Samantha Ridgewell (16 saves, 8-1-2) // Jada Brenon (23 saves, 0-7-0)
- Power Plays: 1-4 // 0-3
- Shots on Goal: 10-6 // 4-8 // 12-2 - 26-16
Merrimack caps off the weekend Saturday night, taking on the Crusaders in Worcester for the third and final time this season. Puck drop at the Hart Center is slated for 7 p.m.