NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - The Merrimack College women's hockey team put on a shooting clinic Saturday afternoon, upending the HTI Stars 8-2 in its only exhibition game of the season. The Warriors outshot HTI 60-18 in the contest, with seven different Warriors scoring goals on the day.
Score: Merrimack 8, HTI 2
Records: Merrimack (10-3-2, 6-3-1 HEA) | HTI (16-9-3)
Location: Lawler Rink | North Andover, Mass.
Goal #1 (1-0 MC) -Sophomore Kate Bukolska was able to feed senior Dominique Kremer just three minutes into the game; her one-time shot was redirected, easily getting across the line for the first goal of the afternoon.
Goal #2 (2-0 MC) - Less than a minute later, freshman Gabby Jones got in on the action; senior Felila Manu was credited the apple on the first year's goal to make it 2-0.
Goal #3 (3-0 MC) - Sophomore Megan Fergusson got in on the action halfway through the first period; after cutting through the left face-off circle, she was able to get a clean shot just outside the crease that rippled the net.
Goal #4 (4-0 MC) - Senior Katelyn Rae was able to clean up a rebound with three minutes left on a power play; a great save from HTI netminder Katerina Zechovska bounced right to Rae, who finished the shot for the fourth goal of the game.
Goal #5 (5-0 MC) - Courtney Maud finished off a shot with just over a minute left in the second period; senior Annie Boeckers was credited the assist to give the Warriors a 5-0 lead going into the break.
Goal #6 (5-1 MC) - The Warriors finally gave up a shot on a beautiful shot from Natalie Mlynkova; a shot just over shoulder of junior netminder Lea-Kristine Demers put the Stars on the board.
Goal #7 (6-1 MC) - Just seconds after conceding, the Warriors got back on the board; a clapper from senior Paige Sorensen from just inside the blue line ripped the net.
Goal #8 (6-2 MC) - HTI got right back into the mix with a great single-handed effort from Valery Manchak; after weaving through a pair of Warriors defenders, she picked the top-left corner for the second score of the afternoon.
Goal #8 (7-2 MC) - The Warriors got another on its third power play goal of the afternoon; Julia MacLean found the scoring column.
Goal #9 (8-2 MC) - Maud got her second of the night with less than four minutes left to play; senior Annie Boeckers got her second apple of the night to finalize the scoring at 8-2.
Notes and Numbers
- This is the first-ever meeting between both teams.
- Merrimack fired off more shots in the first two periods than they have any other game (40).
- For the second straight game, the Warriors have had at least one power play goal, going three-for-five on the afternoon.
- Goaltenders: Lea-Kristine Demers (16 saves, 1-0-0) // Katerina Zechovska (24 saves, 16-8-3)
- Power Plays: 3-5 // 0-3
- Shots on Goal: 22-6 // 18-5 // 20-7 - 60-18
Merrimack is back to Hockey East play next weekend, traveling to Durham, New Hampshire, to take on UNH. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.