Junior goaltender Sandra Abstreiter made 22 saves to earn her third shutout of the season for the Friars
Abstreiter Stops 22 Shots As Providence Defeats Merrimack, 3-0
Junior goaltender Sandra Abstreiter made 22 saves to earn her third shutout of the season for the Friars

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.- The Merrimack women's ice hockey team came up short at home, falling 3-0 to the No. 7 Providence Friars on Friday afternoon, despite outshooting the Friars through the first two periods.

The Basics

Score: Merrimack 0, Providence 3
Records: Merrimack (1-6-0, 1-6-0 HE) | Providence (8-2-1, 8-2-1)
Location: Lawler Rink | North Andover, Mass.

How It Happened

- At the end of the first, teams were deadlocked at zero, with Merrimack holding a 7-6 shots on goal advantage.

- Providence scored its first on the night early in the second, after a forecheck in the far corner had the puck kick out to the dot where Claire Tyo got an initial shot on goal for the Friars. Controlling the puck for a second chance was Caroline Peterson, with the puck put in by Sara Hjalmarsson.

- Later in the middle frame, Providence won a defensive zone faceoff and started an offensive rush, with Clara Barone finishing on a shot in the high slot for her first of the year.

- The Friars tacked on its third on an empty net attempt in the closing minutes of the game.

- The Warriors offense peppered the Friars net, as Mack Emery, Katie Kaufman, Dominika Laskova, Gabby Jones and Courtney Maud each punched three shots on goal in the game.

Notes & Numbers

- Sophomore netminder Emma Gorski started in her seventh of the season, turning aside 26 Providence shots.

- Goaltenders: Emma Gorski (29 saves, 1-5-0) | Sandra Abstreiter (22 saves, 8-2-1)

- Power Plays: MC 0-2 | PC 0-3

- Shots on Goal: MC 7, PC 6 | MC 12, PC 10 | MC 3, PC 13 | MC 22, PC 29

- Faceoffs: 24 MC | 30 PC

- Blocks: 17 MC | 11 PC

Up Next

The Warriors will close the series with the Friars on Sunday, January 17 in Providence with puck drop at Schneider Arena slated for 1 p.m.

Game Summary

Friday, January 15, 2021

Game statistics
29 Shots 22
0 / 3 Power Plays 0 / 3
3 / 6 PIM 3 / 6
8-2-1 Records 1-6-0
Providence Merrimack
Sara Hjalmarsson (5)
2nd/3:34  GW
Ciara Barone (1)
Lindsay Bochna (3)
3rd/18:49  EN
Providence Merrimack
Sandra Abstreiter
59:59, 22 Saves, 0 GA
(W, 8-2-1)

Empty Net
0:01, 0 GA
Emma Gorski
58:48, 26 Saves, 2 GA
(L, 1-6-0)

Empty Net
1:12, 1 GA