Katelyn Rae scores four goals as Merrimack upsets No. 9 Maine
ORONO, Maine – Merrimack College women’s ice hockey junior Katelyn Rae scored four goals to lift the Warriors to a 4-2 upset win over No. 9/9 Maine in Hockey East action on Saturday. The win for Merrimack snapped a 10 game unbeaten streak for the Black Bears. It was the first win at Maine since a 5-1 victory on October 14, 2016.
Score: Merrimack 4, No. 9/9 Maine 2 | Final
Records: Merrimack (9-15-3, 4-11-2 WHEA) // No. 9/9 Maine (16-7-3, 10-4-2 WHEA)
Location: Harold Alfond Sports Arena | Orono, Maine
- The Warriors struck early in the first at 1:33 of the period on a goal by Rae However, Maine answered less than 45 seconds later to even the game at one. Merrimack took a 2-1 lead on the second goal of the game by Rae midway through the first. That is how the teams would head into the locker room after the first period, as neither team could take advantage on their respective power plays.
- After taking control for most of the second period, the Black Bears were finally able to find the equalizer at 9:10 of the frame. The Warriors were handed a five-on-three power play at 13:35, and it took 14 seconds for Rae to give Merrimack a 3-2 lead. Maine had a 12-6 edge in shots in the period head and 25-16 in the game heading into the second intermission.
- Both teams combined for 17 shots in the third period, nine of them by Merrimack. Maine had plenty of chances to tie the game, but the Warriors were able to disrupt play and never let the home team get the tying goal. A late empty-netter with eight seconds left sealed the deal for the Warriors.
- Rae got the scoring going at 1:33 of the first. Sophomore Mikyla Grant-Mentis sent a pass up the middle of the ice, finding Rae. Rae skated into the offensive zone and lifted a quick wrist shot to the upper left side of the net to give Merrimack a 1-0 lead.
- Lydia Murray knotted things up at 2:14 of the first, as she found a loose puck in front of the net to put the Black Bears on the board.
- The Warriors took a 2-1 lead at 10:31 of the first thanks to a costly turnover by Maine. Rae intercepted the puck in front of the Black Bears net. The junior forward scooped up the loose puck and skated back towards the net, sending her shot behind Jackson. Junior Jessica Kuhlman picked up her first assist of the season.
- After Cailey Hutchison wrapped the puck around the boards to the blue line, Josefine Engmann sent a shot towards the Warriors’ net. Junior goaltender Samantha Ridgewell was ready to make the save, but Hutchison skated back towards the front of the net, redirecting the puck just outside the crease to the left post and into the back of the net.
- The Warriors took a 3-2 lead at 13:49 on the power play thanks to Rae’s third goal of the game. Junior Madison Morey passed the puck from behind the net, finding Rae in front, who one-timed a shot and the puck trickled in over the line. Junior Paige Sorensen also picked up her sixth assist of the year.
- Rae sealed the deal with an empty netter with eight seconds left in regulation to give the Warriors the 4-2 final. Juniors Dominique Kremer and Emily Volpe both added assists on the final goal.
Notes and Notables
- Rae’s goal gives her a tally in the last six games, which is the longest goal streak of her career. She has also registered a point in nine consecutive games.
- Rae’s hat trick is her third of her career, and second against Maine. The last one came at home on Feb. 4, 2017 at home during a 5-3 loss to the Black Bears.
- Morey has an assist in four of the last five games and has six on the season. That matches a career-high for assists in one season.
- It was only the seventh time this year that the Warriors scored a power play goal. They have had three in the last six games, the last coming against UConn on Jan. 5.
- It was the second top 10 team the Warriors defeated this season, both on the road; They upset No. 3 Minnesota, 4-3, on Sept. 29, 2017 on the road.
- Maine’s last loss was at Northeaster on Nov. 18, 2017.
- Goaltenders: W – Samantha Ridgewell (31, 6-9-1) // D – Carly Jackson (21, 14-6-3)
- Power Plays: Merrimack (1-4) | Maine (0-2)
- SOG (MC-Maine): 10-13 | 6-12 | 9-8 | 25-33
The Warriors have a home-and-home series with Boston University next week. The first game is on Thursday, Jan. 25 from Lawler Rink, the second to last home game for Merrimack, with a 7 p.m. puck drop.