Merrimack can’t hang on in Orono against Maine
ORONO, Maine – The Merrimack College women’s ice hockey team tied the game early in the second period against No. 9/9 Maine. However, the Black Bears scored a pair of goals in the first two minutes of the third period, along with a late empty netter, giving the home team a 4-1 win on Friday afternoon in Hockey East play.
Score: Merrimack 1, No. 9/9 Maine 4 | Final
Records: Merrimack (8-15-3, 3-11-2 WHEA) // No. 9/9 Maine (16-6-3, 10-3-2 WHEA)
Location: Harold Alfond Sports Arena | Orono, Maine
- The opening period saw nine shots by each team and a power play for both. It was a power play goal for the Black Bears at 17:50 that gave them a 1-0 lead. The Warriors headed into the first intermission with a carry over power play that came with six seconds left in the opening period.
- The Warriors opened the second with heavy pressure and it paid off. Junior Katelyn Rae (Courtice, Ontario) tied the game at 4:44 mark of the second. Maine had a chance to take the lead but sophomore goalie Léa-Kristine Demers (Repentigny, Quebec) made her share of saves to keep the game tied. Merrimack had a power play late in the second and put five shots on net. However, the teams skated into the break tied at one.
- Maine scored a pair of goals in the first two minutes to take a 3-1 lead in the third. The first came on a power play at 1:07 of the third, with the second tally of the period coming at 58 seconds later. A game-misconduct penalty put the Warriors short handed for the middle part of the third stanza. Merrimack looked to get back into the game late, pulling the goalie for the extra attacker in the final four minutes. However, a late goal with 12 seconds left secured the victory for Maine.
- Maine jumped ahead on the first power play of the game with a goal with 2:10 left in the opening period. Anna Zikova sent a shot from the point that bounced off of Demers. The loose puck rebound was around the front of the net, where Lydia Murray was there to put the puck in the net.
- The Warriors knotted the game at one thanks to Rae at 4:44 of the second period. Sophomore Mikyla Grant-Mentis (Brampton, Ontario) skated behind the net, before feeding Rae in front. Rae slipped the puck by Carly Jackson to make it 1-1. Junior Madison Morey (Fairbanks, Alaska) also picked up an assist on the goal.
- With the Black Bears on a power play, Brooke Stacey gave her team a 2-1 lead just over a minute into the third. Tereza Vanisova sent a backhanded pass to Stacey, who tipped the puck in inside the pipe.
- Michelle Weis extended Maine’s lead 58 seconds later at 2:05 of the third. After a turnover in the neutral zone, she skated in on a breakaway and slipped the puck through the pads of Demers to make it 3-1. She made it 4-1 on an empty netter with 12 seconds left to play.
Notes and Notables
- Rae has now scored a goal in each of the last five games, which matches her longest goal streak. She has also registered a point in eight straight games with 9 goals and two assists.
- It was the sixth time this season that Demers stopped 30 or more shots. She had 18 saves in the second period.
- Morey picked up her fifth assist of the season and third in the last four games.
- Goaltenders: L- Léa-Kristine Demers (35 Saves, 3-6-2) // W– Carly Jackson (29 Saves, 14-5-3)
- Power Plays: Merrimack (0-3) | Maine (2-3)
- SOG (MC-Maine): 9-9 | 13-18 | 8-12 | 30-39
Both teams wrap up the season series tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m.