BURLINGTON, Vt. – The Merrimack College women’s ice hockey team picked up four key points over the weekend, downing Vermont 4-2 on Sunday afternoon in Hockey East play. With the win, the Warriors now trail the Catamounts and Connecticut by one point in the league standings with 14 with three regular season games remaining. Vermont and the Huskies are tied for the final playoff spot with 15 points.
Score: Merrimack 4, Vermont, 2 | Final
Records: Merrimack (11-17-3, 6-13-2 WHEA) // Vermont (14-11-6, 10-7-4 WHEA)
Location: Gutterson Fieldhouse | Burlington, Vt.
- It was a goal at 5:44 that gave the visitors a 1-0 lead, before Merrimack took advantage of a power play at 13:45 of the first period for a 2-0 lead. The Warriors went into the break with a 12-8 shot advantage.
- Vermont came out with heavy pressure in the second period and cut the lead in half in the first two minutes of the period. However, a power play goal by the Warriors put them back up by two goals midway through the period. The teams skated into the second intermission with 19 shots each, as the home team had a 12-7 edge in the second period.
- Both teams had plenty of chances in the third period. A combined four penalties were called, but no one could take advantage. Vermont cut into the deficit at 13:17 of the third. The net was empty in the final 1:45 of the period, but the home team could not find the equalizer. An empty-net goal with 20 seconds left iced the game for Merrimack.
- The Warriors took a 1-0 lead at 5:44 of the first period. Andrea Olson forced a turnover at the blue line, who found Annie Boeckers down the middle of the ice. Boeckers sent a pass to Paige Voight on the left wing, who sent a wrist shot above the blocker of Sydnee Scobee.
- Katelyn Rae scored her 20th goal of the season at 13:45 on the power play. Dominique Kremer sent a shot from the point and Rae deflected the puck by Scobee.
- Felila Manu took a shot from the point, but Olivia Kilberg was there to block it. Kilberg skated the length of the ice, before cutting the lead in half at 2:25 of the second period.
- Paige Sorensen extended the Warriors lead to 3-1 at 10:37 of the second on a power play goal. Kremer sent a pass to the point, where Sorensen took a one-timer blast to beat Scobee.
- The Catamounts cut back into the lead at 13:17 of the third. Kristina Shanahan dumped the puck behind the net on the forecheck. The Warriors tried to play the puck behind the net and clear the zone. However, Kourney Manches forced a turnover and Shanahan wrapped around the net, and firing the puck into the net.
- Mikyla Grant-Mentis iced the game with 20 seconds left in regulation to score an empty-netter for the 4-2 final.
Notes and Notables
- Rae has now set a new career-high in points in a single season, scoring her 20th goal. She also had a pair of assists and now has 28 points on the season. That set a single-season record for most points in a season by a Merrimack player in program history.
- It was the eighth power play goal scored by the Warriors this season.
- Madison Morey picked up her seventh assist of the season, the most in a single-season in her career.
- With the win, the Warriors have now set a program record for most victories in a single season. They are also now 5-3-1 all-time against Vermont, with the second straight win at Gutterson Fieldhouse and third overall.
- Goaltenders: W – Samantha Ridgewell (26 Saves, 8-10-1) // L –Sydney Scobee (23 Saves, 8-12-3)
- Power Plays: Merrimack (2-5) | UVM (0-4)
- SOG (MC-UVM): 12-8 | 7-12 | 8-8 |27-28
The Warriors play their final home game of the season on Saturday night against Northeastern. Puck drop from Lawler Rink is for 7 p.m.