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Merrimack falls at UConn on Friday night, eliminating playoff chances

STORRS, Conn. – The Merrimack College women’s ice hockey team dropped a 4-2 decision to Connecticut, on Friday night from the Freitas Ice Forum in Hockey East action. The loss eliminates the Warriors from postseason contention, as the Huskies clinched the final playoff berth in the Hockey East.

The Basics
Score: 
Connecticut 4, Merrimack 2 | Final
Records: Merrimack (11-19-3, 6-15-2 WHEA) // Connecticut (12-12-9, 6-11-6 WHEA)
Location: Freitas Ice Forum | Storrs, Conn.

Rapid Recap:

  • The difference in the first period was a power play goal by the home team. The Huskies took advantage of the penalty with a goal at 7:05 of the first and took that lead into the intermission. The shots were 12-10 in favor of Connecticut.
  • An early penalty by Merrimack gave the Huskies a second chance on the power play. The home team connected for the second time just 26 seconds into the second period to make it 2-0. However, Mikyla Grant-Mentis cut the lead in half for the Warriors just over seven minutes into the period. Six minutes later, UConn went up again by two goals as the teams combined for 26 shots in the second period.
  • After being heavily out shot in the first five minutes of the third period, It took Merrimack one shot on net to cut the lead to a single goal at 5:49 of the period. However, the road team could only muster six shots for the remainder of the period and the Huskies iced the game with an empty-netter in the final minute for a 4-2 final.

Scoring Summaries

  • After skating into the offensive zone, the puck was dropped to the left circle. Natalie Snodgrass took a shot from the point that was stopped by Samantha Ridgewell. However, the rebound went to Leah Lum, who sent a pass to Morgan Wabick near the net, giving the Huskies a 1-0 lead.
  • Another power play goal early in the second extended the Huskies lead. Morgan Wabick had the puck behind the Warriors’ net and found Lum near the right post, who one-timed a wrist shot to the upper right corner of the net 26 seconds into the period.
  • Grant-Mentis scored at 7:09 of the second to cut the Huskies lead in half. Emily Volpe found her teammate in front of the crease, who buried the puck behind Annie Belanger.
  • Wabick picked up her second goal of the night at 13:12 of the second, with Snodgrass getting her second assist to put the hosts up 3-1.
  • Dominique Kremer sent a shot through traffic from the point. The puck re-directed off the stick of Grant-Mentis to make it a one-goal deficit at 5:49.
  • An empty-netter by Theresa Knutson with 27 seconds left in the third ended the scoring.

Notes and Notables

  • The Huskies tied the season series, and clinched a spot in the Hockey East Tournament.
  • Grant-Mentis extended her point streak to four games, with at least one goal in the previous three. It was her second multi-goal effort of the year.
  • Katelyn Rae picked up her fifth assist in the last four games. She has registered an assist in each of the last four games.
  • Ridgewell has made 30+ saves in 10 games this season.
  • Merrimack is 3-16-3 when scoring two goals or less in a game.
  • Goaltenders: L – Samantha Ridgewell (35 Saves, 8-12-1) // W –Annie Belanger (28 Saves, 8-9-6)
  • Power Plays: Merrimack (0-3) | UCONN (2-2)
  • SOG (MC-NU): 10-12 | 13-13 | 14-7 |30-39

Up Next
The Warriors and Huskies conclude the regular season tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m.

Mike McMahon is in his 12th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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2018-19 Men’s Hockey Schedule

October
5 - vs. Lake Superior State (7pm)
6 - vs. Lake Superior State (7pm)
27 - vs. UMass (Homecoming) (7pm)

December
28 - vs. Denver (7pm)
31 - vs. Colorado College (4pm)

February
22 - @ UMass Lowell
23 - vs. UMass Lowell

Date Undetermined
TBD - @ Bentley
TBD - vs. Holy Cross

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