Women's Hockey

Merrimack picks up first Hockey East win over UConn

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STORRS, Conn. – Three different goal-scorers and a 41-save performance by senior netminder Samantha Ridgewell propelled the Merrimack College women’s ice hockey team over the University of Connecticut Saturday afternoon, posting a 3-1 score for its first Hockey East win of the season.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 3, UConn 1
Records: Merrimack (4-1-2, 1-1-1 HEA) | UConn (4-2-1, 2-2-1 HEA)
Location: Freitas Ice Forum | Storrs, Conn.

Scoring Summaries

  • Goal #1 (1-0 MC) – It took 25 minutes of scoreless hockey before either team got into the scoring column. Senior Paige Voight netted her first of the season, as she was fed from Dominique Kremer and Megan Fergusson for the first score of the afternoon on either side.
  • Goal #2 (2-0 MC) – Holding a 1-0 lead through the final five minutes of the second 20 minutes, the score stayed that way for much of the third period. However, with less than five minutes left in regulation, sophomore Kate Bukolska connected with senior Jessica Bonfe for the goal; Bukolska’s first point of the season gave Bonfe her second goal of the season.
  • Goal #3 (2-1 UConn) – Less than two minutes after the Merrimack goal and with just over three minutes left in regulation, the Huskies got one back. Natalie  Snodgrass and Catherine Crawley teamed up to feed Taylor Wabick, making it a one goal game with more than enough time left for a potential equalizer.
  • Goal #4 (3-1 MC) – With 23 seconds left in the third period, Katelyn Rae slipped an empty-net goal across the ice, capping the game with a 3-1 victory for the Warriors.

Notes and Numbers

  • Ridgewell tallied 37 saves on October 19 in a loss to BC, which was her season-high. Today, not only does the game go down as a win, but her 41 saves quickly erases Friday’s season-high.
  • Thirteen Warriors have tallied at least one point through the opening seven games, with the latest newcomer being Bukolska and her assist.
  • Goaltenders: W, Samantha Ridgewell (41 saves, 4-1-2) // L, Morgan Fisher (21 saves, 4-2-1)
  • Power Plays: Merrimack (1-2) | UConn (1-2)
  • Shots on Goal (MC-UConn): 6-10 // 9-17 // 9-16  – 24-42

Up Next
Homecoming weekend kicks off next weekend, as the Warriors take on the University of Vermont Friday, October 26. Puck drop is slated for 3 p.m.

About Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon is in his 13th 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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