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Merrimack remains unbeaten after coming back to beat Penn State

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Merrimack College women’s ice hockey team downed Penn State 2-1 Saturday afternoon inside Pegula Ice Arena.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 2, Penn State 1
Records: Merrimack (3-0-1, 0-0-0 HEA) | Penn State (1-2-1, 0-0-0 CHA)
Location: Pegula Ice Arena | University Park, Pa.

Scoring Summaries

  • Goal #1 (1-0 MC) – Similar to Friday’s contest, the first fifteen minutes were as balanced as could get; both teams had an equal number of shots on net. It was just after the 15 minute mark where the Warriors struck first. A pass from senior Katelyn Rae found the stick of Jessica Bonfe, who beat the goaltender for her first goal of the season.
  • Goal #2 (2-0 MC) – Just three minutes later, the Warriors doubled their lead. Senior Paige Voight connected with sophomore Courtney Maud, who found Megan Fergusson for the goal.
  • Goal #3 (2-1 PSU) – Penn State was able to cut the lead in half just four minutes into the third period. Katie Rankin connected on a pass from Kelsey Crow, but that was the only time the Nittany Lions scored to finalize the score at 2-1.

Notes and Numbers

  • Their 3-0-1 record is the best three-game start to any season for the Warriors.
  • This is the first meeting between the two teams that didn’t go into overtime.
  • Merrimack’s penalty kill stays at 100%, after shutting down Penn State twice more today.
  • Samantha Ridgewell made 23 saves, with 11 of which coming in the second period.
  • GoaltendersSamantha Ridgewell (20 saves, 3-0-1) // Jenna Brenneman (19 saves, 1-2-1)
  • Power Plays: Merrimack (0-2) | Penn State (0-2)
  • Shots on Goal (MC-PSU): 11-10 // 12-7 // 0-3 // – 23-20

Up Next
Merrimack will have the next five days off before returning to Lawler Rink Friday, October 12; the first Hockey East Conference game of the season against Boston University will see the puck drop at 7 p.m.

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