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Merrimack strikes first, but BU upends Warriors at Lawler

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College women’s ice hockey team dropped a 5-1 decision to Boston University on Thursday night, from Lawler Rink in Hockey East action.
Links: Box Score | Highlights

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 1, 
Boston University, 5 | Final
Records: Merrimack (9-16-3, 4-12-2 WHEA) // Boston University (9-13-6, 5-10-5 WHEA)
Location: Lawler Rink | North Andover, Mass.

Rapid Recap:

  • Neither team was creating much offense in the opening period, but it was the Warriors struck first at 12:19 of the opening period. However, a late goal by Boston University knotted things up after the first period with 1:17 left. Merrimack had a 13-4 edge in shots after one.
  • An early power play goal by the Terriers at 1:04 in the second gave them a 2-1 lead. Boston University had a 12-4 shot advantage in the second period as well, and the penalty kill was able to disrupt much of the Warriors offense.
  • After successfully killing of another penalty, the Terriers extended their lead at 1:51 of the third period. A shorthanded goal by Boston University at 12:40 of the third put the visitors up 4-1. The visiting team would tack on an empty netter late.

Scoring Summaries

  • With the puck at their blue line, Warriors’ sophomore Andrea Olson poked the puck forward from a Terrier defender. Classmate Mikyla Grant-Mentis scooped up the loose puck and skated by the nearest defender, beating Corinne Schroeder with a forehand shot over the blocker at 12:19 of the first.
  • With time winding down in the first period, senior forward Victoria Bach put her team on the board with 1:17 left. She stole the puck in the corner behind the net, and skated to the top of the blue line, firing a shot through traffic to even the score at one goal apiece.
  • The Terriers took a 2-1 lead on a power play goal by Jesse Compher at 1:04 of the second. Abby Cook found Rebecca Leslie along the left boards. Leslie fired a shot on net, where Compher redirected the shot into the back of the net.
  • Following a face off in their zone, the Terriers quickly moved the puck up the ice into the offensive zone. Bach found Rebecca Leslie down by the goal line, who squeaked the puck under the pads of Samantha Ridgewell to make it 3-1 at 1:51.
  • After clearing the puck, Boston University controlled play shorthanded in the offensive zone. Natasza Tarnowski found a pass from Bach, and lifted it over the pads of Ridgewell. That made the score 4-1 at 12:40 of the third. Bach scored an empty-netter with 1:14 left in regulation.

Notes and Notables

  • Grant-Mentis scored her 10th goal of the season. Olson picked up her third assist of the year, exceeding her career-high in a single season.
  • The Terriers picked up their first win over Merrimack at Lawler Rink since Nov. 19, 2016.
  • Goaltenders: L – Samantha Ridgewell (22 Saves, 6-10-1) // W –Corinne Schroeder (27 Saves, 9-5-4)
  • Power Plays: Merrimack (0-4) | BU (1-2)
  • SOG (MC-BU): 13-4 | 4-12 | 11-11 | 28-27

Up Next
The two teams return to the ice on Saturday in Boston to conclude the season series from Walter Brown Arena. Puck drop is set for 3 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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October
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6 - vs. Lake Superior State (7pm)
27 - vs. UMass (Homecoming) (7pm)

Date Undetermined
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TBD - Merrimack vs. Denver
TBD - Merrimack vs. Holy Cross

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