PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Merrimack College women’s ice hockey team took a step in the right direction in the hunt for the postseason, knocking off No. 9/9 Providence, 4-1, on Friday night from Schneider Arena in Hockey East action.
Score: Merrimack 4, #9/9 Providence, 1 | Final
Records: Merrimack (10-17-3, 5-13-2 WHEA) // #9/9 Providence (14-10-6, 10-6-4 WHEA)
Location: Schneider Arena | Providence, R.I.
- The Warriors jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the first two minutes of the first period. Merrimack continued pressuring Providence, but skated into the first intermission with the lead. Both teams had 10 shots after the first period.
- Even though the Friars had a shot advantage of 13-4 in the second period, the Warriors scored twice to go up 3-0. The first goal was a shorthanded breakaway at 1:23, with the second coming at even strength at 5:38.
- Providence attacked the net often in the third and finally scored in the final four minutes to cut into the lead. The home team had a 16-6 advantage in shots in the period, but a late empty-netter sealed the victory for Merrimack.
- Paige Voight shot the puck towards the front of the net and Annie Boeckers was in front to tip the puck in at 1:56 of the opening period.
- Katelyn Rae put the Navy and Gold up 2-0 at 1:23 of the second on a shorthanded goal. She forced a turnover at the Friars’ blue line, making a move before putting a backhanded shot behind Madison Myers.
- The Warriors took a 3-0 lead at 5:38 of the second thanks to a goal by Mikyla Grant-Mentis. Boeckers skated down the wing, sending a pass to the slot. Grant-Mentis took a wrist shot that went over the blocker pad of Myers.
- Kate Friesen put her team on the board at 16:14 of the third, skating into the slot and putting a wrist shot over the glove of Samantha Ridgewell.
- Jessica Bonfe scored the empty-netter with 1:15 left in regulation to seal the victory.
Notes and Notables
- The Warriors picked up their first victory over Providence in program history through nine meetings.
- Rae has had four multi-point games this year, while this became Boeckers’ first of the season.
- Rae tallied her 19th goal of the year, a career-high, while also matching her career-high for points in a season (25). Boeckers scored her second goal of the season, while adding her third assist of the year.
- For the ninth time this year, Samantha Ridgewell made 30 or more saves in a game, finishing with 38 stops.
- The Warriors tied last year’s road win total with tonight’s victory. It was also the third time this year they defeated a ranked opponent.
- Goaltenders: W – Samantha Ridgewell (38 Saves, 7-10-1) // L –Madison Myers (16 Saves, 13-9-6)
- Power Plays: Merrimack (0-2) | PC (0-1)
- SOG (MC-PC): 10-10 | 4-13 | 6-16| 20-39
The Warriors will have a day off, before heading to Burlington, Vermont on Sunday to face the Catamounts at Gutterson Fieldhouse. Puck drop is set for 1 p.m.