Women's Hockey

Merrimack women’s hockey falls to #10/10 Providence on Saturday


PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Merrimack College women’s ice hockey team could not overcome the first period deficit, eventually falling to No. 10/10 Providence, 5-0, in Hockey East action from Schneider Arena on Saturday night.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 0
, #10/10 Providence 5 | Final
Records: Merrimack (4-10-3, 1-6-2 WHEA) // #10/10 Providence (8-3-3, 5-1-1 WHEA)
Location: Schneider Arena | Providence, R.I.

Rapid Recap:

  • Both teams traded shots early in the first five minutes of the game, but the goaltenders stood tall. Sophomore Léa-Kristine Demers(Repentigny, Quebec) made a pair of saves in the opening minutes, including a breakaway chance for the Friars to keep the game scoreless.
  • Junior captain Paige Voight (St. Michael, Minn.) redirected a shot taken from the point just in front of the net, nearly giving Merrimack a 1-0 lead just over two minutes gone in the first.
  • However, the Friars scored at 9:05 of the opening period to take a 1-0 lead.
  • The Warriors got a power-play chance of their own with six minutes left in the first.
  • Providence had a 15-6 advantage on shots in the opening period.
  • The Warriors had a quality chance in the opening minutes, as junior Katelyn Rae (Courtice, Ontario) took a shot from the left dot. Classmate Annie Boeckers (Otsego, Minn.) followed up the rebound with a quick shot from the slot.
  • The Friars had the puck in their offensive zone, but Demers made a save, along with a pair of blocked shots by junior Felila Manu (Anchorage, Alaska) with just over 13 minutes to go in the second period.
  • Sophomore Mikyla Grant-Mentis (Brampton, Ontario) received a stretch pass, beating the Providence defense. Her shot was saved, but she was held on the play, giving the Warriors a power-play with just under eight minutes to play in the second.
  • Providence extended its lead with 2:40 to go in the second frame, before tacking on a third goal with 58.5 seconds to play in the second.
  • Merrimack had a power-play at 2:12 of the third, putting four shots on net. However, the Warriors couldn’t find the back of the net.
  • Providence added a power-play goal with 11:19 to go in the third. The Friars tacked on another goal with 10:07 gone in the third for a 5-0 lead.

Scoring Summaries

  • Providence took a 1-0 lead at 9:05 of the first period. The initial shot by Maureen Murphey looked like it was stopped, but the puck had just enough to go over the line.
  • On a delayed penalty, Chloe Gonsalves sent a pass up the boards to Madison Sansone. Sansone gave the Friars a 2-0 lead, lifting a wrist shot to the upper right post at 17:20 of the second.
  • On the ensuing power-play, Providence scored on a shot by Cassidy MacPherson that clanked off the pipe and into the net at 19:02.
  • Providence added a goal at 8:41 of the third on the power-play. A pass back and forth between Whitney Dove and Avery Fransoo, lead to a one-timer by Dove.  Another goal was added with 9:53 left in the third frame by Blair Parent.

Inside the Numbers

  • Junior Samantha Ridgewell (Outlook, Saskatchewan) played the final 9:53 of the game, making eight saves.
  • Boeckers had a team-high five shots.
  • Goaltenders: L- Léa-Kristine Demers (32 Saves, 3-4-2) // W– Madison Myers (20 Saves, 7-3-3)
  • Power Plays: Merrimack (0-3) | Providence (2-5)
  • SOG (MC-PC): 6-15 | 5-10 | 9-20 | 20-45

Up Next
The Warriors wrap up their non-conference schedule with a pair of home games against Princeton on Friday, Nov. 24th and Saturday, Nov. 25th from Lawler Rink. Puck drop for both contests are set for 4 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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