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Merrimack Women’s Hockey Suffers First HEA Loss Against UNH

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College women’s ice hockey team lost its home opener to New Hampshire, 3-1, on Saturday afternoon from Lawler Rink in Hockey East action.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 1
, New Hampshire 3
Records: Merrimack (2-2-1, 1-1-1 WHEA) // New Hampshire (1-0-1, 1-1 WHEA)
Location: Lawler Rink | North Andover, Mass.

How it Happened

  • 1st Period: New Hampshire took a 1-0 lead at 17:17 of the period on a goal by Nicole Dunbar. 21 seconds later, Amy Schlagel received a pass to the point from Taylor Wenczkowski, firing a shot to the top right corner to give the Wildcats a 2-0 lead.
  • 2nd Period: Both teams battled back and forth throughout the period, but it was the Warriors who struck late. A puck battle behind the net by freshman Courtney Maud (Georgetown, Ontario) forced the puck to sophomore Mikyala Grant-Mentis (Brampton, Ontario). Grant-Mentis found junior Madison Morey (Fairbanks, Alaska) right in front of the net, who buried it to make it 2-1 at 15:13.
  • 3rd Period: Midway through the period, Grant-Mentis whistled a shot just outside the post, nearly tying the game. Junior Katelyn Rae (Courtice, Ontario) had a chance at 11:08 from the left face-off dot that was saved. Grant-Mentis and freshman Megan Fergusson(Kitchener, Ontario) had back-to-back chances to tie the game with just over six minutes left in regulation, but were denied. The Wildcats added an empty netter with 17.6 seconds left to secure the victory.

Inside The Numbers

  • The Warriors outshot New Hampshire, 32-29, including 24-16 in the final two periods.
  • It was Morey’s first goal of the season, and second point, after picking up an assist in Friday night’s game.
  • Blocked shot, faceoff, season stats.
  • Goaltenders: L- Junior Samantha Ridgewell (Outlook, Saskatchewan) (26 Saves, 1-2) // W – Ava Boutilier (31 Saves, 1-1)
  • Power Plays: Merrimack (0-2) | New Hampshire (1-6)
  • SOG (MC-UNH): 8-13 | 13-10 | 11-6 | 32-29

Up Next
The Warriors host Saint Lawrence for homecoming weekend on Friday, Oct. 13 and Saturday, Oct. 14Friday’s game is set to start at 4 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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