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Merrimack Women’s Hockey Ties UNH, Remains Unbeaten in HEA

DURHAM, N.H. – The Merrimack College women’s ice hockey team skated to 1-1 tie against New Hampshire, on Friday night from the Whittemore Center in Hockey East action. Junior Katelyn Rae (Courtice, Ontario) was named the second star of the game, after tying the game on a short-handed goal in the second period.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 1
, New Hampshire 1
Records: Merrimack (2-1-1, 1-0-1 WHEA) // New Hampshire (0-0-1, 0-0-1 WHEA)
Location: Whittemore Center | Durham, N.H.

How it Happened

  • 1st Period:  The Warriors came out with pressure over the first five minutes, outshooting the opposition 3-1. The special teams were put to the challenge early at 7:53 of the period. New Hampshire took a 1-0 lead with 18 seconds left on the man-advantage on a goal by Taylor Wenczkowski. The Warriors stuffed the second power-play chance as sophomore goalie Léa-Kristine Demers (Repentigny, Quebec) stopped a pair of shots, while her defense blocked two as well. Sophomore Mikyla Grant-Mentis (Brampton, Ontario) and Rae both had late chances in the final seconds of the period to tie the game.
  • 2nd Period:  Merrimack had a pair of power-play opportunities in the first seven minutes. Junior captain Paige Voight (St. Michael, Minn.) ripped a shot from the slot that had to be covered by Wildcat goalie Ava Boutilier. Rae knotted the game at one on a short-handed goal at 10:21 of the period. Her first shot was stopped by Boutilier, but she jammed the puck underneath the pads, pushing it to the back of the net.  Junior Madison Morey(Anchorage, Alaska) picked up her first assist of the season on the play.
  • 3rd Period: Rae’s shot from inside the right dot was pushed away by the pad of Boutilier early in the frame. Demers made a few big saves, none other than on a three-on-two breakout by the Wildcats, as she snagged the puck out of the air. Grant-Mentis had a chance for the go-ahead goal, hitting the cross-bar on the breakaway with just over a minute to play in regulation.
  • Overtime: The Warriors killed a carry-over penalty from regulation, but neither team could get the game-winner in the extra period.

Inside The Numbers

  • Merrimack had a 37-26 advantage at the face-off dot. Freshman Megan Fergusson (Kitchener, Ontario) won 11 of 16 face-offs.
  • Rae leads the team with three goals.
  • Goaltenders: T –Léa-Kristine Demers (30 Saves, 1-0-1) // T – Ava Boutilier (24 Saves, 0-0-1)
  • Power Plays: Merrimack (0-3) |New Hampshire (1-5)
  • SOG (MC-UNH): 10-12 | 5-9 | 8-7 | 2-3 | 25-31

Up Next
The Warriors host New Hampshire tomorrow afternoon for the second part of the two game set at Lawler Rink. Puck drop is scheduled for 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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