BOSTON, Mass. – Despite three goals late in the game, the Merrimack College women’s ice hockey team battled from behind from start to finish, falling to #3 Northeastern 6-3.
The Warriors dominated the shot column in the opening two periods, but it was Northeastern who struck early and often. Two goals in the first and a pair in the second put the hosts up big before Merrimack was able to respond. Senior Katelyn Rae got the Warriors on the board before the second period horn, and after another Northeastern goal, sophomore Megan Fergusson tipped in a shot to cut the lead to three. Senior Dominique Kremer got the Warriors within two late in the third, but an empty-net goal from the Howlin’ Huskies iced the game.
Score:Merrimack 3, Northeastern, 6
Records: Merrimack (14-10-5, 10-9-3 HEA) | NU (21-3-4, 19-2-2 HEA)
Location: Matthews Arena | Boston, Mass.
- Goal #1 (1-0 NU) – Northeastern hit the back of the net just seven minutes into the first period to get the ball rolling. Andrea Renner was in the right place at the right time after a Merrimack turnover; she collected the puck right in front Ridgewell and went top-shelf for the early lead.
- Goal #2 (2–0 NU) – Two minutes before the end of the first period, the Howlin’ Huskies doubled its lead. Tori Sullivan buried her first shot of the game to give the hosts a two goal advantage.
- Goal #3 (3–0 NU) – Northeastern had been out shot the entire game, connected for the game’s third goal. Chloe Auard finished off a pass during a Howlin’ Huskies odd-man rush to extend the lead.
- Goal #4 (4–0 NU) – Merrimack would concede again just minutes later. Micaela Sindoris netted her first career goal to put the hosts up 4-0.
- Goal #5 (4–1 NU) – Senior Katelyn Rae buried the first Warrior goal of the game 15 minutes into the second period. Shooting at an awkward angle, Rae was able to fire a shot from the far faceoff circle that deflected off Northeastern goaltender Aerin Frankel and across the line, giving the Warriors life entering the third.
- Goal #6 (5–1 NU) – Tic-tac-toe went the Howlin’ Huskies in the third period, extending its lead to four goals to start the third. Veronika Pettey buried a wide-open look from just inside the faceoff circle to give Northeastern its fifth goal of the night.
- Goal #7 (5–2 NU) – Sophomore Megan Fergusson was able to get one back, cutting the Northeastern lead to three with 15 minutes left in the third. Senior Paige Sorensen threw a shot on from just inside the blue line; Fergusson was there for the tip, scoring her second goal in the last two games.
- Goal #8 (5–3 NU) – Senior Dominique Kremer got on the board late in the third, giving the Warriors a real opportunity at a comeback. A rocket from just inside the blue line snuck past Frankel with under five minutes left, but the Warriors wouldn’t get any closer.
- Goal #9 (6–3 NU) – Alina Mueller finished an empty-netter with 20 seconds left in the third, icing the game at 6-3.
Notes and Numbers
- The Warriors out shot Northeastern in each period; it’s the first time the team has out shot its opponent in a loss since October.
- Despite the loss, the Warriors didn’t move in Hockey East standings – UNH, who is two points back, will host Merrimack Saturday night.
- Goaltenders: Samantha Ridgewell (10 saves, 12-8-4) // Aerin Frankel (27 saves, 21-3-4)
- Power Plays: 0-5 // 1-4
- Shots on Goal: 10-7 // 8-7 // 12-12 – 30-26
The Warriors finish off the weekend Saturday afternoon, traveling to New Hampshire for a 4 p.m. puck drop.