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Union trips up Merrimack at Messa Rink

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – The Merrimack College women’s ice hockey team could not complete the weekend series sweep of Union, as the Dutchwomen won, 2-0, on Saturday afternoon in non-conference play from Frank L. Messa Rink.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 0
, Union (N.Y.) 2 | Final
Records: Merrimack (4-7-2, 1-3-1 WHEA) // Union (3-6-1, 2-0-0 ECAC)
Location: Frank L. Messa Rink | Schenectady, N.Y.

Rapid Recap:

  • The Warriors controlled play early in the first period, along with a power-play chance. They were able to get three shots on net during the penalty, but could not find the back of the net. It was a power-play goal by the Dutchwomen at 14:40 that started the scoring.
  • The second period saw 22 shots combined. The Warriors had 17 shots on net, with one going off the pipe on a shot by junior Paige Voight (St. Michael, Minn.) midway through the period. However, the teams went into the intermission the same as the first, with Union ahead 1-0.
  • Merrimack had the chances in the third period, with an 11-7 edge in shots, but Union scored with 7:08 remaining. A late power-play chance for the Warriors with 1:56 left saw just one shot land on net.

Scoring Summaries

  • Union jumped out to a 1-0 lead on the power play at 14:40 of the first. After a shot from the point, the puck was loose in front and Hannah Schultz was there to put the puck in the net.
  • Union extended its lead at the 12:52 mark of the third period. Haley Shugart found Helen Markovic in front of the net, for the one-timer to make it 2-0 in favor of the home team.

Notes and Notables

  • The Warriors won 30 face-offs, including 12 by junior Madison Morey (Fairbanks, Alaska)
  • Merrimack a 40-20 shot advantage over the Dutchwomen. It was the sixth game that the Warriors outshot their opponent this year.
  • Junior Jessica Bonfe (Woodbury, Minn.) led the team with six shots on net, while sophomore ( Mikyla Grant-Mentis (Brampton, Ontario) put five on goal.
  • Goaltenders: L- Junior Samantha Ridgewell (Outlook, Saskatchewan) (18 Saves, 1-5-1) // W– Coco Francis (40 Saves, 3-1-1)
  • Power Plays: Merrimack (0-3) | Union (1-3)
  • SOG (MC-UC): 12-8 |17-5 | 11-7 | 40-20

Up Next
The Warriors will face Hockey East foe, Northeastern for a home-and-home series beginning on Friday, Nov. 10th in Boston. Puck drop for both games is 2 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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