CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Despite an staggering 46-save effort in net from sophomore goaltender Samantha Ridgewell (Outlook, Saskatchewan), holding the fourth-best offense in the country (3.42 G/GM) to just one goal in the contest, the Merrimack College women’s ice hockey team was held scoreless for the second straight day as they fell to top-seeded and sixth ranked Boston College, 1-0 on Friday, to drop their first-ever Hockey East Quarterfinals series.
Score: #1 Boston College 1, #8 Merrimack 0
WHEA Quarterfinals: Boston College wins best-of-three series, 2-0
Records: Merrimack (11-22-3) | Boston College (25-5-5)
Location: Conte Forum | Chestnut Hill, Mass.
How It Happened
- The Eagles again would show why they are one of the top teams in the country early on in the game, peppering Ridgewell in the opening minutes before giving the Warriors a chance at their first shot on goal. She would make 15 saves on 16 shots in the frame, including a highlight-reel save on a breakaway for the Eagles early on in the period. The one missed save would come on a hard wrist shot from the point from Megan Keller that would just sneak inside the far post for a 1-0 lead.
- Merrimack would only manage a handful of shots on goal in the opening period, but nearly went to the first intermission in a 1-1 tie after a great rebound chance for redshirt senior Marie Delarbre (Fussen, Germany) from close range, but the designated captain wouldn’t be able to stuff the Warriors’ best scoring chance of the period home.
- Merrimack would come out of the intermission flying, outshooting the Eagles 5-2 in the opening minutes of the second and nearly tying the game multiple times early in the period. The line of sophomores Paige Voight (St. Michael, Minn.), Allison Sexton (Stonewall, Manitoba) and Jessica Bonfe (Woodbury, Minn.) would lead the offensive charge in the second, almost netting two goals on quality rushes and crashing the net for rebound chances, but Katie Burt would again hold strong in net for the Eagles.
- Ridgewell would follow her quality first period with a flawless second, allowing no goals and making more clutch stops for Merrimack including an impressive toe save late in the period while screened told keep the deficit at one with 20 minutes to play.
- Merrimack would again get some early-period scoring chances in the third frame, highlighted by three individual scoring chances in the first half of the period from sophomore Katelyn Rae (Courtice, Ontario), grinding out close-range shots in front of the Eagles’ net looking to tie, but the shots would be to no avail.
- Ridgewell would register another unblemished period, making 16 stops in the third alone to keep Merrimack within one for the duration. The Warriors would get some great looks at the net in the final two minutes with Ridgewell on the bench and an extra attacker on, including a blast from sophomore Paige Sorensen (Plymouth, Minn.) that nearly found the back of the net, but one of the nations top goaltenders combined with one of the nation’s top defenses would keep Merrimack off the board for the second consecutive day.
Inside The Numbers
- Last year during the inaugural season, the Warriors became the first team to hold Boston College to less than three goals in a game, and were just one of three teams to do it all season, including the national champion Minnesota. This season, the Warriors are one of just four teams to have held the Eagles to just one goal in a game, and are the only team in the nation to do it twice in a season in the last two years.
- Making her first start in five games, Ridgewell set a new season-high for herself in the final game of the season with her 46-save performance. It topped a 43-save effort from the sophomore early in the season.
- Goaltenders: L – Ridgewell (3-7-2, 46 saves) | W – Burt (23-5-5, 28 saves)
- Power Plays: Merrimack (0-1) | BC (0-1)
- SOG: MC – 28 | BC – 47