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WIH: Merrimack’s Demers Named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week

Following an impressive weekend at Vermont in the final week of the regalar season that was highlighted by a dramatic 3-2 victory in the Warriors’ regular season finale, helping to clinch their first-ever Hockey East playoff berth, freshman goaltender Léa-Kristine Demers (Repentigny, Quebec) of the Merrimack College women’s ice hockey team has been named the Hockey East Pro Defensive Player of the Week, as announced by the league Monday.

Demers garners the second Defensive Player of the Week honor and third weekly conference honor of her rookie campaign in the final week of the regular season. She does so after recording 73 saves on 79 shots across the weekend for a .924 save percentage, headlined by a career-high 48-save performance in Merrimack’s 3-2 comeback victory over Vermont. She also made a staggering 23 saves and allowed no goals in the final period of that victory, helping send the Warriors to their first-ever Hockey East Tournament.

Demers finishes her freshman season ranking sixth in Hockey East with a .914 save percentage, as well as posting the fourth-most saves amongst all Division I rookies with 697 on the year. She finished her first season by appearing in all of Merrimack’s final six games, posting a 3-2 record and a .935 save percentage in that span. She also set a new program record with eight wins on the season.

Demers and the Warriors begin action in their first-ever Hockey East Playoffs this weekend at sixth-ranked and top-seeded Boston College for a best-of-three series. The Warriors will play at Conte Forum on Thursday and Friday, with both games beginning at 2:00 p.m. If a third game is necessary, it will be played on Sunday night at 8:00 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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