HOCKEY: Merrimack women begin program with win over Whitby

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – In its first-ever contest in program history, the Merrimack College women’s ice hockey team beat the Whitby Wolves at Lawler Rink by a score of 4-2 on Friday night.

Links: Box Score

With the anticipation building up to this game for over two years, the Warriors came out of the gate flying. Junior Marie Delarbre (Fussen, Germany), one of the original four recruits to the women’s program and designated captain for this exhibition, got the scoring started for the Warriors. Delarbre crashed the net as freshman Madison Morey (Fairbanks, Alaska) drove in from the right side with the puck. Morey’s shot would be saved by the goalie, but Delarbre was there to clean up the rebound for the first score.

Whitby would answer, scoring six minutes later in the first period to tie the game at one. After two quick goals, the goalies shook off the cobwebs and kept the game tied at one until the third period.

Just a minute and a half into the third, freshman defenseman Beatrice Dufour (Sarnia, Ontario) ripped a wrist shot from the point that would find the back of the net to put the Warriors up two. Delarbre would assist on the goal, finding Dufour just inside the blue line.

At the seven-minute mark in the third period, freshman Emily Volpe (Whitby, Ontario) would score against her former squad, firing a quick snapshot from the side of the net that would sneak by the goalie and the near post for the insurance goal.

Just over two minutes later, sophomore Jackie Pieper (Edina, Minn.) forced a turnover in the offensive zone, creating a breakaway for herself that she put five-hole on the goalie for the fourth Merrimack goal of the game. Whitby would respond with a goal to cut the lead to two, but it would not be enough.

Head coach Erin Hamlen gave all three of her goalies a shot in the exhibition, with sophomore Chaislyn Burgio (Quincy, Mass.), another member of the original-four, playing the third period and being credited with the win.

Inside The Numbers

  • Merrimack outshot Whitby by a margin of 23-18 as it read in the first box score the team has ever been featured in.  
  • The Warriors goalies would make 16 saves combined in the game, with freshman Kate Kowalchuk (Chestermere, Alberta) leading the way with seven saves in her shutout second period.
  • Along with her goal, Pieper would finish the game plus-three, demonstrating the ability to create offensive opportunities.

Up Next
The Warriors will play their first-ever Division I regular-season game Friday, Oct. 2 at Lawler Rink against St. Cloud State at 6:00 p.m.

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Mike McMahon is in his 13th 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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