CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – For the second straight game, the Merrimack College women’s ice hockey team took a Hockey East game into overtime, falling in a heartbreaker to #9 Boston College 4-3.
The Warrior offense was resilient, clawing from behind with every goal scored. Back-and-forth scoring between both teams started for Merrimack with senior Paige Voight; senior Dominique Kremer scored her fourth of the season, and freshman Keisha Dicaire tallied her first career goal to level things in the second.
Junior goaltender Léa-Kristine Demers got her second start between the pipes, showcasing her best game of the season; a season-high 45 saves for the junior – including a handful of highlight-reel steals – wasn’t enough in the Warriors’ sixth loss of the season.
Score: Merrimack 3, Boston College 4 (OT)
Records: Merrimack (10-6-2, 6-6-1 HEA) | Boston College (13-6-0, 10-4-0 HEA)
Location: Conte Forum | Chestnut Hill, Mass.
- Goal #1 (1-0 BC) – It took just two minutes and twenty seconds for the Eagles to get on the board first. A blast from Megan Keller just inside the blue line that junior netminder Lea-Kristine Demers never saw made it 1-0.
- Goal #2 (2-0 BC) – The Warriors got its first power play early in the first half, but couldn’t get a shot off before the Eagles doubled its lead. Caitrin Longeran snuck behind Merrimack’s back line and was fed a pass through the neutral zone; timing it along the blue line, she dangled around Demers and tucked it in for the second goal of the game.
- Goal #3 (2-1 BC) – Merrimack responded just minutes later, with a big goal to cut the BC lead in half. Senior Paige Voight was hit as she blasted an off-balance shot on Eagles’ goaltender Maddy McArthur, finding the back of the net just six minutes into play.
- Goal #4 (2-2) –. The Warriors scored the first goal of the second period just six minutes into the frame, leveling the game and putting pressure on the hosts. After great puck movement, senior Dominique Kremer was found on the back post, tucking in the team’s second special teams score of the game.
- Goal #5 (3-2 BC) – The Eagles were able to respond accordingly, and after drawing two straight penalties, skated 5v3 for 1:41. It wasn’t until the dying seconds of the advantage before the home team rippled the net; Longeran nabbed her second of the game on a feed just outside the crease.
- Goal # 6 (3-3) – It was freshman Keisha Dicaire who stepped up in the closing minutes of the second period, bring the game level with her first-career goal in a Warriors uniform. After a play was misread by an Eagle in Merrimack’s attacking zone, Dicaire charged in, and was tripped as she fired a shot top-shelf to level the score.
- Goal #7 (4-3 BC) – Megan Keller scored the first goal of the game just two minutes into the first period; she ended the game 1:58 into overtime. Similar to her first goal, a rocket just inside the blue line caught twine, giving the Eagles its 10th Hockey East win of the season.
Notes and Numbers
- Demers’ 45-save performance is the best among any other Warrior goaltender; senior Samantha Ridgewell made 41 in a 3-1 win over UConn back on October 20th.
- Freshman Julia MacLean tallied two more assists in the loss; she has 12 points on the season, all of which on helpers.
- The Warriors haven’t played in an overtime game since October 12th; the team has now played in two straight games that have been decided after the third period.
- Goaltenders: Lea-Kristine Demers (45 saves, 1-1-0) // Maddy McArthur (20 saves, 13-6-0)
- Power Plays: 2-4 // 1-5
- Shots on Goal: 6-19 // 7-15 // 14-17 // 0-3 – 23-49
Merrimack plays host to the Eagles tomorrow inside Lawler Rink; puck drop is set for 2 p.m.