DURHAM, N.H. – After a tough loss Friday night, the Merrimack College women’s ice hockey program dominated Saturday night’s contest at New Hampshire, taking sole possession of fifth place in Hockey East standings with a 2-1 road victory.
After a clean first period, the Warriors were able to get on the board at the game’s midway point. Junior Chloe Cook hit the back of the net from the blue line, putting the visitors in front. Freshman Keisha DiCaire scored her second goal of the season with seven minutes left in regulation. The Wildcats responded late, but Merrimack was able to fend off an extra-attacker for over two minutes for the win.
Senior Samantha Ridgewell bounced back from Friday’s loss, taking the win while recording 35 saves.
Score:Merrimack 2, New Hampshire, 1
Records: Merrimack (15-10-5, 11-9-3 HEA) | UNH (13-14-4, 10-13-1 HEA)
Location: Whittemore Center | Durham, N.H.
- Goal #1 (1-0 MC) – It wasn’t until the game’s midway point that the first goal was scored. Junior Chloe Cook fired a rocket from just inside the blue line; UNH goaltender Kyra Smith never saw it, and it snuck under the pads and in for Merrimack’s first lead of the day.
- Goal #2 (2–0 MC) – With under 10 minutes left in regulation, the Warriors doubled its lead. Freshman Keisha DiCaire was able to beat Smith, putting Merrimack ahead with senior Dominique Kremer credited to the assist.
- Goal #3 (2-1 MC) – With under two minutes remaining and an empty net, the Wildcats found the scoreboard. Tori Howran got credit for the goal after a shot saw multiple deflections, crossing Ridgewell up and rippling the net.
Notes and Numbers
- Merrimack hasn’t beat New Hampshire since January 10th of last season; it’s the first time the Warriors have ever beat UNH on the road.
- The Warriors are now in sole possession of fifth place with the win.
- Goaltenders: Samantha Ridgewell (35 saves, 13-8-4) // Kyra Smith (25 saves, 13-14-4)
- Power Plays: 0-5 // 1-4
- Shots on Goal: 12-9 // 6-13 // 16-9 – 27-36
The Warriors will host UConn next weekend, finishing off its season series with the Huskies. Puck drop n both Friday and Saturday are set for 2 p.m.