BOSTON, Mass. – The Merrimack College women’s ice hockey team took its last road trip of the regular season Friday, falling to #3 Northeastern, 3-0.
After a scoreless first period, the Howlin’ Huskies struck twice in a matter of minutes. Veronika Pettey knocked in the first goal before Alina Mueller doubled the lead just five minutes into the second frame. A goal in to start the third period made it 3-0, and despite a handful of opportunities late in the game, the Warriors could not find the back of the net, falling to Northeastern for the second time this season.
Junior Léa-Kristine Demers got her fourth start of the season, making 39 saves on the day.
Score: Merrimack 0, NU, 3
Records: Merrimack (16-11-6, 12-10-4 HEA) | NU (23-5-4, 21-3-4 HEA)
Location: Matthews Arena | Boston, Mass.
- Goal #1 (1-0 NU) – Veronika Pettey got the Howlin’ Huskies on the board first. After a two-on-one save by Demers, Pettey was on the weak side of the net, corralling the rebound and driving it home three minutes into the second period.
- Goal #2 (2-0 NU) – Alina Mueller netted the second Northeastern goal three minutes after the first. Tic-tac-toe went the Howlin’ Huskies, as the puck advanced from Skylar Fontaine to Andrea Renner before finding Mueller all alone in front of the net, doubling the lead with 15 minutes left in the second.
- Goal #3 (3-0 NU) – Andrea Renner assisted on the second Northeastern goal before scoring the team’s third goal four minutes into the third. A shot through traffic was never seen by Demers rippled the top-right corner, making it 3-0.
Notes and Numbers
- Friday’s result was just the first time all season where the Warriors have been shut out.
- Demers has made 30+ saves in every start this season.
- Goaltenders: Lea-Kristine Demers (39 saves, 1-3-1) // Brianna Storm (21 saves, 1-0-0)
- Power Plays: 0-4 // 0-2
- Shots on Goal: 11-14 // 6-14 // 3-14 – 21-42
The Warriors will celebrate senior day Saturday against Northeastern; puck drop is set for 2 p.m., with the eleven members of the senior class to be honored after the game.