DURHAM, N.H. – Three ties, five goals, and 60 minutes of back-and-forth action saw the Merrimack College women’s ice hockey team on the losing side of Friday night’s contest against the University of New Hampshire with a 3-2 final.
Merrimack got its first short-handed goal of the season in the third period, as senior Katelyn Rae nabbed her 11th goal of the season. Senior Paige Voight also found the back of the net Friday night, tallying the first goal of the evening for the visitors.
Score: Merrimack 2, UNH 3
Records: Merrimack (10-4-2, 6-4-1 HEA) | UNH (4-9-3, 3-8-1 HEA)
Location: Whittemore Center | Durham, N.H.
- Goal #1 (1-0 UNH) –The Wildcats drew two straight penalties, forcing the Merrimack penalty kill unit to stay on the ice for nearly four minutes. UNH forward Lauren Martin was able to fire home a rebound, getting her first shot of the night past the outstretched glove of senior netminder Samantha Ridgewell for the first goal of the game.
- Goal #2 (1-1) –Twelve minutes into the first period, the Warriors were able to level the contest. After review, senior Paige Voight was able to sneak a puck past UNH netminder Kyra Smith; as Smith skated outside the crease, a quick pass in from Grant-mentis led Voight into a scoring opportunity. Both Smith and Voight got a stick on the puck, but Voight was somehow able to redirect it into the back of the net.
- Goal #3 (2-1 UNH) – With less than three minutes left in the second period, the Warriors conceded its second goal of the evening on a deflected shot from the blue line; Taylor Wenczkowski ripped a shot from the top of the line during the Wildcats’ fourth power play of the game, earning the lead going into the third period.
- Goal #4 (2-2) – Senior Katelyn Rae ended her three game goal-less skid with her 11th of the season, bringing the game level. Seconds after the team’s fifth penalty, senior Mikyla Grant-Mentis led a breakout opportunity; a saucer pass across the stick of a UNH defender landed on Rae’s stick, and her shot went bar-down to level the game.
- Goal #5 (3-2 UNH) – Within the same power play that Merrimack scored short-handed on, the Wildcats retook the lead. Devan Taylor buried the third power play goal of the night for UNH, setting up for a wild finish in the Whittemore Center.
Notes and Numbers
- The Warriors have been called for just two penalties in its previous two games; in the first period alone, the team was whistled three times, and five on the evening.
- Rae scored Merrimack’s first short-handed goal of the season, with Grant-Mentis picking up her seventh assist of the season on the score.
- The Warriors have never beaten New Hampshire on the road.
- Goaltenders: Samantha Ridgewell (26 saves, 9-4-2) // Kyra Smith (35 saves, 4-9-3)
- Power Plays: 0-2 // 3-5
- Shots on Goal: 7-11 // 10-12 // 20-6 – 37-29
Merrimack returns to Lawler Rink Saturday afternoon, taking on the Wildcats in the second leg of the home-and-home. Puck drop is set for 4 p.m.