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Merrimack Women’s Hockey Opens Season with Hockey East Win at BU

The Merrimack women’s hockey team topped Boston University to open the season on Saturday afternoon …

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BOSTON – The Merrimack College women’s ice hockey team picked up the first win of the season, downing Boston University, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon from Walter Brown Arena in Hockey East action.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 2
, Boston U. 1
Records: Merrimack (1-0-0, 1-0-0 WHEA) // Boston U. (0-1-0, 0-1-0 WHEA)
Location: Walter Brown Arena | Boston, Mass.

How it Happened

  • 1st Period: Merrimack had early pressure in the first but it was the Terriers that took advantage of their first power-play. Reagan Rust scored with the extra man at 11:30 of the period.
  • 2nd period: Junior Samantha Ridgewell (Outlook, Saskatchewan) came up with four saves in the early an early power-play opportunity, while freshman Megan Fergusson blocked one attempt to kill the penalty.
  • The Warriors got a power play of their own at 9:42 of the frame and wasted little time to tie the game at one. Junior Katelyn Rae (Courtice, Ontario) scored her first goal of the season seven seconds into the infraction on assists by sophomore Mikyla Grant-Mentis (Brampton, Ontario)and junior Dominque Kremer (West Fargo, N.D.).
  • Merrimack took advantage of another power play at 18:17 of the period. After Erin O’Neil made two saves for Boston U., Fergusson cashed in on her shot at 19:07 to give the visitors a 2-1 lead.
  • 3rd period: The Warriors looked to extend the lead early with three shots early, but were denied.
  • Merrimack’s defense stood up to the challenge with big stops late in the period to preserve the 2-1 victory.

Inside The Numbers

  • The teams each had 32 shots in the game, while Merrimack had a 14-12 edge in the second period.
  • It was the second straight win for Merrimack against the Terriers dating back to last season.
  • Fergusson picked up her first-collegiate point, a goal late in the second period.
  • Six different Merrimack players tallied a point in the opener.
  • Goaltenders: W – Samantha Ridgewell (17 saves) // L – Erin O’Neil (30)
  • Power Plays: Merrimack (2-5) | Boston U. (1-4)
  • SOG (MC-BU): 8-9 | 14-12 | 10-11 | 32-32.

Up Next
The Warriors head to Minnesota for a pair of games on Friday, Sept. 29th and Sunday, Oct. 1st to face the Gophers. Friday’s game has an 8 p.m. puck drop.

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