MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Merrimack College women’s ice hockey team upset the No. 3 Minnesota, 4-3, on Friday night from Ridder Arena in the first matchup between the two programs. Sophomore goaltender Léa-Kristine Demers stopped a career-high 54 shots, including 22 in the second period.
Merrimack remained undefeated (2-0-0) after beating Boston University to open the season last Saturday. Minnesota entered the game 110-7-10 at home since 2011. Until Friday, no opposing team had scored four goals on Minnesota in a regular season game at Ridder since Wisconsin on November 6, 2010.
Former Merrimack forward Jackie Pieper, who transferred to Minnesota over the summer, dressed for the Gophers.
How it Happened
- 1st Period: Demers made seven saves in the first nine minutes of the first period to deny the Gophers. However, the Gophers took a 1-0 lead at the 12:11 mark on a goal by Kippin Keller.
- Sophomore Mikyla Grant-Mentis (Brampton, Ontario) scored her first goal of the season to knot the game at one at 14:31.
- Minnesota took advantage of a power play, with a goal at 19:14. The Gophers made it 3-1 16 seconds later, but the Warriors would answer with 13 seconds left in the period on a goal by junior Katelyn Rae(Courtice, Ontario).
- 2nd period: The Warriors were challened early, killing of a penalty in the first 2:13 of the period. Freshman Maddy Burton (Aurora, Ill.) wasted little time after, scoring 1:28 later to even the game at three. Junior captain Jessica Bonfe (Woodbury, Minn.) gave the Warriors a 4-3 lead just over five minutes into the period for the eventual game-winner, forcing a goalie change for the Gophers.
- Demers made 22 saves in the second to hold onto the one-goal lead.
- 3rd period: Merrimack had to kill off its second penalty of the game at 2:45 of the frame. The Gophers fired 18 shots in the period to Merrimack’s four, but Demers stood tall in net along with the defense.
Inside The Numbers
- Freshman Megan Fergusson (Kitchener, Ontario) has registered a point in each of her first two collegiate games.
- Rae scored her second goal of the season, while Bonfe, Burton, and Grant-Mentis picked up their first. Seven Merrimack players registered a point.
- The four goals allowed by the Gophers were the most they have given up at home since 2010.
- The Warriors are 2-0 for the first time in program history.
- Goaltenders: W – Léa-Kristine Demers (54 Saves) // L – Sidney Peters (8 Saves)
- Power Plays: Merrimack (0-1) |Minnesota (1-3)
- SOG (MC-UM): 9-17 | 6-22 | 4-18 | 19-57
The Warriors have a day off tomorrow, before returning to Ridder Arena on Sunday for the second game of the series against the Gophers. Puck drop is set for 3 p.m.