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Merrimack Women’s Hockey Upset #3 Minnesota

The Merrimack women’s hockey team beat #3 Minnesota, 4-3, on Friday night behind 54 saves from Demers …

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

Up Next
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.

Mike McMahon is in his 13th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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