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Preview: Merrimack Women’s Hockey Heads to Colgate This Weekend

HAMILTON, N.Y. – The Merrimack College women’s ice hockey team continues its season-opening road trip this weekend when they travel to No. 7/8 Colgate for two games across Friday and Saturday with the Raiders in non-conference action. Friday’s puck drop is set for 6:00 p.m., while Saturday’s game will get underway at noon.

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The Basics
Fri.-Sat., Oct. 7-8 | 6 p.m. / 12 p.m.
Records: Merrimack (1-1, 0-0 HEA) | #7/8 Colgate (2-0, ECAC 0-0)
Class of 1965 Arena | Hamilton, N.Y.

Last Time Out:

  • The Warriors opened the program’s sophomore season last weekend on the road with a two-game series at St. Cloud State. After falling in the season-opener by a score of 4-2, Merrimack would rebound the next day for a 4-1 win to split the series and start the season 1-1.
  • Sophomore Katelyn Rae (Courtice, Ontario) scored four goals across the two games, including the first hat trick in program history in Merrimack’s 4-1 victory. The performance earned her the first Hockey East Player of the Week nod ever for the Warriors.
  • Freshman goaltender Léa-Kristine Demers (Repentigny, Ontario) made the first two starts of her career at St. Cloud, registering 54 saves across both games and a .915 save percentage while posting the first win of her career.

Last Season vs. Colgate:

  • The Warriors hosted the Raiders for two games in late October during their inaugural season of 2015-16. Merrimack split the series with Colgate, falling in the first game by a score of 4-3 and nabbing a 4-2 win in game two.
  • Rae scored twice in the second period of the first game, including a shorthanded tally, followed by a power play goal from redshirt sophomore Jackie Pieper (Edina, Minn.)early in the third to put Merrimack up 3-2. Two unanswered goals from the Raiders in the final period would give them the 4-3 win.
  • Merrimack’s 4-2 win the following day would be highlighted by a two-goal game from redshirt senior Marie Delarbre (Fussen, Germany), including the game-winning goal. Sophomores Meghan Martin (Newport, Vt.) and Paige Voight (St. Michael, Minn.) would net the other two scores for the Warriors.

The Raiders:

  • Colgate enters the weekend’s games with a 2-0 record on the season after a series sweep of New Hampshire last weekend. They are currently ranked seventh in the USA Today poll and eighth in the USCHO poll.
  • Colgate has evenly dispersed its goal scoring through two games, as seven different players have scored one of their seven goals this season. Jessie Eldridge and Breanne Wilson-Bennett have each added two assists apiece to tie for the team lead with three points.
  • Julia Vandyk has played and started both games for the Raiders this year, making 55 saves across the two games while posting a .948 save percentage.
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