PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Leading at the midway point of the second period, the Merrimack College women’s ice hockey program conceded three late goals to #10 Providence College, falling for just the second time this season, 3-1.
The Warriors saw the lone goal off the tape of freshman Gabby Jones, opening the scoring from both sides in the second period. From there, the Friars were able to tack on three goals; one in the dying seconds of the second frame, and two in the final 20 minutes of regulation. The loss is just the second of the season for Merrimack, and both of which have come to nationally-ranked opponents.
Score: Merrimack 1, Providence 3
Records: Merrimack (9-2-2, 6-2-1 HEA) | Providence (9-2-0, 6-1-0 HEA)
Location: Schneider Arena | Providence, R.I.
- Goal #1 (1-0 MC) – It was about as tense of a game as the Warriors had played all year through the first 32 minutes of action. With seven minutes left in the second period, it was the freshman that got the Warriors on the board; Gabby Jones tallied her third goal of the season, with the helper credited to defensemen Julia MacLean and Page Sorensen.
- Goal #2 (1-1) – With two minutes left in the second period, the Friars drew a Warrior penalty. In just the third power play of the night for either side, Providence beat the Merrimack penalty kill unit for just the third time all season; Cassidy MacPherson scored her third of the season with 34 seconds left in the period to level the game.
- Goal #3 (2-1 PC) – The Friars opened up the third period with fire. Just three minutes into the final frame, the team nearly capitalized with a Maureen Murphy goal that was later called back. Four minutes later, she found the net again, and this one wasn’t overturned; her 10th of the season turned the table, forcing the Warriors into a corner with 13 minutes left.
- Goal #4 (3-1 PC) – Whitney Dove iced the game with just over two minutes left in regulation, Murphy picked up her second point of the night with the apple on Dove’s third goal of the season, putting the game out of reach and giving the Warriors just the second loss of the season.
Notes and Numbers
- The Warriors haven’t trailed in a game since October 19th in a 3-1 loss to #6 Boston College.
- Both of the losses this season have come against nationally-ranked opponents; both teams also happen to fall within Hockey East play.
- Merrimack gave up just its third power play goal in 41 total attempts.
- Goaltenders: Samantha Ridgewell (25 saves, 9-2-2) // Madison Myers (18 saves, 9-2-0)
- Power Plays: 0-3 // 1-3
- Shots on Goal: 4-8 // 11-11 // 4-9 – 19-28
Merrimack caps off the weekend Saturday night, hosting the Friars for an afternoon matchup. Puck drop at Lawler Rink is set for 4 p.m.