After an impressive weekend that saw the Merrimack College women’s ice hockey team go unbeaten and win the 2016 Nutmeg Classic Championship at Quinnipiac, sophomore goaltender Samantha Ridgewell (Outlook, Saskatchewan) has been named the Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week for her efforts in Merrimack’s first round game with #8/9 Quinnipiac.
Ridgewell would man the net for the Warriors’ first round matchup in the Nutmeg Classic when they took on the #8/9 Bobcats at Quinnipiac on Friday afternoon. Ridgewell matched her season high set in her last start with a staggering 43 saves in regulation and overtime, leading Merrimack to its first tie with a ranked opponent in program history. Her 43 stops on 44 shots from Quinnipiac racked up a .977 save percentage in the game.
After helping Merrimack register a tie with a top-10 nationally ranked team, the Warriors and Quinnipiac would go to a shootout to determine who would advance to the Nutmeg Classic Championship. Ridgewell would stop both shootout attempts from the Bobcats to send Merrimack to the final, where the Warriors topped Yale by a score of 4-3 to win the 2016 Nutmeg Classic Championship.
Ridgewell and the Warriors continue non-conference action on the road on Tuesday when they travel to Brown for a 7:00 p.m. matchup with the Bears.