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Samantha Ridgewell named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week

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For the second time this season, senior goaltender Samantha Ridgewell has been named the Hockey East defensive player of the week, after an outstanding weekend against #6 Boston College and the University of Connecticut.

The Merrimack College women’s ice hockey team went 1-1 over the weekend, picking up its first Hockey East win of the season against UConn and battling #6 Boston College down to the wire in a 3-1 defeat. It was Ridgewell who stood out from the crowd in the first weekend that featured away-and-away Hockey East matchups; keeping her team within the reach of a win Friday night against Boston College, the senior stopped 37 shots, including 13 apiece in the second and third periods. Saturday, a 3-1 win  against the Huskies saw the Outlook, Saskatchewan, native notch her play at a higher level, allowing just one goal while saving 41 shots – 17 of which through a scoreless second period.

Ridgewell has tallied the more minutes in net than any other Hockey East goaltender, as she has started and played every minute through the opening seven games of the season. Her 1.26 goals-against average is good for fourth in conference, while her .959 save percentage puts her in third among Hockey East goaltenders.

The Warriors are back in action this Friday, October, 26, as it takes on the University of Vermont. puck drop for day one of Homecoming Weekend is set for 3 p.m.

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