BOSTON, Mass. – The Merrimack College women’s ice hockey team was shutout for just the second time this season as they fell to seventh-ranked Northeastern on Saturday afternoon at Matthews Arena.
Score: #7 Northeastern 6, Merrimack 0
Records: Merrimack (2-10-0, 1-5-0 HEA) | #7 Northeastern (10-1-1, 6-0-0 HEA)
Location: Matthews Arena | Boston, Mass.
How It Happened
As injuries continue to build up on the roster and the schedule continues to get more and more difficult, the Warriors are in one of the tougher stretches they will face in their inaugural season. After competing with the Huskies on Friday in the first game of the weekend, the Warriors struggled to keep up with Northeastern to open the game on Saturday.
The Huskies would net a goal just 1:43 into the game, and Merrimack would never respond. Northeastern added two more scores in the opening period to take a 3-0 lead into the first intermission.
The Warriors would show some spark in the second period, firing a game-high seven shots and keeping the Huskies from finding the back of the net to send the game into the final period still knotted at 3-0 Northeastern.
The Huskies would once again find their stride in the third period as they would score another three unanswered goals in an 8:30 span to extend their lead to 6-0. The Huskies would dominate the final frame, as they would fire 20 shots on net compared to Merrimack’s two.
The Warriors would get six power play opportunities in the contest and created some quality opportunities on the man-advantage, but were unable to put one home on special teams.
Inside The Numbers
- In her first-career collegiate start, freshman Kate Kowalchuk (Chestermere, Alberta) made 43 stops against the seventh-best team in the nation, including 17 stops in the final period.
- There were 11 penalties between the two teams in Saturday’s contest, the most the Warriors have seen in a game this season. Four of those 11 penalties were against the Warriors. They held the Huskies to 1-3 on the power play.
- Freshman Paige Voight (St. Michael, Minn.) led the Warriors with five shots in the game. She leads her squad with 42 shots this season.
The Warriors will face Boston University next weekend in a home-and-home series next weekend in Hockey East action. Friday’s game at Lawler is set for a 7:00 p.m. puck drop.