BOSTON, Mass. – Despite freshman goaltender Léa-Kristine Demers (Repentigny, Ontario) matching her career-high with 39 saves in net, the Merrimack College women’s ice hockey team was held scoreless at Boston University on Saturday afternoon as the Warriors fell to the Terriers in their second game of a home-and-home series by a score of 2-0.
Score: Boston University 2, Merrimack 0
Records: Merrimack (4-10-1, 2-7-0 HEA) | Boston University (7-5-1, 6-5-0 HEA)
Location: Agganis Arena| Boston, Mass.
How It Happened
- The Warriors had to begin Saturday’s road contest in a defensive mindset as Merrimack would take a penalty just 36 seconds after the opening faceoff to give Boston University the first of its five power play opportunities in the game. Demers would make her first four saves of the game on the penalty kill to avoid an early deficit for the Warriors.
- Both teams would exchange penalties in the latter half of the first, with the Warriors getting their first power play opportunity of the game less than 20 seconds after killing off a Terrier power play. Merrimack would be unable to convert on the late-period chance to send the game to the second period scoreless.
- The game’s deadlock would end at the 13:37 mark of the second period as the Terriers would score their first of the game on a power play. The goal would come on an off-angle shot from Mary Parker that found just about the only open space to squeak by Demers in good position to put Boston University up 1-0.
- The game would nearly turn to a two-goal lead quickly after the Terriers’ first goal as Boston U. would find itself a two-on-one opportunity after a nice breakout. But the chance would be stymied by Demers as the rookie made a flashing glove save after coming across the net to hold the deficit at one goal, where it remained into the third.
- The Terriers continued to be the aggressor in the opening half of the third, but would fend off the pressure from Boston U. to keep the Warriors right within one. The freshman would hold out long enough to see the Warriors catch a wave of momentum and play their best 10 minutes of the game in the final half of the third.
- With just under six minutes remaining, Merrimack would get its best scoring chance of the game after a shot on net turned into a loose puck in the crease. Sophomore Paige Voight (St. Michael, Minn.) would get her stick on the puck twice just inches from the goal line, but both chances would somehow not cross the goal line as Voight would just nearly miss a chance to tie the game late.
- Merrimack would pull Demers from the net with just over two minutes to play and would get multiple quality chances with the extra attacker on looking to tie. But a clearing attempt from the Terriers from Merrimack’s end would curve and find the empty Warrior net, putting the game away late.
Inside The Numbers
- Demers matches her career-high Saturday with 39 saves despite taking the loss. In 11 games this season, she has four 30+ save efforts. Her 319 saves so far this season rank third in Hockey East.
- The Warriors will look to snap their current losing skid next weekend as they have dropped six straight since starting the season 4-4-1. Prior to the six-game losing streak, Merrimack was on a three-game unbeaten streak.
- Goaltenders: L – Demers (4-7-0, 39 saves) | W – Hanson (4-2-0, 29 saves)
- Power Plays: Merrimack (0-4) | BU (1-5)
- SOG: MC – 29 | BU – 40
The Warriors will compete in the Nutmeg Classic next weekend at Quinnipiac and will play their first round game against the hosts on Friday at 3:00 p.m.