Women’s Ice Hockey Ends Season with Home-and-Home Against Northeastern

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack women’s ice hockey team will play its last weekend of games this season against the nation’s No. 3 Northeastern Huskies in a home-and-home.
The Warriors enter the series after a 2-1 road win at the University of Connecticut on Saturday. Teams skated scoreless in the first period, as Lea-Kristine Demers turned aside 15 UConn shots, the most in a frame for the game. Chloe Cook gave the Warriors the lead with a snapshot using the defender as a screen for a 1-0 lead. Freshman Katie Kaufman scored the second goal of the game at 9:16 of the third on a 3-on-2, taking a pass from across the slot from Mikyla Grant-Mentis for her fifth of the season.
Friday night, Merrimack will honor four players for Senior Day, as all four captains will be recognized following the game. Being celebrated are goaltender Lea-Kristine Demers, forward Mikyla Grant-Mentis, defender Chloe Cook and forward Kate Bukolska.
Five Things to Know:
• With a two point game on Saturday, Grant-Mentis has scored six points in her last three games.
• Against the Northeastern Huskies, freshman goaltender Emma Gorski made 47 saves, the most since Samantha Ridgewell turned aside 46 shots by Northeastern on Feb. 23, 2019. 
• In the game against Northeastern on February 7, Grant-Mentis set the program all-time points record with 114 points.
• Merrimack’s power play is fifth in Hockey East in conference contests, with the Warriors converting at a 15.4% rate, with 16 goals on the advantage in conference play.
• Grant-Mentis, as a two-way threat, is the only player in Hockey East with over 30 points and 35 blocked shots this season.
A Look at the Huskies:
Northeastern enters the weekend series off a 1-1-1 stretch in its last three since taking on the Warriors. In the Beanpot championship, the team took a 4-3 double overtime victory, entered officially as a tie. In a conference series against Providence, the Huskies fell 2-1 in overtime at home before earning a 4-1 road win.
Alina Mueller and Chloe Aurard have continued at their high clip, with the pair of sophomores scoring 21 and 20 goals respectively this season. Five Huskies have 20 or more points, while 14 players are in double digit point totals for the year. In goal, Gwyneth Philips earned another victory against Providence following her appearance against Merrimack. Team leader Aerin Frankel still sits atop the conference leaderboards with a 0.92 goals against and .964 save percentage in conference play.
Inside the Matchup

Merrimack (4-20-4, 1-16-4 HEAW) Category Northeastern (26-4-2, 22-3-0 HEAW)
2-2 T, (2/8 vs New Hampshire) Last Game W 4-1, (2/15 at Providence)
1.80 Scoring Offense 3.84
3.27 Scoring Defense 1.03
25.6 Shots/Game 35.9
33.8 Shots Allowed/Game 25.8
21-126 PPG-Chances 19-122
16.7% PP% 15.6%
106-128 PK-Chances 99-108
82.8% PK% 91.7%
135-295 Penalties-PIM 121-264
4.5 PEN/Game 3.8

Up Next
Merrimack is excited host to the 2020 Women’s Hockey East Championships on March 7-8 at Lawler Rink.

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