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PROVIDENCE, RI – The Merrimack women’s ice hockey team pushed but could not hold on to its lead on the road, falling to the Providence College Friars 3-2 in overtime on Saturday.
Score: Merrimack 2, Providence 3
Records: Merrimack (3-11-2, 1-9-2 HEAW) | Providence (7-6-2, 5-4-0 HEAW)
Location: Schneider Arena | Providence, RI
How It Happened
- Katie Kaufman carried the puck into the zone and tried to pass it behind the goal line, but had it slowed by a defender. Mikyla Grant-Mentis took the now-idle puck and found an open seam to send it back to Kaufman for a quick shot between the glove and post at 9:33 in the first period.
- Merrimack added to its lead on the power play in the first. Dominika Laskova handled the play from Gabby Jones before firing a no-look pass over to Grant-Mentis, unmarked in the high slot. The rising wrist shot skipped through traffic and in over the Providence netminder’s shoulder.
- Providence took advantage of a power play, putting its first goal with 5:41 to go in the third period. The game’s equalizer came on a puck punched in deep in the crease with 51 seconds remaining in the game, forcing overtime. The Friars won the game in overtime, redirecting a shot through traffic down low.
Notes & Numbers
- Freshman Emma Gorski made 31 saves in her fifth start this season for the Warriors, and had back-to-back 31 save performances in the weekend against Providence.
- Grant-Mentis’ goal extended her point scoring streak to ten games for 21 points this year, as she extended her lead in Hockey East goal scoring with 13.
- Merrimack has had five games go to overtime this season, with a 1-2-2 record in games with extra times.
- Goaltenders: Emma Gorski (31 saves, 1-3-0) // Clare Minnerath (14 saves, 6-4-2)
- Power Plays: 1-4 | 1-5
- Shots on Goal: 3-12 // 5-8 // 6-11 // 2-3 – 16-34
- Faceoffs: 27 // 29
- Blocks: 21 // 10
Merrimack returns to Lawler Rink for a non-conference matchup against Brown University on Wednesday, Nov. 27, with puck drop at 5 p.m.
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