Women’s Ice Hockey Host Brown For Non-Conference Tilt

Matchup                Merrimack (3-11-2, 1-9-2 HEAW)
vs. Brown (1-8-0, 1-5-0 ECAC)
Date/Time Friday, Nov. 22 (5:00 PM)
Venue Lawler Rink | North Andover, Mass.
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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack Warriors will play a single non-conference contest against the Brown University Bears on Wednesday ahead of Thanksgiving. The Warriors, in lieu of ticket sales ask fans to bring a toy, which will be donated to a local youth organization, in exchange for admission. The toys will be collected in the DiCroce Family Lobby prior to entering Lawler Rink.

Merrimack returns to action after a difficult home-and-home weekend against Providence College, falling 2-1 at home before a heartbreaking 3-2 overtime loss at Schneider Arena. Merrimack had contributions from a pair of freshmen, with Mack Emery scoring the team’s only goal on Friday. Saturday’s contest was opened with a goal by Katie Kaufman for the rookie’s third tally of the year and fifth point this season.

Five Things to Know:
• Senior Mikyla Grant-Mentis‘ goal on Saturday extended her point scoring streak to 10 games for 21 points this year, as she extended her lead in Hockey East goal scoring with 13.
• Freshman Mack Emery scored Saturday’s game-tying goal at 14:29 of the third for her first career goal. Emery is the sixth Merrimack player to score her first goal this season.
• Freshman goaltender Emma Gorski was impressive in the weekend series against Providence, turning aside a combined 62 shots over two games.
• The Warriors are starting a stretch of four games in 10 days, taking on Holy Cross
• Merrimack is 2-0 all-time against the Bears and haven’t faced off since Nov. 29, 2016, when the Warriors took a 5-2 win in Providence. The Warriors earned the first win on Jan. 19, 2016 with a 4-1 final.

A Look at the Bears:

The Bears come into Lawler after a weekend away from the rink. Brown, in its last weekend of competition, took a pair of losses in ECAC Hockey play. On Nov. 15, Brown fell at Colgate, 3-1, before losing at No. 3 Cornell 9-1 on Sat. Nov. 16. Brown’s offense has once again been led by sophomore Shay Maloney, with four goals and five points in nine games. The Bears have a trio of players with three points, as junior Darby Melia has two goals and an assist, while senior defender Maybelline Beiring and junior forward Megan Forrest hold a goal and two assists.

Three players have held time in net for Brown, with the trio led by senior Calla Isaac. Isaac holds a 1-4-0 record, the team’s only win, along with a 4.57 GAA and team-leading .903 save percentage. Sophomore Hayle Kliczko has made three starts, with a 4.32 GAA and 78 saves for an .886 save percentage. Junior Lauren Rippy appeared in two games, with three goals allowed.

Inside the Matchup

Merrimack (3-11-2, 1-9-2 HEAW) Category Brown (1-8-0, 1-5-0 ECAC)
3-2 L, (11/23 at Providence) Last Game 9-1 L (11/16 at Cornell)
2.12 Scoring Offense 1.11
3.31 Scoring Defense 4.56
26.0 Shots/Game 21.1
31.6 Shots Allowed/Game 4.56
14-60 PPG-Chances 3-40
23.1% PP% 7.5%
15-65 PK-Chances 20-32
81.2% PK% 62.5%
67-148 Penalties-PIM 33-66
9.2 PIM/Game 7.3

Up Next
Merrimack will host the Holy Cross Crusaders for the final match of the season between the two Hockey East squads at Lawler Rink on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m.

For continuing coverage of Merrimack College Athletics, visit MerrimackAthletics.com and follow the Warriors on Twitter and on Facebook.

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