|Matchup||Merrimack College Warriors (1-13-0, 1-13-0 HE)
at University of Maine Black Bears (5-7-0, 5-7-0 HE)
|Date/Time||Saturday, February 13, 2021 | 2:00 PM
Sunday, February 14, 2021 | 2:00 PM
|Venue||Saturday: Lawler Rink | North Andover, Mass.
Sunday: Lawler Rink | North Andover, Mass.
|Multimedia||Saturday Stream | Saturday Live Stats | Sunday Stream | Sunday Live Stats|
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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack women’s ice hockey team will host the University of Maine Black Bears in the first matchup between these two squads this year.
The Warriors enter the contest coming off a competitive fight against the BU Terriers in a 2-0 on Sunday. Goaltender Emma Gorski faced a total of 61 shots between the two games in the series. The offensive effort has been spread throughout the team, with Merrimack peppering 24 shots on goal in the first game against BU, with seven players getting at least two shots on goal on Sunday.
• Team defense has been spurred by a potent penalty kill, going 1-for-8 against BU over the weekend; operating overall this season at an 83.7% rate.
• Seniors Courtney Maud and Megan Fergusson are both in the top-15 for Hockey East’s total faceoff wins. Maud is tied for ninth with 125 won draws, with Fergusson at 13th with 92 wins. Fergusson led Merrimack in faceoff wins on Sunday, winning 10 of the 27 Warriors faceoffs.
• Sophomore center Allison Reeb is second in faceoff win percentage in Hockey East, gaining possession in 64.7% of draws she takes.
• Sitting at sixth overall in the conference, junior defender Julia MacLean continues to lead the team in blocked shots, stepping in front of 28 shots through 13 games this season.
• The Warriors hold a 7-7-1 overall record against the Black Bears, earning wins in the three most recent games at Lawler between the squads.
A Look at the Black Bears:
Maine holds a 5-7-0 overall record, competing in all of its contests on the road this season. The most recent win for the Black Bears came on Jan. 24, when senior netminder Loryn Porter turned a 37 save shutout against BU. Leading the offense is sophomore Ida Kuoppala, with five goals and eight points in 10 games. Porter has appeared in all 12 games for the Black Bears, holding a 1.67 goals against and .954 save percentage, facing 414 shots.
In their last weekend series at Alfond Arena, the Warriors earned a tie on Jan. 17, 2020, before falling late to the Black Bears 2-1 on January 18.
Inside the Matchup
|Merrimack (1-13-0, 1-13-0 HE)||Category||Maine (5-7-0, 5-7-0 HE)|
|2-0 L (2/7 vs BU)||Last Game||L 3-0 (2/5 at UConn)|
The Warriors will look to compete next weekend with an opponent to be determined for the last weekend of the regular season. As announced by Hockey East, the previously released composite schedules for both the men’s and women’s leagues will be set aside and the remainder of the 2020-21 season will continue to be scheduled on a weekly basis.