|Matchup||Merrimack College Warriors (1-5-0, 1-5-0 HE)
vs. Providence College Friars (7-2-1, 7-2-1 HE)
|Date/Time||Friday, January 15, 2021 | 4:00 PM
Sunday January 17, 2021 | 1:00 PM
|Venue||Fri: Lawler Rink | North Andover, Mass.
Sun: Schneider Arena | Providence, RI
|Multimedia||Friday Stream | Friday Live Stats
Sunday Stream | Sunday Live Stats
|Social||Twitter | Instagram|
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack women’s ice hockey team looks to build on a pair of close contests last weekend in a Friday-Sunday set against the No. 7 Providence College Friars.
The Warriors held close in both contests against No. 8 Boston College in their home-and-home on Jan. 8 and 9 in their return to play. In the first game at Kelley Rink, the Warriors charged back to cut the deficit to two with a pair of power play goals late in the third period. On a five-minute major call, Kiki Roust scored her first of the year, handling a pass from Megan Fergusson behind the goal line as she cut down from the point. Katie Kaufman tabbed her first goal of the weekend, taking a similar pass behind the goal line again from Fergusson, before finishing bar down from the faceoff circle.
In the second game, the Warriors fought to find the back of the net throughout, finishing with a beautiful tip in the slot from Courtney Maud to get Merrimack on the board in the third.
• Sophomore Katie Kaufman was named the Merrimack Dunkin’ Female Athlete of the Week after her three-point effort against Boston College last weekend. She is tied for the team lead in points with four.
• Assistant captain Dominika Laskova scored her first goal of the season in her return to play after Czech national team camp, scoring the opening goal against BC on Jan. 8.
• Katie Kaufman leads the team in shots on goal with 22, followed by junior Gabby Jones with 18. The duo has combined for 3 goals for the Warriors this year.
• Junior defender Julia MacLean is 11th in blocked shots on the Hockey East leaderboard with 19 blocks on the year.
A Look at the Friars:
The Friars enter the weekend holding the top spot in Hockey East, holding a 7-1-2 record. Providence last competed on Tuesday, falling 4-0 at Northeastern after taking a 5-2 win at Holy Cross on Saturday, Jan. 9.
Three Friars have been leading the pack for a largely spread out offense, with Annelise Rice notching five goals, defender Lauren DeBlois and Sara Hjalmarsson with four goals apiece. Hjalmarsson leads the Friars in points with 12. Goaltender Sandra Abstreiter has anchored the defense for Providence, starting in all 10 of the team’s games, taking seven wins and turning a 1.59 goals against average and .921 save percentage. Abstreiter’s numbers sit at tenth-best in the country, earning her a National Goaltender of the Month recognition from the Hockey Commissioners’ Association for December.
The Warriors last won against the Friars on February 2, 2018 in a 4-1 victory at Schneider Arena.
Inside the Matchup
|Merrimack (1-5-0, 1-5-0 HE)||Category||Providence (7-2-1, 7-2-1 HE)|
|3-1 L (1/9 vs Boston College)||Last Game||L 4-0 (1/12 at Northeastern)|
The Warriors will continue with Hockey East action next weekend following the Friday-Sunday series with the Friars.
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