NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack women’s ice hockey team is set to rebound in the first matchups of the season against local rival University of New Hampshire Wildcats.
After being held off the board in the weekend’s first game against No. 7/7 Providence last weekend, Merrimack battled to stay in the road contest. After the Friars scored in the game’s opening minute, teams ended the period even with a power play goal by Allison Reeb. Set up by Ally Qualley along the boards, she passed to Dominika Laskova in the slot, who sent it over to Reeb for a one-timer for her first career goal.
Laskova got on the scoresheet again with an unassisted goal early in the second. Taking the puck from a defender at center ice, the assistant captain took it down the ice, getting through the Friars netminder with a silky forehand-backhand deke. Providence came from behind to take back victory at home.
• Senior Dominika Laskova was named the Merrimack Dunkin’ Female Athlete of the Week after her two-point game on Sunday against PC.
• Goaltender Emma Gorski has started in all eight games this season, turning aside 26 saves on Friday and 33 on Sunday.
• Three players are tied for the team lead in goals, with Megan Fergusson, Katie Kaufman and Dominika Laskova tallying two apiece. Kaufman leads the team in shots on goal with 25.
• Junior defender Julia MacLean is seventh in Hockey East in blocked shots, getting in front of 22 pucks so far this season.
A Look at the Wildcats:
UNH has been searching for a win since its last victory against Holy Cross on December 23. In their last five, the Wildcats have taken four losses and a shootout loss against Northeastern on January 9. Sophomores Tamara Thierus and Jada Christian lead the squad in goals, while first year Nicole Kelly leads the Wildcats in points with 10—with three goals and seven helpers. In goal, senior Ava Boutilier holds a 2.68 goals against average and a shutout, allowing 31 goals with a 3-8-1 overall record.
Last time out, Merrimack tied UNH 2-2 on Feb. 8, 2020. The Warriors last won against the Wildcats on February 9, 2019 in a 2-1 victory at the Whittemore Center.
Inside the Matchup
|Merrimack (1-7-0, 1-7-0 HE)||Category||New Hampshire (3-10-1, 3-10-1 HE)|
|4-2 L (1/17 at Providence)||Last Game||L 4-0 (1/16 at UConn)|
The Warriors will continue play next weekend with an opponent to be determined. 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.
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