|Matchup||Merrimack Warriors (4-18-3, 1-14-3 HEAW)
vs. No. 7/8 Boston University (16-5-2, 11-5-2 HEAW)
|Date/Time||Friday, January 24, 2020 (7:00 PM)
Saturday, January 25, 2020 (2:00 PM)
|Venue||Walter Brown Arena | Boston, Mass.
Lawler Rink | North Andover, Mass.
|Multimedia||Friday Video | Friday Live Stats
Saturday Video | Saturday Live Stats
|Social||Twitter | Instagram|
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack women’s ice hockey team is set for its last weekend series in January, with a home-and-home against the No. 7/8 Boston University Terriers this weekend.
The Warriors are coming off a weekend at the University of Maine where the team earned a point in a pair of games in Orono. In Friday’s contest, Mikyla Grant-Mentis scored a highlight reel goal, fighting off three defenders through the neutral zone to fire in her 18th goal of the year. After Maine tied the game early in the second, teams stayed off the score sheet in the third, with Maine outshooting Merrimack 12-10, forcing the game into overtime.
In the second contest of the weekend, the Warriors took a 1-0 lead in the first on freshman Dani Castino‘s third goal of the year. The game remained scoreless in the second before Maine scored two goals in the late stages of the third to rally for a win.
Last time out, Merrimack tied Boston University in the Warriors first road game of the year. Dominika Laskova and Megan Fergusson scored in the first period to give Merrimack a lead, but a tying goal in the second and a quiet third gave both teams a conference point on October 11.
Five Things to Know:
• Mikyla Grant-Mentis leads the conference in goals with 18 and power play goals with 6, and is fourth on the national goals leaderboard.
• Senior netminder Lea-Kristine Demers had a combined 80-save effort in the weekend series against the Maine Black Bears, making 35 saves in the team’s 1-1 tie on Friday and 45 saves Saturday, including a 21-save third period.
• Demers’ three goals allowed in two games is the fewest given up by the Warriors since Oct. 4-5 against Rensselaer. She began the series by posting her second highest saves output of the year, only to best that number on Saturday for a season-high 45 stops.
• Merrimack’s special teams net is No. 7 in the conference, with Hockey East’s fifth-best power play and sixth-best penalty kill.
• Saturday’s game is the team’s Headway Foundation Night to cap off Concussion Awareness Week.
A Look at the Terriers:
Boston University has launched into the second half of the season, riding another three game winning streak after ending 2019 victors of six in a row. The Terriers have been sparked by the return of junior Jesse Compher in November, going 11-2-1 since her return to the red and white; leading the team with 18 points in that stretch.
In addition to Compher, senior Sammy Davis has tallied 11 goals and 26 points through 23 games played, alongside defender Abby Cook with 13 assists and 19 points through 23 games. BU’s power play is running at a lethal 27.7% with 23 goals on 83 attempts for the third-highest conversion in the nation.
In goal, junior Corinne Schroeder continues to be a cornerstone for BU, holding Hockey East’s second-best goals against average at 1.47 and .943 save percentage and 11-4-2 overall record. In conference play, Schroeder has a 1.43 goals against and eight wins.
Inside the Matchup
|Merrimack (4-18-3, 1-14-3 HEAW)||Category||Boston University (16-5-2, 11-5-2 HEAW)|
|2-1 L, (1/18 at Maine)||Last Game||4-1 W, (1/18 at Holy Cross)|
Merrimack will travel to Providence on Friday, January 31 to finish the season series against the Friars at Schneider Arena at 6 p.m.
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