NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Warriors hit the road again to take on the University of Maine Black Bears, finishing the season series in Orono this weekend.
Merrimack is coming off a 4-2 loss at Vermont, where the Warriors couldn’t overcome a two-goal deficit at the end of the first period. Kate Bukolska scored her fourth of the year on the power play to half the Catamounts lead. Senior Mikyla Grant-Mentis added to her Hockey East leading goal total with a shorthanded end-to-end tally in the third, good for her 17th of the year.
Last time out, Merrimack defeated Maine 4-3 in overtime, with a four point performance from Grant-Mentis. Both Kiki Roust and Dani Castino had a goal and an assist with their first career goals in the game.
Five Things to Know:
• On the Hockey East leaderboards, Julia MacLean is No. 4 in the conference in blocked shots with 42, and Grant-Mentis leads the conference in power play goals with 6.
• Senior netminder Lea-Kristine Demers made 29 saves against the Catamounts last Saturday, as the Warriors peppered 32 shots on goal.
• Grant-Mentis and Maine’s Tereza Vanisova are tied for third in Hockey East in points with 26.
• The Warriors and Black Bears will finish off the season series this weekend after Merrimack won on Nov.8 at Lawler.
• Merrimack enters the weekend on a five game winning streak against Maine.
A Look at the Black Bears:
Three of Maine’s last four games have gone into overtime, as the Black Bears lost in extra time at Boston University on January 4 before tying the next night. Maine went on to tie again against Holy Cross 0-0 at home on January 11, following a 4-2 win against the Crusaders on January 10. The Black Bears hold a 2-6-2 home record this year, with more of the team’s nine wins coming on the road.
The Black Bear offense is led by senior Tereza Vanisova, with 11 goals and 26 points this season—holding 124 career points for the team’s all-time leading scorer earlier this year. Followign her are sophomores Liga Miljone with seven goals and 19 points and Ali Beltz with 12 helpers and 17 points.
In goal, senior Carly Jackson has made 18 appearances, turning a 6-7-3 record with half of her wins coming by shutout. She has earned a 2.11 goals against average and .921 save percentage this year. Making seven starts is junior Loryn Porter, who holds a 3-3-1 record, with a 2.22 goals against and .919 save percentage—with all of her wins coming as a shutout.
Inside the Matchup
|Merrimack (4-17-2, 1-13-2 HEAW)||Category||Maine (9-10-4, 5-8-3 HEAW)|
|4-2 L, (1/11 at Vermont)||Last Game||0-0 T (1/11 vs Holy Cross)|
Merrimack will take on a Hockey East home-and-home with Boston University, playing at Walter Brown Arena on Jan. 24 with puck drop at 7 p.m., before returning home Jan. 25 for Headway Foundation Night, with puck drop at 2 p.m.
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