Women’s Ice Hockey Upended at Vermont

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BURLINGTON, Vt. – The Merrimack Warriors were unable to capture points in the season series finale against the Vermont Catamounts at the Gutterson Fieldhouse, falling 4-2 on Saturday evening.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 2, Vermont 4
Records: Merrimack (4-17-2, 1-13-2 HEAW) | Vermont (9-9-5, 6-7-3 HEAW)
Location: Gutterson Fieldhouse | Burlington, Vt.

How It Happened

  • Vermont jumped to a lead 2:42 into the game, adding to their home lead at 9:46 of the first. Despite the pair of goals, Merrimack outshot Vermont 7-6 in the frame.
  • Merrimack’s first goal of the night came from Kate Bukolska on the power play. Chloe Cook handled a puck in from the half boards and brought it in, firing a shot off the nearside post. The puck skirted loose in front where Megan Ferguson backhanded it to the slot where Bukolska lifted it over the sprawled Vermont goaltender for her fourth of the year.  
  • On a 4-on-4, Vermont regained its two goal lead in the last 33 seconds of the period. The Catamounts, on the power play to open the third, added their fourth goal 1:29 into the period to make it 4-1.
  • A minute and a half later, senior Mikyla Grant-Mentis snagged a loose puck in the defensive zone and carried end-to-end, finishing with a shot stuffed in glove side for a shorthanded breakway goal.

Notes & Numbers

  • Defenders Rachel Rockwell and Kiki Roust blocked all of Merrimack’s seven blocked shots in the game, with Rockwell blocking three and Roust laying out for four.
  • Merrimack’s offense posted 32 shots on goal in the contest, with the first and third periods holding double digit saves.
  • Grant-Mentis’ goal put her four ahead in as the Hockey East goals leader this season for 17 on the year.
  • Goaltenders: Lea-Kristine Demers (29 saves, 3-12-2) // Blanka Skodova (30 saves, 6-5-4)
  • Power Plays: 1-5 | 1-4
  • Shots on Goal: 6-12 // 7-18 // 6-9 – 19-39
  • Faceoffs: 21 // 36
  • Blocks: 7 // 10

Up Next
Merrimack will continue road play, heading up to Orono, Maine to take on the University of Maine Black Bears for a pair of games on Friday, Jan. 17 and Saturday, Jan. 18 with puck drop for both games at Alfond Arena at 2 p.m. 

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