|2nd||5:36||BC||1-0||EV GW||Toni Ann Miano (3)||Andie Anastos/14, Tori Sullivan/10|
|2nd||10:50||BC||2-0||PP||Megan Keller (8)||Kenzie Kent/16, Alex Carpenter/24|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Boston College (22-0-0)||1/4||3/6||0|
|Boston College Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Katie Burt (W, 19-0-0)||60:00||0||1||2||7||10|
|Samantha Ridgewell (L, 3-13-1)||58:52||2||19||21||12||52|
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - Playing against the second-most potent offense and top-ranked team in the country for the first time, the Merrimack College women's ice hockey team would get 52 saves from freshman goaltender Samantha Ridgewell (Outlook, Saskatchewan) and hold Boston College to two goals, but the Warriors were unable to get one of their own as they fell to the Eagles 2-0 at Lawler Rink on Friday night.
Score: Boston College 2, Merrimack 0
Records: Merrimack (3-20-1, 2-12-1 HEA) | Boston College (22-0-0, 15-0-0 HEA)
Location: Lawler Rink | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
The Warriors were significant underdogs entering Friday's contest as a team full of freshman in its inaugural season playing the best team in the country, but thanks to some solid play in the defensive end and another great outing from Ridgewell, Merrimack would head to the first intermission in a scoreless tie with the Eagles, a score they would happily take into the second period.
Boston College would pick up both of their scores in the second period in a 5:14 span to go up 2-0. Their second score would come with the Warriors on a penalty kill, and area that has consistently hurt them this year. Despite the two goals from the Eagles, Ridgewell would make a game-high 21 stops in the period.
Merrimack would raise their compete level on both ends of the ice in the final frame, firing off seven shots and holding Boston College to fewer offensive opportunities then they had experienced all game. A full-split save from their freshman goaltender would give the Warriors and the crowd a spark of energy as time wound down on the game.
With just under two minutes remaining, the Eagles would take a penalty, putting the Warriors on the man advantage late in the game. Head coach Erin Hamlen would pull Ridgewell from the net, giving Merrimack a 6-on-4 opportunity. They would get some nice looks with the two extra skaters, but a Merrimack penalty with under a minute remaining would offset their power play and quell the Warriors' thoughts of a late comeback.
Inside The Numbers
- Ridgewell's 52-save effort marks her second 50 save performance this season, as she stopped 55 shots in a 2-1 loss to New Hampshire on December 5.
- Merrimack became just the third team this season to lose to the undefeated Eagles by two or less goals, as 17 of Boston College's 22 wins have come by three or more goals.
- In another incredible stat, the Warriors and Ridgewell are the first team this season to hold the Eagles to just two goals in a game, as they have scored three or more in all of their games. Boston College is averaging 5.48 goals per game this season
The Warriors and #1/1 Eagles return to the ice tomorrow in Boston at Conte Forum. Puck drop is set for 2:00 p.m.