|1st||5:27||BC||1-0||EV||Haley Skarupa (22)||Makenna Newkirk/13, Kaliya Johnson/7|
|1st||7:53||BC||2-0||PP GW||Kenzie Kent (9)||Alex Carpenter/29, Megan Keller/21|
|1st||15:41||BC||3-0||EV||Makenna Newkirk (15)||Dana Trivigno/21, Andie Anastos/16|
|2nd||1:25||MER||1-3||PP||Felila Manu (2)||Jessica Bonfe/4|
|3rd||9:36||BC||4-1||EV||Kristyn Capizzano (6)||Meghan Grieves/8, Megan Keller/22|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Boston College (27-0-0)||1/2||2/4||0|
|Boston College Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Katie Burt (W, 22-0-0)||60:00||1||5||4||5||14|
|Samantha Ridgewell (L, 4-15-1)||60:00||4||17||15||20||52|
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - After holding #1/1 Boston College scoreless in the first period in their contest just two Fridays ago, the Eagles would come out and score three unanswered goals in the opening period of Tuesday's game that the Merrimack College women's ice hockey team would not bounce back from as the Warriors fell, 4-1, on Tuesday night
Score: #1 Boston College 4, Merrimack 1
Records: Merrimack (4-22-1, 2-14-1 HEA) | #1 Boston College (27-0-0, 15-0-0 HEA)
Location: Lawler Rink | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
In the teams' last matchup at Lawler Rink, Merrimack became just the second team to hold the Eagles scoreless in the first period and first team to hold them under three goals all season. It was clear Boston College remembered both of those statistics on Tuesday as they would fire 20 shots and net three goals in the opening frame. The Warriors would get a few good looks on shots in the period, but nothing that would get by goaltender Katie Burt.
A late penalty on Boston College in the first period would give Merrimack a power play to begin the second and an opportunity for a momentum shift. The Warriors took advantage of said opportunities as freshman defenseman Felila Manu (Anchorage, Alaska) would receive a pass from fellow freshman Jessica Bonfe (Woodbury, Minn.) at the point. Manu quickly fired a shot on net that would defect off of the stick of an Eagle defender and sneak into the net, cutting the deficit to 3-1 just 1:25 into the second.
Merrimack and freshman goaltender Samantha Ridgewell (Outlook, Saskatchewan) played great hockey for the remainder of the middle period and did not allow the Boston College to score in the second, taking a 3-1 score into the second intermission. The Warriors won the period 1-0, marking just the third period in 81 periods of hockey for Boston College this season that they have been outscored.
The Eagles would add another about halfway through the third period to extend their lead to three goals, and despite a few more quality looks for Merrimack, the score would hold at 4-1. Ridgewell made a game-high 20 saves in the third frame.
Inside The Numbers
- The Eagles high-powered offense would fire 56 shots in the contest, including 21 in the final period. Ridgewell finished the game with an impressive 52 saves, marking her third 50-save performance of the season. She also made 52 stops in the game with Boston College at Lawler on January 15.
- Despite the three losses to the Eagles, Merrimack has been one of the peskiest teams for the top team in the nation to deal with. They were the first team to hold Boston College to less than three goals, are responsible for two of just three scoreless first periods for the Eagles, and are just the third team to outscore the Eagles in a period.
- Merrimack and Boston College went 1-2 on the power play while team teams split the faceoff margin 23 apiece.
- Manu's goal was the second of her career, her first since October 3, and her first-career power-play goal. She now has points in two consecutive games.
The Warriors head back on the road this Saturday when they travel to Boston University for an afternoon matchup with the Terriers. The Hockey East contest is set for 3:00 p.m.