|1st||10:54||MER||1-0||PP||Emily Volpe (3)||Dominique Kremer/4, Katelyn Rae/8|
|2nd||5:27||MER||2-0||EV GW||Katelyn Rae (6)||-|
|2nd||8:39||BRN||1-2||EV||Hunter Davis (1)||Leah Olson/6|
|2nd||18:49||MER||3-1||PP||Katelyn Rae (7)||Dominique Kremer/5, Paige Sorensen/8|
|3rd||2:48||MER||4-1||PP||Jackie Pieper (6)||Felila Manu/3, Baye Flanagan/5|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Julianne Landry (L, 2-7-0)||60:00||4||5||10||13||28|
|Samantha Ridgewell (W, 4-14-1)||60:00||1||7||9||10||26|
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - Led by three power-play goals from three different players and three points on two goals and an assist from freshman Katelyn Rae (Courtice, Ontario), the Merrimack College women's ice hockey team notched their largest margin of victory ever with a 4-1 win over Brown University at Lawler Rink on Tuesday night.
Score: Merrimack 4, Brown 1
Records: Merrimack (4-21-1, 2-13-1 HEA) | Brown (3-15-1, 1-10-1 ECAC)
Location: Lawler Rink | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
While the Warriors were unable to find the back of the net in either game against #1 Boston College this past weekend, it was clear they took something from the competition level as they looked like the faster and more aggressive team in Tuesday's contest from start to finish. Merrimack would take a 1-0 lead in the first period on its first power-play goal of the game from freshman Emily Volpe (Whitby, Ontario), as a high shot from freshman Dominique Kremer (West Fargo, N.D.) would deflect of Volpe's body and through the legs of Brown goaltender Julianne Landry for the score.
Rae would extend the Warriors' lead to 2-0 just 5:27 into the second period on a great individual effort. As Brown attempted to break the puck out of their end, Rae would steal the outlet pass, making a slick move by the remaining defender and flicking it backhand by Landry for the score.
Merrimack's lead would be cut back down to one on a goal from Brown that appeared was intended to be a pass to the front of the net. That pass would deflect off of the stick of freshman goaltender Samantha Ridgewell (Outlook, Saskatchewan) and slide in between her legs and in the net. If not for that fluke score, Ridgewell would have posted the first-ever shutout for Merrimack.
Rae would add another goal on the power play late in the second period to send the Warriors to the final frame with a two-goal lead. After Kremer corralled a loose puck from a blocked shot off the stick of freshman Paige Sorensen (Plymouth, Minn.), she fired a shot on net that would just deflect off a Brown defender's stick. Rae would be in the right place at the right time for the deflection, scooping up the bouncing rebound and putting it home.
As Merrimack entered began the third period, they continued to be aggressive and apply a forecheck, avoiding becoming conservative and sitting back. The aggressiveness would be rewarded early as the Warriors would get a power play opportunity just 1:11 into the third. Redshirt freshman captain Jackie Pieper (Edina, Minn.) would capitalize on the advantage, netting her team-leading fifth power-play goal of the season on a beautiful tip on a shot from freshman Felila Manu (Anchorage, Alaska) to make the score 4-1, from which Brown would never recover.
Inside The Numbers
- The Warriors outshot the Bears by a margin of 32-27, the second-most shots Merrimack has fired in a game this season. The Navy and Gold also controlled the faceoff battle, being favored there 32-23. Merrimack was 3-6 on the power play, while Brown was 0-2.
- After going 2-17-0 through the 2015 portion of their inaugural schedule, the Warriors have opened up 2016 with a record of 2-4-1 through seven games. Tuesday night's 4-1 win is the largest margin of victory ever for the program.
- A big part of the Warriors' hot start to 2016 can be credited to Rae, as she now has eight points through seven games in 2016 (4g, 4a).
- Kremer's two-assist game marks the first multi-point game of her career. Rae's performance goes as the first three-point game for any Warrior in the program's history.
The Warriors get a full week off for the first time since December and will host #1 Boston College for the third time in four games and final time this season on Tuesday, January 26. Puck drop is slated for 7:00 p.m.