|1st||10:57||BU||1-0||EV||Dakota Woodworth (2)||Sarah Steele/4, Samantha Sutherland/4|
|1st||13:42||BU||2-0||PP GW||Victoria Bach (5)||Kayla Tutino/6, Sarah Lefort/4|
|2nd||12:15||BU||3-0||EV||Victoria Bach (6)||Sarah Lefort/5, Alexis Crossley/2|
|2nd||14:25||BU||4-0||PP||Rebecca Russo (6)||Maddie Elia/4, Samantha Sutherland/5|
|3rd||0:21||BU||5-0||EV||Victoria Bach (7)||Sarah Lefort/6, Kayla Tutino/7|
|3rd||3:02||MER||1-5||EV||Paige Voight (5)||Paige Sorensen/4|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Boston University (9-6-0)||2/4||4/8||0|
|Boston University Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Victoria Hanson (W, 4-4-0)||60:00||1||4||5||7||16|
|Kate Kowalchuk (L, 0-3-0)||60:00||5||13||23||9||45|
NO. ANDOVER, Mass. - In the first-ever meeting between the two Hockey East teams, the Merrimack College women's ice hockey team fell to Boston University at Lawler Rink by a score of 5-1 on Friday night.
Score: Boston University 5, Merrimack 1
Records: Merrimack (2-11-0, 1-6-0 HEA) | Boston University (9-6-0, 7-3-0 HEA)
Location: Lawler Rink| North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
The Terriers started the game with a heavy offensive presence as they would win the opening faceoff and proceed to fire off three shots in the first 60 seconds of the game, and seven shots through the first four minutes. Freshman goaltender Kate Kowalchuk (Chestermere, Alberta) would withstand that initial wave of pressure and give her squad a chance to fire some shots of their own in the following minutes.
Boston University's non-relenting offense would eventually find the back of the net at 10:57 in the opening period to put the Terriers up 1-0. They would add a power-play goal just under three minutes later to take a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.
The second period was much of the same from the first, as the Terriers continued to show the skill and team chemistry they have developed through years of playing together. Boston University would score another two goals in a 2:10 span in the middle of the period, including another goal on the man-advantage, to extend their lead to 4-0. Kowalchuk would stop an impressive 23 shots in the second alone.
Boston University's Victoria Bach would net her third score of the game just 21 seconds into the third period, put the Terriers up 5-0. The Warriors would respond to that score with a spark of energy not previously seen in the first two periods, and would be rewarded just 2:41 after the score as freshman Paige Voight (St. Michael, Minn.) would net her fifth of the season off of a pass from fellow freshman Paige Sorensen (Plymouth, Minn.) to put the Warriors on the board. Merrimack would takea game-high eight shots in the final period, but only Voight's would find the netting.
Inside The Numbers
- Voight's fifth goal leads her team on the year, while Sorensen's four assists this season are second on the team only to Voight. Voight is also tied for 11th in the country among rookies with 0.85 points per game.
- In just her third career start, Kowalchuk made a season-high 45 stops against the third-best team in the Hockey East, posting a .900 save percentage.
- The Warriors lost the battle at the faceoff dot by a margin of 33-21, but freshman Katelyn Rae (Courtice, Ontario) individually would go 13-22 on the puck drops.
The Warriors return to the ice tomorrow afternoon for another matchup with the Terriers, this time in Boston, Mass. at Walter Brown Arena. Puck drop is set for 3 p.m.