|1st||18:48||NOE||1-0||EV||Kendall Coyne (16)||Denisa Křížová/15, Ainsley MacMillan/5|
|2nd||0:07||NOE||2-0||EV||Kendall Coyne (17)||-|
|2nd||1:40||MER||1-2||EV||Baye Flanagan (1)||Allison Sexton/1|
|2nd||2:17||NOE||3-1||EV||Hayley Masters (2)||Taytum Clairmont/3, Lauren Kelly/5|
|2nd||3:36||NOE||4-1||EV GW||Heather Mottau (4)||Kendall Coyne/10, Hayley Scamurra/9|
|2nd||13:49||NOE||5-1||EV||Paige Savage (3)||Heather Mottau/7|
|3rd||15:42||MER||2-5||EV||Allison Sexton (1)||Emily Volpe/2|
|3rd||16:22||NOE||6-2||EV||Kendall Coyne (18)||Hayley Scamurra/10|
|3rd||17:16||NOE||7-2||EV||McKenna Brand (2)||Paige Savage/4, Lauren Kelly/6|
|3rd||18:22||NOE||8-2||EV||Kasidy Anderson (2)||Shelby Herrington/2, Jordan Krause/7|
|3rd||19:48||MER||3-8||PP||Jackie Pieper (4)||Paige Voight/6, Katelyn Rae/3|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Brittany Bugalski (W, 8-1-1)||60:00||3||4||7||4||15|
|Chaislyn Burgio (L, 0-1-0)||60:00||8||9||10||10||29|
NORTH ANDOVER, MASS. - Facing the seventh-ranked team in the nation for the second time in the past three games, the Merrimack College women's ice hockey team fell to #7 Northeastern University on Friday night,
Score: #7 Northeastern 8, Merrimack 3
Records: Merrimack (2-9-0, 1-4-0 HEA) | #7 Northeastern (9-1-1, 5-0-0 HEA)
Location: Lawler Rink | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
As a first year program battling against one of the best teams in the nation that features an Olympian that is also the top scorer in the nation, the Warriors new they would have a tall task to take on with Northeastern on Friday night. That chip that Merrimack carried on its shoulder was very relevant in the first period as the Warriors competed with the Huskies to open the game. The period would be scoreless until Kendall Coyne would score her first of three with just over a minute to go in the first.
Her second would come seven seconds into the second period after a steal off of the face off to make it 2-0. The Warriors would answer 1:23 later as freshman Allison Sexton (Stonewall, Manitoba) would find fellow freshman Baye Flanagan (Billerica, Mass.) open at the blue line. Flanagan would sneak in and fire a wrist shot top-right for her first-career goal to cut the deficit to 2-1.
The Huskies experience would be displayed after Flanagan's score, though, as Northeastern would net two goals in two minutes after Merrimack's first score, and net three unanswered in the second to take a 5-1 lead into the second intermission.
The Warriors would strike first in the final period, as Sexton would net her first-career goal off of a faceoff win by freshman Emily Volpe (Whitby, Ontario), netting a nice wrist shot after carrying the puck into open space in the slot. That goal would not come until 15:42 into the third, cutting the lead to 5-2 with just over four minutes remaining. The Huskies would respond to the score with another barrage, netting three unanswered goal in 2:20 to stretch their lead to 8-2 with under two minutes to play.
The Huskies would take a late penalty in the third and the Warriors would find a way to capitalize. Despite the deficit, Merrimack continued to pressure until the buzzer while on the man-advantage and would be rewarded as sophomore captain Jackie Pieper (Edina, Minn.) would swipe in a rebound right by the right post to give the Warriors their third and final score of the game.
Inside The Numbers
- Sophomore Chaislyn Burgio (Quincy, Mass.) would make her first-career appearance in net for the Warriors as she would start Friday's contest. She would stop 29 shots in the game.
- Sexton's goal and assist were the first two points of her career, while Flanagan's goal was also the first point of her collegiate career.
- The Warriors showed improvement at the faceoff dot, as they went 24-47 on the puck drops. Northeastern finished 23-47.
The Warriors return to the ice tomorrow as they will head in to Boston to battle with Northeastern again, this time on their home ice of Matthews Arena. Puck drop is set for 2:00 p.m.