|1st||18:45||NOE||1-0||EV||Kendall Coyne (13)||Denisa Křížová/13, Heather Mottau/5|
|2nd||10:33||NOE||2-0||EV GW||Christina Zalewski (2)||-|
|2nd||15:45||NOE||3-0||EV||Kendall Coyne (14)||Jordan Krause/6, Ainsley MacMillan/3|
|2nd||18:59||NOE||4-0||EV||Hayley Scamurra (6)||Kendall Coyne/9, Denisa Křížová/14|
|3rd||6:35||MER||1-4||EV||Paige Voight (4)||Paige Sorensen/3|
|3rd||11:47||NOE||5-1||EV||Kendall Coyne (15)||Hayley Scamurra/6|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Brittany Bugalski (W, 6-1-1)||60:00||1||8||6||7||21|
|Samantha Ridgewell (L, 2-6-0)||60:00||5||8||10||9||27|
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - The Merrimack College women's ice hockey team fell to their first ranked opponent in ninth-ranked Northeastern by a score of 5-1 in Hockey East action on Friday afternoon.
Score: #9/9 Northeastern 5, Merrimack 1 Records: Merrimack (2-7-0, 1-2-0 HEA) | #9/9 Northeastern (7-1-1, 3-0-0 HEA) Location: Lawler Rink | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
While the Warriors were facing a ranked team for the first time in this inaugural season, they encountered another first in Friday's contest as they would be tasked with defending an Olympian for the first time in Northeastern's Kendall Coyne. The Palos Heights, Illinois native would live up to her reputation as a Patty Kazmaier contender as she would tally a goal in each period for the hat trick, including a goal from behind the goal line, as well as add an assist for the four-point game.
The Warriors did not shy away from the ninth-ranked team in the nation, though, as they came out and skated stride for stride with the Huskies for the first period. The shot production of both teams was nearly even in the opening period, with Northeastern favored 9-8. One of the best opportunities for the Warriors would come in the first, when freshman Emily Volpe (Whitby, Ontario) found herself in alone on a breakaway after receiving a pass from freshman Beatrice Dufour (Sarnia, Ontario). Volpe would try to go five-hole with her shot, but Brittany Bugalski would drop the pads quickly for the save.
The second period was the most dominate for the Huskies, as they would score three of the five goals in the middle period, all coming in an 8:30 span. Freshman goaltender Samantha Ridgewell (Outlook, Saskatchewan) would be forced to make 10 saves in the period and 27 total in the game.
The Warriors lone goal would come at 6:35 into the third period from the team's leading scorer in freshman Paige Voight (St. Michael, Minn.). The play started in Merrimack's defensive end, with freshman defenseman Paige Sorensen (Plymouth, Minn.) clearing the puck off the glass to center ice. Just stepping off the bench for a line change, Voight would tip the clear by a Husky defender and find space as she entered the offensive zone. Voight skated to the middle of the zone and fired a shot on the ice that snuck five-hole to put Merrimack on the board.
Inside The Numbers
- Voight's goal was her team-leading fourth of the season. She also leads in assists and points with a line of 4-5-9 through nine games. Her 1.00 point per game average is tied for ninth in the nation among rookies.
- Northeastern outshot the Warriors in the game 32-22, including 13 shots in the second period.
- The Warriors had just one penalty in the game compared to Northeastern's three, while neither team scored a special teams goal in a Merrimack game for just the second time this season.
- With her four point day (3g, 1a) on Friday, Coyne improves her nation's-best scoring line to 15-9-24 through nine games. She leads the country in goals, points, and points per game (2.67).
The Warriors will play their first Hockey East road game next Saturday, Nov. 7 at UConn. Puck drop is set for 2:00 p.m.