|1st||4:15||MER||1-0||PP||Marie Delarbre (4)||Dominique Kremer/7, Baye Flanagan/6|
|1st||6:31||PRV||1-1||EV||Lauren Klein (1)||Cassidy Carels/17, Christina Putigna/16|
|2nd||8:06||PRV||2-1||EV GW||Madison Sansone (10)||Cassidy MacPherson/7|
|3rd||5:00||PRV||3-1||PP||Christina Putigna (11)||Cassidy Carels/18, Cassidy MacPherson/8|
|3rd||17:13||PRV||4-1||EV EN||Brooke Boquist (12)||Christina Putigna/17|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Madison Myers (W, 9-12-1)||60:00||1||6||13||9||28|
|Samantha Ridgewell (L, 4-19-1)||57:48||3||12||11||9||32|
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - The Merrimack College women's ice hockey team fell to Providence by a score of 4-1 on Saturday afternoon at Lawler Rink in Hockey East action. With the game being a must-win, the loss will keep the Warriors out of the Hockey East playoffs in their inaugural season.
Score: Providence 4, Merrimack 1
Records: Merrimack (4-26-1, 2-18-1 HEA) | Providence (10-20-1, 6-14-1 HEA)
Location: Lawler Rink | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
Merrimack's only goal was also the first goal of the game, as the Warriors would get out to a 1-0 lead at 4:15 of the first period on a power-play goal from redshirt junior captain Marie Delarbre (Fussen, Germany). The goal would be the product of some beautiful passing as freshman defenseman Baye Flanagan (Billerica, Mass.) would slide the puck over to freshman Dominique Kremer (West Fargo, N.D.) at the opposite point. Kremer wound up as if to take a shot, but then passed the puck to Delarbre on the far post who put it into a wide open net for the score.
That lead would not last long for the Warriors as Providence quickly responded just 2:16 later on a redirection in front of the net to tie the game back up at one, where the score would hold into the first intermission.
Merrimack would come out with some tenacity in the second period, controlling the puck for the opening minutes of the frame and getting some quality looks on net. The Warriors would outshoot the Friars 13-12 in the period and act as the aggressor, but a Providence goal at 8:06 of the second was the only thing that counted towards the outcome of the game as they took a 2-1 lead into the final period.
The Warriors would again begin the period strong, but a penalty 4:46 into the third would deaden their momentum. The Friars extended their lead to 3-1 at the five-minute mark of the third with a power-play goal on their only man-advantage opportunity of the game.
The Warriors would get two power-play chances themselves in the final period, giving them a chance to get back into the game late. Merrimack saw some really nice opportunities on both power plays, including a wraparound chance from freshman Katelyn Rae (Courtice, Ontario) that almost snuck in the post, but was unable to convert on either chance. The Friars would add an empty-net goal on a late push from Merrimack at 18:43 that put the game out of reach.
Inside The Numbers
- The Friars were favored in the shots on goal totals by a margin of 36-29. Providence was 1-1 on the power play while Merrimack went 1-5, while the Friars were also favored at the faceoff dot, 39-27.
- With her 32 saves on Saturday, freshman goaltender Samantha Ridgewell (Outlook, Saskatchewan) improves her season total to 639, which leads all of Hockey East.
- Kremer's assist on the Warriors' goal is her fourth assist in the last six games. Delarbre's goal in her fourth of the season and first since November 28.
The Warriors return to the ice tomorrow in Providence for a 2:00 p.m. matchup with the Friars.