|1st||1:57||RMU||1-0||EV||Brittany Howard (2)||Natalie Fraser/1, Sarah Quaranta/3|
|1st||5:43||RMU||2-0||PP GW||Rikki Meilleur (2)||Kirsten Welsh/4, Katherine Murphy/1|
|1st||9:51||RMU||3-0||PP||Amanda Pantaleo (1)||Ashley Vesci/1, Kirsten Welsh/5|
|1st||11:19||RMU||4-0||EV||Anissa Gamble (1)||Victoria Harshman/1, Caitlyn Sadowy/1|
|2nd||9:02||RMU||5-0||EV||Brittany Howard (3)||Sarah Quaranta/4, Amber Rennie/1|
|2nd||17:25||RMU||6-0||EV||Amber Rennie (4)||Maggie LaGue/3, Sarah Quaranta/5|
|3rd||3:49||MER||1-6||EV||Beatrice Dufour (1)||-|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Robert Morris (1-3-1)||2/4||4/8||0|
|Samantha Ridgewell (L, 0-2-0)||59:57||6||6||11||10||27|
|Robert Morris Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Jessica Dodds (W, 1-2-0)||60:00||1||8||9||9||26|
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Merrimack College women's ice hockey team fell in the program's first-ever road game at Robert Morris by a score of 6-1 on Friday night in what was a very physical contest.
Score: Robert Morris 6, Merrimack 1
Records: Merrimack (0-3-0, 0-0 WHEA) | Robert Morris (1-3-1, 0-0 WCHA)
Location: 84 Lumber Arena | Pittsburgh, Pa.
What They Said
Head coach Erin Hamlen, "We unfortunately were outcompeted tonight. We were able to respond, but by the time we did it was too late. I'm hoping the girls learn from this and compete out of the gate tomorrow."
How It Happened
Robert Morris got the scoring started 1:57 into the game to go up 1-0 early. The Warriors would then take two penalties in the first half of the opening period, and the Colonials would capitalize on both, taking a 3-0 lead with just over 10 minutes remaining in the first. They would add a fourth before the end of the period.
Merrimack would get there opportunity with back-to-back power plays towards the end of the first period. Despite some crisp passes and quality shot opportunities, including a shot from freshman Paige Voight (St. Michael, Minn.) that was inches shy of a top-corner snipe, the Warriors were unable to find the net with the man-advantage and headed to locker room down 4-0 after one.
The Warriors would pick up their intensity entering the second, creating some quality opportunities and matching the physical play of Robert Morris, which there was quite a bit of. But penalties would continue to hurt the Warriors as the Colonials would score another power-play goal. Merrimack would kill off back-to-back penalties late in the second period, but as they were getting a player back from the box Robert Morris would score and extend their lead to 6-0 heading into the third.
Merrimack got off to strong start in the final period, with Beatrice Dufour (Sarnia, Ontario) netting her first goal on a nice top-corner snapshot from the top of the right circle to put the Warriors on the board. Merrimack would keep the momentum from that goal rolling, continuing to put pucks on net and getting quality saves, including a great glove save on a breakaway from freshman Samantha Ridgewell (Outlook, Sasketchewan). While there was potential for more, the Warriors' lone goal would not be enough.
Inside The Numbers
Despite the score, the Warriors were only outshot by the Colonials by the small margin of 33-27. Merrimack also finished the game with an impressive 16 blocked shots.
The Warriors won the battle at the face-off dot, winning 29 face-offs compared to Robert Morris' 27.
Penalties continue to be the Warriors' Achilles heel as they were 50% (2-4) on the penalty kill.
The Warriors are back at it tomorrow against Robert Morris for a 3:05 p.m. puck drop.