|1st||5:37||MER||1-0||EV||Katelyn Rae (9)||-|
|1st||8:57||CON||1-1||EV||Leona Sim (2)||Jaime Fox/4, Jesssica Stott/4|
|2nd||4:36||CON||2-1||EV GW||Theresa Knutson (6)||Leah Lum/3|
|2nd||12:59||CON||3-1||EV||Madison Badeau (2)||Catherine Crawley/1|
|2nd||19:32||CON||4-1||EV||Leah Lum (5)||Tristyn Svetek/2, Kayla Mee/1|
|3rd||0:52||CON||5-1||EV||Kelly Harris (1)||-|
|3rd||8:36||CON||6-1||PP||Leah Lum (6)||Theresa Knutson/4, Briana Colangelo/6|
|3rd||15:49||CON||7-1||EV||Briana Colangelo (2)||Theresa Knutson/5, Jaime Fox/5|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Annie Belanger (W, 3-4-1)||59:57||1||7||5||9||21|
|Léa-Kristine Demers (L, 4-5-0)||40:52||5||9||7||1||17|
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - The Merrimack College women's ice hockey team saw Connecticut net seven goals on Saturday afternoon as the Warriors fell to the Huskies by a score of 7-1 in Hockey East action at Lawler Rink.
Score: Connecticut 7, Merrimack 1
Records: Merrimack (4-6-1, 2-3-0 HEA) | Connecticut (5-4-1, 1-2-0 HEA)
Location: Lawler Rink | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
- The Warriors would get on the board early in Saturday's contest thanks to the team's leading goal scorer in sophomore Katelyn Rae (Courtice, Ontario). Rae would steal a breakout pass from Connecticut in their own end, reverse direction and put a quick snapshot by the goaltender to the low far side to put Merrimack up 1-0 with what would end up being their lone goal of the game.
- Connecticut would answer Rae's goal 3:20 after the sophomore gave Merrimack the first lead. Freshman goaltender Léa-Kristine Demers (Repentigny, Quebec) would make an initial save on a hard Connecticut shot, but the puck would just dribble through her arm and sit loose in the crease. A crash-the-net effort from the Huskies would result in the loose puck rolling in to tie the game at 8:37 of the first, where it remained until the second period.
- The Huskies would take their first lead of the game less than five minutes into the second to go up 2-1. The Warriors would respond looking to tie the score, but two penalties across the following five minutes would slow Merrimack's comeback attempt and shift the game's momentum fully to Connecticut.
- Merrimack would kill off the two penalties early in the second, but saw Connecticut extend its lead to 3-1 just three minutes after two quality penalty kills from the Warriors. The Huskies would net their third of the middle period with just 28 seconds remaining to put Merrimack in a three-goal hole heading to the final frame.
- The Huskies followed up their last-minute goal of the second period with a first-minute goal to open the third, stretching their lead to 5-1 to quickly hinder Merrimack's comeback mentality in the final period.
- Merrimack saw its deficit pushed to five goals on their sixth penalty of the game as the Huskies potted a score right off a faceoff for their only power-play goal in seven opportunities on Saturday.
- The Warriors managed a solid scoring opportunity shortly after Connecticut's sixth goal, as a shot from the point from sophomore Paige Sorensen (Plymouth, Mass.) would be stopped, but a follow-up from classmate Jessica Kuhlman (Severna Park, Md.) nearly netted her first of the season, but saw her put-back go just wide.
- Connecticut seventh goal came with under five minutes to play, again coming on a rebound chance for the final goal of the game for the Huskies
Inside The Numbers
- Rae's first goal in her last four games sets a new career-high for the sophomore as her ninth of the season in 11 games tops her eight goals in 34 games last season. She also is tied for third in the country in goals, as two are tied for first at 10.
- Seven goals is the most the Warriors have allowed in a game this season, while it is the most Connecticut has scored in a single game this year.
- Goaltenders: L - Demers (4-5-0, 17 saves) | L - Belanger (5-4-1, 21 saves)
- Power Plays: Merrimack (0-4) | Connecticut (1-7)
- SOG: MC - 22 | UC - 28
The Warriors will play a home-and-home series with Northeastern next weekend, with Friday's game being played at Lawler and Saturday's game happening at Northeastern. Both puck drops are set for 2:00 p.m.