NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - For the second time in three games, a goal in the final three minutes of regulation by senior Katelyn Rae kept the Merrimack College women's ice hockey program out of the loss column, drawing with Boston University Friday night, 2-2.
Score: Merrimack 2, Boston University 2
Records: Merrimack (3-0-2, 0-0-1 HEA) | Boston University (1-1-2, 0-0-1 HEA)
Location: Lawler Rink | North Andover, Mass.
Goal #1 (1-0 MC) - The Warriors picked up its first goal of the game on their second power play score of the season. Tick-tack-toe went the Warriors, starting with sophomore Megan Fergusson, who fed into senior Dominique Kremer; from there, senior Emily Volpe picked up her first goal of the season on a shot just outside the crease.
Goal #2 (1-1 BU) - Boston University was able to tie it up just 43 seconds later. In the offensive zone, a pass from Alex Allan to the blue line found Natasza Tarnowski; Tarnowski's pass across the line was timed up by Abby Cook, who beat senior Samantha Ridgewell between the pipes for the leveler.
Goal #3 (2-1 BU) - Four minutes after the equalizer, the visitors took the lead. After nearly clearing the puck out of the defensive zone, Reagan Rust was able to keep it inside the blue line, and fired a shot in. A bad deflection to the shot on net resulted in Ridgewell getting crossed up, and gave the Terriers the 2-1 lead with three minutes left in the first period.
Goal # 4 (2-2 MC) - Despite playing down for nearly two full periods, the Warriors tied the game with just under three minutes left in regulation. A pass from freshman Chloe Cook reached senior Mikyla Grant-Mentis; her stretch pass through the neutral zone hit senior Katelyn Rae, whose shot found the back of the net to tie the game at two apiece.
Notes and Numbers
- The team's second tie is nearly a mirror of their first tie of the season against Penn State; a goal from Katelyn Rae inside the final three minutes to send the game into overtime.
- Merrimack's penalty kill stays at 100%, after shutting down BU on their only man-advantage opportunity of the evening.
- Samantha Ridgewell made 25 saves; five of which in overtime.
- Goaltenders: Samantha Ridgewell (25 saves, 3-0-2) // Corinne Schroeder (27 saves, 0-1-2)
- Power Plays: Merrimack (1-4) | BU (0-1)
- Shots on Goal (MC-BU): 7-10 // 8-5 // 10-7 // 4-5 // - 27-29
Merrimack will take on their first Hockey East road trip of the season, traveling to Chestnut Hill to take on Boston College Friday, October 19. Puck drop inside Conte Forum is set for 6 p.m.