NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack women’s ice hockey team will play its last road series of the 2019-20 season, taking to Storrs, Conn. to face off against the UConn Huskies.
The Warriors enter the weekend off of a tie against UNH on Saturday, coming back from a deficit to take a 2-1 lead before settling for their fifth tie of the season. Merrimack’s first goal against UNH was on the power play, as Kate Bukolska deflected Julia MacLean‘s shot from the point. The second was from Gabby Jones, who pulled the puck away from a fracas in front of the net to fire in a shot between the goaltender and post.
Senior Mikyla Grant-Mentis earned an assist on Jones’ goal, becoming the program’s all-time leading point scorer with 114 points, with 55 goals and 59 assists in 133 games.
Last time out against UConn, Merrimack fell in overtime at home on Oct. 19, unable to capture a comeback victory after rallying after trailing by two. In that contest, Grant-Mentis had a three point night with two goals and an assist on Bukolska’s shorthanded goal.
Five Things to Know:
• Senior netminder Lea-Kristine Demers has had six straight appearances with 35 or more saves, with her highest shot total coming against Maine on Jan. 17, where Demers made 45 stops.
• Against the No. 2/3 Northeastern Huskies, freshman goaltender Emma Gorski made 47 saves, the most since Samantha Ridgewell turned aside 46 shots by Northeastern on Feb. 23, 2019.
• The Warriors hold a 4-8-2 overall record against the Huskies, with a win and a tie at Connecticut.
• Merrimack’s power play is fourth in Hockey East in conference contests, with the Warriors converting at a 16.2% rate, with 16 goals on the advantage in conference play.
• Sophomore defender Julia MacLean is fourth in Hockey East in blocked shots with 57 this season.
A Look at the Huskies:
The Huskies look to gain ground in the Hockey East standings to earn home ice advantage after clinching a playoff spot. Currently in fifth, UConn holds an 11-8-2 record with the most games in hand of Hockey East teams with six, and can finish anywhere from second to eighth in the standings.
UConn is led by a pair of forwards in Catherine Crawley, with 12 goals and 27 points in 30 games, and Natalie Snodgrass with 11 goals and 27 points and a team-leading 140 shots on goal. Four members of the Huskies team have three power play tallies, with Crawley and Savannah Bouzide scoring all of their PP tallies in conference play.
In goal, Morgan Fisher holds an 8-10-2 record, with seven wins in conference play—with Samantha Carpentier-Yelle holding a 7-3-0 record in 11 starts, with five wins in conference play. Fisher has a .918 save percentage and 2.15 GAA, while Carpentier-Yelle has a 1.70 GAA and .929 save percentage.
Inside the Matchup
|Merrimack (4-20-4, 1-16-4 HEAW)||Category||UConn (15-13-2, 12-9-2 HEAW)|
|2-2 T, (2/8 vs New Hampshire)||Last Game||6-2 L, (2/9 at Vermont)|
The Warriors will end the season with a home-and-home against Northeastern, with the Huskies coming to Lawler Rink for Senior Day on Friday, Feb. 21 with puck drop at 6 p.m. before finishing the year at Matthews Arena at 2 p.m.
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