NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Propelled by a program-best seven goals from six different Warriors, the Merrimack College women's ice hockey team posted its largest-ever scoring margin in a 7-2 rout of Maine on Friday afternoon on Merrimack's first-ever Senior Day. Senior Marie Delarbre (Fussen, Germany) tallied one of the scores before being honored in a postgame ceremony along with classmate Samantha Saulnier (Somerville, Mass.).
Score: Merrimack 7, Maine 2
Records: Merrimack (10-17-3, 6-14-0 HEA) | Maine (8-19-1, 4-15-1 HEA)
Location: Lawler Rink | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
- This offensive showcase for the Warriors was opened up at the 12:09 mark of the first period thanks to sophomore Madison Morey (Fairbanks, Alaska) netting her third goal of the season. The sophomore would create an offensive rush, crash the net and put home an easy rebound to take the first lead of the game.
- The Warriors would see the game tied back up just 1:39 later after a Merrimack turnover in the defensive end would be capitalized on by Maine, knotting the score at 1-1. Less than a minute later, sophomore Katelyn Rae (Courtice, Ontario) would put Merrimack back in front on a beautiful redirect on a shot from the point from Dominique Kremer (West Fargo, N.D.) for her 13th of the season. It would be a lead the Warriors would hold for the rest of the game.
- The Warriors kept it rolling into the second period and saw their lead extended to 3-1 less than four minutes into the frame. On the program's first-ever Senior Day, Delarbre would net the sixth goal of her career and second of the season, stuffing in gritty goal from close range to get on the box score.
- Freshman Mikyla Grant-Mentis (Brampton, Ontario) would continue her torrent pace in 2017, netting her ninth goal of the season and fourth goal in the last two games. The rookie would score on a breakaway after receiving a perfect feed from the defensive zone from classmate Chloe Cook (Summerland, British Columbia) to give the Warriors a three-goal lead. Maine would strike for the final time late in the second to cut the Warriors' lead to two goals heading to the third period.
- Just over six minutes in to the final frame, sophomore Allison Sexton (Stonewall, Manitoba) would essentially put the game away for Merrimack, scoring twice in a 2:17 span to extend Merrimack's lead to four goals with just 11: 35 remaining in regulation.
- The dagger would come at the 15:22 mark of the third period on the first goal of the season from sophomore Jessica Kuhlman (Severna Park, Md.), cleaning up a rebound to put the Warriors lead at an impressive five goals with less than five minutes remaining, where it held through regulation.
Inside The Numbers
- The seven tallies in Friday's game mark for the most ever in a single game in program history for the Warriors. It tops a five-goal effort from earlier this season, also posted in a win over Maine. The five-goal scoring margin is also the largest for the Warriors in program history.
- Merrimack registered plenty of firsts and career-highs in Friday's win; Sexton set career-bests with two goals and three points. Sophomore Jillian Battista (Tonawanda, N.Y.) registered her first-career multi-point game with two assists.
- With the score, Grant-Mentis stretches her current point streak to five games.
- Goaltenders: W – Demers (7-11-1, 37 saves) | L – Fujimagara (2-3-0, 26 saves)
- Power Plays: Merrimack (1-2) | Maine (0-1)
- SOG: MC – 37 | Maine – 39
The Warriors return to the ice at Lawler Rink tomorrow for their season-series finale with the Black Bears at 2:00 p.m.