NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Despite the second-career hat trick and just the third for the program from sophomore Katelyn Rae (Courtice, Ontario), the Merrimack College women's ice hockey team was tripped up by Maine on Saturday, 5-3 to split the weekend series with the Black Bears.
Score: Maine 5, Merrimack 3
Records: Merrimack (10-18-3, 6-15-0 HEA) | Maine (5-19-1, 5-15-1 HEA)
Location: Lawler Rink| North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
- The Warriors got out to a slow start in the second game of the weekend with Maine, as the Black Bears tacked on three goals in the first period alone after scoring just three total goals in two games against Merrimack this season, two of which came on extended power play including a 5-on-3 opportunity. Merrimack would be tasked with recovering from a three-point deficit as they headed to the second despite being even with Maine in shots on goal, with each team posting 11 in the first period.
- Rae would give the Warriors a spark in the first minute of the second period and get Merrimack on the board. In mirror fashion to her tally in Friday's game, Rae would plant herself in front of the net and perfectly redirect a shot from the point off the stick sophomore Dominique Kremer (West Fargo, N.D.) to cut Merrimack's deficit to two.
- Special teams would hurt the Warriors on both sides in Saturday's contest, as the eventual game-winning goal for Maine would come on a shorthanded effort, retaking a three-goal lead at the 6:30 mark of the second period.
- The second of Rae's three goals would come at the end of the second frame as the sophomore would bookend the period with goals. The Ontario native would receive a pass close range and roof the puck from right in front of the goaltender to bring the Warriors back within two goals.
- After 17:41 of scoreless action into the third period, Rae would cap off her three-goal effort with a tally while Merrimack had an empty net and an extra attacker on. The score would bring Merrimack within a goal of tying the score for the first time all game with just 2:41 remaining in regulation.
- The Warriors would continue to press with six skaters on the ice in the final minutes, looking to tie the score and bring the game to overtime. But with just over a minute to play, the Black Bears would manage to gain possession in the neutral zone, which was all they needed to fire the puck into Merrimack's empty net and seal the weekend split.
Inside The Numbers
- Rae registers her second hat trick of the season and just the third for the program following a three-goal game from freshman Mikyla Grant-Mentis (Brampton, Ontario) against Boston University last weekend. After going 11 straight games without a goal, Rae has scored in three straight games, posting five goals in that span.
- With her assist on Saturday, Grant-Mentis stretches her point streak to six games. In that span, she has registered 4g-5a--9p.
- Goaltenders: L – Ridgewell (3-7-2, 7 saves) | W – Fujimagara (3-3-0, 40 saves)
- Power Plays: Merrimack (1-6) | Maine (2-5)
- SOG: MC – 43 | Maine – 38
The Warriors conclude their four-game homestretch with their home finale next Sunday, February 12 when they host Providence for their Hockey East Skating Strides game. Puck drop is set for 2:00 p.m.