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Wednesday W’s! Merrimack Women’s Hockey defeat Maine 2-1 in Overtime of Hockey East Opening Round

Marcus Antonelli – Sports Editor

Photo by Lauren Hearn (@hearnphotography)

Last night, Merrimack Women’s Hockey looked to make some noise in the opening round of the Hockey East Playoffs. 

The No. 9 Warriors (11-21-3, 7-17-3 WHE) came into Alfond Arena, hoping to strike out their opponent the No. 8 Maine Black Bears (15-18-2, 11-14-2 WHE). 

In a tight barnburner, they did just that. MC beat Maine in overtime by a score of 2-1, capping off a complete sweep of the Black Bears (3-0-1, Including a 3-0 comeback to win in the shootout on Jan. 20)

THE RECAP

It was 0-0 for the first twenty minutes. Both sides found themselves in a deadlock but Maine would break through with a few chances. Thanks to Merrimack sophomore goaltender Calli Hogarth, those chances were nullified. Her 14 saves in the first period kept the Warriors safe and sound. 

However in the second period, UMaine struck first blood. A loose puck in Merrimack’s D-zone was corralled by Maine’s Sam Morrison, she tapped it to Ida Kuoppala who buried it. It was 1-0 Black Bears in the blink of an eye.  

In the third period, the Warriors struck back. In the cathedral of Maine Hockey she used to call home, Celine Tedenby drew the blade early on her former team. Just two minutes in, she sniped a shot from the point on the power-play to make it a tie game at one.

From there it was once again a continuous deadlock. At this point, the next puck that crossed the goal line would be the game winner. 60 minutes transpired and before you knew it, we had overtime. 

The Warriors made quick work of post-regulation. Two minutes in, a loose puck in Maine’s slot popped out to the blue line. Defenseman Natalie Nemes dropped the puck back to her partner Raice Szott. Szott fired the puck perfectly behind the net to redirect to a wide open Allison Reeb, who buried it. 

2-1 Warriors, the final score.

Merrimack, with this win, advances to the Quarterfinals of the Women’s Hockey East Playoff. They don’t have much time to rest though. This Saturday the 2nd, MC will take on the No. 2 Northeastern Huskies (23-10-3, 16-8-3 WHE) down at Matthews Arena.  

Merrimack is one of the ten teams that have put a loss on the Huskies record. Earlier in the season, the Warriors upset NU in Lawler with a close 1-0 win. MC is 1-2 in the season series against Northeastern. 

The last two playoff runs for Merrimack have been ended by the Huskies in the quarterfinals. MC, would like to turn the tide this Saturday en route to potentially compete in their first ever Hockey East Semifinal appearance.

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