Despite the late-game rally, the Merrimack women's ice hockey team was held off from completing the comeback on home ice against the University of Vermont on Saturday night.
How It Happened
Merrimack scored the first goal of the game midway through the first period. Courtney Maud worked deep in the corner to retrieve the puck, sending it over to Kiki Roust at the point. Roust squared up for the shot with traffic in front, as Maud was ready for the rebound cutting in deep for the Warriors lead.
Vermont jumped for four goals in the second period, with two coming on the power play.
The Warriors kickstarted the comeback efforts late in the second period. On the power play, Gabby Jones fired a shot from the top of the circle, with a big rebound kicked out from the shot. Hannah Corneliusen at the top of the crease settled the puck down for another opportunity, before Alexa Pongo jumped on the loose puck to get on the board.
Defender Teghan Inglis cut the Vermont momentum late in the second. After Bree Bergeron's shot from the point was blocked, teams flurried at the top of the faceoff circle for the loose puck. Cleared out to center, Bergeron re-set the play with a pass to Inglis with a head of steam where she cut across the blueline and through the slot past her two defenders to pot past the goaltender.
In the third, Ally Qualley notched her first goal of the season after taking a pass from Raice Szott from an entry breakup. The sophomore took the puck along the boards, cutting in on goal with a rising shot to make it a one goal game.
Inglis' efforts continued with two minutes to play in the game. Down by a goal, the junior rushed in along the boards to capture a loose puck, charging in again on goal before cutting across the crease with a shot past the pad to tie the game.
In an aggressive three-on-three overtime, Vermont pinned down enough of the momentum to convert for a game-winner at 3:13 of extra time.
Inglis has now had a pair of two goal games this season, with the first coming at Boston University on Oct. 15. She is now tied for the team lead in goals with seven.
Four players have notched two goal games this season—along with Inglis, Katie Kaufman, Dominika Laskova and Alexa Pongo have all had multigoal efforts.
The contest was the second straight to go to overtime at Lawler Arena.
The seven o'clock puck drop was the first for the Warriors at home since Friday, Nov. 7, 2018 where Merrimack took a 3-0 win over Holy Cross.