WORCESTER, Mass. – A stellar defensive performance by Emma Gorski in goal led the way for the Merrimack offense to jump to a 3-2 victory over the Holy Cross Crusaders on Saturday for the women’s hockey team’s first victory of the year.
Score: Merrimack 3, Holy Cross2
Records: Merrimack (1-1-0, 1-1-0 HE) | Holy Cross (2-4-0, 2-4-0 HE)
Location: Hart Center | Worcester, Mass.
How It Happened
- Holy Cross once again scored the first goal of the contest, as Millie Sirum took the puck end to end after picking up a blocked shot at her own blueline to give the Crusaders the lead at 17:37 of the first.
- Captain Megan Fergusson scored her second of the weekend at 9:02 of the second. After an initial shot by Ally Qualley at the nearside post, a flurry of activity descended around the Holy Cross net, with Fergusson cashing in a backhanded shot on an open net.
- Katie Kaufman added a second goal for the Warriors in the period, taking a centering pass from Bree Bergeron from behind the net end-to-end, finishing with a cut through the high slot and quick release for the goal.
- Merrimack added its third goal in the third, ending an offensive zone flurry. Courtney Maud had an initial opportunity unmarked in front that was kicked out wide and regrouped by the Warriors. Digging the puck out from the corner, Merrimack worked the puck back out in front, where Julia MacLean steadied the loose puck in the slot for a one time shot by Gabby Jones.
- The Crusaders earned their second on the night with the extra skater after pulling their goaltender as Bryn Saarela cut in the slot with a screen in front at 18:49.
Notes & Numbers
- The 44 saves by Gorski were the second highest stops in her collegiate tenure. Her career high 47 saves came on Feb. 7, 2020 against Northeastern.
- Sophomore Allison Reeb had an opportunity with her first career penalty shot at 3:58 of the first period after getting hooked on a shorthanded breakaway.
- Two more rookies notched their first career points, as Ally Qualley earned an assist on Fergusson’s goal, and Bree Bergeron getting a helper on Katie Kaufman’s tally.
- Goaltenders: Emma Gorski (44 saves, 1-1-0) | Jada Brenon (17 saves, 2-3-0)
- Power Plays: MC 0-2 | HC 0-4
- Shots on Goal: MC 6, HC 18 | MC 9, HC 14 | MC 5, HC 14 | MC 20, HC 46
- Faceoffs: 24 MC | 33 HC
- Blocks: 21 MC | 7 HC
The Warriors look to compete against the UConn Huskies next weekend for a home-and-home conference series.
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