PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Providence College women’s ice hockey team downed the Merrimack College Warriors in a 4-3 victory at Schneider Arena on Dec. 11. The Friars defeated the Warriors in the programs’ first ever meeting with the help of two goal games from seniors Lexi Romanchuk (San Jose, Calif.) and Brittney Thunstrom (Coon Rapids, Minn.). The Friars improved to 6-11-0 (4-7-0 WHEA) and Merrimack moved to 2-17-0 (1-10-0 WHEA).
Madison Myers (Colchester, Vt.) started in goal for the Friars and posted 15 saves and helped the Friars to a 2-1 record in December.
Romanchuk scored the first goal of the game after Cassidy MacPherson (Oakville, Ontario) battled for the puck on the half wall. MacPherson moved the puck to Romanchuk on the point, who took a slapshot that beat Merrimack’s Ridgewell on the left side of the net. The goal gave the Friars a 1-0 lead to end the first period.
Merrimack tied the game at 1-1 with 11:15 left in the second period. Paige Voight struck for the Warriors on a breakaway.
Providence took back the lead less than two minutes later when Thunstrom received a pass from Cassidy Carels (Bruxelles, Manitoba) on the point. Thunstrom quickly wristed a shot at the net that bounced past Ridgewell.
With four minutes remaining in the period, Providence went on a power play but Voight collected a shorthanded tally and knotted the game at two goals apiece.
Thunstrom added her second goal of the game after she received a breakout pass from MacPherson that sent her breaking into the Merrimack zone. Thunstrom took a wrist shot that slipped under Ridgewell’s pad and into the back of the net. Thunstrom’s goal sent the Friars into the second period with a 3-2 lead.
The Friars took a two-goal lead at the 7:54 mark in the third period when Romanchuck collected her second goal of the game on the power play. Madison Sansone (Lockport, N.Y.) picked up the puck in the corner and passed to Romanchuk at the point, who took a slap shot that beat Ridgewell just under the cross bar.
Merrimack cut the Friars lead to 4-3 with eleven minutes remaining with a power play goal from Baye Flanagan.
The Friars will return to action at 7:05 p.m. on January 2nd at Robert Morris for a non-conference series.
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