Quinnipiac ties with Merrimack

Quinnipiac ties with Merrimack

NORTH ANDOVER, Massachusetts - No. 8/8 Quinnipiac women's ice hockey played to a draw vs. Merrimack, 2-2, in its final out-of-conference action of the 2016-17 season on Friday evening at Lawler Rink. The Bobcats move to 16-6-5 (9-4-2 ECAC Hockey) with the tie, while Merrimack is now 8-16-3 (4-13-0 Hockey East).
 
Quinnipiac is now 10-3-2 on the road this season. The Bobcats have recorded 43 goals away from Hamden, which ranks No. 3 nationally.
 
Freshman Kenzie Prater (Hudson, Wisconsin) and senior captain Emma Woods (Burford, Ontario) each scored in the tie.
 
Prater got the Bobcats going early, grabbing her sixth goal of the 2016-17 season with 10:40 left in the first period. Melissa Samoskevich (Sandy Hook, Connecticut) blasted a shot toward goal from the point, then Prater deflected the puck off her skate and into the goal to make it 1-0 Quinnipiac.
 
Samoskevich and Taryn Baumgardt (Innisfail, Alberta) were each credited with an assist on the goal.
 
Merrimack tied things up just 3.4 seconds prior to the first intermission, though, as sophomore Annie Boeckers cleaned up a loose puck in front of the net for her sixth goal of the season. Mikyla Grant-Mentis and Paige Voight each earned helpers on the play.
 
The Warriors then took the lead with 12:23 left in the 2nd period, as Voight backhanded a pass from Grant-Mentis into the back of the net to make it 2-1. Grant-Mentis carried the puck up the right side of the ice, then found Voight between two Bobcat defenders for the goal.
 
Quinnipiac would bounce back to even the game 2-2 before the end of the second stanza, as Woods scored the goal to tie the game with 5:23 left in the second period. Taylar Cianfarano (Oswego, New York) carried the puck up the left side of the ice, then sent a pass toward Woods out in front of the net. The captain redirected the puck past Merrimack goaltender Lea Kristine Demers for her 10th goal of the season.
 
Woods now has 10 goals and nine assists (19 points), while Cianfafano has 12 goals and nine assists for (21 points).
 
Quinnipiac senior goaltender Sydney Rossman (Excelsior, Minnesota) registered 17 saves in the tie, making her 14-6-4 this year.
 
The Bobcats head to a 11-day break. The program is back in action on Jan. 31, 2017, hosting Princeton at High Point Solutions Arena in Hamden.