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Women’s Hockey Clinches First-Ever Playoff Berth

February 19, 2017
For the first time in program history — and in just its second season of Division I competition — the Merrimack women’s ice hockey team has clinched a berth in the Hockey East playoffs.

Merrimack (11-20-3, 7-17-0 WHEA) earned a spot in the coveted tourney with a 3-2 come-from-behind victory against the University of Vermont on Saturday, Feb. 18, combined with Boston University’s win over the University of Maine on Sunday, Feb. 19.

The Warriors now advance to the best-of-three conference quarterfinals next weekend against top-seeded and sixth-ranked Boston College. The teams will square off Friday and Saturday at 2 p.m. at Boston College’s Conte Forum, and again on Sunday at 8 p.m. if a third and deciding game is needed.

In Saturday’s win, Merrimack fell behind 2-0 in the first period before scoring three unanswered goals. Sophomores Paige Voight and Dominique Kremer found the back of the net in the final five minutes of the first period, and Madison Morey notched the game-winner at 15:58 of the third. Freshman goalie Léa-Kristine Demers registered a career-high 48 saves.

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  • Goalie Léa-Kristine Demers registered a career-high 48 saves in the Feb. 18 win.
    Goalie Léa-Kristine Demers registered a career-high 48 saves in the Feb. 18 win.
    Photo: Mike Gridley

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