Brown Edged at Merrimack

Brown Edged at Merrimack

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass - The Brown women's hockey team was defeated by Merrimack, 4-3, on Wednesday night at Lawler Rink. Sophomore Tina Paolillo (East Haven, Conn.) led the Bears on the night with two goals, one in both the first and second period.
The Warriors built a 2-1 lead after one period of play while each team scored twice in the second for the final score. 

"There should have been more of a push in the third period for us to tie the game and there wasn't," said head coach Carisa Zaban Wahlig. "Calla had another solid night in net."

Senior Calla Isaac (Sherwood Park, Alberta) finished the game with 37 saves, her sixth contest this season with 30 or more saves.

Merrimack (4-11-2) took a 1-0 lead at 4:17 of the first period on a goal by Mikyla Grant-Mentis. Paolillo tied it up later in the stanza (17:12) with her first goal of the season with sophomore Lizzy Gross (Scarborough, Maine) and sophomore Shay Maloney (McHenry, Ill.) combining for the assists. The Warriors regained a lead just before the period closed, at 19:20, on Grant-Mentis' second of the night. 

The first period saw Merrimack hold a 13-9 lead in shots while Brown (1-9-0) had the only power play, going 0-for-1. 

Paolillo's second goal of the contest at 5:47 broke up two power-play goals by Merrimack (2:24 - Courtney Maud, 17:47 - Grant-Mentis) in the second period for a score of 4-3 with the help of junior Abby Nearis (Beverly, Mass.). Junior Darby Melia (Marshfield, Mass.) pulled the Bear within one (4-3) to conclude the stanza at 18:43 with the helpers coming from junior Megan Forrest (Enfield, Nova Scotia) and senior Veronica Alois (Andover, Mass.).

Shots ended 16-5 in favor of the Warriors for the second while Merrimack went 2-for-4 on the power play and the Bears went 0-for-2. 

Neither team scored in the third period as Merrimack outshot Brown, 12-4. At. 19:19, the Warriors went with the empty net and the Bears' defense held strong, blocking two shots to bring the game to its final. Each team had a power-play opportunity in the frame.
Merrimack's Lea-Kristine Demers turned away 15 shots in the opposing net while Grant-Mentis led the Warriors in scoring with three goals and one assist. 
Brown will next play at Providence in the 25th installment of the Mayor's Cup on Saturday, Nov. 30 at Schneider Arena starting at 12:00 p.m.