Women’s Hockey: Terriers look to find the win column against Merrimack and New Hampshire

By: Patrick Donnelly

BOSTON – After dropping their first game last Friday against Northeastern and skating to a tie in the rematch on Saturday, head coach Brian Durocher’s Terriers will face stiff competition against Merrimack College (3-0-1) on Friday and the University of New Hampshire (0-1-1) on Saturday. The Terriers (0-1-1) will be looking for their first win of the season after a tough start to last weekend.

Durocher knows his team will have to give its best effort for a full 60 minutes of both games this weekend in order to find success.

“We have to understand that 60 minutes of competing around the net means one game, not the season,” Durocher said. “If we forget that and if we come with anything less than 110%, we’re not going to be good enough.”

The Terriers continue their Hockey East slate with two matchups this weekend. The action kicks off Friday night at 7 p.m. as Merrimack Warriors hosts the Terriers at Lawler Rink. Merrimack has yet to play a Hockey East team this season, but the Warriors rattled off two dominant wins against Union College followed by a hard-fought tie and a win against Penn State.

Durocher said the Terriers need to support their goaltending with a more sound defensive game for the all three periods, especially against these strong Hockey East teams.

“You may get lucky on a given day, but your goalies can’t stand on their heads and keep dealing with people right in front of the net,” Durocher said.

After their tilt at Merrimack, the Terriers will return home to Walter Brown Arena in a Saturday matinee at 3p.m., hosting UNH. The Wildcats are also in search of their first win of the season. Saturday’s game will be UNH’s first of their Hockey East schedule.

Durocher knows that the Terriers struggled on the penalty kill last weekend allowing opponents four power play goals in just nine chances.

“You can run-and-gun, but if you’re giving up odd-man rushes or great chances by the net, you’re going to be in trouble,” Durocher said. “That has to be our focus this week as we just keep getting better and we want to keep working on killing penalties.”

The team will look to come out flying and string together three full periods in their games this weekend as they look to bounce back and get some points early on in this young season.


Author: Patrick Donnelly

Patrick is a junior majoring in journalism and minoring in public relations at Boston University’s College of Communication. Patrick is a co-director and the hockey editor at WTBU Sports. He aims to cover the NHL and the Boston Bruins for a living and to become a hockey insider. From Lynn, Massachusetts, Patrick is a graduate of Malden Catholic High School (’18) and is a huge Boston sports fan, avid golfer, and hockey fanatic. His favorite teams and athletes include, the Bruins, the New England Patriots, Tiger Woods, and Mark Scheifele. Co-host of the podcast, The Duck Boat Report, at WTBU Sports, and writer for Black ‘N Gold Hockey. He writes columns on the PGA, Bruins, and NHL for WTBU Sports. Patrick is also a Francis Ouimet Scholar. Find his author page at WTBU Sports, follow him on Twitter @PatDonn12, and check out his portfolio (patrickdonnellyportfolio.wordpress.com).

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