NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. -- The Minnesota State Maverick women's hockey team shutout the Merrimack College Warriors with a 3-0 victory to open the 2021-22 campaign on a winning note, Friday night at Lawler Rink.
Chalking up multi-point showings for the Mavericks, who are now 1-0 on the season, were junior defenseman Charlotte Akervik, who scored a power-play goal and had a shorthanded assist, as well as freshman forward Alexis Paddington, who earned two assists in her first collegiate game. With the loss, the Warriors are now 0-1 to open the season.
The Mavericks scored all three of their goals during the middle period. Akervik opened the scoring at 11:41 with the fifth goal of her career on the power play by unleashing a one-time shot from the top of the slot after exchanging give-and-go passes with Paddington to her right. The primary assist marked the first point of Paddington's career in her first game wearing the purple and gold. Sophomore forward Sydney Langseth provided the second assist.
Akervik grabbed her second point on a shorthanded goal scored by junior forward Kelsey King 15:59 into the second period. While clearing the puck on the penalty kill, Akervik slapped the puck around the right side of the MSU goal, up the boards and out of the zone where it found King who then skated in all alone and beat the MC netminder through the five-hole to make it a 2-0 MSU lead.
At 18:17 of the second period, a skirmish in front of Merrimack's net saw senior forward Brooke Bryant score her first goal of the season. Paddington earned her second assist on Bryant's 16th career goal. Senior forward Claire Butorac earned the secondary assist.
MSU held onto the 3-0 lead in the final period to help junior goaltender Calla Frank (1-0) secure her fifth career shutout behind a 16-save showing. On the other end for the Warriors, Emma Gorski (0-1) made 31 saves while allowing three goals against.
The Mavericks dominated the Warriors in the shooting battle with a 34-16 advantage. With the man advantage, the Mavericks scored one goal on three chances and one other marker coming on the kill. The Warriors were unsuccessful in four cracks with the advantage.
The Mavericks and Warriors rematch Saturday at 3:00 p.m., CST in the series finale at Lawler Rink.