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Friendship Series Women's ice hockey in dublin & belfast

Day One

The team departed from Logan Airport on an overnight flight that brought us into Dublin on the morning of January 31. After a full traditional breakfast of eggs and black and white sausage, we headed on a walking tour around Dublin to see some of the sights and sounds of Ireland's capital.

Part of the group poses for a snap in the heart of Dublin

After a team lunch and checking into the hotel, we enjoyed a cultural night at Taylor's Three Rock, where many of our players participated in dancing and playing traditional instruments, as well as listening to classic Irish ballads and watching step dancing.

Keisha DiCaire jumps (far left) plays a bodhrán-- a traditional Irish drum

The team bid farewell to 2019, and were thrilled to ring in the New Year abroad.

Day Two

We spent the morning in Kilkenny, one of Ireland's oldest cities-- with history dating back over 400 years. The Warriors toured Kilkenny Castle, built in 1195, which stands as a calling card for the city mixed with medieval and modern design.

The team together in the portrait gallery in Kilkenny Castle
Kilkenny Castle from the River Nore, one of two rivers the city was founded on

We also spent time walking around the quaint city, enjoying a mild day before returning to Dublin in the afternoon.

Day Three

We travelled to Northern Ireland and settled into our first day in cosmopolitan Belfast, where we'd set up at SSE Arena for our first practice of the trip.

Following practice, we went to the Titanic Museum, which tells the story of the ill-fated vessel as well as honors both Belfast's ship building history.

The group in front of the Big Fish-- a statue honoring Belfast's maritime history

Day Four

After another morning practice and traditional lunch at McHugh's (shoutout to our faculty athletics representative Mary McHugh!) we got on a bus and drove out to Giant's Causeway.

We arrived following a rainstorm, and got to see some of the most breathtaking views of the North Sea at sunset, with the group going down along the hexagonal rocks at the beach before climbing up the cliffs for panoramic views.

On the Ice

Here's what a few of the players had to say about their time during the trip during a practice at SSE Arena:

Game Days

On January 4 we were finally able to take the ice for a game day! Merrimack had goals in the game from Courtney Maud and Dominika Laskova, with Lea-Kristine Demers making 29 saves.

Courtney Maud poses with Hockey East Commissioner Joe Bertagna after being Merrimack's player of the game in the first contest.

In the second game, Dominika Laskova scored her second goal of the weekend and third point of the series for the Warriors. Freshman goaltender Emma Gorski made 36 saves in the contest.

Dominika Laskova was Merrimack's player of the game in the second contest of the Friendship Series

Snapshots from the Games

All action photos courtesy William Cherry, Belfast Giants

Recap: Coach Hamlen

We sat down with head coach Erin Hamlen to discuss what the experience was like.

Thank You!

The Merrimack College women's ice hockey team would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of those involved with the Friendship Series for their hospitality and hard work for such a special experience.

Thank you to Shane Johnson and the Belfast Giants staff for making us feel at home right away in this space and providing our team with a professional experience. Thank you to Joe Bertagna, Kathy Wynters and Brian Smith at Hockey East for helping to continue to facilitate a special event. Thank you to those with Cara travel and everyone who provided hospitality for our team during our time in Dublin and Belfast. Go Warriors!

Puck drop with the Lord Mayor of Belfast