MANCHESTER, N.H. – Kaitlyn Spillane recorded a goal and an assist but the Saint Anselm College women's hockey team skated to a 2-2 tie with Manhattanville College after a last-minute goal by the Valiants in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) play on Saturday afternoon at Sullivan Arena to conclude Pink In The Rink Weekend.
Goals from Maura Kieft and Spillane on either side of a Sarah Sinning goal for Manhattanville (13-6-2, 10-2-1 NEHC) gave Saint Anselm (16-2-3, 12-1-1 NEHC) a 2-1 lead after two periods. With the Hawks still holding onto the one-goal lead, Zoey Pellowitz scored with 33 seconds to play in regulation for the Valiants and neither team found the back of the net in overtime.
The tie leaves Saint Anselm still atop the NEHC standings, three points ahead of both Holy Cross and Norwich, having played one more game than both the Crusaders and Cadets. Next up for Saint Anselm is a trip to Williams on Friday, Feb. 10 for a 4:30 p.m. start.
Saint Anselm outshot Manhattanville 43-20 in the game, including 11-4 in a scoreless first period. Kieft got the Hawks on the board at 9:50 of the second period shortly after a power play expired. The sophomore collected the puck on the left boards from Spillane and Meaghan Spurling, skated towards the net and beat Rose Pijaca upstairs for her team-best 12th goal of the season. Kieft now has at least one point in nine-straight games and 15 of the last 16.
Just 29 seconds later, the Valiants responded on Sinning's goal to tie it at 1-1. After Manhattanville cleared the zone, the Valiants broke out in transition and Sinning eventually put home a loose puck in front from Amanda Sabia and Taryn Harris.
The 1-1 tie lasted a little less than seven minutes until Spillane put the Hawks back on top. Sara McNamara tried to jam the puck in in front of the net after a Martha Findley shot from the right point was blocked in front. The rebound from McNamara's shot fell to Spillane, who scored from a sharp angle on the left for her fifth goal in the last four games. Spillane's two points gave the junior 16 points over an eight-game point streak.
Saint Anselm maintained its 2-1 lead until Pellowitz's last-minute extra-attacker goal. After Manhattanville pulled Pijaca for the extra attacker, Pellowitz snuck one past Hannah Synnott from the bottom of the left circle to send the game to overtime.
The Hawks took 11 shots in the five-minute overtime but got just three on net, while Manhattanville's lone shot on goal in the extra session was Harris' last-gasp effort. The closest Saint Anselm came to a winner came off of Spillane's stick just 15 seconds into overtime but her shot was straight at Pijaca.
Pijaca made 41 saves in the game and moved to 7-1-2 on the season, while Synnott stopped 18 shots to move her record to 3-1-1.