MANCHESTER, N.H. – Amanda Conger and Kaley Campbell scored for the Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team in an 8-2 loss to the Chinese National Team in an exhibition game on Wednesday at Sullivan Arena.
Team China, whose roster included six players with Division I experience, scored three times in each of the first two periods and tacked on two goals in the third. The team is touring the United States this fall as two professional Chinese teams, Kunlun Red Star and Vanke Rays, are playing in the Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL) for the first time this year. Team China is made up of Chinese nationals and Chinese Americans/Canadians from both those teams.
Before the game, Saint Anselm's players presented their counterparts with pins and lanyards as souvenirs of their visit to the Hilltop.
Melanie Jue, who played at Cornell University, and Jessica Wong, who played at the University of Minnesota Duluth, each had two goals and one assist to lead Team China. Xin Fang netted a pair of goals and Xin He contributed a goal and two assists.
Team China struck for two goals in the first 3:13 of the game as part of a three-goal first period. Fang scored a pair of power-play goals in the opening 20 minutes for Team China, which outshot Saint Anselm 15-1 in the first period.
Conger got the Hawks on the board just 1:52 into the second period with an unassisted goal. The sophomore, who scored seven times as a freshman a year ago, jammed the puck in from close range to make it a 3-1 game.
Just 46 seconds later, Team China got the goal back through Jue's first goal of the game. The visitors stretched their lead to 6-1 late in the period, before Campbell fired in a shot from the slot after being set up by freshman Kathleen LeFebre with 10 seconds left in the second.
Jue scored on the power play 2:43 into the third and assisted on Liying Yang's goal with 3:15 remaining to close the scoring. Team China was 3-for-4 on the power play in the game, while Saint Anselm was 0-for-6.
The Hawks open their regular season slate at Sacred Heart University at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20.