Big second period leads women's ice hockey past Franklin Pierce

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team continued its unblemished start to the season by using a four-goal second period to top Franklin Pierce University, 5-1, on Friday evening at Sullivan Arena.

Box Score

Nine different skaters had at least one point for Saint Anselm (4-0-0, 3-0-0 NEWHA), led by one goal and two assists from freshman Katy Meehan. Franklin Pierce (1-3-0, 0-3-0 NEWHA) got a goal from Carolyn Drowne to tie the game midway through the second period, but the Hawks scored three times late in the period to build a 4-1 advantage.

With the win, Saint Anselm maintained its perfect record against Franklin Pierce, as the Hawks have now won all 13 meetings in the series. Kaley Campbell and Paige Gorecki each tallied a goal and an assist in the win, while Megan Klaus recorded a pair of assists.

After a scoreless opening period, Gorecki got the scoring started early in the second, lighting the lamp from Meehan and Campbell after just 1:31. From behind the net, Campbell got the puck to Meehan near the front of the goal and Gorecki put home the rebound after Kelly Turney made a save on Meehan.

The Ravens tied the score exactly seven minutes later on Drowne's goal, the lone shot of the game that got by Michaela Kane, who made 18 saves to pick up her second-straight victory.

Saint Anselm scored three times in a little over four minutes late in the period, beginning with a Campbell power-play goal at 13:18. The sophomore was on hand to jam in a rebound off a Klaus shot from between the circles for her third goal in four games this season.

Less than a minute later, Madison Sprague scored her first collegiate goal, finding the top corner from near the top edge of the left circle. Amanda Conger completed the four-goal third, fending off a defender while circling behind the net and scoring on the wraparound for her first of the year. Kathleen LeFebre earned her first-career point by setting up Conger's tally.

Meehan grabbed the lone goal of the third period on the power play at 16:59 from Klaus and Kaitlyn Spillane. The freshman was left alone on the doorstep to tap in a rebound off a Klaus shot from straight on for her third of the season, tying Campbell for the team lead.

Turney made 27 saves for Franklin Pierce in the loss after Saint Anselm held a 32-19 advantage in shots in the game. The Ravens were 0-for-8 on the power play, while the Hawks' were 2-for-5 to improve to 6-for-19 (31.6 percent) on the season with the extra skater.

The two teams complete their home-and-home weekend series with a 4 p.m. tilt in Winchendon, Mass. on Saturday, Nov. 4.