Moran's tally enough to complete sweep for women's ice hockey

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Senior Ashley Moran scored the game's lone goal on the power play midway through the second period to give the Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team a 1-0 victory over Saint Michael's College on Saturday afternoon at Sullivan Arena.

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Moran scored for the third time this season for Saint Anselm (9-0-0, 8-0-0 NEWHA) to extend her team's winning streak to start the season to nine games and its unbeaten streak to 23 games dating back to last season. The Hawks have now won all 33 all-time meetings with Saint Michael's (2-8-0, 2-6-0 NEWHA) after edging the Purple Knights by a single goal for the third time.

With Saint Anselm on its third power play of the game, Moran scored from Kathleen LeFebre and Samantha Boyer for the only goal of the afternoon. From the right point, Boyer shifted the puck to LeFebre in the middle of the ice. LeFebre found Moran near the outside edge of the left circle and Moran beat Nicole Talcott on her glove side with a wrist shot.

Talcott made 39 saves to keep Saint Michael's in the game but suffered the hard-luck loss. At the other end of the ice, Maddie Scavotto stopped all 10 shots she faced for her third-straight shutout and her fourth of the year in six starts. The junior has yielded just four goals in 361:19 in net for a 0.33 goals-against average this season.

The Hawks outshot the Purple Knights 40-10 in the game, including 30-4 over the final two periods. Saint Anselm's nation-leading power play (36.2 percent) was 1-for-6 in the game, while its top-ranked penalty kill (97.5 percent) killed off all four Saint Michael's power plays in the game. The Hawks have killed off 38-straight penalties since Sacred Heart University scored a third-period power-play goal in the season opener on Oct. 20.

Saint Anslem's nine-game winning streak trails only top-ranked and unbeaten Wisconsin for the longest current streak among teams eligible for the National Collegiate Women's Ice Hockey Championship.

The Hawks have two weeks until their next game, a 3 p.m. home contest against Bowdoin on Saturday, Dec. 2.