DULUTH, Minn. – A furious second period rally came up just short as the Saint Anselm women's hockey team fell, 5-2, to the College of Saint Scholastica Friday evening at Mars Lakeview Arena.
The loss drops the Hawks to 7-4-1 on the season, while the Saints improved to a matching 7-4-1 overall record as well.
Saint Anselm outshot the Saints 33-19, but went 0-for-4 on its power play opportunities. Saint Scholastica went 1-for-4 in its power play chances, putting the game out of reach early in the third period.
After giving up a pair of first period goals scored just 1:37 seconds apart, Saint Anselm responded with a similar flurry in the second stanza. Nearly 15 minutes into the period, Kaitlin Spillane (Franklin, Mass.) would break the proverbial ice for the Hawks off an assist from Sarah Geisinger (Willoughby, Ohio). Just 51 seconds later, Jessica Galiczewski (Kings Park, N.Y.) locked the game at 2-2 off an assist from senior Franny Nicholson (Saint Paul, Minn.).
However, the Saints' Ivy Smith would put away a backbreaker with just 27 seconds remaining in the second period to retake the lead, and Saint Scholastica would add another early power play tally early in the third to seal up the victory on home ice.
Sophomore Hannah Synnott (Montclair, N.J.) took the loss between the pipes and fell to 2-4-1 on the year, recording 12 saves in nearly 42 minutes of action. Senior Lindsey Brown (Mounds View, Minn.) finished the final 18 minutes of play and picked up a pair of stops.
The Hawks return to action tomorrow for the finale of the two-game series against Saint Scholastica. Game time is scheduled for 3 p.m. locally (4 p.m. ET) at Mars Lakeview Arena.