NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Power plays were key for both teams at Kreitzberg Arena as the Saint Anselm women's hockey team skated to a 1-1 tie with ECAC East-leading Norwich Friday night in a heated and physical conference matchup.
The tie snapped Norwich's 22-game win streak against league opponents as the Cadets moved to 9-2-2 overall and 6-0-1 in the league. Saint Anselm, which remained in a jumbled heap for third place in the league, moved to 8-4-2 overall and 4-1-2 in league play.
While each team earned a point in the contest, both had several opportunities to pull out the victory. The two teams combined for 14 penalties and 28 minutes of time in the box—two of those power play chances resulting in the only scores of the game. In particular, the Cadets had three different 5-on-3 situations throughout the game, all of which Saint Anselm successfully fended off.
While it struggled to stay out of the pen in the third period, upset-minded Saint Anselm took to the offensive in the first two periods. Despite Norwich outshooting the Hawks with a slim 14-12 advantage, the Hawks had several good looks and held possession for much of the opening pair of frames.
Finally, at the 6:27 mark of the second period, junior Sarah Geisinger (Willoughby, Ohio) scored the game opening tally short side from the left faceoff circle, over the shoulder of Cadet goaltender Laurie King. Freshman Jackie Guy (Saint Louis, Mo.) and sophomore Meaghan Spurling (Byfield, Mass.) each picked up an assist on the power play score as Saint Anselm was in line for the upset bid.
However the Hawks got perhaps a bit too aggressive in the third period, picking up seven penalties and 14 minutes' worth of the period in the box. While senior goaltender Lindsey Brown (Mounds View, Minn.) had another strong showing in-net for the Hawks, Norwich's Erin Joyce sent home a rebound at the top of the crease to lock the game at 1-1 and sending it into an extra session.
Saint Anselm would go on to outshoot the Cadets in the overtime period, 4-1, but neither team could break through as two of the better teams in the league settled for a tie.
Brown, who recorded 25 saves against Saint Scholastica last weekend, tallied a career-high 26 saves Friday night en route to another draw decision. On the year, she is 5-0-2 between the pipes.
The Hawks will continue their road swing Saturday afternoon with a matchup against intrastate rival Plymouth State. Opening faceoff against the Panthers is slated for 2 p.m.