MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team improved to 10-1 this season with a 2-0 victory over the College of Saint Scholastica on Friday afternoon at the Sullivan Arena in Manchester, N.H.
Ashley Moran (Woburn, Mass.) scored what would turn out to be the game-winning goal 7:29 into the opening period to give the Hawks the first win in the two game set against the Saints (5-5). Halle Kent's (Lake Placid, N.Y.) second goal of the season late in the third period would give the game its final score.
Hannah Synnott (Montclair, N.J.) saved all 22 shots she faced for her ninth win of the season and third shutout of the year. Saint Scholastica's Lindsey Hartfiel suffered the setback, stopping 36-of-38 shots on the night.
Both teams will face off again tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 p.m. at the Sullivan Arena.
Saint Anselm controlled play early in the first period and Moran broke through with 12:31 remaining to put the Hawks on top 1-0. Current New England Hockey Conference Rookie of the Week Sara McNamara (Danbury, Conn.) skated down the left side and left a drop pass to Alex Kazmer (Crystal Lake, Ill.). Kazmer fired a shot on net that was stopped by Hartfiel, but Moran was there on the doorstep to put home the rebound.
Neither team could find the back of the net in the second period, but both teams had their chances. St. Scolastica had a pair of breakaway opportunities, but Synnott was up to the task, stoning both attempts and preserving the 1-0 advantage.
Kent's insurance goal came unassisted as she corralled the puck deep in her own zone. She skated through the Saints defense and down the left side, putting a shot on net that was turned away, but she got her own rebound and tucked inside the right post for the 2-0 advantage.
Saint Anselm held a 38-22 advantage in shots and the Hawks were 0-1 on their power play chance, while keeping Saint Scholastica off the board in their two chances.