MANCHESTER, N.H. – Ashley Moran scored once and set up another as she led the Saint Anselm College women's hockey team to a 3-2 win in its season opener against New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) foe Franklin Pierce University on Friday night at Sullivan Arena.
Moran scored the opening goal and added an assist on the game-winning goal midway through a frantic second period for Saint Anselm (1-0-0, 1-0-0 NEHC), which improved to 13-0-0 all-time in season openers. The win over Franklin Pierce (0-1-0, 0-1-0 NEHC) also extended the Hawks' unbeaten record against the Ravens to 11-0-0.
The Hawks controlled the opening period and were rewarded with the opening goal midway through the stanza. Moran found the back of the net from near the left point off assists from Martha Findley and Megan Klaus at the 9:55 mark to open the scoring, as the Hawks outshot the Ravens 16-1 in the first 20 minutes.
Franklin Pierce capitalized on an early power play in the second period with Bridgette Prentiss bringing the Ravens level just 28 seconds into the period. Later in the second, it was Saint Anselm's turn to score on the power play, as Alex Starzyk received a pass from Alison Butler in the corner, walked past a couple defenders and fired a shot underneath the bar to put the Hawks back ahead.
Just 45 seconds later, Franklin Pierce tied the game for the second time when Michelle Holmes set up Marisa Ketterman for Holmes' second assist of the period. However, Caley Mueller put home a rebound on the back door after shots from Sara McNamara and Moran were saved at the 10:35 mark of the second for the game-winner on the power play.
Hannah Synnott made 16 saves for the Hawks in the victory, including a point-blank stop on a 2-on-1 in the late stages of the first period to keep the score at 1-0. Shannon O'Neil made 36 saves in the loss for the Ravens.
Saint Anselm outshot Franklin Pierce 39-18 in the game. The Hawks held a 32-8 advantage in shots in the first two periods before the Ravens claimed a 10-7 edge in the third. Saint Anselm was 2-for-4 on the power play and limited Franklin Pierce to one power-play goal on six opportunities.
The Hawks are home next weekend, Nov. 4-5, beginning with a matchup with UMass Boston on Friday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. at Sullivan Arena.