Unbeaten streak at seven for women's hockey after tie at Colby

Unbeaten streak at seven for women's hockey after tie at Colby

WATERVILLE, MainePaige Gorecki and Maura Kieft netted goals for the Saint Anselm College women's hockey team in a 2-2 tie against non-conference opponent Colby College on the road on Tuesday afternoon at Alfond Rink.

Box Score

Despite being outshot 61-21 by Saint Anselm (8-1-2) for the game, Colby (0-5-2) held a 2-1 lead late in the second before Kieft scored her third goal in the last two games inside the final 10 seconds of the period. The Hawks had a couple good scoring chances in the final 1:30 of regulation and a power-play opportunity in overtime but the Mules held on behind 59 saves from freshman netminder Halley Fine.

The tie was the second in a row for the Hawks against New England Small College Athletic Conference opposition and extended Saint Anselm's unbeaten streak to seven games. The seven-game run is tied for the second-longest among Division II and III teams in the country.

Midway through the first period, the Hawks got the opening goal when Paige Gorecki put home a rebound after her initial attempt was blocked following a face-off win by Alison Butler, who earned an assist on Gorecki's fourth goal of the season.

Colby responded with goals at both ends of the second period to take the lead. Taylor Methven evened the game at 1-1 at 2:43 of the second with her first-career goal on a breakaway before Eleanor Knutzen put the Mules ahead 2-1 with 2:58 remaining in the period.

However, before the second period was over, the Hawks got the tying goal from Kieft with 9.2 seconds left. After the Mules were unable to clear the zone, Kaitlyn Spillane's hard shot was turned aside by Fine but Kieft found the back of the net with a one-timer on the rebound. The goal was Kieft's sixth of the season, the second-most on the team, and gave her seven points during a five-game point streak.

In the third period, the Mules killed off two Saint Anselm power plays and held the Hawks without a power-play goal for just the third game this season. The Hawks entered the game with the nation's third-best power play (29.8 percent) but was 0-for-5 on the night.

Fine twice denied Spillane the potential game-winning goal inside the final two minutes of regulation as the Hawks piled on the pressure by tallying 21 third-period shots. Saint Anselm got an early power-play opportunity in the overtime session but Colby again kept the Hawks off the board.

Maddie Scavotto moved to 6-0-2 this season by making 19 saves and is one of just three goaltenders in Divisions II and III to have at least five decisions without a loss.

Saint Anselm has a month off before returning to New England Hockey Conference play with a trip to Franklin Pierce on Saturday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m.

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