MANCHESTER, N.H. – Freshman Megan Klaus scored her third goal in two games but visiting Amherst College scored the game's final three goals to record a 3-1 victory over the Saint Anselm College women's hockey team on Wednesday evening at Sullivan Arena.
Klaus, the reigning New England Hockey Conference Rookie of the Week, opened the scoring at 8:02 of the first period to give Saint Anselm (9-2-2) a 1-0 lead after one. However, Amherst (5-4-2) scored early in the second and twice late in the third to end the Hawks' eight-game unbeaten streak. The setback was just Saint Anselm's fourth in its last 46 home games dating back to the 2012-13 season.
Klaus' opening goal was set up by Maura Kieft, who intercepted a pass as the Purple and White tried to clear the zone. The puck eventually worked its way to Klaus at the point and she found the upper-right corner for her third collegiate goal. Kieft's assist gave her points in seven of the last eight games. The sophomore has a total of four goals and five assists over the span.
Saint Anselm controlled the first period, holding Amherst to a single shot on goal and firing 16 times on Bailey Plaman but Plaman made 15 saves to keep the score at 1-0. Amherst got a fortunate bounce to tie the game 2:30 into the second period, as Sara Culhane threw the puck at the net and it went in off a Saint Anselm defenseman.
The score remained locked at 1-1 until the final five minutes of the third, with Maddie Scavotto making three big saves in the first half of the final period to keep it tied. The Purple and White went ahead with 4:11 remaining when Emma Griese re-directed Laura Schmidlein's shot from the left point for the eventual game-winning goal.
A little over a minute later, Alex Toupal gave Amherst an insurance goal, as she intercepted a pass near her own blue line, led a 3-on-1 break and scored herself with 2:52 to go.
Plaman made 23 saves to move to 3-1-1 on the season for the Purple and White, while Scavotto suffered her first loss of 2016-17 to fall to 7-1-2 despite 17 saves.
Amherst outshot Saint Anselm 19-8 over the final two periods but the dominant first period gave the Hawks a 24-20 advantage for the game. Both teams were 0-for-2 on the power play in the game.
Saint Anselm finishes the week by hosting Stevenson in a non-conference matchup on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 1 p.m. at Sullivan Arena.