PREVIEW: Women's ice hockey to host Franklin Pierce in NEWHA Semifinals

 

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team will host the final weekend of the inaugural New England Women's Hockey Alliance (NEWHA) Tournament on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 24-25, at Sullivan Arena.

Saint Anselm was the predetermined host of the tournament's final four games prior to securing the top seed in the tournament. The Hawks will take on Franklin Pierce in the second semifinal at 4 p.m. on Saturday. The fourth-seeded Ravens edged fifth-seeded Saint Michael's, 2-1, at home on Wednesday night.

The first semifinal will feature second-seeded Holy Cross and third-seeded Sacred Heart, which blanked sixth-seeded Post, 6-0, on Wednesday night, and will start at 1 p.m. Sunday's consolation game will start at noon, followed by the championship game at 3 p.m.

The Hawks finished one point ahead of the Crusaders in the regular season with 33 points on a 15-2-3 record in NEWHA play. Saint Anselm clinched the top seed in the penultimate game of the regular season by defeating Holy Cross, 3-2, in Worcester, Mass. Sacred Heart earned 28 points in the regular season, while Franklin Pierce picked up 17.

Saint Anselm is looking for its second-straight postseason tournament title after winning the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) Open championship by defeating Holy Cross in overtime, 3-2, last season for its league-high seventh title (2005, 2007-08, 2012-14, 2017). The Crusaders won six NEHC Open championships (2003, 2009-11, 2015-16), while Sacred Heart claimed two (2002, 2006). The Hawks are 20-5-1 (.789) all-time in postseason play.

Saturday's semifinal will be the fifth meeting this season between the Hawks and Ravens. Saint Anselm won the first three by a combined 13-4 score before a 2-2 tie on Jan. 20 at Sullivan Arena. The Hawks are 15-0-1 all-time against the Ravens and won the lone postseason meeting, 2-0, in the NEHC Open semifinals on Feb. 27, 2016.

Tickets for each day will be $5 and will be good for both games of the day. Kids 12 and under are free. Saint Anselm students will be admitted free throughout the weekend with a valid ID.

SCOUTING SAINT ANSELM

  • Six Hawks were named to the All-NEWHA Teams on Wednesday, headlined by first-team selections Megan Klaus and Kaitlyn Spillane, as well as Co-Rookie of the Year Katy Meehan. Maddie Scavotto, Jackie Guy and Kaley Campbell were chosen to the second team.
  • Campbell leads Saint Anselm with 30 points (11-19-30) in 24 games this season, ranking 14th among DI/II skaters in points per game (1.25). Spillane has totaled 25 points (11-14-25) in 25 games to rank 23rd nationally in points per game (1.14) and sits five points shy of the 100-point milestone with 42 goals and 53 assists in her career.
  • Klaus leads all NEWHA defensemen with 23 points (5-18-23) and leads the way in power-play points (5-11-16), while ranking sixth in points per game among DI/II defensemen (0.85). Guy was a key part of the nation's top scoring defense (1.00 GAA) and also chipped in with a career-high five goals and nine assists.
  • Scavotto leads all of Divisions I and II with a 0.99 goals-against average and .942 save percentage while going 10-2-3 in 15 starts. Sophomore Michaela Kane is 7-1-1 with a 1.00 GAA and .945 save percentage in nine starts.
  • Meehan's 28 points (15-13-28) are the most by a Saint Anselm rookie since Rosemarie Giarrusso had 29 in 2009-10. She ranked seventh in the country in points per game by a rookie (1.08).
  • Saint Anselm boasts a record of 52-6-6 (.859) on its home ice since the start of the 2013-14 season and has won three postseason tournament titles at Sullivan Arena (2004-05, 2007-08, 2011-12).
  • The Hawks are 18-1-1 when leading after two periods this season and 17-1-2 when scoring first.

SCOUTING FRANKLIN PIERCE

  • Winners of its last three games, Franklin Pierce enters the postseason with a 15-11-2 overall record. After sweeping Post to end the regular season, the Ravens got a goal from senior Alex Brolsma with 1:53 remaining to break a 1-1 tie and send Franklin Pierce to a 2-1 win in the opening round on Wednesday evening.
  • Freshman forward Nicole Amato headlined four Ravens who received All-NEWHA honors, sharing the Rookie of the Year award with Meehan. Amato ranks third in the NEWHA with 37 points (19-18-37). Her 19 goals set a new program record, while her 37 points have her tied for the single-season record at Franklin Pierce.
  • Sophomore defenseman Bridgette Prentiss has three goals and 14 assists for 17 points to rank tied for fifth in points among NEWHA defensemen. Freshman forward Marissa Massaro joined Amato on the All-Rookie Team, trailing only her teammate in freshmen scoring in the NEWHA with 33 points (15-18-33).
  • With 16 goals and 14 assists this season, Brolsma has increased her career totals to 121 points (48-73-121) in 104 career games, while sophomore Meg Gilbride has 23 points on four goals and a team-high 19 assists.
  • Senior Madison Murray has made 17 starts in net, going 10-5-1 with a 2.04 goals-against average and .900 save percentage.
  • Franklin Pierce is a perfect 11-0-0 when leading after two periods but is 0-10-0 when trailing after 40 minutes.

2018 NEWHA Tournament Schedule

Wednesday, February 22st 

First Round ­
Game 1: #3 Sacred Heart 6, #6 Post 0
Game 2: #4 Franklin Pierce 2, #5 Saint Michael's 1

Saturday, February 24th 

Semifinals ­
Game 3: #3 Sacred Heart vs. #2 Holy Cross - 1:00 PM
Game 4: #4 Franklin Pierce at #1 Saint Anselm - 4:00 PM 

Sunday, February 25th    

Consolation
Game 5: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 loser - 12:00 PM

Championship
Game 6:  Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner - 3:00 PM