SHELTON, Conn. – The Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team opened the 2018-19 season with a 4-4 draw against Sacred Heart University on Friday night from the Sports Center of Connecticut.
Competing in their first game of the season, the Hawks start the season at 0-0-1 in New England Women's Hockey Alliance play while the Pioneers are now 2-2-1 and 2-0-1 in NEWHA action.
Junior Kaley Campbell (Colchester, Vt.) led the team with a pair of goals, while classmates Megan Klaus (State College, Pa.) and Amanda Conger (Swanton, Vt.) each had a tally and an assist. Freshmen Amanda Nylander (Handover, Minn.) and Erin Meyers (Saint Paul, Minn.) picked up their first career points with assists while sophomore Katy Meehan (Quincy, Mass.) added a helper of her own.
Senior goaltender Maddie Scavotto (East Falmouth, Mass.) made a career-high 34 saves in net. Her counterpart from the Pioneers, Sarah Erban, had 30 stops in net.
After the Hawks fired off five shots on goal in the first 13 minutes, it was the sixth shot that finally broke the scoreless first period. Campbell opened the 2018-19 season scoring for Saint Anselm on a feed from Nylander, giving the visitors a 1-0 lead at 13:38 of the opening frame.
Saint Anselm wasted little time to add to the 1-0 lead in the second stanza. A short-handed goal by Campbell gave the Hawks a 2-0 lead in the first 48 seconds, seeing her second goal of the evening come from assists by sophomores Madison Sprague (Hugo, Minn.) and Gabby Monaco (La Verne, Calif.).
The Pioneers cut the lead in half at 3:22 of the second period on a goal by Samantha Shoebottom. The Hawks had a 12-11 edge in shots in the second period.
Klaus got the lead back to a 3-1 advantage for the Hawks at 4:36 of the third period. Conger made it 4-1 with a power play goal at 11:04 of the period, with an assist by Klaus and Meyers.
Sacred Heart would not go quietly and eventually tied the game in the final period. Maddie Bishop got the Pioneers within two goals at the 15:20 mark of the third period. Her goal was assisted by Katie Stueve. The Pioneers took advantage of a couple penalties on the Hawks to tie the game at four as the time was winding down. Victoria Grimmer scored at 18:26 to bring the home team within a goal on a 5-on-3 power play before Bishop tied the game as time expired in the third period.
Sacred Heart had a 38-34 advantage in shots, including 4-1 in the overtime period. The Hawks had a power play goal and a shorthanded marker, while the Pioneers picked up a pair on the power play.
The Hawks and Pioneers play an afternoon tilt at 4 p.m. Saturday.