Meehan's hat trick leads women's ice hockey to 3-1 win over Sacred Heart

SHELTON, Conn. – The Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team picked up its first win of the season, taking down Sacred Heart University on Saturday afternoon by a 3-1 score in New England Women's Hockey Alliance action.

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The Hawks improve to 1-0-1 overall and in NEWHA play while the Pioneers fall to 2-3-1 and 2-1-1 in league action.

Sophomore Katy Meehan (Quincy, Mass.) picked up her second-career hat trick for the Hawks to lead the offensive attack. Juniors Kaley Campbell (Colchester, Vt.) and Megan Klaus (State College, Pa.) each had assists for Saint Anselm.

Sophomore Gabby Monaco (La Verne, Calif.) and freshman Amanda Nylander (Hanover, Minn.) also added an assist each. Junior goaltender Michaela Kane (Haverhill, Mass.) stopped 22 shots en route to the victory.

Meehan opened the scoring in the first period with just 1:04 elapsed. The Hawks outshot their opponent 8-1 in the opening 10 minutes of the first period and finished the period with an 11-8 edge in shots on goals. 

Meehan extended Saint Anselm's lead in the second period at 11:14, scoring a power play goal. The Quincy, Massachusetts native picked up her third tally just 55 seconds into the final period to extend the Hawks' lead to 3-0. 

The Pioneers would not be kept off the scoreboard, however, as Jayne Lewis scored on a 5-on-3 power play to make it 3-1 at 9:11 of the third. Unfortunately for the home team, they only registered three shots on goal for the remainder of the game as the Hawks defense came up with four blocked shots during that span.

The Hawks again scored on the power play to go 1-for-4 on the afternoon while outshooting their opponent, 29-23. Saint Anselm's defense blocked 13 shots in the game as well.

Frankie Sanchez had 26 saves in net for the home team while Haley Payne dished out an assist.

Saint Anselm hosts the reigning NCAA Division III National Champions from Norwich University on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at Sullivan Arena in an exhibition contest. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.