MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team trailed by a goal heading into the third period, but the Hawks scored a pair of goals in the third period for a 2-1 victory over Manhattanville College in the final exhibition game of the season.
The visitors scored the first goal of the game on a late tally in the opening period on the power play. Nicole Mensi sent a pass on the point finding Zoe Pellowitz, giving Manhattanville a 1-0 lead at 16:15.
The Hawks had a large 16-5 advantage in the second period on shots, but Manhattanville killed off three penalties to keep the home team off the scoreboard through two periods.
Junior defender Megan Klaus (State College, Pa.) got the home team on the board quickly in the final period. She took advantage of a turnover and beat the goalie only 1:42 into the third period.
Freshman Erin Meyers (Saint Paul, Minn.) scored just under seven minutes later for the eventual game-winning goal with assists from classmate Amanda Nylander (Hanover, Minn.) and sophomore Madison Sprague (White Bear Lake, Minn.).
Following that goal, the Valiants did not get a single shot on net for the remainder of the game.
The Hawks had a 43-11 advantage in shots on goal in the game, including a 15-1 difference in the final period. Senior goaltender Maddie Scavotto (Falmouth, Mass.) had 10 saves in net while her counterpart, Rose Pijaca, had 41 saves. Manhattanville converted 1-of-5 power plays in the game.
Saint Anselm has a quick turnaround and returns back to regular-season play on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Plymouth State for a 3 p.m. puck drop.