PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team blanked Plymouth State University, 4-0, on Saturday afternoon in a non-conference contest at Hanaway Rink.
The Hawks improve to 2-0-1 on the year overall while the Panthers fall to 0-2 on the young season.
Junior forward Amanda Conger (Swanton, Vt.) led Saint Anselm with a goal and an assist on the day. Sophomore Madison Sprague (White Bear Lake, Minn.) and senior Caley Mueller (Littleton, Colo.) both scored in the winning effort. Sophomore Kathleen LeFebre (Methuen, Mass.) also had a tally in the game.
Junior Jamie Gottwald (Easton, Mass.) and freshman Erin Meyers (Saint Paul, Minn.) and Amanda Nylander (Hanover, Minn.) all had assists for Saint Anselm. Junior goaltender Michaela Kane (Haverhill, Mass.) had 17 saves in her third career shutout.
The Hawks came out firing in the first nine minutes of the game, rattling off six shots on net. However, the period remained scoreless and Saint Anselm had to kill off a cross-checking minor at 15:33 of the opening stanza.
After Saint Anselm killed off another penalty to begin the second period, the offense finally broke through as Sprague scooped up a rebound on a shot by Nylander to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead at 5:18 of the period. The Hawks doubled their lead only 4:58 later as Conger scored her first marker of the season on the power play. A late goal in the second put the guests ahead by three goals thanks to Mueller.
A goal at 1:16 of the third period finished the scoring for the Hawks. Mueller sent a puck wide of the net and Lefebre was there to put the puck into the back of the net for a 4-0 lead. Saint Anselm was able to kill off three penalties in the third period.
The Hawks outshot the Panthers 35-17 in the game, putting double-digit figures on net in each period. Saint Anselm limited the Panthers scoreless on eight power plays while going one-for-four with the extra skater.
Saint Anselm returns home on Friday, Nov. 2 with a home-and-home series with Franklin Pierce University with a 7 p.m. puck drop at Sullivan Arena.