Meehan and Gottwald lead women's ice hockey past Franklin Pierce, 8-2

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team had six different goal scorer's as the Hawks defeated Franklin Pierce University, 8-2, on Friday night in New England Women's Hockey Alliance (NEWHA) action at Sullivan Arena. 

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Saint Anselm improves to 3-0-1 overall and 2-0-1 in league play while the Ravens fall to 4-1-0 and 2-1-1 in league play. 

Sophomore Katy Meehan (Quincy, Mass.) led the Hawks offense with two goals and a pair of assists while Jamie Gottwald (Easton, Mass.) picked up a pair of tallies and a helper. Junior Amanda Conger (Swanton, Vt.) had a goal and an assist while sophomore Jayden Young (Norwood, N.Y.) scored her first marker of the season while adding a pair of assists. 

In all, 13 Saint Anselm skaters registered a point while junior Michaela Kane (Haverhill, Mass.) picked up her third victory of the season with 17 saves in net. 

After some early pressure in the first period by the Hawks, it was Franklin Pierce that struck first at 9:31 of the opening frame on a goal by Meg Gilbride. That lead was short lived as Young answered back 1:25 later to tie the game at one goal.

From then on it was all Saint Anselm as the Hawks scored four in the second period to take a commanding 5-1 lead. Gottwald started the run at 2:26 on assists from freshman Mackenzie Kaasa (North Hudson, Wis.) and Meehan.

Meehan jumped in on the scoring at 7:04 of the second with helpers from Conger and Young, followed by a goal by Conger 28 seconds later to make it 4-1 Hawks. Junior Kaley Campbell (Colchester, Vt.) rounded out the second period scoring with 16:12 elapsed. The Hawks outshot Franklin Pierce 12-3 in the period as well.

Saint Anselm rattled off three straight to start the third period and continued the pressure as freshman Kelly Golini (Tewksbury, Mass.) scored midway through the period for her first-career tally, before Gottwald and Meehan both picked up their second tallies of the evening. The Ravens added a late goal on a delayed penalty at 15:22 of the third for the final result of 8-2.

Kelly Turner took the loss for Franklin Pierce in net making 19 saves in two periods. Emme Ostrander came in the third period as relief and made 10 saves on 13 shots. Both teams combined for 0-for-5 on the power play.

Saint Anselm and Franklin Pierce conclude the second portion of the home-and-home series on Saturday, Nov. 3 in Rindge, N.H. for a 7 p.m. puck drop at Jason Ritchie Ice Arena.