RINDGE, N.H. – Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey head coach Kerstin Matthews picked up her 200th career victory on Saturday night as the Hawks defeated Franklin Pierce University, 5-2, in New England Women's Hockey Alliance (NEWHA) action.
The Hawks improve to 4-0-1 overall and 3-0-1 in league play while the Ravens fall to 4-2-0 and 2-2-0 in NEWHA action.
Junior Amanda Conger (Swanton, Vt.) had her second straight multi-point night leading the Hawks with two goals while classmate Megan Klaus (State College, Pa.) had a goal of her own. Sophomore Katy Meehan (Quincy, Mass.) scored her team-leading sixth goal of the season while freshman Amanda Nylander (Hanover, Minn.) got her first-career tally. Junior goaltender Michaela Kane (Haverhill, Mass.) made 21 stops in net.
Junior Kaley Campbell (Colchester, Vt.) and sophomore Kathleen LeFebre (Methuen, Mass.) each had assists in the victory while freshman Erin Meyers (Saint Paul, Minn.) added her team-leading fifth helper of the year.
The Hawks took a quick lead on a goal by Conger at 2:04 of the first. The puck rolled towards the net and Ravens goaltender Jessica Strack could not corral it. Conger slipped the puck with a back-handed shot to the back of the net, giving Saint Anselm a 1-0 lead.
Saint Anselm added to the lead with a goal by Meehan at 10:27 of the opening period. Sophomore Jayden Young (Norwood, N.Y.) skated down the middle of the ice on a rush and sent a pass to Meehan on the left circle. Meehan sniped the top-left corner to extend Saint Anselm's lead to two as the Hawks skated into the first intermission with a two-goal lead. Junior Jamie Gottwald (Easton, Mass.) also had an assist on the play.
The Ravens cut the lead in half just before the four-minute mark of the second period. Haley Parker received a pass from Marissa Massaro on a 2-on-1 break before firing a shot from the left side. The Hawks responded as Klaus ripped a shot through traffic to build a 3-1 lead for Saint Anselm at 8:33 of the period on the power play. Franklin Pierce again was able to cut into the lead at with 8:50 remaining in the period. Delaney Guimont went a shot from the blue line all the way through traffic to make it 3-2 in favor of the Hawks.
After a slow starting third period, Nylander gave the Hawks a 4-2 lead at 12:57 of the period.
Conger sealed the victory with an empty-netter at 19:38 after blocking a shot and racing down the length of the ice for her second tally of the night.
Strack had 34 saves in net for the Ravens. The home team also had a slim 38-37 edge in face-offs and 19-7 advantage in blocked shots. The Hawks took advantage of a power play going one-for-five.
Saint Anselm hosts Post University for a pair of NEWHA games next weekend beginning Friday, Nov. 9 at 4 p.m. at Sullivan Arena.