Women's ice hockey cruises past Post, 8-2

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team defeated Post University, 8-2, on Friday afternoon in New England Women's Hockey Alliance (NEWHA) action at Sullivan Arena.

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The Hawks, who have now won five-straight regular season games, improve to 5-0-1 overall and 4-0-1 in NEWHA action. The Eagles fall to 2-9-0 overall and 1-6 in NEWHA play.

Sophomore Katy Meehan (Quincy, Mass.) had a pair of goals for Saint Anselm while junior Jamie Gottwald (Easton, Mass) had three points on a goal and two assists. Senior Caley Mueller (Littleton, Colo.) also had two tallies.

After holding the pressure for most of the first period, Saint Anselm finally broke through on a power play goal by Meehan at 13:20 with Gottwald assisting on the play.

Three second-period goals extended the Hawks lead to 4-0. Mueller scored on a goal at 6:42 on assists from sophomore Gabby Monaco (La Verne, Calif) and junior Amanda Conger (Swanton, Vt.).

Freshman Mackenzie Kaasa (North Hudson, Wis.) scored her first-career tally with 5:14 left in the second period to make it 3-0 while sophomore Kathleen LeFebre (Methuen, Mass.) added one with 1:31 left in the period to give the Hawks a 4-0 lead going into the second intermission. 

Saint Anselm built a 7-0 lead with three goals before the nine-minute mark of the final period. Freshman Kelly Golini (Tewksbury, Mass.) scored early in the period with Mueller tacking on her second goal of the game at 6:37 of the final stanza. Gottwald made it 7-0 at 8:10 of the third period.

The Eagles would not go quietly, however. A short-handed goal with exactly 10 minutes left in the game put the visitors on the scoreboard on a goal by Kendall Fitzgerald. After the Hawks made it 8-1 on Meehan's second goal just 37 seconds later.

Post would add another score with 2:49 remaining in the final period on a tally by Savanna Stevenson.

Saint Anselm outshot the Eagles 97-12 in the game, including 38-2 in the opening period. The Hawks also went 1-for-2 on the power play. Senior goaltender Maddie Scavotto (Falmouth, Mass.) picked up her first win of the season while making 10 saves in net. Kaitlyn Daly made 89 saves in net.

Both teams conclude the weekend series on Saturday, Nov. 10 for a 1 p.m. contest at Sullivan Arena.