SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. – The Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team blanked Saint Michael's College, 5-0, on Friday night in New England Women's Hockey Alliance (NEWHA) action at Cairns Arena.
The Hawks, who have won seven straight, improve to 7-0-1 overall and 6-0-1 against NEWHA opponents. The Purple Knights fall to 3-4 overall and 2-3 in league play. The two teams wrap up the weekend series on Saturday, Nov. 17 with a 1 p.m. puck drop.
Junior Megan Klaus (State College, Pa.) scored for Saint Anselm while freshmen Kelly Golini (Tewksbury, Mass.) and Mackenzie Kaasa (North Hudson, Wis.) also had goals in the winning effort. Sophomores Taylor Ham (Saugerties, N.Y.) and Kathleen LeFebre (Methuen, Mass.) each scored a goal for the Hawks.
Freshman Amanda Nylander (Hanover, Minn.) registered a pair of assists. Senior Caley Mueller (Littleton, Colo.), junior Kaley Campbell (Colchester, Vt.) and classmate Amanda Conger (Swanton, Vt.) joined sophomore Gabby Monaco (La Verne, Calif.) with assists in the victory. Senior goaltender Maddie Scavotto (Falmouth, Mass.) made 12 saves in net for her second shutout of the season.
The Hawks wasted little time to get on the scoreboard as Golini gave the away team a 1-0 lead at 1:12 of the opening period. Saint Anselm added more pressure and added to its lead at 6:41 of the first on a goal by Kaasa.
The Purple Knights returned the pressure midway through the first period firing three shots that Scavotto was able to stop. The Hawks added a goal late in the period after they were given a power play with 52 seconds left in the period. With five seconds left in the period, Klaus made it 3-0 in favor of the guests.
Saint Anselm peppered Saint Michael's goalie Vika Simons in the second period with 20 shots, including eight in the first five minutes. Simons stood up to the pressure denying the Hawks of any chance to extend the lead during the period.
The Hawks added a pair of goals in the third period to take a 5-0 lead. Ham made it 4-0 at 10:38 of the final period and LeFebre scored the final goal of the game with 1:46 left in regulation.
Simons made 48 saves in net for the Purple Knights. Saint Anselm outshot Saint Michael's 53-12, including 40-5 in the final two periods. The Hawks killed off all four penalties they committed.