SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. – The Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team earned the weekend sweep over Saint Michael's College with a 7-1 victory on Saturday afternoon in New England Women's Hockey Alliance (NEWHA) action at Cairns Arena.
The Hawks improve to 8-0-1 overall and 7-0-1 in NEWHA play while the Purple Knights fall to 3-5 and 2-4 against league opponents.
Senior captain Caley Mueller (Littleton, Colo.) led Saint Anselm with her first-career hat trick in a winning effort. Junior Kaley Campbell (Colchester, Vt.) added two goals while sophomore Taylor Ham (Saugerties, N.Y.) had a two-point day with a goal and an assist. Classmate Katy Meehan (Quincy, Mass.) and freshman Erin Meyers (Saint Paul, Minn.) each had two helpers in the win.
Just like during Friday night's 5-0 win over Saint Michael's, the Hawks struck quickly to start the scoring. Mueller scored in the opening 1:21 of the game to give Saint Anselm a 1-0 lead as Meyers and sophomore Kathleen LeFebre (Methuen, Mass.) added an assist on the play.
The Hawks looked to extend the lead throughout the opening period, outshooting the Purple Knights 8-3, but went into the first intermission with just a one-goal lead.
Saint Anselm continued its offensive pressure to start the second period and scored twice in a span of 1:03. Mueller scored again at 4:01 of the second on an assist from Meyers on the power play before freshman Kelly Golini (Tewksbury, Mass.) picked up a tally 64 seconds later to make it 3-0 in favor of the Hawks. Ham and sophomore Jayden Young (Norwood, N.Y.) picked up assists on the Golini's goal.
Saint Michael's refused to be shutout during the weekend series, making it a two-goal deficit for the home team at 9:15 of the third period on a goal by Madison Nichols.
That did not matter much as Mueller scored her third goal of the game 32 seconds later on the power play and then Campbell made it 5-1 at 10:10 of the third in favor of Saint Anselm. Campbell made it 6-1 with 6:15 left to play. Ham put herself in the goal column at 16:52 on the third with a short-handed tally to make it 7-1.
Senior goaltender Maddie Scavotto (Falmouth, Mass.) recorded 15 saves for her fourth victory of the season. Her counterpart from Saint Michael's, Vika Simons made 51 saves in a losing effort. The Hawks had a 58-16 advantage in shots, including 25-5 in the third period.
Saint Anselm has an 11-day break before its next contest. The Hawks return to action on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Lansing Chapman Rink.