Women's ice hockey falls to Williams, 2-1

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team lost to Williams College, 2-1, on Wednesday night in a non-conference game at the Lansing Chapman Rink.

Box Score

The Hawks, who were the last remaining unbeaten team in all of Division I and II, fall to 8-1-1 while the Ephs improve to 3-1-0 on the year.

The Hawks struck first with a goal by freshman Kelly Golini (Tewksbury, Mass.) at 1:47 of the opening period. After skating into the zone on the right side, Golini wristed a shot from the circle and the puck went by Ephs goaltender Marissa Anderson. Senior Caley Mueller (Littleton, Colo.) added an assist on the play.

Both teams had a power play in the opening period but could not take advantage. Senior Maddie Scavotto (Falmouth, Mass.) made a great save moving from her left to right on a mini breakaway by the Ephs with just over five minutes left in the opening period as the Hawks skated into the first intermission with that one-goal lead.

The Ephs put the pressure on early in the second while on the power play. Scavotto made three saves while a puck hit the cross bar, keeping Williams off the scoreboard. 

The Hawks had three shots on net just over the eight-minute mark of the second period but Anderson was up to the task. The Ephs were given another power play chance at 9:04 of the period and took advantage this time. With two seconds remaining on the power play Gabi Montembeault poked a loose puck in at 10:02 of the second to tie the game at one.

Saint Anselm went on the power play with 12:45 gone in the second but the two shots on net were stopped by Anderson to keep the game tied. The Ephs had a second power play opportunity late in the second period but could only put one shot on net during that span.

With 1:07 left to play in the second stanza the Hawks were given their third power play chance of the game. A pair of shots in the final minute were stopped by Anderson as the second period ended tied at one.

After a slow start to the period, the Ephs took a 2-1 lead at the 4:14 mark of the third period. After Meghan Halloran won the faceoff, the puck found the stick of Abby Brustad. Brustad sent the puck to the point finding Annie Rush, who wristed a shot by Scavotto. Saint Anselm was unable to score on its fourth power play of the night at the 5:44 mark as Anderson made a pair of saves for Williams.

Junior Haley Marshall (Hull, Mass.) had a great chance to tie the game for the Hawks midway through the third period. She skated down the left side of the putting a shot off the blocker of Anderson. The Hawks fired seven shots in the final four minutes of regulation and were given a fifth power play opportunity at with 1:09 left in regulation but the Ephs blocked the final attempt on a last second chance.

Scavotto finished with 17 saves for the Hawks while Anderson had 29 stops in net for the Ephs. Saint Anselm had a 30-21 advantage in shots, including 12-6 in the third period. However, Williams scored the only power play goal of the game, which was the difference.

The Hawks wrap up their four-game road swing with a trip to Brunswick, Maine to take on the Polar Bears from Bowdoin College on Saturday, Dec. 1. Puck drop is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Sidney J. Watson Arena.