MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team came back and defeated Franklin Pierce University, 2-1, on Tuesday night in a New England Women's Hockey Alliance contest at Sullivan Arena.
The Hawks, who have won eight-straight NEWHA games, improve to 10-1-1 overall and 8-0-1 in league play. The Ravens fall to 7-6 overall and 4-5 against NEWHA opponents. With the win, Saint Anselm took the season-series over Franklin Pierce.
It was a slow start to the game with both goaltenders making a pair of saves in the first five minutes. It was the Ravens that struck first with a power play goal. The Hawks escaped a 5-on-3 chance for Franklin Pierce. However, with 28 seconds remaining on the second penalty, Bridgette Prentiss took a shot from the point with the puck going under the pad of Saint Anselm senior goaltender Maddie Scavotto (Falmouth, Mass.) to give the road team a 1-0 lead at 10:45 of the first period.
The Hawks wasted little time, finding the equalizer 1:05 later on a tally by freshman Kelly Golini (Tewksbury, Mass.). After a shot by classmate Amanda Nylander (Hanover, Minn.) hit the pipe, Golini missed the net just wide, before collecting the puck and put it in the back of the net for a 1-1 score. Freshman Mackenzie Kaasa (North Hudson, Wis.) also assisted on the play as the teams skated into the first intermission tied at one.
After the Ravens killed off a penalty that carried over from the opening period, they were given a power play chance of their own at 6:39. However, unlike the one in the first period, the Hawks defense was up to the challenge with Scavotto making a pair of saves.
The save of the game came with 1:21 left in the second period for the Hawks. With Ann Margaret DiSciscio alone on a breakaway, Scavotto made a kick save to keep the game tied heading into the final period.
The third period seemed as though neither team was going to take the lead with both goalies making key stops for their respective teams. However, it was a power play goal by the Hawks that put them ahead at the 12:07 mark of the final period. Freshman Erin Meyers (Saint Paul, Minn.) took a shot from the slot and senior captain Caley Mueller (Littleton, Colo.) was in front of the net for the deflection to give Saint Anselm a one-goal lead.
The Ravens had a chance for the equalizer late with a power play but Scavotto made three saves during the chance to stop any chance of a comeback. From there on, the Hawks maintained possession of the puck to stop any rally.
The Hawks outshot their opponent 30-23 in the game with Scavotto making 22 saves for her sixth win of the season. Emme Ostrander had 28 saves in net for the Ravens.
Saint Anselm wraps up 2018 with a non-conference home game against the Cardinals from Wesleyan (Conn.) University on Saturday at Sullivan Arena at 3 p.m. It is the first-ever meeting between the two programs.