Check out a HUGE penalty shot save by @STAWomensHockey backstop Maddie Scavotto and the GAME-WINNING goal by Jayden Young - the Hawks women's ice hockey team snuck past Wesleyan (Conn.) on Saturday, 1-0 #HawksSoarHigher pic.twitter.com/YaKLccVvgK— Saint Anselm Hawks (@STAHawks) December 9, 2018
MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team held on for a 1-0 victory over Wesleyan (Conn.) University on Saturday afternoon in a non-conference tilt from Sullivan Arena.
The Hawks improve to 11-1-1 overall while the Cardinals fall to 3-4 on the season in the first-ever meeting between both programs.
Shortly after Hawks netminder Maddie Scavotto (Falmouth, Mass.) made a kick save on a penalty shot, sophomore Jayden Young (Norwood, N.Y.) had a give-and-go play with classmate Mary Lambert (Plaistow, N.H.) and wristed the game's lone goal, the third of her career, past the Wesleyan backstop at 13:51 of the middle stanza.
The first period was scoreless but Saint Anselm had plenty of chances. An early power play chance saw three shots find the net for the Hawks, but Cardinals goaltender Allegra Grant made three stops to keep the game scoreless. The home team finished the first period with a 17-2 advantage in shots. Through two periods, Saint Anselm owned a commanding 35-to-5 advantage in shots taken.
The Hawks fired nine of the third period's 13 shots, but Scavotto was up to the task and finished the game with a nine-save shutout performance of the Cardinals. Grant picked up the tough-luck loss, making 43 saves but allowing the Young goal in the middle period.
Scavotto now owns a 36-5-6 overall record for the Hawks since joining the team in 2015, matching Hannah Synott '17 for fourth place on the career goaltending victories list.
Saint Anselm opens up the new year with a trip to Minnesota for a pair of out-of-conference games. The first is on Thursday, Jan. 3 against Hamline University for a 6 p.m. puck drop in St. Paul, Minn. The game will be played at TRIA Rink, the practice facility of the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League.