SAINT PAUL, MINN. – The Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team dropped a non-conference contest to No. 7/8 Hamline University, 6-2, on Thursday night from TRIA Rink in the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
The Hawks fall to 11-2-1 overall while the Pipers, who were ranked seventh in the latest D3hockey.com poll and eighth in the Division III USCHO National poll, improve to 9-1-1 on the year.
Neither team had much in terms of scoring chances in the first frame. However, the Pipers scored on their sixth shot on net of the first period. Madison Kolbow put the home team ahead 1-0 with 9:01 left in the opening period on a loose puck in front of the net.
Hamline struck again on a power play at the 12:48 mark of the period. After a shot was stopped by Hawks senior goaltender Maddie Scavotto (Falmouth, Mass.), Bre Simon put in the rebound with a backhanded shot to give her team a 2-0 advantage. The Pipers went into the first intermission with a 3-0 lead as Jordan Hansen took an awkward shot from below the goal line with 35 seconds remaining and snuck the puck underneath the pads of Scavotto.
The Hawks got an early power play chance just four seconds into the second period. However, only one shot reached the net during the penalty. Saint Anselm got its second chance on the power play with a slashing penalty with 15:50 to go in the second frame. Three shots were put on net, including a close-range shot from the left circle by sophomore Katy Meehan (Quincy, Mass.). However Pipers goalie McKenna Hulslander was up to the task to keep her shutout intact.
Both teams sent a player to the penalty box with 6:26 gone in the period. However, the Hawks committed another penalty, putting the Pipers on 4-on-3 power play. Hamline took advantage scoring its second power play goal of the night with 11:57 left to play in the period as Molly Garin made it 4-0 in favor of the hosts.
The Hawks finally got on the scoreboard late in the second period with a power play goal of their own at the 16:54 mark. Freshman Erin Meyers (Saint Paul, Minn.), in her home town, stopped the bleeding to make it 4-1 with her first-career goal. Sophomore Gabby Monaco (La Verne, Calif.) and junior Jamie Gottwald (Easton, Mass.) assisted on the goal.
However, the Pipers answered shortly after with 1:23 to play in the second stanza on a breakaway tally by Madison Gaffney, giving the home team a 5-1 advantage.
The Pipers added to its lead with 12:35 to play in the third period on a two-on-one breakaway. Leah Schwartzman made it 6-1, beating junior goaltender Michaela Kane (Haverhill, Mass.) with a back-handed shot. The Hawks responded with 10:03 to play as freshman Amanda Nylander (Hanover, Minn.) scooped up a loose rebound and put away the puck to make it 6-2 in favor of the hosts. Junior Kaley Campbell (Colchester, Vt.) added an assist on the goal.
Scavotto finished the night with 11 saves in 28:03 minutes of action while Kane made 19 saves in relief. Hulslander stopped 25 shots for the Pipers, who had a 36-27 advantage in shots.
Saint Anselm wraps up its Minnesota trip with a game against the Saints from the College of St. Scholastica on Friday, Jan. 4 at the Mars Lakeview Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.