MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team earned a hard-fought 2-1 victory over UMass Boston on Friday afternoon from Sullivan Arena in a non-conference tilt.
The Hawks, who have now won three straight games against the Beacons, improve to 13-2-1 overall. UMass Boston falls to 6-7-2 on the year.
Although the Hawks had a slim 6-3 advantage in shots in the first period, it was the Beacons that struck first. A pass from Bri Colucci set up Jane Morrisette for a one-timer at the left dot with just over five minutes gone in the period. Her blast went over the shoulder of senior goaltender Maddie Scavotto (Falmouth, Mass.) to give UMass Boston a 1-0 lead on the power play.
The Hawks had plenty of pressure in the second period, including hitting the pipe. Saint Anselm finally broke through at 17:44 of the period on a tally by junior Jamie Gottwald (Easton, Mass.). She found the back of the net on a feed from freshman Erin Meyers (Saint Paul, Minn.). Junior Haley Marshall (Hull, Mass.) also added the secondary assist on the play.
A power play goal with 19 seconds left in the second stanza proved to be the game-winner. Marshall sent a puck in front of the net to find freshman Kelly Golini (Tewksbury, Mass.). Golini got the final push in a scrum of players to give the Hawks a 2-1 lead.
The Beacons came out firing in the first three minutes of the third period looking for the equalizer. Scavotto made five saves during that duration, inlcluding back-to-back shots with just over 2:20 elapsed.
The second half of the final period was all Hawks, as they put six shots on net following the 12-minute mark but UMass Boston goaltender Alyssa DePippo stopped them to keep her team down by a goal.
The Beacons pulled their goalie with 1:02 remaining but only managed to get one shot on net as the Hawks held on for the victory.
Scavotto finished with 12 saves, including eight in the final period to improve to 8-2-1 on the year. DePippo made 26 saves in net. Saint Anselm had a 28-13 advantage in shots in the game and each team had a power play goal.
Saint Anselm returns to New England Women's Hockey Alliance action on Friday, Jan. 18 in Rindge, N.H. The Hawks will conclude their season series with the Ravens from Franklin Pierce University with puck drop scheduled for 7:30 p.m.