Three-goal first period leads women's ice hockey past Franklin Pierce, 3-1

WINCHENDON, Mass. – The Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team used a three-goal first period to take down Franklin Pierce, 3-1, on Friday night in New England Women's Hockey Alliance (NEWHA) action at the Jason Ritchie Ice Arena.

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The Hawks, who went a perfect 4-0 in the season-series against the Ravens this year, improve to 14-2-1 and remain unbeaten in NEWHA play with a 9-0-1 record. Franklin Pierce drops to 12-8-0 overall and 4-6 against NEWHA opponents.

The Hawks wasted little time to get on the scoreboard, taking a 1-0 lead with just 29 seconds gone in the game. Junior Amanda Conger (Swanton, Vt.) took a shot from the high slot, which was stopped by Emme Ostrander. However, senior Caley Mueller (Littleton, Colo.) put away the rebound at the left post.

Saint Anselm took a 2-0 lead on a power play tally by sophomore Katy Meehan (Quincy, Mass.) at the 12:41 mark of the opening period with freshman Erin Meyers (Saint Paul, Minn.) and sophomore Gabby Monaco (La Verne, Calif.) both assisting on the goal.

The Hawks continued their first period dominance with a tally by sophomore Mary Lambert (Plaistow, N.H.), as she scored her first goal of the season with 3:08 remaining in the period. Mueller sent a shot on net from the right circle and Lambert was there to crash the net and put away the rebound. Sophomore Jayden Young (Norwood, N.Y.) had the secondary assist on the goal.

Saint Anselm peppered Ostrander with 17 shots in the second period but the rookie held up to the pressure to keep the visitors off the scoreboard during the frame.

The Hawks held Franklin Pierce to just two shots on net, both of which were stopped by junior goalie Michaela Kane (Haverhill, Mass.), through the first three quarters of the third period.

Franklin Pierce pulled the goalie with 1:18 left in regulation and broke up the shutout with 36 seconds left to play. With the extra attacker and her team on the power play, Bridgette Prentiss took a shot from the blue line through traffic to make it it 3-1 in favor of Saint Anselm. That was all the home team could do though as the Hawks held on for the two-goal win.

The Hawks outshot their opponent 36-13 in the game, including 30-8 in the first two periods. Kane finished the night with 12 saves in net while Ostrander made 33 stops.

The Hawks host Connecticut College on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. in a non-conference tilt at Sullivan Arena.