MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team skated to a 2-1 victory over Connecticut College on Tuesday night from Sullivan Arena in a non-conference game.
With the win, the Hawks improve to 15-2-1 overall and are now at win number 299 in program history. The Camels fall to 8-6-2 on the year.
Sophomore Katy Meehan (Quincy, Mass.) reached 50 career points with her game-winning goal in the second period. With her team ahead by a 1-0 margin, Meehan banked a shot from below the goal line off the back of the Camels' Bailey Mertz for the 28th of her two-year career. She has reached the 50-point plateau in 45 games, adding 23 assists. She is the team's leading point scorer this season with 12 goals and nine assists for 21 points (12-9=21).
The teams skated to a scoreless opening stanza with the Camels going 0-for-2 on the power play and Saint Anselm unable to convert on its only chance. The visitors had an opportunity to take a lead with seven minutes elapsed following a turnover in their offensive zone. However, the quick wrist shot by Kylie Wilkes hit the left post over the right shoulder of Hawks netminder Maddie Scavotto (Falmouth, Mass.).
In the second period, the Camels nearly broke the score with 11:24 left to go but a three-on-two breakout by Connecticut was denied by Scavotto with a left pad save.
After some pressure was put on by the Hawks, they were finally able to break through shortly thereafter. Freshman Kelly Golini (Tewksbury, Mass.) battled for the puck in the right corner and found senior Kaley Campbell (Colchester, Vt.) in the slot. Campbell quickly fired toward the lower left side of the net to give Saint Anselm a one goal lead.
Exactly 2:01 later, Saint Anselm added to its advantage with Meehan's team-leading 12th goal of the season. Junior Jamie Gottwald (Easton, Mass.) picked up the assist on the tally.
After killing off a third period penalty, the Camels had a power play of their own and finally capitalized. Ellie Branka slid the puck to the left point finding the stick of Erin Healy. Healy sent a shot towards net and Jordon Cross tipped the puck by Scavotto to make it 2-1 with just 2:43 elapsed in the third.
The Camels put four shots on net by the midway point of the period but could not find the back of the net as Scavotto stood tall for Saint Anselm. The Hawks then turned the pressure on to minimize the chances for the visitors. The Camels pulled the goalie with 1:04 remaining in regulation but could not find the equalizer. Scavotto made two big saves with 51 seconds left and the Hawks were able to clear the zone.
Saint Anselm outshot its opponent 30-26 in the game while Scavotto, making her 50th career appearance for the Hawks, finished with 25 saves in net. Mertz took the tough loss for the Camels while making 28 saves in net.
Saint Anselm returns to New England Women's Hockey Alliance action for a pair of games against the Eagles from Post University this weekend in Shelton, Conn. The first game is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25 at the Sports Center of Connecticut.