SHELTON, Conn. – The Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team reached the 300-win milestone in program history, after defeating Post University 10-0 on Friday afternoon in New England Women's Hockey Alliance (NEWHA) action at the Sports Center of Connecticut.
The Hawks (16-2-1, 10-0-1 NEWHA) began as a varsity program during the 2004-05 season at the Hilltop and own an overall record of 300-74-21 (.786). Saint Anselm scored 10 goals for only the 12th time in program history. Friday's final goal tally was also the most scored in one game for the Hawks since a 10-0 victory over Post last season on Nov. 10, 2017.
Eight players scored a goal for Saint Anselm over Post (6-17-0, 1-9-0 NEWHA) on Friday. Junior Jamie Gottwald (Easton, Mass.) had three points, potting two goals and adding an assist. Junior Kaley Campbell (Colchester, Vt.) netted two goals.
The Hawks had complete control in the first period, outshooting Post 10-1 by the midway point. However, Eagles netminder Kaitlyn Daly stopped every shot she faced to that point to keep the game scoreless.
Saint Anselm went down a player at the 10:18 mark of the period on a slashing penalty before sophomore Mary Lambert (Plaistow, N.H.) scored a short-handed tally 18 seconds later. A misplayed puck in the Eagles offensive zone turned into a breakaway chance for the Hawks. Lambert reached the puck and skated down the ice, beating Daly on the lower-left side to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead.
The Hawks tacked on another goal at the 16:04 mark of the first frame. Freshman Blue Fancy (Orleans, Mass.) crashed the net and put away her first career goal to make it 2-0 in favor of Saint Anselm.
Senior Caley Mueller (Littleton, Colo.) made it 3-0 only 1:26 later with assists going to freshman Kendra Currier (Middleton, Mass.) and junior Amanda Conger (Swanton, Vt.). The Hawks had a 24-4 advantage in shots heading into the first intermission.
Saint Anselm added to its lead with just 3:13 elapsed in the second period with Gottwald's seventh marker of the year. Sophomore Jayden Young (Norwood, N.Y.) got in on the scoring to make it 5-0 just under two minutes later, receiving a pass from Mueller in the neutral zone and weaving between two defenders before beating Daly on the left side. Junior Megan Klaus (State College, Pa.) had the secondary assist on the goal.
Campbell gave her team a 6-0 advantage 56 seconds after Young's goal before Gottwald picked up her second goal of the period at the 12:48 mark. Sophomore Katy Meehan (Quincy, Mass.) sent a shot towards net and Gottwald screened Daly and tipped the puck behind the goaltender to make it 7-0.
A power play tally with 3:29 remaining in the second period made it 8-0. Conger deflected a shot in the slot from sophomore Gabby Monaco (La Verne, Calif.) to take advantage of the Eagles penalty. The Hawks scored two more in the first two minutes of the third period, with Campbell scoring with just 1:13 into the period. Freshman Kelly Golini (Tewksbury, Mass.) scored 34 seconds after that to make it 10 straight goals for the visitors.
Saint Anselm senior netminder Logan Knip (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) stopped 12 shots in net in her first start of the season, earning the second shutout of her career. She also picked up an assist on her team's ninth goal. Daly finished with made 41 saves in 41:47 of action for Post. Kristin Smith made 23 saves in relief for the Eagles without allowing a goal. The Hawks outshot the Eagles 74-12 in the game and scored three power play goals.
The two teams wrap up the season series on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Sports Center of Connecticut with a 2:15 p.m. puck drop.