MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team skated to a 6-0 non-conference win over Salem State University on Tuesday night at Sullivan Arena.
The Hawks improve to 18-2-1 overall and 8-0 at home while the Vikings slip to 6-12-3 overall.
After a dominating possession early in the first period, the Hawks finally struck for the first goal of the game at the 4:13 mark. Sophomore Katy Meehan (Quincy, Mass.) found classmate Madison Sprague (Hugo, Minn.) directly in front of the net. She buried the puck inside the right post for a 1-0 Saint Anselm lead. The Hawks had a 15-2 advantage in shots going into the first intermission.
Saint Anselm wasted little time to add to its lead in the second period. Sophomore Jayden Young (Norwood, N.Y.) skated to the top of the right circle and sent a wrist shot by Vikings goaltender Sarah Plourde just 21 seconds into the period.
After killing of a pair of penalties, the Hawks made it 3-0 at the 5:14 mark of the second period. Freshman Erin Meyers (Saint Paul, Minn.) found the back of the net with an assist from senior Caley Mueller (Littleton, Colo.).
Saint Anselm maintained the pressure for the rest of the period but the score stayed at 3-0 going into the second intermission.
After another strong start to the period, the home team scored on their first power play of the period. A shot from sophomore Gabby Monaco (La Verne, Calif.) from the point extended the Hawks lead at the 10:52 mark, following a faceoff win by Meyers.
A late tally by sophomore Mary Lambert (Plaistow, N.H.) with 1:38 remaining made it 5-0, before junior Megan Klaus (State College, Pa.) scored the empty-net goal while the Hawks were short-handed with two seconds left made it 6-0.
Senior goaltender Logan Knip (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) started her third-straight game, turning away 10 shots. It was also her third-consecutive shutout as on the season, Knip has halted all 35 shots against across the previous 180 minutes of work. Plourde made 47 saves for the visitors. The Hawks outshot the Vikings 53-10 in the game.
Saint Anselm returns to Sullivan Arena for a two-game weekend set against the Purple Knights from Saint Michael's College in New England Women's Hockey Alliance action. The first game of the weekend series is Friday, Feb. 1 at 4 p.m.