MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team extended its home winning streak to nine games, defeating Saint Michael's College, 4-1, on Friday night in New England Women's Hockey Alliance play at Sullivan Arena.
The Hawks improve to 19-2-1 overall and remain perfect against NEWHA opponents with a 12-0-1 record. The Purple Knights fall to 4-13-1 overall and 2-8-1 in NEWHA action.
The Hawks jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead 1:23 into the game. Freshman Kelly Golini (Tewksbury, Mass.) found the back of the net off of a feed from sophomore Katy Meehan (Quincy, Mass.). Saint Anselm made it 2-0 at the 6:22 mark of the period with sophomore Gabby Monaco (La Verne, Calif.) finding the back of the net for what would prove to be the game-winning goal. Golini skated behind the net with the puck and found Monaco in the slot.
Saint Michael's cut the lead 52 seconds later. After blocking a shot in the defensive zone, Arianna Boscia skated coast-to-coast. After her first shot was denied by senior goaltender Maddie Scavotto (Falmouth, Mass.), Boscia scooped up the rebound and lifted the puck over the glove of Scavotto.
Saint Anselm regained a two-goal advantage just before the 13 minute mark of the opening period. Sophomore Jayden Young (Norwood, N.Y.) found junior Amanda Conger (Swanton, Vt.) right in front of the net, who finished at the 12:56 mark.
The teams skated to a scoreless second period but the Hawks continued to keep the pressure on the visitors, outshooting the opposition 19-3 in the second.
The puck was in Saint Anselm's offensive zone a majority of the third period and Conger added her second goal of the night at the 6:40 mark. Junior Haley Marshall (Hull, Mass.) sent a pass to her right, finding the stick of Conger. The junior tri-captain fired a wrist shot through traffic over the shoulder of Saint Michael's goaltender Nicole Talcott.
The Hawks outshot Saint Michael's 43-7, including 7-0 in the final period. Scavotto stopped six of seven shots she faced for her 10th win of the season. Talcott had 39 saves in the defeat.
Both teams return to the ice on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Sullivan Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 1 p.m.