WATERVILLE, Maine – The Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team dropped a non-conference contest to the Mules from Colby College, 7-4, on Friday afternoon at Alfond Rink.
The Hawks drop to 22-3-1 overall while the Mules improve to 12-8-3 on the year.
The Mules struck for two goals in the first period to take a 2-0 lead. The first came just before the three-minute mark on a tally by Lucy Dembeck. McKinley Karpa made it 2-0 at the 7:41 mark of the opening period.
Freshman Amanda Nylander (Hanover, Minn.) cut the lead in half just over the midway point of the first. Freshman Kendra Currier (Middleton, Mass.) and junior Kaley Campbell (Colchester, Vt.) added assists on the tally. Colby's goaltender Nina Prunster stopped the next four shots in the period to keep the Hawks from finding the equalizer.
After Saint Anselm killed off an early penalty in the second period, sophomore Katy Meehan (Quincy, Mass.) finally found the equalizer at the 9:11 mark. However, the Mules scored the next three goals of the game to reclaim a three-goal advantage over the next 13 minutes, taking a 6-2 lead at the 7:27 mark of the final period.
Freshman Kelly Golini (Tewksbury, Mass.) cut the lead to 5-3 on the power play with 6:52 left in regulation. However, Dembeck picked up her second goal of the night less than two minutes later. Saint Anselm responded with a tally by sophomore Jayden Young (Norwood, N.Y.) with 3:08 left, but an empty-net goal with 1:39 remaining sealed the victory for the Mules.
Colby had a slim 31-30 advantage in shots in the game, including a 15-14 edge in the final period. Prunster finished with 26 saves in net for her sixth win of the year while junior Michaela Kane (Haverhill, Mass.) suffered her first loss of the season (7-1-0) and made 24 saves in net.
The Hawks conclude the regular season with an 11 a.m. contest against Colby on Saturday, Feb. 16 at Alfond Rink.