WATERVILLE, Maine – The Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team ended the regular season on a high note, defeating the Mules from Colby College 3-1 on Saturday morning in a non-conference tilt at Alfond Rink.
The Hawks, who await their opponent for the upcoming New England Women's Hockey Alliance Semifinal contest on Saturday, Feb. 23 at Sullivan Arena, end the regular season with a 23-3-1 overall record. The Mules fall to 12-9-3 overall on the year. Saint Anselm needs one more win to tie a program record for most wins in a single season.
Junior Haley Marshall (Hull, Mass.) had a multi-point game with her first goal of the season along with an assist to lead the Saint Anselm offense. Sophomore Gabby Monaco (La Verne, Calif.) extended her nine-game point streak, where she has combined three goals and seven assists for 10 points. The streak started during a 10-0 win against Post on Jan. 25, where she had a pair of helpers.
After a back and forth start to the game, the Mules struck first at the 8:29 mark of the opening period. A loose puck in front of the net was pushed in by Elizabeth Brashich to give Colby a 1-0 lead.
The Hawks were able to find the equalizer early just over three minutes later. Marshall sent a shot from the point that bounced through traffic behind Mules goaltender Katie Fenton at the 11:44 mark.
Just 57 seconds later, Saint Anselm took its first lead of the weekend. Freshman Erin Meyers (Saint Paul, Minn.) found the puck in a scrum in front of the net and found the back of the net with 7:39 left in the opening period. Junior Jamie Gottwald (Easton, Mass.) and Monaco provided assists on the goal.
The Hawks extended their lead early in the second period on the power play at the 3:12 mark. Sophomore Madison Sprague (White Bear Lake, Minn.) put away her fourth goal of the year to make it 3-0. Junior Megan Klaus (State College, Pa.) and Marshall added assists on the goal.
Senior Maddie Scavotto (Falmouth, Mass.) stopped six shots in the second period to keep the hosts from getting back into the game.
Colby had three power plays and outshot the Hawks 15-7 in the final period, but Scavotto and the rest of the Saint Anselm defense kept the home team from finding the back of the net.
Savotto finished the game with 31 saves in net. Katie Fenton took the loss in net playing 20 minutes. She allowed two goals and had 12 saves for Colby. Cierra San Roman came in relief and stopped 15 of the 16 shots she faced. The Mules had a slim 32-30 edge in total shots.