PREVIEW: Women's ice hockey hosts Saint Michael's in NEWHA Semifinal's Saturday

PREVIEW: Women's ice hockey hosts Saint Michael's in NEWHA Semifinal's Saturday

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team earned the top seed in the New England Women's Hockey Alliance (NEWHA) Tournament. The Hawks will host the Purple Knights from Saint Michael's College in the opening game on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. at Sullivan Arena.

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TICKET INFORMATION: Ticket prices are $5 per day, earning admission for both games on Saturday, Feb. 23. The championship game on Sunday, Feb. 24 will be $5 as well. Children 12 and under will be admitted free.

NEWHA TOURNAMENT: For the second-straight year, the NEWHA Tournament rolls through Sullivan Arena. Below is the schedule for the entire weekend.

Saturday, Feb. 23 – Semifinals:

Game 1: No. 4 Saint Michael's at No. 1 Saint Anselm – 4 p.m.

Game 2: No. 2 Sacred Heart vs. No. 3 Franklin Pierce – 7 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 24 – Final:

Game 3: Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner – 4 p.m. 

LAST TIME OUT: The Hawks earned a 3-1 victory over Colby College in the regular season finale on Saturday, Feb. 16. The Hawks trailed 1-0 midway through the opening period. However, Saint Anselm scored the next three goals as junior Haley Marshall (Hull, Mass.), freshman Erin Meyers (Saint Paul, Minn.) and Sophomore Madison Sprague (White Bear Lake, Minn.) all found the back of the net. Senior goaltender Maddie Scavotto (Falmouth, Mass.) stopped 31 shots in net.

SCOUTING SAINT ANSELM: 

  • Saint Anselm had seven student-athletes make the All-NEWHA teams and head coach Kerstin Matthews was named NEWHA Coach of the Year. Sophomore Katy Meehan (Quincy, Mass.) was named Player of the Year and earned First Team honors while Meyers earned Co-Rookie of the Year honors and landed on the All-Rookie team. Junior Megan Klaus (State College, Pa.) was also a First Team selection while sophomore Gabby Monaco (La Verne, Calif.) and junior Amanda Conger (Swanton, Vt.) were named to the Second Team. Freshman Kelly Golini (Tewksbury, Mass.) also landed on the All-Rookie team while senior Caley Mueller (Littleton, Colo.) was named to the All-Sportswomanship Team.
  • The Hawks finished the regular season with a 23-3-1 overall record and 15-0-1 against NEWHA opponents to win the regular season title. At Sullivan Arena, Saint Anselm was a perfect 12-0.
  • Meehan led the team with 29 points (13-16=29) and in 16 NEWHA games was the top player in points per game with 1.44. She also had four game-winning and power play goals along with a pair of hat tricks.
  • Meyers and Conger were tied on the team with 24 points each. Meyers' 18 assists were most on the team while Conger finished with 10 goals and 14 helpers. Golini had 14 goals to lead the team along with seven assists for 21 points.
  • Scavotto was the main backstop for the Hawks this season, posting a 12-2-1 record between the pipes. Her 1.37 goals-against average was third-best among all of Division I/II goaltenders and her .929 save percentage was 14th in the nation.
  • The Hawks offense produced 4.48 goals per game which was best among all of Division I/II programs. Their scoring defense was second to Wisconsin at 1.48 goals allowed per game. 

SCOUTING SAINT MICHAEL'S:

  • Saint Michael's finished the regular season with a 7-16-1 overall record and 4-11-1 in NEWHA action. The Purple Knights defeated Post University in the NEWHA First Round game on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 5-1, in South Burlington, Vt.
  • Maddie Gervais led the Purple Knights with 14 points with a team-high 10 assists along with four goals. Jordan Monbouquette finished the regular season with a team-best nine goals while adding four helpers for 13 points.
  • Vika Simons started 12 of the 13 games she played in net, posting a 4-8-0 record. She had a goals-against average of 3.68 and a save percentage of .912. Nicole Talcott also spent 11 games between the pipes with a 3-7-1 record. She had a .918 save percentage and a 2.83 goals against average. 
  • The Purple Knights scored 1.79 goals per game and allowed 3.45 goals per game. The penalty kill was a strength for Saint Michael's as the team only allowed 16 goals while short-handed.
  • Saint Michael's was 3-8 away from the friendly confines of Cairns Arena.

POSTSEASON ALL-TIME: 

  • The Hawks reached the NEWHA title game in the league's inaugural year during the 2017-18 season. They fell to the Pioneers from Sacred Heart University, 3-1, at Sullivan Arena.
  • Saint Anselm appeared in the postseason 14 previous times since the program's first year in 2004-2005, posting a 21-6-2 record.
  • The Hawks have won a title game eight times, including a shootout victory over Holy Cross in the 2010-11 season.

HEAD COACH: Head coach Kerstin Matthews is in her 11th season at the helm of the program and boasts a 219-60-19 record. She won her 200th career victory this year at Franklin Pierce during a 5-2 victory. She also earned the program's 300th win in a 10-0 victory at Post earlier this year.

ALL-TIME vs. SAINT MICHAEL'S: 

  • The Hawks hold an all-time series lead of 39-0 against Saint Michael's.
  • The teams have met in the postseason seven times, including the semifinal game six times. The last postseason meeting came in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Open Tournament Consolation game, in which the Hawks won 5-0 at Cairns Arena.
  • This year Saint Anselm outscored the Purple Knights 21-3 in four games.