Women's ice hockey turns away Saint Michael's in NEWHA Semifinals

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team cruised to a 9-0 victory over Saint Michael's College on Saturday in the New England Women's Hockey Alliance Semifinals.

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The Hawks, who improve to 24-3-1 overall on the year, will battle Franklin Pierce University on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. from Sullivan Arena in Manchester. The defending NEWHA Champions from Sacred Heart were ousted by the Ravens late Saturday evening by a 3-2 margin. 

Piloted by Head Coach Kerstin Matthews, Saint Anselm matched a program record with its 24th overall win of the year, a feat previously accomplished in only two prior seasons and most recently by the 2013-14 women's ice hockey team. Saint Michael's (7-17-1) remains without a victory against Saint Anselm in the all-time series that spans 40 games.

Freshman Kelly Golini (Tewksbury, Mass.) scored three goals for Saint Anselm, followed by junior Amanda Conger (Swanton, Vt.) who netted two goals and three assists. Sophomore Gabby Monaco (La Verne, Calif.) handed out four assists and picking up a goal of her own. 

The Hawks racked up three goals in each period of Saturday's contest. Conger led the charge in the opening 20 minutes, potting her 11th and 12th goals of the season before freshman Amanda Nylander (Hanover, Minn.) scored with only eight seconds left for her eighth marker of the season, set up by sophomore Jayden Young (Norwood, N.Y.) and freshman Sarah Cahill (Salt Lake City, Utah).

Golini, sophomore Katy Meehan (Quincy, Mass.) and classmate Madison Sprague (White Bear Lake, Minn.) netted second period goals, the latter two coming within the last minute of action. Saint Michael's backstop Nicole Talcott made a game-high 17 saves in the second period alone.

Golini scored twice in the third period, joining Monaco with one power play goal apiece in the final 20 minutes of regulation time. Conger and Monaco dished out two third period assists.

Saint Anselm outshot the Purple Knights by a 44-to-14 margin, scoring a season-high four goals with the extra skater. The Hawks were credited with a season-high 16 assists in the game, the sixth-most ever logged in a game by Saint Anselm. 

Hawks goaltender Maddie Scavotto (Falmouth, Mass.) picked up her 19th career shutout, making 14 saves, while Talcott drew the loss with 35 saves to her credit on 44 shots against.

In a pre-game ceremony, freshman Erin Meyers (Saint Paul, Minn.), Meehan and Matthews were presented their major awards by league commissioner Robert M. DeGregorio. Meyers was tabbed as the alliance's Rookie of the Year while Meehan secured Player of the Year honors. Matthews was honored as the NEWHA Coach of the Year.