PREVIEW: Women's ice hockey, Franklin Pierce to meet in NEWHA Final

PREVIEW: Women's ice hockey, Franklin Pierce to meet in NEWHA Final


MANCHESTER, N.H. – After the top-seeded Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team dispatched the Purple Knights from Saint Michael's College, 9-0, in the New England Women's Hockey Alliance (NEWHA) Semifinal game on Saturday, the Hawks punched their ticket to the title game for the second-straight season. Saint Anselm will host the No. 3 seed Ravens from Franklin Pierce University on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. at Sullivan Arena.

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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 1 Saint Anselm 9, No. 4 Saint Michael's 0 - FINAL

Game 2: No. 3 Franklin Pierce 3, No. 2 Sacred Heart 2 - FINAL

Sunday, Feb. 24 – Final:

Game 3: No. 3 Franklin Pierce at No. 1 Saint Anselm  4 p.m. 

LAST TIME OUT: Saint Anselm blanked the Purple Knights, 9-0, on Saturday in the NEWHA Semifinal contest at Sullivan Arena. That win tied a program record for most in a single season with 24. That accomplishment happened twice prior to this season, most recently by the 2013-14 women's ice hockey team. Freshman Kelly Golini (Tewksbury, Mass.) had three goals for the Hawks while junior Amanda Conger (Swanton, Vt.) potted a pair of goals and added three assists. Sophomore Gabby Monaco (La Verne, Calif.) dished out four points, including three assists and a goal of her own.

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 freshman Erin Meyers (Saint Paul, Minn.) 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 Monaco and Conger were named to the Second Team. Golini 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. The Hawks are a perfect 13-0 at home this year.
  • Meehan led the team with 31 points (14-17=31) and in 16 NEWHA games was the top player in points per game with 1.44. She also had five game-winning and power play goals along with a pair of hat tricks.
  • Conger has 29 points (12-17=29) for second most on the team while Meyers and Monaco each finished with 25 points. Monaco also boasts a team-high 21 assists this year.
  • Senior goaltender Maddie Scavotto (Falmouth, Mass.) has a 13-2-1 record between the pipes. Her 1.28 goals-against average was third-best among all of Division I/II goaltenders and her .932 save percentage was 14th in the nation.
  • The Hawks offense produced 4.64 goals per game which was best among all of Division I/II programs. Their scoring defense was second to Wisconsin at 1.39 goals allowed per game. 

SCOUTING FRANKLIN PIERCE:

  • The Ravens enter the game after defeating the reigning NEWHA champions Pioneers from Sacred Heart University in the second NEWHA Semifinal game on Saturday, Feb. 24 by a score of 3-2.
  • Haley Parker has a team-high 40 (17-23=40) points that was also the best in the NEWHA. Her 23 assists also led the team.
  • Nicole Amato potted 22 goals to lead Franklin Pierce to go along with 14 assists. Emme Ostrander has a 1.40 goals against average and a 13-5-1 record in net for the Ravens. 
  • Franklin Pierce's penalty kill was effective, killing off 114 of the 129 times the Ravens were short-handed. Their record on the road is 11-4.

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, and now hold a 22-6-2 record.
  • The Hawks have won a title game eight times, including a shootout victory over Holy Cross in the 2010-11 season.

HEAD COACH: Matthews is in her 11th season at the helm of the program and boasts a 220-60-19 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. FRANKLIN PIERCE: 

  • The Hawks hold an all-time series lead of 20-0-1 against Franklin Pierce.
  • Saint Anselm has won five straight games, including the regular season series sweep this year.
  • The two teams have met in the postseason twice, both coming in the semifinal round. The Hawks won last year in the NEWHA Semifinals, 7-1, at Sullivan Arena.