MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey program lost to Sacred Heart University, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon in a New England Women's Hockey Alliance (NEWHA) showdown at Sullivan Arena.
The Hawks dropped to 2-2 on the year and 2-2 in league play while Sacred Heart improved to 2-5 and 2-0 against alliance opponents. Saint Anselm has a quick turnaround as they host Norwich in an exhibition game on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m.
Sacred Heart scored first at 17:22 of the first period off the stick of Kelly Solak. From the right faceoff circle, Victoria Grimmer passed to Solak on the left side who then sunk the one-timer into the back of the net.
The Pioneers held the lead at the first intermission. Sophomore Kelly Golini (Tewksbury, Mass.) scored the equalizer in the second period at 4:55. Senior Amanda Conger (Swanton, Vt.) dished the puck to Golini on the left side who buried the shot.
For the second straight day, the Pioneers netted the game-winning goal in the third period. Rachel DeLong sent a pass from behind the net and found Kenendy Spiering in the slot who fired the shot into the back of the net. That gave the Pioneers a lead with 13 minutes remaining. Sacred Heart was able to keep the Hawks from tying the game.
Junior goalkeeper Kia Castonguay (Ipswich, Mass.) finished the day with 25 saves in her first loss. Sacred Heart's Frankie Sanchez had one more save than her opponent, recording 26 stops.
The Hawks went 25-for-51 at the faceoff circle. Saint Anselm ended the game with a slim 26-25 shots advantage.