PRINCETON, N.J. – The Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team returned from the holiday break with a 5-0 loss to the seventh-ranked Princeton University squad Friday afternoon at Hobey Baker Rink.
The Hawks fall to 10-5 on the year while Princeton heads into 2020 with a 12-4 record. After playing in the first-ever meeting between both programs, the Hawks and Tigers battle again on Saturday with another 3 p.m. contest.
Friday's contest was the Hawks' first against an Ivy League opponent and its first against a nationally-ranked National Collegiate women's ice hockey opponent.
After a 10 minute span of scoreless action, the Tigers scored on a power-play opportunity to give the hosts a 1-0 lead. Sarah Fillier found the back of the net off a Claire Thompson pass at 10:19 of the opening stanza. A minute later, Annie Kuehl increased the Tigers lead at the break to 2-0.
The Hawks nearly converted on their first goal of the game during a power-play opportunity at 18:16. The Hawks fired four shots in a short span but were unable to find paydirt.
In the second period, Princeton maintained its two-goal margin until Sharon Frankel gained a long pass just inside the attacking blue line for a one-on-one opportunity. Frankel converted and sent the Tigers to a three-goal advantage heading into the final 20 minutes.
Only 47 seconds into the third period, Fillier scored her second goal of the game which extended the Tigers cushion to four-point margin. Emma Kee clinched the win for the Tigers with a tally four minutes later, upping her team's lead to five.
Sophomore Kelly Golini (Tewksbury, Mass.) led the team with six faceoff wins. Between the pipes, senior Michaela Kane (Haverhill, Mass.) had a career-high 46 saves en route to her third loss of the season. After recording 46 saves, Kane surpassed Carley Berry '11 for sixth on the all-time saves list with 558 in her career.