SYOSSET, N.Y. – The Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team earned its first victory of 2020 on Friday afternoon as the Hawks took down Long Island University, 4-2, at Islanders Iceworks.
With the victory, the Hawks regain the top spot on the New England Women's Hockey Alliance (NEWHA) standings with an 11-7-0 overall record and an 8-4-0 mark in alliance play. LIU, competing in its first varsity season, drops to 5-12-0 overall and 5-3-0 against NEWHA opponents.
With 38 seconds remaining in the opening period, sophomore Erin Meyers (Saint Paul, Minn.) broke the 0-0 score with a late goal. At the top of the slot, sophomore Kelly Golini (Tewksbury, Mass.) saw Meyers open on the left side of the goal where she converted on the scoring chance.
Senior Kaley Campbell (Colchester, Vt.) increased the Hawks lead to 2-0 with a breakaway goal only 2:06 into the second period. Senior Michaela Kane (Haverhill, Mass.) did her part as well, keeping the Sharks scoreless through the first 35 minutes of play as she stopped eight shots in the second period. The Sharks erased the Hawks chance for a shutout with a breakaway goal of their own by Matilda af Bjur at 18:19.
Trailing by one only 5:51 into the final period, Alva Johnsson threw the puck towards the net for Stella Scott to redirect it off her stick to even the game at two.
With nine minutes left in the period, senior Jamie Gottwald (Easton, Mass.) jammed the puck into the back of the net off a scrum in front. Gottwald proved to be the game-winning goal scorer, giving the Hawks a 3-2 lead at the time. Needing a goal to tie, LIU took out its goaltender for an extra skater at 17:59 but senior Amanda Conger (Swanton, Vt.) buried the empty-net goal at 19:33 to clinch the victory for the Hawks.
In net, Kane earned the 21st win of her career as she stopped 27 of 29 shots faced. Kane improves to 5-4-0 in the 2019-20 campaign. LIU's Mia McLeod posted 30 saves on the day. Golini won 13 of her 23 face-off attempts.
Saint Anselm will battle the Sharks again on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 4:15 p.m., closing out the weekend series at the Northwell Health Ice Center in East Meadow, N.Y.