Women’s hockey kick off season with tie, then win against Sacred Heart

Eli FIsh, Crier staff

  The Women’s ice hockey season kicked off for the Saint Anselm College Hawks last Friday night in Shelton, Connecticut where the Hawks managed a 4-4 tie against the Pioneers of Sacred Heart University. The Hawks followed up the next day with a 3-1 victory over the same Pioneer squad.

   Junior Kaley Campbell began the scoring for the Hawks notching the first two goals of Friday night’s game. Thanks to Campbell’s pair of goals the Hawks led 2-1 after the second period. Just four and a half minutes into the third period, junior Megan Klaus scored her first goal of the year, followed by a power play goal from junior Amanda Conger which gave the Hawks a commanding 4-1 lead with just under nine minutes remaining in the game.

However, the Pioneers stormed back, scoring three consecutive goals, the last one by junior Maddie Bishop, (her second of the game) with just one second remaining in the third period. Neither team scored in overtime as the Hawks season began with a tie. Senior goaltender Maddie Scavotto stopped a career-high 34 shots for the Hawks, while the Pioneers Sarah Erban nearly matched her with 30 saves.

The Hawks came out aggressively the following day as sophomore Katy Meehan scored her first of three goals on the afternoon in the first period. Meehan scored again on a power play midway through the second period and capped off her afternoon by scoring early in the third period to give the Hawks a lead they would never relinquish.

Junior Michaela Kane saved 22 shots for the Hawks. The 1-0-1 Hawks will compete in a pair of exhibition games this week before traveling to Plymouth State to square off against the Panthers on October 27th. The Pioneers of Sacred Heart University fall to 2-3-1 on the year.