MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College women's ice hockey team opened a two-game weekend series against first-place Saint Anselm College with a 4-1 loss on Friday afternoon at Sullivan Arena during New England Women's Hockey Alliance (NEWHA) play.
- Saint Michael's (4-13-1, 2-8-1 NEWHA), Saint Anselm (19-2-1, 12-0-1 NEWHA)
SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS
- Junior Arianna Boscia (Cranston, R.I./La Salle Academy), 1 goal, 2 blocks
- Senior Nicole Talcott (Colchester, Vt./Rice Memorial Prep), 39 saves
- Sophomore Krista Ferrari (Dunstable, Mass./East Coast Wizards), 10-for-23 faceoffs, 3 blocks
- First-year Jenna Harrison (Kitchener, Ontario/Wellesley), 8-for-15 faceoffs
- Junior Amanda Conger, 2 goals
- First-year Kelly Golini, 1 goal, 1 assist
- Sophomore Gabby Monaco, 1 goal
- Senior Maddie Scavotto, 6 saves
- The contest was the opener of a two-game weekend series.
- Saint Michael's held Saint Anselm to less than its NCAA Division I/II-leading scoring average (4.52) while limiting a team fifth in power-play percentage to an 0-for-3 showing with the woman advantage.
- Saint Anselm, which is unbeaten in its last eight games, is first in U.S. College Hockey Online's (USCHO) Division I PairWise Rankings as the only team undefeated against NCAA Division I and II programs.
- Boscia extended her career high to five goals from her position on defense.
- Golini put Saint Anselm on the board 1:23 into the game, burying a shot from the low slot off sophomore Katy Meehan's pass from behind the net.
- The Hawks doubled their lead at 6:22 of the opening period when Golini's pass from behind the net was one-timed home by Monaco in the slot.
- Boscia cut the deficit to 2-1 just 56 seconds later with an end-to-end rush, making a move past a Saint Anselm player at the Purple Knight blue line before firing from the hash marks in the Hawk zone on Scavotto, who denied the shot before Boscia roofed a backhander on the rebound.
- Conger pushed the advantage back to two at 12:56, firing from the low right circle.
- Talcott made 19 of her saves in a shutout second period, including eight during a pair of Hawk power plays.
- Saint Michael's held Saint Anselm to only seven shots in the third period, but Conger found the back of the net at 6:40, picking the upper left corner from above the left circle.
NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME
- Saturday at Saint Anselm, 1 p.m.