WINCHENDON, Mass. - Sophomore Leah White (Hingham, Mass./The Winchendon School) made 47 saves on Friday while allowing only a third-period goal in the Saint Michael's College women's ice hockey team's 1-0 loss to Franklin Pierce University. The New England Women's Hockey Alliance (NEWHA) contest was played in Ritchie Ice Arena on the campus of The Winchendon School, where White took a postgrad year in 2019-20.
- Saint Michael's (0-6, 0-5 NEWHA), Franklin Pierce (5-4-1, 2-1 NEWHA)
SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS
- White, 47 saves
- First-year Tessa Mucha (Tully, N.Y./Syracuse Valley Eagles), 6-for-10 faceoffs
- Senior Courtney Kelly (Arlington, Mass./Boston Jr. Shamrocks), 2 blocks
- First-year Geno Hendrickson, 1 goal
- Sophomore Jenna Ruiz, 13-for-20 faceoffs
- Senior Emme Ostrander, 11 saves
- Saint Michael's played its first regular-season game since Oct. 30.
- White made her second regular-season appearance, having registered 50 saves in her other outing. Including a 45-save performance in an exhibition game with NCAA Division III power State University of New York at Plattsburgh, White has recorded at least 45 saves in all three games this season.
- Franklin Pierce moved to 5-1-1 in its past seven games, but White and the Purple Knights limited the Ravens to well fewer than the 3.67 goals they averaged in their most recent six contests.
- White made nine saves in the opening period, including stopping sophomore Emilie Prive 16 seconds into the game. Junior Becca Kniss hit the post at 16:44 of the scoreless frame.
- The teams headed into the third period without a goal, as White registered another 26 stops in the second stanza. She had nine saves while yielding no goals during two Franklin Pierce power plays, one of which spilled into the third, while Kniss again rung the post with six seconds to go and her team a woman up.
- Saint Michael's had a power play of its own that started exactly halfway through the second period. Early on, sophomore Jace Zapata (Brea, Calif./Gentry Academy) had a shot denied by Ostrander at 10:19, and classmate Jenna Hoops (Woodbury, Minn./Saint Paul United) put the rebound wide.
- Sophomore Mikaela Langbacka's (Lorton, Va./Washington Pride) bid 3:11 into the third was blocked, and first-year Lucy Hanson followed by hitting the pipe for the hosts 1:11 later.
- White posted six saves to help kill a Raven power play that started at 4:40, but Hendrickson broke the deadlock just 12 seconds after the woman advantage expired, taking a loose puck in the neutral zone before weaving through the Purple Knight defense on a solo effort and finishing out front with 6:52 gone.
- Hoops had back-to-back tying attempts stopped at 8:13 before sophomore Mary Leys (Newport, R.I./Saint George's School) was also denied 47 seconds later.
- Saint Michael's killed off a mid-period power play thanks to White saving junior Ava Kison's bid at 10:45 before a visitor woman advantage starting at 13:24 was negated.
- Late in regulation, Kelly and Hoops both fired shots from the right circle, at 18:48 and 19:04, respectively, that Ostrander stopped. With White pulled for an extra skater for the final 56 seconds, the Purple Knights were unable to put a tying bid on goal.
NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME
- Saturday at Franklin Pierce, 7 p.m.