Women's Ice Hockey Begins NEWHA Series at Saint Anselm with 3-1 Loss

Women's Ice Hockey Begins NEWHA Series at Saint Anselm with 3-1 Loss

MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College women's ice hockey team lost to Saint Anselm College, 3-1, during the opener of a New England Women's Hockey Alliance (NEWHA) weekend series at Sullivan Arena.

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (3-21-1, 1-17-1 NEWHA), Saint Anselm (13-12-3, 10-6-3 NEWHA)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • Junior Ella Saracco (Melrose, Mass./Austin Prep), 1 goal
  • Sophomore Jenna Hoops (Woodbury, Minn./Saint Paul United), 1 assist, 14-for-18 faceoffs
  • Sophomore Mikaela Langbacka (Lorton, Va./Washington Pride), 1 assist
  • Sophomore Carissa Mudrak (Duluth, Minn./Gentry Academy), 32 saves
  • Senior Courtney Kelly (Arlington, Mass./Boston Jr. Shamrocks), 2 blocks
  • Junior Maeghan Kennard (Hamlin, N.Y./Niagara Jr. Purple Eagles), 10-for-19 faceoffs
  • Senior Jenna Harrison (Kitchener, Ontario/Wellesley), 11-for-17 faceoffs

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Senior Kelly Golini, 1 goal, 2 assists
  • First-year Tyra Turner, 1 goal, 1 assist
  • Senior Erin Meyers, 1 goal
  • Junior Allie Kelley, 21 saves

GAME FACTS

  • Kelly played her 106th career game, one short of Alissa Sullivan's '20 school mark of 107.
  • Saracco netted her fourth power-play goal of the season, within one of the NEWHA lead.
  • Saint Michael's held a 35-20 advantage in faceoff wins, while the Hawks claimed a 35-22 lead in shots.

THE ACTION

  • Saint Anselm caught a break at 9:53 of the opening period, when Hoops picked off a pass in the right circle and sent a shot that Kelley partially stopped before the puck flipped out of her glove and behind the netminder. It appeared to cross the goal line before quickly being cleared out by a skater, and the nearest official waved off the apparent goal. Sophomore Jace Zapata (Brea, Calif./Gentry Academy) followed with a shot on net that Kelley cleanly caught.
  • The Hawks went ahead shortly thereafter, as Meyers tipped in Golini's cross into the crease at 10:32.
  • The Purple Knights got the goal back at 6:53 of the second period, with Saracco one-timing home a shot from the doorstep after taking Langbacka's pass from the left circle during a power play. Hoops added the secondary assist after Kelly saved the puck at the blue line.
  • Saint Anselm utilized a 3-on-1 breakout to take the lead at 13:42, with Golini centering for Turner, who beat Mudrak to her blocker side.
  • Golini made it 3-1 with a shorthanded goal at 16:55, stripping a Purple Knight of the puck in her own zone before going in alone on Mudrak.
  • Mudrak made 12 saves during the third period, when Saint Michael's put only one shot on net across a pair of power-play chances.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME

  • Saturday at Saint Anselm, 3 p.m.