MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Connecticut College women's ice hockey team dropped a non-conference game to Saint Anselm by a 2-1 decision on Tuesday evening at Sullivan Arena.
The teams played through a scoreless deadlock for 30 minutes until Saint Anselm (15-2-1) broke through with both of its goals in a span of just 2:01. Kaley Campbell put the Hawks on the board by finishing a pass from Kelly Golini just past the midway point of the second period, and Katy Meehan doubled the margin with an unassisted tally at 12:55.
Despite falling behind, the Camels kept knocking on the door and were eventually able to break through when senior Jordan Cross (Saugus, Mass.) scored a power play goal at the 2:43 mark. Junior defender Erin Healy (Melrose, Mass.) drove in a pass from linemate Ellie Branka (Medfield, Mass.), and Cross redirected the puck by tipping it over the shoulder of the opposing goalie.
The Hawks, however, took control and fired 10 shots on target the rest of the way. Even though senior Bailey Mertz (Glenville, N.Y.) was able to turn away all of them, the hosts kept the Camels out of their offensive zone and did not allow them to create many scoring chances. Connecticut College made one last push by pulling Mertz with just over a minute remaining, but shot attempts by senior Paige Michel (Essex, Conn.) and Natalie Witkowski (Cheshire, Conn.) were stuffed by netminder Maddie Scavotto to preserve the one-goal victory.
Scavotto ended the game with 25 saves to pick up the win between the pipes for Saint Anselm, while Mertz turned away 28 shots at the other end for the Camels in the setback,
Connecticut College (8-6-2) has the weekend off and will return to action when it hosts UMass Boston on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m.