Saint Anselm Edges No. 8 Women’s Ice Hockey With First-Period Goal

Jordan Cross

NEW LONDON, Conn. – The No. 8 Connecticut College women's ice hockey team dropped a non-conference game to Saint Anselm by a 1-0 decision at Dayton Arena on Tuesday evening.

Connecticut College (8-3-1) outshot its opponent 53-21 overall, which included a 30-8 margin on target, and earned six power plays over the course of the game. The Camels, however, could not cash in and get the puck past Hawk netminder Maddie Scavotto, who recorded the highest number of saves to earn a clean sheet for her program in more than four years.

After Katy Meehan blasted a shot off the pipe in the opening minutes, the Hawks capitalized with the lone goal of the game at the 11:51 mark of the first period. Haley Marshall and Paige Gorecki found teammate Amanda Conger from behind the net, and the sophomore was able to beat junior Bailey Mertz (Glenville, N.Y.) with a shot to the far post for the difference maker.

Despite falling behind, Connecticut College dominated the remainder of the game and had several chances to net the equalizer. But Scavotto held her ground despite being peppered for more than 40 minutes, which included saving a point-blank look by junior Elena Gualtieri in the second period, and the Hawks were able to hold on for the win.

Scavotto made 30 saves to earn the victory for Saint Anselm (11-1-1), which was only able to take three shots which were off target in the final frame. Mertz turned away seven Hawk shot attempts in the setback.

Connecticut College resumes NESCAC play when it hosts Wesleyan for a two-game weekend series beginning on Friday, Jan. 12 at 7:00 p.m.