MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College women's ice hockey team finished its weekend series at Saint Anselm College with a 1-0 loss on Saturday afternoon at Sullivan Arena. The Purple Knights are now 2-8, while the Hawks, who won last year's New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) Open Tournament, are 9-0.
Saint Michael's junior Nicole Talcott (Colchester, Vt./Rice Memorial Prep) registered 39 saves, limiting the NCAA Division I/II scoring leader (5.25) to more than four goals below its season average. Saint Anselm had scored multiple goals in 22 straight games entering the day, and 61 of 63 contests since March 2015. Senior Katherine O'Brien (East Sandwich, Mass./Tilton School) went 3-for-3 on faceoffs while first-year Maddie Gervais (Glastonbury, Conn./East Catholic) was 5-of-10. Senior Jillian Witwicki (Danvers, Mass./Pingree School) had seven blocks with classmate Kaitlyn Wurzer (Lee, N.H./Berwick Academy) pitching in five of her own.
Senior Ashley Moran scored the lone tally for the Hawks while classmate Samantha Boyer and first-year Kathleen LeFebre added the assists. First-year Katy Meehan went 8-for-12 on faceoffs as junior Maddie Scavotto denied 10 shots.
Talcott denied nine shots within the first 6:47 of the opening period before the Purple Knights were given a power-play opportunity. During that time, junior Brenna Galvin (Dorchester, Mass./Boston Latin School) struck a shot from the right circle that caused Scavotto to make a body save at 7:16. Wurzer also sailed a pass down the middle that Gervais redirected out front and off the outside of the post at 8:30. Only eight seconds after the woman advantage ended, the visitors earned another power-play opportunity, and senior Amanda Donahoe (Wakefield, Mass./Saint Mary's) sent a shot from the left circle that the goalie denied at 10:15. Sophomore Haley Marshall skated down the right side to hit a shot toward the crease as Talcott picked up the puck at 12:24. Senior Ashley Dineen's (Somers, N.Y./Canterbury School) try at 16:56 resulted in a Scavotto blocker save.
Talcott made a pad save at 5:00 in the second stanza after a Hawk made a backhanded shot from right out front. During a power-play opportunity, the Hawks were able to capitalize as Moran, who tallied her third goal of the season, took a wrist shot near the top of the left circle to sail it to the back of the net at 9:25. Talcott denied the final seven attempts of the period, including with two blocker saves, and was aided by junior Caley Mueller hitting the post with a little more than two minutes remaining. Dineen and sophomore Arianna Boscia (Cranston, R.I./La Salle Academy) both had bids denied near the end of the period.
Dineen took a slap shot from the left side 37 seconds into the final frame but Scavotto made the save. Seven bids by the Hawks were denied by Talcott, and another nine were blocked by skaters, during a scoreless 13-plus minutes to begin the period, as Saint Michael's killed three penalties in that time. Gervais got a wrist shot off for the Purple Knights at 13:10 with Scavotto denying the try. The Purple Knights earned a power play at 16:08, but a visitor committed a penalty of her own 16 seconds later, ending the woman advantage. Saint Michael's killed 1:44 of a Hawk power play, with Talcott making two saves and Gervais blocking a shot, and the Purple and Gold's best chance to knot the game came in the waning seconds off of Boscia's shot from the point, which was blocked.
The Purple Knights are off until Dec. 1, when they will host the University of New England at 7:05 p.m.