Women's ice hockey stays perfect in season openers with OT win

SHELTON, Conn.Megan Klaus scored the game-winning goal at 1:19 of overtime as the Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team remained perfect in season openers by defeating Sacred Heart University, 2-1, on Friday evening at the SportsCenter of Connecticut.

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Klaus found the back of the net for Saint Anselm (1-0-0) early in the overtime session off assists from Jackie Guy and Ashley Moran just 24 seconds after Sacred Heart (0-1-0) was assessed a minor penalty. The Hawks have won all 14 season openers in program history with the last four victories all coming by a single goal.

Klaus also set up the game's opening goal as Kaley Campbell scored Saint Anselm's first goal of season just 36 seconds into the game. Freshman Nicole Saber also picked up a helper on Campbell's goal for her first collegiate point on her collegiate debut.

The Hawks maintained their 1-0 lead until Meghan Kebalka scored an unassisted power-play goal at 12:38 of the third period to bring Sacred Heart level. Neither team was able to break the 1-1 tie in the remainder of regulation but Klaus won it early in overtime for Saint Anselm.

Maddie Scavotto stopped 19-of-20 shots faced to pick up the victory in net for the Hawks, while Devan Kane turned aside 18-of-20 shots for the Pioneers.

The two teams complete their opening weekend series with a 2 p.m. start on Saturday, Oct. 21 at the SportsCenter of Connecticut.