MANCHESTER, N.H. – Junior goaltender Maddie Scavotto made a season-high 21 saves as the Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team skated to a 0-0 tie against the College of the Holy Cross on Friday evening at Sullivan Arena.
Scavotto made nine of her 21 saves in the third period and two more in overtime to log her fifth shutout in eight starts this season for Saint Anselm (10-1-1, 8-0-1 NEWHA), which remained unbeaten in games against New England Women's Hockey Alliance opponents this season. Scavotto's counterpart, Julia Pelletier, made 21 saves of her own for Holy Cross (6-5-2, 5-1-1 NEWHA) in the 10th meeting in the last 16 between the two programs that ended in a tie or was decided by a single goal.
With the shutout, Scavotto lowered her nation-leading goals-against average to 0.62 this season while raising her nation-best save percentage to .958. Her five shutouts in 2017-18 trail only Clarkson's Shea Tiley among Division I/II goaltenders.
Both teams took four penalties in the game, but neither was able to convert on the power play. Three of Saint Anselm's four power-play opportunities came in the second period but the Crusaders limited the Hawks to just one shot on goal on the three chances.
After being outshot in each of the first two periods, Holy Cross turned the tables in the third, holding a 9-6 advantage in the period. Sam Girard rang a shot off the pipe with a little over nine minutes left in the third for the closest either team came to a goal.
Just seconds after Girard hit the pipe, Holy Cross peppered Scavotto with six shots on goal on a power play, but the junior was up to the task. The Hawks also blocked three shots in front of Scavotto while on the same penalty kill. The Crusaders had the lone two shots on goal in the overtime but could not find a way past Scavotto.
By holding the Crusaders scoreless on the power play, Saint Anselm has killed off 50-of-53 penalties this season, to lead the country at 94.3 percent on the penalty kill.
Saint Anselm is off until the New Year which will begin with a trip to Connecticut College on Tuesday, Jan. 9 for a 7 p.m. game.