MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team got out to a 2-0 lead after the first period, but Franklin Pierce University rallied with two goals in the second before the teams settled for a 2-2 tie on Saturday afternoon at Sullivan Arena.
Goals from sophomores Megan Klaus and Amanda Conger in the space of 4:27 in the second half of the first period staked Saint Anselm (14-2-2, 9-1-2 NEWHA) to a two-goal lead. However, Franklin Pierce (10-7-2, 4-7-1 NEWHA) responded with power-play goals by Haley Parker and Nicole Amato in the first 11:20 of the second period to even the score. Neither team was able to break the tie over the final 33:40 of play.
At 10:22 of the first period, Klaus gave the Hawks the lead with her fourth goal of the year off an assist by freshman Katy Meehan. Meehan found Klaus open in the slot and Klaus fired a wrist shot in from straight on for a power-play goal for Saint Anselm.
A little over four minutes later, Conger doubled the Saint Anselm lead courtesy of her third goal of the weekend series. Senior Samantha Boyer got the puck up ice to Conger, who entered the offensive zone against the left boards, cut her way inside and scored from the middle of the left circle to make it 2-0.
Parker started the Franklin Pierce rally just 36 seconds into the second period, scoring from Amato and Carolyn Drowne. Amato nudged the puck to Parker on the left boards and Parker skated to the near edge of the right circle before unleashing a wrist shot for her seventh of the season.
Amato, Parker and Drowne connected again for the Ravens' second power-play goal past the midway point of the second to tie it at 2-2. From the right point, Drowne found Parker down low on the right, Amato traded places with Parker before firing in a wrist shot from a sharp angle, scoring her team-high 12th goal of the winter.
Sophomore Jamie Gottwald came inches from putting Saint Anselm back on top with a little over three minutes left in the second. Gottwald collected a drop pass from freshman Mary Lambert but her shot from the middle edge of the right circle hit the far post.
The Hawks killed off a pair of Franklin Pierce power plays in the third and outshot the Ravens 3-2 in the overtime but were unable to find a winning goal. The tie was the first in the all-time series between the two programs, which the Hawks lead 15-0-1, as Saint Anselm concluded its eighth annual Pink In The Rink Weekend.
Junior Maddie Scavotto posted 15 saves for Saint Anselm to move to 9-2-2 on the season, while Madison Murray made 25 saves for Franklin Pierce to run her record to 6-2-1.
Next up for Saint Anselm is a 7 p.m. game against Williams College on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at Sullivan Arena.