SHELTON, Conn. – The Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team scored three goals in the second period to defeat Post University, 6-1, in the 2019-20 season opener on Friday afternoon in New England Women's Hockey Alliance (NEWHA) action.
For the 14th time in the last 15 seasons, Saint Anselm has won its season opener to begin the year with a 1-0 record. Post, who falls to 0-1 with the result, will host the Hawks again on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Following the Hawks' first power-play opportunity, junior Katy Meehan (Quincy, Mass.) scored her 31st career goal at 11:22 of the first period to create an early 1-0 advantage for the guests.
Ahead 1-0 after the first 20 minutes, the Hawks rifled off three goals to take a 4-0 lead at the end of the second period. The strikes came from freshman Gabrielle Huson (Edina, Minn.), junior Gabby Monaco (La Verne, Calif.) and freshman Marissa Agerter (Eagan, Minn.). Both Huson and Agerter knocked in their first collegiate goals with Meehan assisting on each marker.
Heading into the third period with a 4-0 lead, senior Amanda Nylander (Hanover, Minn.) fired a shot into the back of the net at 15:33 of the third. Post broke up the shutout for the Hawks two minutes later at 17:19 as Kendall Fitzgerald put the home team on the scoreboard.
With under two minutes left in regulation and less than 60 seconds after Fitzgerald's tally, sophomore Erin Meyers (Saint Paul, Minn.) intercepted a pass and had room on the right side to score, closing out the contest on a strong note for Saint Anselm. Sophomore Kelly Golini (Tewksbury, Mass.) picked up her second assist on the day on Meyers' goal.
Senior goaltender Michaela Kane (Haverhill, Mass.) stopped 13 shots en route to her 17th career win and first of the season. Post's goaltender, Jenna Baumgartner, had a total of 45 saves.
The Hawks won 34 of the game's 56 faceoffs and ended the contest with a 51-to-17 shots advantage.