MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team dropped its home opener, 2-1, to Sacred Heart University on Friday at Sullivan Arena.
The Hawks had never lost their home opener in program history. Saint Anselm fell to 2-1 on the early year while the Pioneers earned their first win of the season and improve to 1-4.
Sacred Heart took control early and scored 5:22 into the first period. Maddie Bishop found the attacking Anna Klein in the slot who then buried the goal in the back of the net. That gave the Pioneers an early 1-0 lead.
The visitors held the momentum until the second period when senior Jamie Gottwald (Easton, Mass.) sunk the equalizer in the first 1:40 of the period. After a scramble in front of the crease, Gottwald pushed the puck past the Pioneers' goalkeeper to even the contest at one.
With the game tied at one heading into the third, Sacred Heart's Alexa Ocel received a long pass from Kelly Solak and shot the puck top left corner of the net for the eventually game-winning tally with ninth minutes remaining in the game.
Senior Michaela Kane (Haverhill, Mass.) stopped 29 shots en route to her first loss of the season. Sacred Heart's Frankie Sanchez had the same amount of saves while only letting in one goal. The Hawks finished the day 23-for-54 at the faceoff circle.
The Hawks will return back to Sullivan Arena on Saturday, Oct. 19 for another matchup against Sacred Heart at 3 p.m.