MANCHESTER, N.H. – Senior Haley Marshall (Hull, Mass.) of the Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey squad netted the game-winning goal with 12 seconds remaining in regulation time to beat the visiting Connecticut Whale, 4-3, in an exhibition game on Saturday afternoon at Sullivan Arena.
The Whale, a professional women's ice hockey program that competes in the National Women's Hockey League, were outshot by Saint Anselm, 29-28, in the contest. The Hawks will now head to Saint Michael's for a New England Women's Hockey Alliance (NEWHA) battle on Friday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.
Tied at three and with time winding down, Marshall fought her way into the slot and buried a shot in the top-right corner of the net to send the Hawks into celebration.
After trailing by a 2-0 score midway through the second period thanks to goals from Grace Klienbach, the Hawks cut the deficit by one at 13:51. Sophomore Amanda Nylander (Hanover, Minn.) opened the Hawks scoring with a dish from senior Megan Klaus (State College, Pa.). The Whale held a 2-1 advantage heading into the second intermission.
Junior Katy Meehan (Quincy, Mass.) converted on a power-play opportunity to even the game at two at 3:44 of the third period. Five minutes later, freshman Kenadie Cooper (Gilbert, Ariz.) gave the Hawks their first lead of the game with a goal of her own. Cooper's goal was assisted by senior Amanda Conger (Swanton, Vt.). At 10:22, Connecticut's Kendra Broad tied the contest at three.
Senior Michaela Kane (Haverhill, Mass.) earned the start and stopped 12 shots in the opening 30 minutes. Head Coach Kerstin Matthews switched goaltenders halfway through the second period for junior Kia Castonguay (Ipswich, Mass.) to close the game out with 13 saves, yielding only one goal. All three active goaltenders for the Connecticut Whale played with Brooke Wolejko recording a team-high 10 saves.