MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team skated to a 0-0 tie against the Purple Knights of Saint Michael's College in New England Women's Hockey Alliance (NEWHA) action on Tuesday evening at Sullivan Arena.
Freshman goaltender Caroline Kukas (North Andover, Mass.) made 12 of her 28 saves in the third period on the way to her third shutout in six starts this season for Saint Anselm (12-7-1, 10-4-1 NEWHA). Kukas' counterpart, Vika Simons, made 51 saves for Saint Michael's (3-13-3, 2-9-1 NEWHA).
The Purple Knights ended the Hawks' 43-game winning streak against Saint Michael's.
Both teams took 13 penalties in the game, but neither was able to convert with the extra skater. Three of Saint Anselm's seven power-play opportunities came in the final 25 minutes. Saint Anselm started off with a 16-4 shots advantage in the opening period - senior Amanda Conger (Swanton, Vt.) rang a shot off the pipe with a little under four minutes left in the first period, the best scoring opportunity for either side at that point.
After being outshot in the first stanza, Saint Michael's fired 12 shots in the next two periods but were unable to score. Rather, Saint Anselm kept momentum going in the final two periods of regulation as they had a 33-24 shots advantage.
Following three blocked shots in the Hawks attacking end in the final minute of the third stanza, Maddie Gervais skated through the right circle and fired a shot that was stopped by Kukas with 2.6 seconds to go. Both teams were scoreless through 60 minutes of action and looked to score the game-winner in the five-minute overtime period.
Junior Jayden Young (Norwood, N.Y.) and a teammate broke out for a 2-on-1 rush in the final 30 seconds of play, but Simons turned Young away with about 19 seconds to go.
Junior Katy Meehan (Quincy, Mass.) led the team in face-off wins with 16 in her 23 attempts. She also led the way with eight shots. Senior Kaley Campbell (Colchester, Vt.) appeared in her 100th career game played on Tuesday, joining her teammates, Conger and senior Megan Klaus (State College, Pa.), who accomplished the feat earlier this season.
Saint Anselm returns home for the Pink in the Rink Weekend against Colby this Friday, Jan. 17 at 4 p.m.