BOSTON, Mass.—Four different St. Anselm players to lead the Hawks past UMass Boston women's hockey 4-0 in the Beacons season and home opener Saturday afternoon at the Edward T. Barry Ice Rink.
St. Anselm College 4, UMass Boston 0
(UMass Boston 0-1)
(St. Anselm College 3-0)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Playing their opener against a Division II side that already had five games under their belt, the Beacons struggled to get anything going in their 2017-18 opener.
Senior goalie Rachel Myette (Duxbury, Mass.) was a big bright spot for the Beacons, as she made a career-high 47 saves on 51 shots. Myette made 19 saves in the first half and added 15 more in the second and 13 in the final stanza.
Jackie Guy, Katie Meehan, Haley Marshall and Paige Gorecki all scored for the visitors who stayed perfect in "official" games this winter. Kaley Campbell and Kaitlyn Spillane paced the Hawks with two assists apiece.
In net, freshman Michaela Kane made nine saves for a shutout in her collegiate debut.
The Hawks broke the scoreless deadlock 9:54 into the game, when Guy scored a power-play goal. Spillane and Klaus both picked up assists on the play.
St. Anselm doubled their lead just 25 seconds into the second period Ashley Moran won an offensive-zone draw back to Meehan and Meehan ripped a shot past Myette for a 2-0 lead.
The visitors tacked on two goals five-minutes apart in the third period to put the game away for good. Marshall made it 3-0 at 12:34 and Gorecki closed out the scoring at 17:34.
BY THE NUMBERS
- The Hawks outshot the Beacons 51-9, including 15-1 in the third period.
- UMass Boston went 0-for-1 on the power-play, while St. Anselm College finished 1-for-6.
- St. Anselm improved to 17-4-1 all-time against the Beacons. Saturday's meeting marked the first contest between the sides since St. Anselm College left the New England Hockey Conference last spring.
- Senior Jane Morrisette (Pembroke, Mass.) led the Beacons with two shots and went 6-for-14 in face-offs. Julia Nolan (Duxbury, Mass.) paced the team with her 7-for-14 showing in the face-off dot.
- The Hawks have already played five games this year, including exhibitions against the Chinese National Team and Norwich University. UMass Boston had only played one exhibition (Nichols College) prior to Saturday's game.
- Freshmen Sarah King (Wilmington, Mass.) and Jane Ann Drill (Madison, Wis.) both made their collegiate debuts in the loss. Junior transfer Kaitlin Parent (Myersville, Md.) made her Beacons debut in the loss.
The Beacons will open New England Hockey Conference play on Friday afternoon, when they take on defending NEHC Champions Norwich University at 4 p.m.