November 13, 2009

Late Goals Not Enough, Hawks Take First Loss 3-2

NORTHFIELD, VT - The Saint Anselm women's ice hockey team travelled to Northfield, Vermont this evening to take on the Norwich University Cadets in their first away game of the season.  The Cadets ran up an early three-goal lead in the first period, and though the Hawks scored two in the third, they were unable to erase the early deficit, as they fell 3-2.  The Cadets won their fourth straight game to remain perfect at 4-0 (3-0 ECAC East) while the Hawks evened their record to 1-1 (1-1 ECAC East).

The Cadets did not waste any time, as freshman Jacqueline Perez (San Gabriel, Calif.) scored her first career goal just 3:37 into the game to put the Cadets up 1-0.  The goal was assisted by sophomore Caitie Banfield (Montpelier, Vt.) and junior Brittane Michaud (Lewiston, Maine), who notched their first and second assists of the season, respectively. 

At 10:42, Hawk sophomore Aly Zappen (Huntington Beach, Calif.) was sent to the penalty box for checking, and at 12:40, with just two seconds left in the power play, sophomore Melissa Rundlett (Saco, Maine) netted her second goal of the season, assisted by classmates Amanda Wilks (Winnipeg, Man.) and Julie Fortier (Saint-Malachie, Que.).  Just over a minute later, at 14:02, Wilks extended the Cadets' lead to three, as she converted a pass from senior Sophie Leclerc (Barre, Vt.) to make the score 3-0 before the end of the first period.

The Cadets held onto their lead through the second period, but just 38 seconds into the third, juniors Kristen Byrne (Duxbury, Mass.) and Sarah Ellins (Greeley, Colo.) set up Aly Zappen, who scored a power-play goal to put the Hawks on the board.  Nine minutes later, at 9:39, Byrne scored a second power-play goal, assisted by Ellins and senior captain Maria Dougherty (Middletown, R.I.) to cut the Cadets' lead to one.  However, the Hawks were unable to complete the comeback, as they took their first loss of the season by a score of 3-2.

The Hawks' goaltender, junior assistant captain Carley Berry (Danvers, Mass.), made 25 saves in her first appearance of the season, and Cadet goalie Cindy Fortin (Quebec City, Que.) stopped 16 shots.  The Hawks return to action tomorrow afternoon, November 14th, as they continue their weekend road trip to Castleton State University for their third ECAC East game of the season.  The game is scheduled to begin at 3:00 pm.