MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team rallied from a 2-0 deficit to return to its winning ways with a 3-2 victory over Colby College on Tuesday evening at Sullivan Arena.
Colby (1-5-1) led 2-0 early in the second period before Saint Anselm (10-1-0) knotted the score at 2-2 headed to the third period. In the third, junior Caley Mueller scored her second game-winning goal of the season at 8:24 as the Hawks returned to the win column after having its nation-long 23-game unbeaten streak snapped on Saturday.
Prior to Mueller's game-winner, freshman Nicole Saber scored her first collegiate goal and sophomore Kaley Campbell netted her team-high eighth goal of the season to cancel out goals by Hailey Rohall and Tay Munson for Colby.
At 8:56 of the opening period, the Mules went ahead as Cassidy Holzer chipped the puck up ice to Rohall, who led a 2-on-1 and beat junior goaltender Logan Knip on the glove side for her first-career goal. Munson doubled Colby's advantage as she gathered in a loose puck just inside the blue line and blasted a slap shot into the top-right corner of the net for an unassisted tally.
Saint Anselm cut its deficit in half a little over four minutes later when Saber was set up by classmate Katy Meehan at 5:41. From behind the net, Meehan found an open Saber in front, leaving Colby goaltender Savannah Shaw with no chance.
Campbell sent the two teams into the second intermission locked at 2-2 after delivering the game-tying goal at 12:00. The sophomore intercepted a clearing attempt along the right boards and snuck the puck past Shaw at the near post for an unassisted goal.
Mueller broke the tie at 8:24 of the third period, scoring from the point from Campbell and sophomore Megan Klaus. Campbell's assist was her 17th point of the season, while Klaus' was her 14th in just 11 games, as the pair both rank in the nation's top-20 in points.
Knip was victorious for the second time in two starts this season, stopping 9-of-11 shots for the Hawks. Shaw fell to 1-1-0 this season despite 23 saves for the Mules.
Both teams were 0-for-3 on the power play in the game as the Hawks improved their nation-best penalty kill to 46-for-49 (93.9 percent) on the season. Knip made two saves and Saint Anselm skaters blocked five shots on Colby's final power play of the night in the final five minutes.
Saint Anselm hosts the College of the Holy Cross on Friday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. at Sullivan Arena. The Hawks and Crusaders have met with a championship on the line in seven of the last eight seasons.