NEWHA: St. Anselm women come out flatBy MICHAEL ABELSON
Special to the Union Leader
February 18. 2018 12:29AM
GOFFSTOWN - The St. Anselm women's hockey team dropped its season finale to Holy Cross, 2-0, Saturday afternoon at Sullivan Arena.
It was the third time this season the Hawks had been shut out by the Crusaders adding to a 0-0 tie and 1-0 loss earlier in the season. St. Anselm defeated Holy Cross 3-2 on Friday night in Worcester, Mass., to lock up the New England Women's Hockey Alliance regular season championship.
"I don't think we came to play today," St. Anselm coach Kerstin Matthews said. "By winning (Friday) night we knew we got first place, and I think some people stayed home today. I don't think today was a good team effort."
The Hawks were unable to get any consistent pressure on the Holy Cross defense except for the final few minutes of the game. Led by seniors Kaitlyn Spillane and Jackie Guy, the Hawks couldn't crack the Crusaders and goalie Marcia LaPlante, who turned aside all 29 shots she faced.
Holy Cross got on the board with 3.3 seconds left in the first period when Antonia Matzka fired home a rocket from the point to give the Crusaders the lead heading into the break.
The second period was full of a lot of almosts from both teams as neither could muster many quality scoring chances. Holy Cross added an insurance goal midway through the third thanks to Kara Violette.
"I thought they did a pretty good job keeping us to the outside," Matthews said. "We had a lot more energy (Friday) and a lot more in our legs. I don't think people took it upon themselves to generate offense today."
The game was the last regular season for the five seniors on the program who have been a part of the continued success on the Hilltop. Spillane and Guy were joined by Ashley Moran, Paige Gorecki, and Samantha Boyer during senior day festivities.
"It's been amazing," Guy said. "It's something you can't really explain. Our coach has been amazing. We've stuck together all four years. I think we've had a really successful ride."
St. Anselm finishes with a record of 20-3-4 and 15-2-3 in the NEWHA. The Hawks will wait for next weekend's final four, at Sullivan Arena, to hopefully cap the season with a league title. Holy Cross also earns a bye into the semifinals.
The Hawks will play the winner of the first round playoff game between Franklin Pierce and St. Michael's.
"If you break it down, and look at the way we played, we made a couple of mistakes and they resulted in goals," Guy said. "Next weekend we'll have to minimize our mistakes and come out faster, stronger, and tougher."
St. Anselm 4, SNHU 1: At SNHU Arena in Manchester, St. Anselm answered the Penmen's late first-period goal with four of its own over the final two frames.
Bryan Green scored twice and Jeremy Carignan logged a goal and an assist for the Hawks (15-9-1, 11-4-0 NE-10). Alec Andreucci capped St. Anselm's scoring with an empty-netter with 54 seconds remaining.
SNHU sophomore DJ Goldstein opened the game's scoring with 4:06 left in the opening period off an assist from Chris Moquin, a senior from Hooksett.
Brendan Cain made 24 saves for the Hawks. Ryan Slatky, a senior from Manchester, made 32 stops for the Penmen (12-8-3, 6-7-2 NE-10).
The two teams will meet again Saturday at 7 p.m. at St. Anselm's Sullivan Arena in the semifinals of the Northeast-10 Conference Championship.