MANCHESTER, N.H. — No. 9 Manhattanville came to a two-score tie against the St. Anselm Hawks on Sunday. The Valiants got goals from sophomore Michelle Meggiolaro and senior Kelly Keane in the draw.
The Hawks opened with the contest’s first shot and two of the game’s first three power play chances. In St. Anselm’s second chance, they scored less than a minute into the extra-skater advantage and took the 1-0 lead at 11:16 of the first period.
In the final minutes of the opening period, the Valiants evened the game up at one as Meggiolaro notched her first goal of the season on assists from sophomore Sydney Asselstine and senior Jessica Kehoe with 41 seconds to go.
At the 8:05 mark of the second, the Valiants took their first lead of the game as Keane picked up her first goal of the season, with helpers coming from sophomore Alla Traun and senior Erin Sidjak.
Shots in the final 12 minutes of the period were 6-5 in favor of Manhattanville and 40 minute totals were even at 15 for each side.
Manhattanville won three of the opening four faceoffs in the third period, with St. Anselm picking up the only shot through the early stages of the third. At the 3:52 mark, the Hawks won the ensuing draw and got a shot past Manhattanville junior goalkeeper Mary Evans to tie the game at two.
The Hawks outshot Manhattanville 11-2 down the remainder of regulation, including one shot on a late power play chance. The game remained in a deadlock until the final horn sounded and sent the game to overtime.
In the extra session, Manhattanville made some adjustments as Traun, junior Caitlyn Beauvais, senior Lynsey Schill and Mary Rose Morrison collected shots for the Valiants, all with no success. St. Anselm had two shots during the final 1:22 of the overtime period with one shot blocked in front by Sidjak and the other stopped by Evans in goal. The period ended and the Valiants and Hawks settled for the tie.
Final shots were in favor of St. Anselm at 29-17 for the 65 minutes of play, while power play chances were also in favor of the Hawks as they converted on one of their five chances. Manhattanville’s power play was held off the board in their three chances.
In goal, Evans earned her first tie of the season as she moved to 1-2-1 and made 27 saves. In goal for the Hawks was Lindsay Brown, who made 15 saves of her own as she too allowed two goals for the contest.
Thus far in 2012 the Valiants have had a balanced offensive attack. They have scored a total of eight goals, with every goal coming from a different player through four games.