WINCHENDON, Mass. – Courtney Winters (Swampscott, Mass.) scored a pair of second period goals to lead the Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team to 4-2 victory over Franklin Pierce University on Monday evening at Jason Ritchie Ice Arena.
With the win, the Hawks improve to a near perfect 6-1-1 for the 2012-13 campaign, while the Ravens drop to 1-5 for their inaugural season.
Winters struck a 1-0 lead for Saint Anselm at 7:35 of the second period on a Hawk power play when Kathryn Picarello (West Roxbury, Mass.) sent a pass from the endline to Winters, in front of the crease, who one-timed the puck into the net. Tiffany Herron (Clinton Township, Mich.) also picked up a helper on the play.
The Hawks pushed their lead to two at 10:03 when Winters found the back of the net for a second time slapping in a one timer from Herron who passed it in from the right side. Freshman Sarah Geisinger (Willoughby, Ohio) also picked up an assist on the play.
Further increasing the deficit at 12:19 was Picarello, who recorded her fourth power-play goal of the season as she picked up a loose puck at the left post and sent it past Raven net minder Amelea Gray. Winters and Jacqueline Bouchie (Belmont, Mass.) were each credited with assists.
The Ravens answered back for the first time of the contest at 15:29 of the second stanza when Karsyn Baker netted a power-play goal thanks to assists from Colleen Doucette and Jamie Wiley.
Franklin Pierce potted its second power-play goal at 7:42 of the final stanza to make the score 3-2 when Doucette netted a goal of her own as Baker returned the favor.
The Hawks answered back at 12:22 when Rosemarie Giarrusso (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) connected with a pass from Picarello to push the Hawk lead back to two. Kelsey Patten (Mundelein, Ill.) earned ownership of the secondary assist and her first career point.
Saint Anselm goalie Janice Michaud (Westwood, Mass.) made 17 saves, while Gray made 27 stops.
The Hawks held a 31-19 advantage in shots on goal. Each team was 2-for-5 on extra skater opportunities.
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