Winters’ Hat Trick Keys Women’s Hockey’s 5-0 Win Over Franklin Pierce

WINCHENDON, Mass.Courtney Winters (Swampscott, Mass.) contributed three goals and added an assist as the Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team skated to a 5-0 victory over Franklin Pierce University Saturday afternoon at Jason Ritchie Ice Arena.

With the win, the Hawks improve to 9-2-2 overall, while the Ravens drop to 4-7 for their 2012-13 campaign.

After a relatively quiet start to the game, in terms of scoring, Saint Anselm finally found the net at 14:43 of the first period when Winters sent a long pass through the neutral zone, to Tiffany Herron (Clinton Township, Mich.), who took off on a breakaway down the right side and backhanded the puck into the net.

The Hawks increased their lead to two when Winters potted her first goal of the day on feeds from Kathryn Picarello (West Roxbury, Mass.) and Rosemarie Giarrusso (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), just 7:09 into the second frame.  

Just under five minutes later, Winters struck again as she one-timed the puck into the back of the net on a pass from Andi Foss (Elko, Minn.). Herron also picked up a helper on the play.

Winters scored her third straight of the game when Alex Kazmer (Crystal Lake, Ill.) set her up 1:10 into the final period of play.

The final tally from the Hawks came at 9:43 of the third period when Picarello sent a shot past Franklin Pierce netminder Amelea Gray on a Saint Anselm power-play. Herron and Giarrusso each picked up their second assists of the day on the play.

Saint Anselm goalie Lindsey Brown (Mounds View, Ill.) stopped all 11 shots she faced, while Gray made 24 saves.

The Hawks return to action Jan. 8 when they play host to Bowdoin College in a 4 p.m. puck drop at Thomas F. Sullivan Arena. Stay up-to-date with the latest news, including game previews and recaps, directly from the Saint Anselm College athletic department by liking us on Facebook ( and following us on Twitter (