MANCHESTER, N.H. – Courtney Winters (Swampscott, Mass.) scored three goals alongside one assist as the Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team took down Nichols College, 8-3, Saturday afternoon at Thomas F. Sullivan Arena for day two of Pink in the Rink weekend, raising funds and awareness for breast cancer.
With the win, the Hawks will bump to 12-4-3 overall and 8-2-3 in ECAC Women's East play, while the Bison fall to a 3-15-1 record, 1-10-1 in conference.
Winters staked claim on a 1-0 lead for the Hawks at 5:32 of the opening frame when she ripped a slap shot from the right point that traveled through traffic and into the left side of the net. Andi Foss (Elko, Minn.) and Kelsey Patten (Mundelein, Ill.) were each credited with assists on the play.
Nichols netted the equalizer to knot things up at one apiece when Grace Murphy picked up her 13th goal of the season on a Bison power play. Tawny Buelow took the initial shot that was saved by Saint Anselm goaltender Janice Michaud (Westwood, Mass.) before Murphy picked up the rebound and shoveled it past Michaud's right side.
Saint Anselm would lead 2-1 heading into the first intermission thanks to a goal from Kathryn Picarello (West Roxbury, Mass) at the 17:36 mark. Rosemarie Giarrusso (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) rifled a shot from the left circle that was tipped in by Picarello, at the left post.
The second frame featured seven goals, five for the Hawks and a pair for Nichols bringing the score to 7-3 after two periods of play.
Just 1:32 into the period, Winters buried the rebound off an Alex Kazmer (Crystal Lake, Ill.) initial shot, which started the scoring frenzy. Foss picked up her second assist of the day on the sequence.
Nichols came through with the answer when Lisa Coskren skated away from the pack on a breakaway and past a Saint Anselm defender. She snuck the puck past Michaud's left side making it a 3-2 game at the 5:17 mark of the second stanza.
Just under two minutes later, Kazmer recorded her first tally of the contest when she shoveled in a rebound off the pads of Bison netminder Francesca Palazzo at 7:16. Winters and Tiffany Herron (Clinton Township, Mich.) each picked up a helper on the play.
Herron put the Hawks up 5-2 as she potted her eighth goal of the season on feeds from Kazmer and Jacqueline Bouchie (Belmont, Mass.).
Nichols answered back 12 seconds later when Coskren notched her second goal of the game on a pass from Murphy at 10:14
Sarah Geisinger (Willoughby, Ohio) was next to score for Hawks at 15:16 when she received a pass from Giarrusso and sent the puck to the back of the net doubling up the Hawks' lead at 6-3.
Winters completed her trifecta when she skated away on a breakaway, deked the Nichols goalie from left to right and flipped a backhand shot into the right side. Kazmer and Jessica Galiczewski (Kings Park, N.Y.) earned assists on the play.
Foss' goal at 6:30 of the third period put the icing on the cake and brought the game to its final score of 8-3. Foss sent a rip from the right point that rocketed into the back of the net.
Michaud made 21 saves, while Palazzo and Nia Kelly combined for 49 saves.
The Hawks held a 57-24 advantage in shots on goal.
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