MIDDLETON, R.I. – Tiffany Herron (Clinton Township, Mich.) scored a pair of goals to lead the Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team to a 4-2 victory over Salve Regina on Saturday evening at St. George's Ice Rink.
With the win, the Hawks will bump to 13-4-4 overall and 9-2-4 in ECAC Women's East play, while the Seahawks will drop to a 13-7-0 overall record and 9-4-0 in conference play.
The Hawks quickly staked claim on a 1-0 lead when Kathryn Picarello (West Roxbury, Mass.) received a centering pass from Sarah Geisinger (Willoughby, Ohio) and slapped the puck past Salve Regina goaltender Ali Muehlbronner just 18 seconds into the opening frame. Rosemarie Giarrusso (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) was also credited with an assist on the sequence – playing in her 100th career game as a Hawk.
The Hawks extended their lead to three in the second period as a result of goals from Herron and Ciara Petry (Poolesville, Md.).
Herron struck at the 3:26 mark when she flipped in a loose puck off a saved Courtney Winters (Swampscott, Mass.) shot. Picarello also picked up an assist on the play for her second point of the contest.
Petry notched her first goal of the 2012-13 campaign with an impressive individual effort, while the Hawks were down a skater. At 10:39 of the period, Petry skated towards Muehlbronner, deked her to the right and shot the puck. As she fell to the ice, the puck traveled past the netminder's right side, giving the Hawks a 3-0 lead.
Salve Regina opened play in the final stanza with a goal of its own at 3:38 on a Seahawk power play. Michaela Chiuccariello slapped the puck into the boards behind the goal that bounced back to the stick of Sarah Markey. Markey gathered the puck and shot it into in the net between Saint Anselm goalie Lindsey Brown (Mounds View, Minn.) and the right post.
Herron would come with the answer, however, at 14:35 when she slapped in a one-timer from Winters at the left post.
After Saint Anselm was called for a pair of penalties, the Seahawks were able to capitalize on a 5-on-3 opportunity. Sarah Markey connected with a pass from Taylor Shepherd and sent the puck to the back of the net past Brown at 19:05, bringing the game to its final score of 4-2.
Brown made 29 saves to earn the win, while Muehlbronner stopped 26 of 30 shots.
Saint Anselm held a 30-29 advantage in shots on goal.
The Hawks return to action Tuesday, Feb. 5 when they return to home ice and play host to NESCAC foe Middlebury College in a 4 p.m. puck drop. 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 (http://www.facebook.com/STAHawks) and following us on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/STAHawks).