MANCHESTER, N.H. – Junior Courtney Winters (Swampscott, Mass.) scored two goals to lead the offensive effort as the Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team took down No. 6 Middlebury College on Tuesday evening at Thomas F. Sullivan Arena.
With the win, the Hawks will propel to 14-4-4 overall, while the Panthers will dip to a 13-5-2 record. The Hawks also gain their first win in program history against Middlebury and the series moves to a 1-4-0 overall record.
After one period of play, the game remained scoreless. Saint Anselm was outshot by the Panthers, 11-5. The Hawks were 0-1 on power-play opportunities, while Middlebury was 0-2 with the extra skater.
Saint Anselm broke the 0-0 deadlock when Winters potted her 17th goal of the season just 1:13 into the second period. Andi Foss (Elko, Minn.) sent a pass to Winters, in front of the net and she flipped the puck past Middlebury goaltender Laura Pinsent. Sophomore Tiffany Herron (Clinton Township, Mich.) was also credited with an assist on the play.
The Hawks improved their lead by two at 6:14 when senior Rosemarie Giarrusso (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) received a centering pass from senior Kathryn Picarello (West Roxbury, Mass.) just outside the crease and shoveled the puck up and into the top of the net. Herron was also granted an assist on the play.
Middlebury came within one at 2-1 when Katie Sullivan – in the low slot – sent the puck past Saint Anselm netminder junior Lindsey Brown (Mounds View, Minn.) at 8:44 of the final period. Madeline Joyce and Hannah Bielawski were each credited with assists on the play.
The Hawks iced the game just before the half-way mark in the third period when Winters kept a tight hold on the puck, deked the Middlebury goalie and skated around her into the net with the puck for her second goal of the game. Herron and Foss picked up their third and second assists of the night, respectively, on the sequence.
Brown made 35 saves, while Pinsent and Annabelle Jones combined for 17. Middlebury held a 36-20 advantage in shots on goal.
The Hawks return to action Saturday, Feb. 9 when travel to UMass Boston in a 1 p.m. matchup at the Clark Athletics Center. The next home game for Saint Anselm will be Feb. 15 when they play host to Plymouth State 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 (http://www.facebook.com/STAHawks) and following us on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/STAHawks).