The Hawks will bump to 17-4-4 on the season, including 12-2-4 in ECAC East play, while the Huskies will dip to 7-12-6 overall and 6-8-4 in the ECAC East.
The Hawks jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first period as Picarello put the Hawks on the board at the half-way point. Sophomore Franny Nicholson (St. Paul, Minn.) sent a pass from the point to Picarello, who drive down the right boards, skated to the net and sent the puck to the top-shelf, over the shoulder of USM goaltender Liz Bergstrom.
The Hawks scored four goals in the second stanza, including a pair from Picarello, to bring their lead to five – at 5-0.
Picarello picked up the puck on a pass from freshman Sarah Geisinger (Willoughby, Ohio) and skated down the middle of the ice, deked Bergstrom, and sent the puck – once again – to the top shelf. Nicholson picked up her second assist of the day on the play.
At the 7:39 mark, junior Jacqueline Bouchie (Belmont, Mass.) struck for the Hawks on a Saint Anselm power play when she sent a rip from the point that traveled through traffic and into the back of the net. Freshman Alex Kazmer (Crystal Lake, Ill.) sent a pass from left to right finding Bouchie, at the right point. Sophomore Tiffany Herron (Clinton Township, Mich.) was also credited with an assist on the play.
Next to find the back of the net for the Hawks was freshman Jessica Galiczewski (Kings Park, N.Y.) when she buried home a rebound off a Kazmer shot at the right post. Also assisting on the play was Kazmer's linemate – Herron. Galiczewski's goal was the first of her rookie season.
Further increasing the Husky deficit to five with just 34 seconds left in the middle period was Picarello-for her third goal of the game, sixth of the weekend and 19th of the season. While down a skater, Picarello picked up the puck off the right side boards, skated through a pair of Husky defenders and flipped the puck to the back of the net. Giarrusso and Bouchie each were each credited with assists on the play.
The Hawks' sixth goal came at the 9:39 mark of the final period when Saint Anselm scored its second power-play goal of the contest. The play started as Hawk goaltender Lindsey Brown (Mounds View, Minn.) sent a Husky dump-in up ice to Bouchie. Bouchie then dished it off to Courtney Winters (Swampscott, Mass.), who skated through the left circle towards the net and beat Bergstrom five-hole.
The final blow for the Hawks came from Petry at 15:08 of the final period. Kazmer took a shot that was saved by Bergstrom and bounced off her pads wide to the right. Petry picked up the rebound and ripped a wrister through the goalie's five-hole.
Brown made 18 saves to earn the shutout and the win, while Bergstrom stopped 39 of 46 shots. Saint Anselm held at 46-18 advantage in shots on goal, including 34-11 in the first two periods.
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