Manchester, N.H. (November 2) -- Leading 3-1 heading into the third period, the Saint Anselm women's ice hockey team exploded for six third-period goals in a 9-1 win over Salve Regina in the season opener. Junior forward Kelsey Johnson (Byfield, Mass.) led the Hawks with a hat trick as the team owned a 54-11 advantage in total shots. ECAC East Player of the Year Kathleen Twomey (Londonderry, N.H.) also finished with two goals and two assists.
Twomey scored just 1:25 into the contest, assisted by Bianca DeSantis (Georgetown, Mass.), to give the Hawks the early 1-0 lead. Kristen Byrne (Duxbury, Mass.) gave the Hawks a 2-0 lead when she buried a Tiea Kurlowecz (Concord, Mass.) pass at the 17:25 mark and the Hawks went into the first intermission with the 2-0 lead.
Salve Regina cut the lead in half 16:56 into the second period when Gabriella Gardner (Farmington Hills, Mich.) scored on the power play, assisted by Caitlin Campbell (Hingham, Mass.) and Alex Riewer (Lake Bluff, Ill.). Just over two minutes later, the Hawks took advantage of a five-on-three, with Chelsea Fillingim (Fairbanks, Alaska) scoring at the 19:08 mark, assisted by Twomey. The Hawks took the 3-1 lead going into the third period.
The Hawks opened up scoring in the final period with six third-period goals. Johnson's goals were assisted by Cindy Lebel (Greenville, Maine), Alexa Hingston (Charlestown, Mass.), and Arianna Rigano (Malden, Mass.), respectively. DeSantis, Twomey, and Lebel picked up the other three Hawk goals.
The Hawks return to the ice on November 17, taking on Manhattanville at 3:00 at Sullivan Arena. The Hawks improve to 1-0-0 overall, 1-0-0 ECAC East, while Salve Regina drops to 0-1-0 overall, 0-1-0 in league play.