Manchester, N.H. (December 8) -- Led by Kelsey Johnson's (Byfield, Mass.) hat trick, the women's hockey team made it seven straight wins on Saturday night, beating Castleton State, 5-0, at Sullivan Arena. The win improves the Hawks to a flawless 7-0-0, 6-0-0 ECAC East, while the loss drops Castleton to 2-3-3, 1-1-3 ECAC East.
The Hawks got on the board first, when Johnson found the back of the net at the 7:46 mark, assisted by Arianna Rigano (Malden, Mass.). The Spartans had a quality opportunity to tie it up with less than 30 seconds remaining in the period, but Andrea Berlin (Durham, N.H.) made a pair of saves with a scramble in front of the net.
The Hawks extended the lead to 3-0 in the second period with goals from Rigano and Kathleen Twomey (Londonderry, N.H.). Rigano's goal came at the 6:05 mark, assisted by Johnson and Arden Lyons (Westford, Mass.), while Twomey's goal came just 16 seconds later, assisted by Samantha Rowe (Chelmsford, Mass.) and Daniella Lyons (Greene, Maine).
The Hawks added two more goals in the third, both shorthanded goals by Johnson. Johnson's second goal of the game came unassisted just 24 seconds into the period, while she added her third goal at the 11:28 mark, assisted by Rigano and Cindy Lebel (Greenville, Maine).
After an extensive break for finals and holidays, the Hawks return to the ice on January 4th, hosting Bowdoin at 6 p.m. at Sullivan Arena.