O’Brien’s Late Strike Doubles Up Bowdoin, 2-1

O’Brien’s Late Strike Doubles Up Bowdoin, 2-1

Forward Kaitlin O'Brien (South Boston, Mass.) scored the game-winning goal at 17:04 of the third period, lifting the Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team to a 2-1 victory over Bowdoin College Tuesday evening at the Sidney J. Watson Arena.  With the victory, the Hawks improve to 9-4-0 while their ECAC Women's East record remains at 2-3-1.  The Polar Bears of Bowdoin College fall to 4-5-2 while maintaining their 2-2-0 NESCAC record.

O'Brien's second game-winning goal of the season lifted Saint Anselm to a 2-1 lead of which they would not relinquish.  O'Brien navigated heavy slot traffic to unleash an initial shot that was turned aside by Polar Bears netminder Sage Santangelo.  The rebound spilled out near the left post where a crashing O'Brien tipped the puck into a vacant cage.  Aly Zappen (Huntington Beach, Calif.) collected the lone assist on O'Brien's eighth career goal in a Saint Anselm uniform.

Courtney Winters (Swampscott, Mass.) recorded a goal in her third-straight game to place Saint Anselm on the board at 1:21 of the second period.  From the right point, defenseman Molly Corl (Georgetown, Mass.) fired a shot on goal that was knocked down in front by a defender in front of the cage.  Winters, on the doorstep, tapped the puck past a sprawling Santangelo for the strike.

For the Polar Bears, forward Colleen Finnerty scored what was a game-tying goal at 8:07 of the second period, beating Hawks goaltender Amy Zappen (Huntington Beach, Calif.) for the lone Bowdoin tally.  Maddie Baird and Madeline Lane recorded assists on the play.

Zappen (8-4-0) recorded her eighth victory of the season, turning aside 19-of-20 shots on goal.  Santangelo (0-1-0) drew her first loss of the season in only her second game of the season, halting 24-of-26 shots on net. 

Saint Anselm was 0-for-2 on the power play.  Bowdoin was 0-for-1 with the extra skater.

NOTABLES:  Today's game, originally scheduled with a 4:00 p.m. start time, was delayed for 90 minutes after issues with the playing surface…With her second period goal, forward Courtney Winters recorded a goal in her third-straight game, recording four points (3-1=4) during that span…Winters now has 40 points (26-14=40) in her career…Forward Kaitlin O'Brien scored her second goal of the season in the third period and her third career goal (in three career games) against Bowdoin College…Each of O'Brien's goals this season were of the game-winning variety…Goaltender Amy Zappen recorded her eighth victory of the season this evening…Forward Rosemarie Giarrusso has recorded at least a point in each of her last six games, recording nine points (3-6=9) during that span dating back to Nov. 21, 2011 against New England College…Defenseman Molly Corl also rides a six-game point streak, recording seven points (1-6=7) in her last six games dating back to Dec. 2, 2011 against Williams…Forward Aly Zappen assisted on the game-winning goal for the second-straight game...The Hawks are currently riding a three-game winning streak after tonight's victory.

The Hawks return to action Saturday, Jan. 14 as they host the Beacons of the University of Massachusetts (Boston) in a 1:00 p.m. contest.  Stay up-to-date with the latest news, including game previews and recaps, directly from the Saint Anselm College athletic department by friending us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/STAHawks) and following us on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/STAHawks).