PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Forward Courtney Winters (Swampscott, Mass.) recorded the 22nd hat trick in program history, lifting the Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey to a 5-0 victory over the Panthers of Plymouth State University Saturday afternoon at Hanaway Rink. With the victory, the Hawks collect their sixth-straight victory and improve their record to 12-4-0 (7-4-0 ECAC Women's East) while the Panthers drop to 1-11-3 overall and to 1-7-2 within conference play.
Defenseman Jacqueline Bouchie (Belmont, Mass.) scored her third goal of the season at 17:52 of the first period, lifting Saint Anselm to an early 1-0 lead. From the right point, Bouchie fired a shot on net that Plymouth State goaltender Ali Ponte lost in heavy crease traffic. Defenseman Molly Corl (Georgetown, Mass.) and forward Aly Zappen (Huntington Beach, Calif.) collected assists on Bouchie's late first period strike.
Winters scored the first of her three goals at 5:59 of the second period, placing the Hawks ahead by a 2-0 margin. A shot from the point was knocked down in front by traffic within the goal crease. Collecting the rebound, Winters lifted a backhanded shot over the sprawling Panthers goaltender for the strike. Forwards Casey Breese (Suffield, Conn.) and Rosemarie Giarrusso (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) collected assists on the play. Her second goal of the period at 14:12 of the middle stanza was scored in similar fashion, with assists coming from Corl and defenseman Sami Tatu (Waterford, Mich.).
To secure the hat trick, Winters scored her 13th goal of the season at 9:53 of the third period. From behind the net, Winters forced a turnover and skated the puck around the net for the unassisted strike. After her three goal performance this afternoon, the sophomore forward now boasts 30 career goals in only 41 career games alongside 46 points (30-16=46).
Adding a late insurance goal, Foss potted her fourth of the season at 12:55 of the third period on the power play. Following a Kelsey Maguire checking penalty, Foss was able to convert with the extra skater via assists from Winters and freshman forward Tiffany Herron (Clinton Township, Mich.).
For the Hawks, goaltender Lindsey Brown (Mounds View, Minn.) collected her second shutout in her second collegiate contest, turning aside all three shots on net in the game. Ponte (1-8-1) drew her eighth loss of the season, halting 38-of-43 shots on goal.
Saint Anselm was 1-for-7 on the power play. Plymouth State was 0-for-2 with the man advantage.
NOTABLES: The Hawks are currently riding a six-game winning streak after this afternoon's victory and have not lost in regulation time dating back to Nov. 19 against nationally-ranked Norwich University by a 6-0 margin…Saint Anselm has not lost in regulation dating back to the defeat against Norwich…Forward Courtney Winters recorded the 22nd hat trick in school history and the second of her career…Winters' first hat trick came against Bowdoin on Jan. 11, 2011 and her second came earlier this season against Salve Regina on Nov. 11, 2011 in a 4-3 overtime loss…This afternoon's four-point effort (3-1=4) marked the first time in her career she has recorded a four-point performance…Forward Rosemarie Giarrusso is in the midst of a nine game point streak, recording 12 points (4-8=12) during that time frame...Defenseman Molly Corl has recorded at least a point in seven of her last eight games, scoring nine points (1-8=9)during that span…Goaltender Lindsey Brown posted her second career shutout in tonight's game and has not allowed a goal this season…New Hampshire governor John Lynch dropped the ceremonial first puck prior to the game this afternoon.
The Hawks continue their five-game road trip on Tuesday, Jan. 24 as they travel to Middlebury College to partake in a 7:00 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).