RUTLAND, Vt. – Sophomore Alison Quinn (Canton, Mass.) scored two first-period goals and junior Alex Kazmer (Crystal Lake, Ill.) recorded a three-point afternoon as the Saint Anselm women's hockey team cruised to a 6-1 win at Castleton College Friday at Spartan Arena.
The win handed the Hawks their 10th win of the year, improving to 10-4-2 overall and 6-1-2 in the ECAC East. The Spartans fell to an even 8-8-1 overall and 3-5-1 in league play.
Saint Anselm jumped out early Friday night in their weekend opener, potting four first-period goals to surge to a commanding early lead. Freshman Ashley Moran (Woburn, Mass.) scored her first career goal by stuffing home a rebound just under five minutes into the game off a shot from sophomore Alison Butler (Danvers, Mass.). Senior Sabrina Iannetti (Lynn, Mass.) was also granted the secondary assist on the play, her fourth of the year.
Quinn then knocked home her first score of the game just three minutes later on a 5-on-3 power play, scooping up a loose pick following a faceoff won by freshman Kaitlin Spillane (Franklin, Mass.) near the Castleton end of the ice and launching it top shelf to double the Hawks' lead.
Sophomore Alex Starzyk (Enfield, Conn.) then made it 3-0 just a minute later on a wrister that deflected off the post and past Spartan goaltender Jess Cameron, with Kazmer and senior forward Tiffany Herron (Clinton Township, Mich.) each picking up an assist on the play. Herron's assist brought her to 99 career points, just one shy of the century mark.
Quinn then deflected a shot from senior Franny Nicholson (Saint Paul, Minn.) with just two minutes remaining in the opening session to surge out to a statement-making 4-0 lead at the first intermission.
Castleton found its first real scoring chance of the game early in the second period, as the Spartans broke away on a 2-on-1 opportunity. Yet senior goaltender Lindsey Brown (Mounds View, Minn.) denied an Anna Daniels shot right in front with a pretty butterfly save to keep hold off the hosts.
Just over a minute later, Kazmer responded with her second goal of the season at the 5:46 mark of the second period, taking assists from Starzyk and sophomore Meaghan Spurling (Byfield, Mass.).
The Spartans' Lisa Kilroy broke up Brown's otherwise perfect game, netting a rebound at the 14:46 mark of the second period. Though with just 13 seconds remaining in the stanza, Butler added one last insurance goal on assists from freshman Jackie Guy (Saint Louis, Mo.) and sophomore Victoria Shea (Middleton, Mass.) to cap off the scoring, as neither team could sound the horn in the third period.
Brown picked up her second straight win and remained unbeaten in her senior season improving to 7-0-1. She tallied 21 saves on the afternoon, while Cameron recorded a game-high 34 for Castleton.
Friday's victory also capped off an eight-game, 63-day tour away from Sullivan Arena for the Hawks, who return to the friendly confines Saturday. They will kick off a double-header with the men's team, hosting Holy Cross in a 1 p.m. start, before the men host Castleton at 4 p.m.
Despite playing on the road, Saint Anselm wore its pink uniforms as a part of its annual "Pink in the Rink" weekend to raise and support breast cancer awareness. Both the men's and women's teams have been selling t-shirts, paper ribbons and hosting other fundraising activities throughout the week that will continue to Saturday's double-header at Sullivan Arena.