SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. – Nine different Hawks tallied a point as the Saint Anselm College women's hockey team scored three goals in just under three minutes midway through the second period en route to its seventh straight ECAC East victory Friday night, toppling Saint Michael's 3-0 at Cairns Arena.
The win improves Saint Anselm to 15-4-2 overall and 11-1-2 in ECAC East play and pushes the Hawks' unbeaten streak to nine straight games. More importantly, the Hawks moved into a first-place tie in the ECAC standings with unbeaten Norwich after the Cadets battled to a 1-1 draw at Southern Maine Friday night. The Purple Knights, meanwhile, fell to 4-16-1 and 3-10-1 in the ECAC East.
Despite outshooting Saint Michael's 12-1 in the first period alone, it would take nearly 27 minutes before Saint Anselm could solve Purple Knight goaltender Tina Frasca. Sophomore Victoria Shea (Middleton, Mass.) fed a pass to senior Sabrina Iannetti (Lynn, Mass.), who made a nifty move to score the game-opening and eventual game-winning score at the 7:42 mark of the second period. Sophomore Alison Butler (Danvers, Mass.) was also credited with the secondary assist on the play.
Sophomore Alison Quinn (Canton, Mass.) made it 2-0 Hawks on Saint Anselm's first power play chance, redirecting a shot from classmate Meaghan Spurling (Byfield, Mass.) just over a minute later. Freshman Jackie Guy (Saint Louis, Mo.) had the initial pass to Spurling and picked up her eighth assist of the year.
Similarly, a deep blast from junior Halle Kent (Lake Placid, N.Y.) was touched by sophomore Alex Starzyk (Enfield, Conn.) right in front of Frasca at the 10:20 mark of the second stanza to surge visiting Saint Anselm to a 3-0 advantage. Sophomore Martha Findley (Duxbury, Mass.) earned the secondary assist, recording her sixth on the season.
Starzyk nearly made it a four-goal advantage with a pipe-ringing shot in the waning minutes of a busy second period, but the Purple Knights would preserve the three-goal deficit through the remainder of the second and third periods.
Senior goaltender Lindsey Brown (Mounds View, Minn.) earned her fifth shutout of the year Friday night, also improving to 12-0-1 on the season. Saint Anselm's offense outshot Saint Michael's 39-10 for the game, with Brown halting all 10 of the Purple Knights' attempts.
Saint Anselm will return to Sullivan Arena tomorrow afternoon to host Holy Cross in an ECAC East rubber match, with the Crusaders and Hawks splitting its season series at one game apiece after Saint Anselm shutout CHC just two weeks ago at Sullivan Arena. The puck is scheduled to drop at 1 p.m.
Saturday will be a very busy day for Saint Anselm hockey as several men's and women's hockey alumni will be recognized throughout the double-header. Secondly, the first 300 students to Sullivan Arena on Saturday will receive a free t-shirt.