Women's Hockey Claims ECAC Consolation Victory over Saint Michael's, 5-0

Women's Hockey Claims ECAC Consolation Victory over Saint Michael's, 5-0

SO. BURLINGTON, Vt. – Freshman Jackie Guy (Saint Louis, Mo.) scored two goals and sophomore Alison Quinn (Canton, Mass.) added a goal and two assists as the Saint Anselm College women's hockey team responded with a 5-0 statement victory over host Saint Michael's College in the ECAC Open Consolation Game Sunday afternoon at C. Douglas Cairns Arena.

The win completes the 2014-15 campaign for the Hawks, who finish the year with an 18-6-2 overall record. The Purple Knights, host of this year's ECAC Open Tournament, falls to 5-20-1 overall.

The first period got off to a rough start for Saint Anselm, as the Hawks were whistled for a penalty just 27 seconds into the game. Saint Michael's Fernanda Saavedra's wrister pelted the crossbar at the 1:41 mark, but the Hawks survived the opening woman-up opportunity.

During the Hawks' first power-play chance just over a minute later, sophomore Meghan Spurling (Byfield, Mass.) fed a pass from deep in the left circle to Guy, who fired a point shot that weaved its way through traffic and squeezed through right side pipe for the game's first score. The Hawks added to their lead at 8:09 when senior Sabrina Iannetti (Lynn, Mass.) dished a cross-ice pass to sophomore Victoria Shea (Middleton, Mass.), whose slap shot from the left circle beat Saint Michael's goaltender Abby Burke blocker-side. 

The Purple Knights then threatened with a trio of shots, but senior goaltender Lindsey Brown (Mounds View, Minn.) turned away all shots on target in the opening session. Saint Anselm finished the period with a 16-9 edge in shots.

The Hawks continued their offensive surge in the second period with two goals on 17 shots. While skating 4-on-4, Quinn circled behind the net and stuffed in a backhanded shot between Burke's right leg pad and the post at the nine-minute mark to put the Hawks up 3-0. Saint Anselm challenged Burke with eight more shots before registering a goal with three minutes remaining in the second period. Quinn and sophomore Alex Starzyk (Enfield, Conn.) both crashed the net, with Starzyk burying home the puck off of a rebound from Quinn's shot. 

Saint Anselm's final tally of the day came as the second for Guy, who again scored on a deep crack inside the left post from the point off a Quinn's second assist.

Brown would put a stamp on her senior season by logging her 17th career shutout with 16 saves Sunday afternoon. For the year, she compiled a record of 15-1-1 with a 1.05 goals-against average and a save percentage of .938. Burke finished with a game-high 31 saves for Saint Michael's.

Both Consolation Game participants earned one nominee to the weekend's All-ECAC Open Tournament Team, with Starzyk representing Saint Anselm and Maire Bartkus earning Saint Michael's nod.

Saint Anselm kept its unblemished record in the all-time series against Saint Michael's intact, improving to 32-0 against the Purple Knights since the Hawks' program debut in 2004.  

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