Women's Hockey Improves to 4-0 with 6-2 win over So. Maine

Women's Hockey Improves to 4-0 with 6-2 win over So. Maine

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Senior Alex Kazmer (Crystal Lake, Ill.) scored two goals and an assist while junior Alison Butler (Danvers, Mass.), sophomore Ashley Moran (Woburn, Mass.) and freshman Sara McNamara (Danbury, Conn.) added a goal and an assist apiece as the Saint Anselm College women's hockey team skated to a 6-2 victory over New England Hockey Conference foe University of Southern Maine Saturday afternoon at Sullivan Arena.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS

• Kazmer tallied goals two and three on the year, upping her season total to a team-high six through the first four games.
• Butler added her second goal and third assist of the young season, bringing her season total to five points.
• Moran doubled her previous season totals with a goal and an assist.
• McNamara scored her first collegiate goal Saturday and third point of the year while adding an assist on the afternoon.
• Sophomore Paige Gorecki (Homer Glen, Ill.) also chipped in her first collegiate goal late in the third period.
• Senior Halle Kent (Lake Placid, N.Y.) dished out a pair of assists, while seniors Sarah Geisinger (Willoughby, Ohio), Jessica Galiczewski (Kings Park, N.Y.) and Victoria Shea (Middleton, Mass.), junior Martha Findley (Duxbury, Mass.) and sophomore Kaitlyn Spillane (Franklin, Mass.) also added a single assist to round out yet another balanced attack for the Hawks.
• Junior Hannah Synnott (Montclair, N.J.) recorded 11 saves while maintaining her unblemished record at 4-0. 

For the Huskies…

• Jensen Hamblett and Lynn Kozlowski each tallied a goal and an assist to lead Southern Maine offensively.
• Goaltender Britney Evangelista recorded a game-high 30 saves while taking her first loss of the season.

HOW IT HAPPENED

• Both of the Hawks first half goals came off a deflection in traffic right in front of the net, as Saint Anselm earned the majority of its shots in the opening frame. Moran knocked one in off a Kazmer entry from the right wing, then McNamara did the same off the left faceoff circle to put the Hawks up 2-0 at the first intermission.
• Despite playing with some abbreviated lines on the day, Southern Maine made some adjustments defensively at the break and did a great job holding Saint Anselm at bay for much of the second frame. Hamblett snuck one past Synnott at the 6:32 mark to cut the Hawks lead in half before a Kazmer power-play goal at 17:03 and a Butler tally just 36 seconds later pushed the lead to 4-1 after two full periods.
• Kazmer then made it 5-1 just 25 seconds into the third, backhanding a breakaway from Moran and Kent. USM's Kozlowski flipped home a loose puck at the 12:49 mark before Gorecki final put the finishing stamp on the victory with her first career goal at the 16:27 mark. 

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE

• Saint Anselm outshot USM 36-13 for the game, including a 15-2 advantage in the first period alone.
• The Hawks went 1-for-3 on its power play opportunities, while holding the Huskies scoreless on its four chances.
• Southern Maine dressed only three full offensive lines and two lines of defense Saturday afternoon.

NOTES

• Saint Anselm improves to 15-1-1 all-time against Southern Maine and lengthens its current win streak to eight straight matchups.
• The Hawks start 4-0 for the second straight season and sixth time in program history. 

UP NEXT

• Saint Anselm will finish out its pre-Thanksgiving slate with two more NEHC road matchups, first traveling to UMass-Boston for a 4 p.m. battle with the Beacons Friday, then butting the Bison of Nichols College on Saturday in a 4:40 p.m. start in Dudley, Mass. 

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