MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team improved to 6-1 overall on the year with a 5-3 victory over visiting Bowdoin College on Saturday afternoon at the Sullivan Arena in Manchester, N.H. The Polar Bears fall to 1-4 on the season with the setback.
The Hawks struck just over two minutes into the game as Caley Mueller (Littleton, Colo.) worked the puck free from in front of the net and out to Victoria Shea (Middleton, Mass.). Shea connected with a pass to Martha Findley (Duxbury, Mass.) at the blue line and the junior slipped a pass back to Shea. From just inside the left face-off circle, the junior hit a low shot that went through the legs of Mueller and blocked the view of the Bowdoin goalie just enough to trickle into the back of the net.
Nearly nine minutes later Bowdoin answered back as Marissa Fichter corralled a loose puck in the Bowdoin zone and took possession up ice. Fichter took a wrister from just inside the blue line that deflected off a Saint Anselm defender and rose over the shoulder of Hannah Synnott (Montclair, N.J.) and below the cross bar to make it a 1-1 game.
Saint Anselm jumped back on top a few minutes later when Alex Starzyk (Enfield, Conn.) came down the left wing and behind the net. Starzyk dropped the puck off to Kaitlin Spillane (Franklin, Mass.), who played a puck in front to a wide open Halle Kent (Lake Placid, N.Y.). The senior buried a shot past the dive of Bowdoin's Lan Crofton, and the Hawks took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.
The Hawks would score the lone goal of the second period after an extended possession in the Polar Bears zone. Kent worked the puck into the corner and slipped a pass to Nina Gozzi (Suffield, Conn.) and she dropped a pass off to Sara McNamara (Danbury, Conn.), who deked a defender and then tucked a back-handed shot into the wide open net to give Saint Anselm a two-goal cushion after two periods.
Ashley Moran (Woburn, Mass.) extend the Hawks lead to 4-1 early in the third period on passes from Alison Quinn (Canton, Mass.) and Halle Kent's second assist of the game. Ariana Bourque would get one back for the Polar Bears four minutes later, but McNamara's second goal of the day put the game out of reach at 5-2 with six minutes to play. Bowdoin would tack on one more goal before the end of regulation as the Hawks skated off with a 5-3 victory.
Saint Anselm held a 39-13 advantage in shots for the game, while both teams went 0-for-1 on power play chances. Hannah Synott made 10 stops on the night to improve to 5-0-0 this season.
The Hawks return to action on Tuesday night when they host Colby College at 7:00 p.m. at Sullivan Arena in their final game of the 2015 season.