MANCHESTER, N.H. – Saint Anselm College held off a late surge from the College of Saint Scholastica to hang on for a 5-3 victory over the Saints in a non-conference women's ice hockey matchup at the Sullivan Arena in Manchester, N.H.
The Hawks have won seven-straight games to improve to 11-1 overall, while Saint Scholastica heads back to Minnesota at 5-6. Saint Anselm continues its seven game home stand next Friday when the Hawks host Norwich University in New England Hockey Conference action at 7:00 p.m.
Sarah Geisinger (Willoughby, Ohio) scored a goal and added an assist, while Katilyn Spillane (Franklin, Mass.) also picked up two points with a pair of assists in the win. Hannah Synnott (Montclair, N.J.) improved to 10-0 on the season while making 20 saves.
Alison Butler (Danvers, Mass.) opened the scoring for the Hawks on a power play near the end of the first period. Meaghan Spurling (Byfield, Mass.) took control of the puck near the blue line and sent a pass over to Kaitlyn Spillane who fired a shot on net. The original shot was stopped, but Butler was there for the rebound and jammed the puck into the back of the net to give Saint Anselm a 1-0 lead headed into the first intermission.
The Hawks scored the opening two goals of the second period off scores from Halle Kent (Lake Placid, N.Y.) and Alex Starzyk (Enfield, Conn.) to go up by three goals. Kent's score came as Caley Mueller (Littleton, Colo.) played a puck from the corner to Nina Gozzi (Suffield, Conn.) and the senior hit Kent with a quick pass in front. Kent squeezed a shot through the five hole of Saint Scholastica's Kristen Hunt for the two goal advantage.
On a face-off in the Saint Scholastica zone, Starzyk forced a turnover in their end and the Hawks cycled the puck around. Eventually Geisinger passed the puck to Spillane who found Starzyk on the side of the goal. The junior deked her defender and fired a low backhander that found nothing but the back of the net to make it a 3-0 game.
The Saints took advantage of a pair of power plays in the second period to cut the deficit to 3-2. Taylor Guzzo scored off a feed from Abby Sawyer 16:06 into the second period and Mac Johnson entered the scoring column nearly three minutes later off a pass from Kennedy Houge.
Allison Quinn (Canton, Mass.) scored 1:51 into the third period to give the Hawks some breathing room at 4-2 as she corralled a rebound following a shot off the stick of Jackie Guy (St. Louis, Mo.). The goal would prove vital as Saint Scholastica's Johnson scored 6:01 into the period on another power play to cut the deficit back to 4-3.
In the closing minutes of the third period, Saint Scholastica pulled their goalie trying to find an equalizer. Sarah Geisinger forced a turnover near the blue line and skated in untouched to put the game away with the empty-net score.
Saint Anselm outshot the Saints 39-23 in the game. Lindsey Hartfiel suffered the setback, playing the final 30:36 of the game and stopping 16-of-17 shots. Kristen Hunt got the start for Saint Scholastica, playing 28:21 and making 18-of-21 saves.