MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team improved to 13-2 overall and 7-2 in the New England Hockey Conference with a 6-0 victory over visiting New England College on Tuesday night at the Sullivan Arena in Manchester, N.H.
Over their last two games, the Hawks have outshot their opponents at a 136-11 clip after outshooting the Pilgrims (6-10-0, 2-7-0 NEHC) 66-6. They have also posted back-to-back shutouts, and outscored those teams 15-0 including Saturday's 9-0 victory over Plymouth State University.
Saint Anselm held a 20-0 advantage in shots in the first period, but could only come away with one goal as Alex Kazmer (Crystal Lake, Ill.) scored 16:35 into the opening frame on a power play to give the Hawks the 1-0 advantage. Martha Findley (Duxbury, Mass.) played a pass over to Sarah Geisinger (Willoughby, Ohio) who fired a shot on net that was tipped home by Kazmer.
The Hawks tacked on two more in the second period a mere 28 seconds apart as Alex Starzyk (Enfield, Conn.) scored on the power play followed by a tally from Caley Mueller (Littleton, Colo.). On Starzyk's goal, Findley picked up her second assist of the game as she played a pass from the point into Kazmer, but Kazmer was stoned on the goal line by New England College's Lindsey Powers. The rebound went out to Starzyk who took her time and hit a laser top-shelf to put the Hawks on top 2-0.
Only seconds later, the Hawks worked the puck deep into the NEC zone as Alison Butler (Danvers, Mass.) played a pass behind the goal to Victoria Shea (Middleton, Mass.). Shea hit Mueller with a quick pass in front of the goal and the freshman hit a backhanded shot past Powers for the three goal advantage.
Saint Anselm wasted no time adding to their lead as Jessica Galiczewski (Kings Park, N.Y.) scored only seven seconds into the third period to make it a 4-0 lead. After winning the opening face-off of the period, Starzyk played a pass over to Findley who found Galiczewski at the point. The senior fired a shot that deflected off the stick of an NEC defender and into the top of the net.
Sarah Geisinger would score the third power play goal of the game for the Hawks taking advantage of a 4-on-3 opportunity. After some nifty passing from Findley and Sara McNamara (Danbury, Conn.), Geisinger was left alone on the left side and went five-hole to score the fifth goal of the game.
The final goal came off a face-off win for Alison Butler 16:32 into the final period. The puck made its way out to Galiczewski whose slap shot from the point trickled in and gave the game its final score of 6-0.
Maddie Scavotto (East Falmouth, Mass.) picked up her second win and shutout of the season by stopping all six shots she faced. New England College's Lindsey Powers suffered the setback, while stopping 60-of-66 shots faced on the evening.
Rachel Vigliano led the NEC offense with two shots on goal, with Andrea St. Onge, Morgan Lamos, Morgan Braniff, and Tori Polehonka also registering shots.
The Hawks return to action this weekend when they welcome Castleton University for a 4:00 p.m. NEHC matchup at the Sullivan Arena as part of Pink in the Rink weekend.