MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team picked up their third-straight shutout victory with an 8-0 win over visiting Castleton University on Friday afternoon in New England Hockey Conference action at the Sullivan Arena in Manchester, N.H.
The Hawks (14-2-0, 8-2-0 NEHC) offense continued to dominate as they outshot the Spartans (12-3-2, 7-1-1 NEHC) at a 48-14 clip, and have outscored opponents 24-0 over their last three games while holding a 184-24 advantage in shots on goal.
Alex Starzyk (Enfield, Conn.) scored four goals in the game, while Ashley Moran (Woburn, Mass.) netted two of her own in the victory. Martha Findley (Duxbury, Mass.) handed out three assists to add to her team-leading 19 for the year, while Jackie Guy (St. Louis, Mo.), Sarah Geisinger (Willoughby, Ohio), Alex Kazmer (Crystal Lake, Ill.), and Kaitlyn Spillane (Franklin, Mass.) added two assists each.
Saint Anselm wasted no time jumping out early as Kazmer forced a turnover near the blue line and skated in on the Castleton defense. The senior took a shot that was turned away by Castleton's Jess Cameron, but she worked the puck loose from the defense allowing Ashley Moran to skate in for the easy goal only 29 seconds into the game to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead.
Just over three minutes later, Alex Starzyk extended it to a two goal lead with her first tally of the day. Kaitlyn Spillane and Martha Findley forced another turnover near the blue line and the puck squirted out to Starzyk. The junior skated through the defense and buried a shot from the slot for the 2-0 advantage.
Only 1:18 later, Jackie Guy (St. Louis, Mo.) stole the puck and pushed a pass ahead to Alison Butler (Danvers, Mass.) who came down the right side with speed. After a nifty deke, Butler went to the backhand and tucked it inside the right post and put the Hawks on top 3-0.
Castleton had a chance in the closing minutes of the period as Hannah Rose and Anna Daniels got out on a 2-on-1 breakaway. Rose slipped a pass to Daniels who fired a shot on Hannah Synnott (Montclair, N.J.) and the junior was there for the stop to preserve the 3-0 lead.
Starzyk made it a 4-0 advantage with her second tally of the game 6:26 into the second period. Off a face-off win, the puck moved from Geisinger to Jackie Guy. Guy loaded up and took a slap shot that was deflected by a Castleton defender and paddled away by Cameron, but right onto the stick of Starzyk, who scored near post.
Sara McNamara (Danbury, Conn.) scored on the power play for the Hawks just over seven minutes later as she slipped a shot through the traffic in front for the 5-0 lead. Kazmer and Findley were awarded assists on the play. Starzyk rounded out the scoring in the second period coming off another face-off win for the Hawks. Geisinger won the face-off to Spillane, who slipped a pass to Starzyk and she fired a wrist-shot past the Castleton goalie.
The Hawks seventh goal of the game came in similar fashion as Alison Butler won a face-off right to the stick of Moran, who fired a slap shot on net that gave Saint Anselm the 7-0 lead. Starzyk's fourth goal of the game came in the closing seconds of regulation as she laced another wrist shot into the back of the net to give the Hawks the 8-0 victory.
Hannah Synnott stopped all 14 shots she faced to improve to 12-1-0 this season while earning her fifth shutout of the year. Castleton's Jess Cameron suffered the setback, stopping 23-of-29 shots in 36:26 of ice time, while Rachael Brazil made 17 saves and allowed two goals in the final 23:34 of action.
Saint Anselm continues its Pink in the Rink weekend tomorrow afternoon when they host Franklin Pierce University in an NEHC matchup scheduled for 1:00 p.m.