MANCHESTER, N.H. – Sarah Geisinger (Willoughby, Ohio) scored two goals and Alex Starzyk (Enfield, Conn.) had a three-point day as the Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team defeated Franklin Pierce University on Saturday afternoon in a New England Hockey Conference matchup at the Sullivan Arena in Manchester, N.H.
The Hawks improved to 15-2 overall and 9-2 in the NEHC and moved into a tie at the top of the NEHC standings with the victory. The Ravens fall to 12-3-1 overall and 6-3 in conference games in the defeat.
Franklin Pierce struck first as Marisa Ketterman forced a turnover near her own blue line and skated in one-on-one with Saint Anselm's Hannah Synnott (Montclair, N.J.). Ketterman went five-hole to beat Synnott and put the Ravens on top 1-0 just 2:41 into the game.
Alex Starzyk scored her fifth goal of the weekend at the 11:53 mark as she came off the bench and corralled the puck near center ice after Martha Findley (Duxbury, Mass.) worked the puck free in the Saint Anselm end. The junior skated up ice and shielded off a defender before beating Shannon O'Neil to tie the score at 1-1.
The Hawks took their first lead of the game only 27 seconds into the second period off a costly turnover by the Ravens in their own end. A Franklin Pierce skater fell down, losing possession of the puck right onto the stick of Sarah Geisinger. Geisinger found herself alone in front of the keeper and she took a low shot that found its way into the back of the net for the 2-1 advantage.
Early in the third period, Geisinger netted her second goal of the game to make it 3-1. Alex Starzyk fired a shot on net that was tipped by Kaitlyn Spillane (Franklin, Mass.) and saved by Franklin Pierce's O'Neil. The puck came off the pad and right to Geisinger who slipped a back-hander past O'Neil.
Alex Kazmer (Crystal Lake, Ill.) sealed the game with a power play goal in the final five minutes of the game. Starzyk was involved again as she fired a shot on net that was tipped by Sara McNamara (Danbury, Conn.). The deflection caused a scramble in front and Kazmer scored on the open net to give the game its final score of 4-1.
Saint Anselm held a 31-17 advantage in shots for the day, while scoring on 1-of-5 power play chances compared to a 0-for-3 showing from the Ravens. Hannah Synnott improved to 13-1 on the season and earned her fifth shutout by stopping 16-of-17 shots. Shannon O'Neil suffered the setback, falling to 6-3-1 while making 27 saves on 31 shots faced.
The Hawks and Ravens meet again next Friday when Saint Anselm travels to Franklin Pierce on January 29 for a 7:30 p.m. matchup.