WINCHENDON, Mass. – Sophomore Kaitlyn Spillane (Franklin, Mass.) scored 50 seconds into overtime to lead the Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team to a 4-3 victory against Franklin Pierce University on Friday night in New England Hockey Conference action in Winchendon, Mass.
The Hawks improve to 16-2-0 overall and 10-2-0 in the NEHC, while Franklin Pierce falls to 12-4-1 and 6-4-0 in conference action.
The Ravens scored the first two goals of the game and took a 2-0 advantage into the final period of play after tallies from Lanie Matsumoto and Francesca Paciello. Matsumoto banked in a shot off the post from the left side for an unassisted score in the first period, while Paciello scored on assists from Haylea Barbieri and Matsumoto in the second period as the game entered the final stanza with the Ravens on top by a two goal advantage.
Sarah Geisinger (Willoughby, Ohio) cut the deficit in half with her eighth goal of the season coming on a five-on-three power play only 4:49 into the third period. Geisinger walked in from the left point to the slot and hit a snap shot that found its way into the back of the net to make it a 2-1 game.
Franklin Pierce jumped back on top by two goals at 3-1 following an unassisted goal from Sarah Sheils less than two minutes later.
Alex Kazmer (Crystal Lake, Ill.) pulled the Hawks back to within one as she jammed home a shot off the stick of Sara McNamara (Danbury, Conn.) on the power play with just under 10 minutes to play in the third period. Meaghan Spurling (Byfield, Mass.) also picked up an assist on the play.
With less than three minutes to play in the final period, McNamara tied the game for the Hawks to help send the game into overtime as Kazmer played the puck over to Geiseinger who fired a shot on net. The shot from the left side was tipped home by McNamara to help the Hawks rally from the two goal deficit to force overtime.
Spillane played the heroine only 50 seconds into the extra frame as she nailed a wrist shot from the left-wing circle and into the back of the net to help Saint Anselm to the 4-3 victory.
Saint Anselm held a 41-24 advantage in shots on goal for the game, with Hannah Synnott (Montclair, N.J.) improving to 14-1 overall by making 21-of-24 stops on the night. Franklin Pierce's Noelle White suffered her first setback, dropping to 6-1 and stopping 37-of-41 shots.
The Hawks are back in action tomorrow afternoon when they travel to Connecticut College for a 3:00 p.m. face-off with the Camels.