MANCHESTER, N.H. – Eleven different players scored as the Saint Anselm College women's hockey team set a school record for goals in a game with a 14-0 victory over New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) opponent Nichols on Saturday afternoon at Sullivan Arena.
Saint Anselm (3-0-0, 3-0-0 NEHC) scored seven times in the first period, four in the second and three more in the third to surpass the previous record of 12 goals set in a 12-3 victory over New England College on Jan. 17, 2014. The win means the Hawks have won all 14 meetings with Nichols (0-4-0, 0-2-0 NEHC) and was the eighth time Saint Anselm has reached double-digit goals in a game.
Alison Butler led the offensive explosion with two goals and three assists and was among 12 Hawks to have multi-point performances. Maura Kieft and Paige Gorecki each scored twice, while Meaghan Spurling, Martha Findley and Alex Starzyk each had a goal and two assists. Jackie Guy registered three assists from tue blue line.
Findley opened the scoring at 3:20 of the first period to begin a spurt of three goals in 2:48 that included a power-play goal by Starzyk and an Alison Quinn goal. Midway through the period, Sara McNamara and Butler scored 18 seconds apart with Butler registering the second of Saint Anselm's five power-play goals in the game, which tied a school record.
Just 1:21 after Butler's goal, Spurling grabbed a goal and Moran added a short-handed goal with 1:06 left in the period. The five goals are tied for the sixth-most in a single period in program history and the team's most in a frame since the Hawks put five past Nichols in the second period on Jan. 26, 2013.
Kieft scored her first-career goal on the power play at 1:59 of the second before Campbell and Gorecki scored unassisted goals to make it 10-1 midway through the game. Late in the period, Conger netted her first collegiate goal at 18:29 as the Hawks led 11-0 after two.
In the third, Gorecki, Starzyk and Kieft each tallied their second goals of the game. Starzyk and Kieft's goals came on the power play as Saint Anselm was 5-for-12 (41.7 pct.) on the power play. The Hawks are now 7-for-21 (33.3 pct.) with the extra skater this season.
Saint Anselm outshot Nichols 60-4 in the game and the four shots allowed are tied for the fourth-fewest in program history. Maddie Scavotto stopped the only four shots she faced for her third shutout in four career starts. Cassandra Goyette and Lindsay O'Connell combined to make 46 saves for the Bison.
The Hawks travel to Norwich to face the Cadets at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11. Norwich is currently ranked No. 7 in the country by D3hockey.com.